The Vega is noticeably slender in appearance, and the fit is fairly narrow too, although there’s a reasonable amount of room in the toe box.
The upper is the usual mix of synthetic leather and mesh, although the broad tongue means a lot of the mesh is effectively a double layer, so they’re not too draughty. There’s no shortage of protection from rocks, with armoured sections around the toe and heel, which incorporate reflective detailing.
A low-cut upper and generally slimline profile ensure lots of freedom of movement, although if you’re a habitual ankle-basher a shoe with a bit more meat might be a better choice.
The shoe features a Vibram sole and a fair amount of forefoot flex. It’s one of the comfier shoes for extended walking, but we experienced a bit of heel lift when off the bike. Most of that flexibility lies ahead of the cleat mounts, and with the bolt-in covers removed and cleats fitted the Vega pedals well.
The oval cleat pocket becomes quite narrow at the back, which limits sideways cleat adjustment.