ION Raid II flat-pedal shoes review

Plenty of flat-pedal support and grip

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £85.00 RRP | AUD $160.00
The excellent foot support gives a feeling of solidity on the pedals

Our review

Their looks may deceive, but the Raid IIs offer the complete package of foot support and pedal grip
Pros: Excellent grip; competitively priced; asymmetric shape offers protection from crank knocks
Cons: White soles for UK riding – really?
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Whenever new flat-pedal shoes land in the office, the first thing everyone wants to know is, “are they as grippy as Five Tens?” Well, the answer in this case is… very nearly.

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Disguised under a casual-looking, skate-shoe-inspired upper is a sole that offers much better grip than expected. This is thanks in part to ION’s ‘Pin Tonic’ technology, which matches a fairly hard-compound rubber outsole, for durability, with a softer EVA midsole, which allows the shoe to flex and grip the pedal.

A fairly flat tread pattern across the central portion of the shoe gives plenty of foot-positioning options, and there are ridged sections on the toe and heel for walking.

While overall traction isn’t quite up to the vice-like standards of Five Ten’s ‘Stealth’ rubber, the excellent foot support gives a feeling of solidity on the pedals.

The Raid IIs have a narrower and less sloppy fit than many Five Ten models, and the tight lace eyelets mean the shoes stay secure once you cinch them up. Pre-forming of the heel helps it to hold your foot in place without an excessive amount of foam padding too, making these fairly quick to dry after a soaking.

ION makes no pretences about waterproofing but, while the lack of any venting or mesh panels may not be good for summer, it does make for better splash-proofing.

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ION Raid II flat-pedal shoes specifications

  • Sizes: 37–47
  • Colours: Black, Crank Crocodile
  • Closure: Laces
  • Sole: Rubber compound

Product Specifications

Product

Name Raid II flat-pedal shoes
Brand ION

Shoe Closure Laces
Sole Type SBR rubber outsole