Bontrager RXL road shoes review

High-end footwear from Trek

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £189.99 RRP | USD $229.99
Bontrager RXL road shoes

Our review

A secure but comfortable shoe if the ratchet is right for you
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The RXL’S lining has excellent retentive properties – your foot slides in with the grain but can’t slide out as easily against it, which contributes to the good level of heel hold. There’s no Boa Lacing System but the Velcro tabs pull tight more easily than most.


The tough ratchet has a simple one-step release that’s easy to use without looking down. However, we did run out of teeth on the strap, as though the RXLs had been made for fat feet. It just about went tight enough for us but if your feet are flatter then it may not be up to scratch. That niggle aside, the RXLs are a really stiff and comfortable option.

Product Specifications


Name RXL Road Shoes (11)
Brand Bontrager

Available Colours Various
Weight (g) 655
Fastening Type Buckle Velcro
Features * High-end road shoe combining excellent ventilation and a wide range of adjustability * Low-profile, Micro-Fit buckle and dual Velcro straps ensure a tailored fit * Micro-Fit buckle lets you dial-in strap tension by providing 1.5mm incremental release * Gold Series Carbon sole delivers lightweight, efficient power transfer * External molded heel cup and anti-slip lining help lock and secure the foot to eliminate power-robbing heel lift * Medial adjuster and molded EVA top pad relieve pressure on the mid-foot for all-day riding comfort * Available in standard volume Pro SV and low volume Pro LV lasts * eSoles premium insole for optimal fit and support
Shoe Compatibility 3 Bolt Cleat Look
Shoe Sizes Available 38 39 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 47 48 49