FLR F-75 shoes review£100.00

Decent footwear let down by slipshod fastenings

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With a semi-carbon sole and dial fastener, FLR's F-75 shoes look tempting for the price. But we found their performance on the trail less than entirely positive.

The mainly nylon sole gets a small section of carbon under the cleat area to give a solidly powerful feel underfoot without being too harsh on long days or rocky trails. As long as your feet are relatively long and narrow, the microfibre upper, Velcro strap and dial system give reasonable support while you're putting the power down.

There’s not much mesh for water to get in through, so they shrug off puddle splashes pretty well. The single-click dial release is useful if you’re taking them off with frozen or filthy hands too. The tread lugs are made from a hard, slippery rubber compound though, so you’ll need to fit toe studs for grip in wet conditions.

Unfortunately the dial system’s locking mechanism isn’t strong enough to stop it loosening click by click if you’re walking up steep slopes on your toes. While re-tightening after any rambling isn’t such a big deal for trail use, it’s a pain for racers tempted by the otherwise cost-effective performance.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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