2 Boa dials; one Velcro toe strap; out there in sizes 36-49
Two Boa dials and one Velcro lace enable for zonal tightening; the tread was nice for strolling; greatest for cross-country/gravel
break-in interval required
A low-cut, heavily-perforated, artificial leather-based shoe, Specialised’s Recon 3.0 was impressed by the corporate’s S-Works cross-country race footwear, then armored to deal with arduous use and paired with a sole that may assist you hold your velocity even when it’s a must to hop off your bike and cost up a hill. It’s on the racy aspect, however with balanced stiffness and walkability.
Regardless of nearly no-mesh, the Recon’s totally artificial leather-based higher stored my ft snug whatever the temperature exterior. Perforations from toe to ankle, together with within the tongue, let sweat escape, however nonetheless supplied some climate safety on chilly rides. The Recon’s higher is hard and textured with heel and toe scuff guards. The skin is totally welded, not stitched, which reduces seams, however doesn’t eradicate them; it simply makes them much less cumbersome and fewer susceptible to trigger stress factors, whereas giving the shoe a clear look.
Apparently, some seams contained in the shoe are sewn — the shoe’s Boa lacing is stitched to the shoe’s higher, however I didn’t discover them after I was using. As a rider with medium-wide ft, the shoe felt restrictive the place the tongue and the shoe’s lowest fit-adjusting Velcro strap is sewn-in straight over the ball of the large toe. However this space broke in over a number of rides, and so did the tongue, which felt like a tough piece of cardboard urgent on my ankle at first, regardless of the padding that covers a lot of the high. Water-repelling Xpel mesh strains the higher and peeks out slightly below the Velcro strap.
Specialised Recon 3 soles weren’t so inflexible that I felt like I used to be strolling across the parking zone post-ride in street footwear. Photograph: Berne Broudy
Specialised says that its Physique Geometry sole and footbed can improve effectivity, and cut back the possibility of harm by optimizing hip, knee, and foot alignment. Three or 4 rides in, because the shoe began to adapt to my foot, and as arduous edges and tight stitching softened, it grew to become considered one of my favorites. It supplied super-efficient pedaling, nevertheless it wasn’t so inflexible that I felt like I used to be strolling across the parking zone post-ride in street footwear.
That’s Specialised’s Carbon Stride toe-flex know-how at work which the corporate says permits for pure toe motion off-bike, however stays stiff for pedaling, even with a stiffness index of 10/10. The only rubber is aggressively treaded within the toe and heel.
Specialised Recon 3 options two Boa dials and a Velcro strap. Photograph: Berne Broudy
The Recon 3.0 adjusts with two impartial Boa L6-snap dials for on-the-fly micro-adjustment. Boa laces are paired with a Velcro strap in direction of the toe. Collectively, they provide this shoe tons of adjustability, although I want the world beneath the Velcro strap had been designed with a bit of extra give.
Specialised positions this shoe as a cross-country/gravel shoe, however this shoe’s candy steadiness of stiffness and walkability gave me management on all terrain. It was, nevertheless, a tad lower-cut than I needed for essentially the most technical using. After the preliminary break-in, it was a shoe I often reached for, and in addition a shoe different riders commented on routinely, most definitely as a result of I used to be rocking it in eye-catching turquoise. It is available in each vivid and subdued colours, and in sizes 36-49.