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This superlight road shoe was built with triathletes in mind: It has Velcro straps for easy entry, a stiff carbon outsole that deflects heat, and a breathable, open-mesh upper. "It was as if someone made me customized shoes," one tester says. ($170, specialized.com)
Footnote: It's a bummer on rides when shoes rub the wrong way, says North Liberty, Iowa, resident Lindsay Todd, 26, who bikes at least 100 miles a week. "I have flat, narrow feet, so it's hard to find a snug shoe. The Specialized Trivents fit like a glove."