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It's time to get a new pair of cycle/tri shoes. I've been wearing some Shimano ones for ever but Shimano seem to moving away from tri shoes and there's not much to choose from. I am happy to try other brands, but there is a real lack of shops in Perth which stock tri shoes to try different brands on and I'm nervous about buying a different brand on line. 

So my question is, in the brains trusts experience, how does sizing across brands go in cycle/tri shoes? If I compare the same euro size across brands, am I likely to find shoes that fit, or are there difference according to brand?

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15 minutes ago, Katz said:

It's time to get a new pair of cycle/tri shoes. I've been wearing some Shimano ones for ever but Shimano seem to moving away from tri shoes and there's not much to choose from. I am happy to try other brands, but there is a real lack of shops in Perth which stock tri shoes to try different brands on and I'm nervous about buying a different brand on line. 

So my question is, in the brains trusts experience, how does sizing across brands go in cycle/tri shoes? If I compare the same euro size across brands, am I likely to find shoes that fit, or are there difference according to brand?

In my experience, very different across brands.. I was 2 sizes different Specialized road show and LG and Northwave tri shoes, and there was also a lot of difference in shoe width... its a hard one because opportunities to try on a good range is impossible...

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I reckon it'd be like with sneakers.  Sometimes sizes aren't the same even within the same brand!

I've only ever had northwave tri shoes, and I've liked them.  Actually only ever had northwave cycling shoes period.

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41 in the shimano. And scott it seems based on a pair of road shoes I just tried on at a LBS.

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Specialized seems to go same size as Shimano. Pearl Izumi runs smaller. Northwave as well.

Bummer, I have a pair of Pearl Izumi in 41 I don't use (I only reviewed them here for 1 IM) but they might be a tad small. I wear 40 in Shimano and Specialised, run in 40 2/3 runners.

Consider using a road shoe. They are often more comfortable, and really, how much time do you really safe...

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21 minutes ago, humdrum said:

Consider using a road shoe. They are often more comfortable, and really, how much time do you really safe...

This.

If you aren't doing flying mounts probably no issues with a standard road shoe.

You have me wondering if a boa closure would be just as effective as a velcro strap, tri shoe wise or do they not open as wide?

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3 minutes ago, Tyno said:

This.

If you aren't doing flying mounts probably no issues with a standard road shoe.

You have me wondering if a boa closure would be just as effective as a velcro strap, tri shoe wise or do they not open as wide?

The last thing I would be doing is a flying mount. 🤣

 

27 minutes ago, humdrum said:

Specialized seems to go same size as Shimano. Pearl Izumi runs smaller. Northwave as well.

Bummer, I have a pair of Pearl Izumi in 41 I don't use (I only reviewed them here for 1 IM) but they might be a tad small. I wear 40 in Shimano and Specialised, run in 40 2/3 runners.

That's good info, thank you.

I used to be a 40 in everything, now I am getting more and more reliably a 41. My Asics Noosa Tris (9) are a 41.5!

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5 minutes ago, Tyno said:

This.

If you aren't doing flying mounts probably no issues with a standard road shoe.

You have me wondering if a boa closure would be just as effective as a velcro strap, tri shoe wise or do they not open as wide?

If you're race sprint, or up to OD (and I mean racing), then a tri-shoe may be better, but if you are completing, or racing longer distance, then why do you require a tri-specific shoe?

 

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Just now, Ex-Hasbeen said:

If you're race sprint, or up to OD (and I mean racing), then a tri-shoe may be better, but if you are completing, or racing longer distance, then why do you require a tri-specific shoe?

 

Because I am lazy and like 1 strap versus several. :)

That said, I had my first look at the boa closure today in the shop and I must say, I quite like it.

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Just now, Katz said:

Because I am lazy and like 1 strap versus several. :)

That said, I had my first look at the boa closure today in the shop and I must say, I quite like it.

They are good. 

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Cycling shoes generally won’t have the loop on the back of the shoe meaning it’s difficult to hold shoe and slip foot in while on the bike. For me, the running in and out of transition wearing your shoes is a danger more so than a time saver with tri shoes already being on your bike and there is less of a bunch up at the mount/dismount line. If you have a choice, pick the tri shoe and have them on your bike.... you don’t have to be quick to get an advantage.

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5 hours ago, Katz said:

Not what I wanted to hear guys. LOL

What I can tell you is from my personal experience, is that there is a little difference between north wave and shimano cycling shoes. The sizes are very similar but it's the sizing across the width of the forefoot area that is different. I found the north wave a better fit width wise. 

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The width is one of the reasons I've stuck with NW.

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I hope Shimano aren't changing their line. I wear a 52 Wide and they are the only ones I can get. 

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46 minutes ago, goughy said:

The width is one of the reasons I've stuck with NW.

Same here. 

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11 hours ago, Katz said:

It's time to get a new pair of cycle/tri shoes. I've been wearing some Shimano ones for ever but Shimano seem to moving away from tri shoes and there's not much to choose from. I am happy to try other brands, but there is a real lack of shops in Perth which stock tri shoes to try different brands on and I'm nervous about buying a different brand on line. 

So my question is, in the brains trusts experience, how does sizing across brands go in cycle/tri shoes? If I compare the same euro size across brands, am I likely to find shoes that fit, or are there difference according to brand?

Take a punt. I did and the shoes I got for $30 dollars are much better than the pair I paid $300 for years ago.

eBay for me every time. Example below.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com.au%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F322233094535

Dont be concerned with buying a tri shoe... makes no difference. Just go for comfort......and if the sizing is wrong try again. No big deal.

 

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I had trouble getting my shoe on & off , while theyre clipped in, when my road shoes had a ratchet strap system. I think boa system would be far easier if using a road shoe

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On ‎10‎/‎09‎/‎2019 at 8:52 PM, Surfer said:

I had trouble getting my shoe on & off , while theyre clipped in, when my road shoes had a ratchet strap system. I think boa system would be far easier if using a road shoe

Unless your a pro, why does this matter. So many people are hopeless at doing this, but I guess it makes them feel like a pro.

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4 hours ago, IronmanFoz said:

Unless your a pro, why does this matter. So many people are hopeless at doing this, but I guess it makes them feel like a pro.

Having worked the dismount line at the 70.3 last week it makes a huge difference. The number of people falling over while trying to run in their shoes was crazy. 

The guys are a lot better at doing the flying dismount. Besides the pros I can't remember any AG Females doing it.

It was also a lot safer & the dismount line was less congested with the guys being able to do a flying dismount. There was a lot of crashes/rear enders in the female race. I also noticed a lot more women jamming on the front break & going over the bars. 

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