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The Shimano SH-TR9 Elite Triathlon Shoe keeps the competitive triathlete ahead, offering increased speed both during transition and on the bike. A wide collar and T1-Quick hook-and-loop strap make it easy to have the shoe open and ready in the transition area. Quick-dry mesh, a front air intake, and generous venting all around the shoe allow wet feet to dry out while riding, and a stiff Dynalast carbon midsole is tuned for maximum power transfer and an efficient pedal stroke.
Claimed weight is 271 g (size 42). Compatible with standard 3-bolt road cleats.
- T1-Quick strap and extra-wide collar simplifies foot entry and quickens transitions
- Asymmetrical heel loop makes it easier to get your finger through the loop to quickly secure the shoe during transitions
- Lightweight, super-stiff carbon fiber composite sole efficiently transfers power
- 3D breathable mesh for optimal ventilation
- Anatomical toe cap with air intake maintains rigidity and breathability
Ordered by Most Relevant First
Des Moines, IA
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
High quality materials, slightly snug fit, and bold single choice of color for this model
This is my 4th pair of Shimano triathlon shoes, so clearly I have some brand loyalty-there's my bias out front. I started in their mid-entry shoe a decade ago and the last three have been the carbon soled upper-level ones they offer. I'm pleased with the TR9 after about a month of use. I wear a EU 48 in running shoes and usually go with 47 in cycling shoes, because I go sockless (one of the reasons my tri-bike shoes last only 2-3 years before they attain an odor that earns them a Viking burial to commemorate their valiant service). These size 47s are still quite snug after a dozen or so rides, and I have the 2 straps pretty loose. Having 2 straps for adjustment is better than the single strap I've had on previous models. The very front of the toebox is narrower, nay, pointier, than I'd like, but I expect the uppers will stretch a bit like previous models, so that in a couple months they'll give my feet room to breathe but still allow me to transfer power to the pedals efficiently. It might also be that all my running shoes are foot shaped nowadays, so my feet have gotten used to the room for my toes to splay a bit?
Regardless, these seem to be made of very high-quality materials and should hold up to some sweaty, wet conditions over the next few seasons. I like the bright blue color of the shoes, as they match my current triathlon kit, but that'll change with the next racing season so hopefully whatever I go with will look OK with these bright blue babies.
The sale price at BTD was awesome, as always, so if you can wait for a discount from the MSRP, you'll be getting great bang for your buck.
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