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The Specialized AUDAX cycling shoe, not named after St Audax the third century saint who was martyred, but after the long distance road cycling events.
Why the AUDAX ? AUDAX cycling is generally known as being long distance which means spending a long time on the bike and on the pedals.
Bring on the AUDAX shoes designed for all day riding, for those who of course have the time to ride all day. Designed with Specialized's anatomical Body Geometry carbon sole support which is known to increase efficiency, optimise hip, knee and ankle alignment as well as provide incredible comfort. This we all know from other such Specialized shoes however the sole is slightly wider on this version than on some of the previous shoe models.
Then the shoe upper is the most dramatic change. The material is a supple micromax synthetic leather, ventilated to keep the foot cool in warmer climates, unlike our current weather. A good pair of shoe covers or Velotoze will take care of that until the temperature begins to rise again. As opposed to some previous Specialized shoes, the AUDAX also has a low profile heel which is remarkably still secure and supportive.
The reason for the lower cut heel is to ensure there is no restriction or pressure on the achilles for those with full ankle motion in their pedal rotation.
So most importantly, how do they ride ? To be honest it is a diffuclt product to review as, once the shoes were on and the pedals started turning, l never gave the shoes another thought ! They fit so well and were so comfortable that after four decent rides in them, there is not much to report because the shoe performed flawlessly. No discomfort whatsoever, no too tight across the top, no digging in the toes, no too narrow across the toes, no heel cup pushing against the heel, no inner shoe rub against the arch of the foot and certainly no flexing of the sole out of the saddle up hills.
I cannot recall ever transitioning into a pair of shoes so easily in all the years of cycling. The one BOA dial made setting the tension simple and the two velcro straps were just set and forget. These shoes certainly have achieved their goal of being a "ride all day pushing the limits" type of shoe and at the end of ride you are not even in a hurry to take them off.
8/10 for the AUDAX shoes as they are still not as light as the S Works shoe and, although l didn't have an issue, not as stiff in the sole. For those who do not have the budget for an S Works shoe, this is the one to get and available in White, Black and Candy red !


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