Product Review | Specialized Torch 1.0
Cycling is not a cheap and most folks must decide on where to focus their dollars when getting into the sport. Thankfully over the years it seems like there is more trickle-down tech from most brands top tier ranges down to their entry level products. Shoes are probably one of the more important things to get right. Think about it. You have two feet and they are connected to the machine rotating thousands of times per ride. I generally advise folks to spend the extra coin to get into a good pair of shoes. The Specialized Torch 1.0’s caught my eye just based on their appearance initially. After getting the size dialed I realized they are entry level shoes at $110 compared to its $425 top tier sibling. I decided I would give them a go and see how entry level shoes compare. Check out our product review of the Specialized Torch 1.0.
What’s new is their seems to much more trickle-down features from their top tier shoes down to entry level. Their are some nice features like the Boa closure system.
These shoes look great. While appearance is not that important versus performance, it certainly does not hurt. Note: They a have a nice range of alternate colors as well.
I have always liked Boa closure systems. Easily tuned while riding, insuring a snug fit.
While the soles aren’t uber light weight carbon fiber the injection-molded nylon composite soles are plenty stiff. 6.0 on the stiffness index.
A great shoe for someone who is on a budget. You have many of the same features as the more expensive models. Stiffness of soles? Solid. Comfort and snug fit? Check. Boa closures allow for easy adjustment. Good ventilation? Yup. You’d be surprised at how well they vent with all those tiny holes. Do they look pro? You bet, at least I think so. Bang for the buck? YES! At $110 this could be one of the best entry level shoes on the market. Go check them out for yourself at The Bike Route.
- Body Geometry sole construction and footbeds are ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to boost power, increase efficiency, and reduce chance of injury by optimizing hip, knee, and foot alignment.
- With a 6.0 Stiffness index, the injection-molded nylon composite sole is engineered to be moderately stiff and plenty light.
- Lightweight L6 Boa® Fit System for on-the-fly micro-adjustment, backed by the Boa Guarantee.
- Synthetic upper with for supple feel over the foot.
- Three-bolt cleat pattern fits all major road pedals.
- Approximate weight: 290g (1/2 pair, Size 42)