Bontrager is nearing completion on a new range of mountain bike shoes that will contain at least three models, presumably for release later this year. The top-end Race X Lite prototype we saw features a carbon sole plate and synthetic upper secured with a ratcheting buckle and two forefoot straps. The main strap is well-padded and adjustable in length while the moulded heel cup appears to be well ventilated.
One of the most exciting features, though, is the inclusion of an OEM version of Soles’ custom insoles. The Bontrager semi-custom version uses interchangeable arch and metatarsal inserts to provide personalised support that comes close to the full-blown version, at least in theory. Several different shapes and sizes of inserts will be included and Bontrager may offer the semi-custom insoles in the aftermarket as well.
The next model down is said to swap the Race X Lite’s carbon fibre sole with a carbon-reinforced nylon plate while the remaining shoe is intended as more of a multipurpose trail shoe with a more flexible sole and beefier tread for walking.