Vittoria Premium Carbon Shoes review

Comfortable road racing footwear

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£171.00 RRP

Our review

Vittoria’s flagship buckled road shoe makes for a solid alternative to some better-known brands with its rigid pedaling platform and good long distance comfort
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Vittoria have added two key features for the latest version of their top-end Premium Carbon road shoe – new padding for the main strap plus a redesigned carbon sole with an increased lateral cleat adjustment range and ample ventilation holes.

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The Air Cushion padding does a good job of alleviating pressure from the main strap, even when cinched down tight and after several hours of riding. The fit is snug in combination with the two forefoot Velcro straps and fairly stiff synthetic leather around the rear, and there is little unwanted movement when pedaling hard.

Though the heel cup looks unusually wide – and is more prone to crankarm rub as a result – it is suitably narrow inside and provides good hold. Vittoria accommodates different foot sizes with a three-position buckle anchor.  

The heel cup is rather wide and is prone to crankarm rub but the tight-fitting interior still offers good heel hold
The heel cup is rather wide and is prone to crankarm rub but the tight-fitting interior still offers good heel hold:
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The company claims its ribbed ‘Ultralight Carbon’ sole is more rigid than before but any improvement from last year is nearly impossible to detect.  Regardless, overall stiffness is what one would expect from a high-end full-carbon plate – very good – and the lightweight plate helps keep the Premium Carbon to a competitive 632g for our size 43 testers.

Whether or not the sole’s four new air vents help keep the foot’s underside dry and cool is questionable. As with all sole vents, they don’t face forwards so air isn’t forced in very well. Any incoming air also has to pass through the outermost mesh and felt-like shoe bed. It is conceivable that the vents allow some heat to escape. Either way, it was not noticeable.

The 'Ultralight Carbon' sole features new vents and more lateral adjustment for the cleat
The ‘ultralight carbon’ sole features new vents and more lateral adjustment for the cleat:
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Thankfully, the airy upper largely makes up for this with its ample open nylon mesh up front and thin mesh tongue. Perforated sole or not, overall breathability was still very good even on hot summer days.

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Small issues aside, the Vittoria Premium Carbon provides a snug fit, good overall breathability, true Italian construction quality and styling, plus a stiff carbon plate.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Premium Carbon Road Shoe
Brand Vittoria

Description 632g (size 43)
Clothing Material Microfibre Nylon
Weight (g) 632
Shoe Sizes Available 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47
Sole Type Carbon Fibre