Whether you’re finalizing dates for your full ‘cross race calendar or prefer to spend your rides roosting berms and charging through white-knuckle descents, Louis Garneau’s Graphite Men’s Cycling Shoe is equipped to permit you to get the most out of the power you’re driving through your feet even as keeping you comfortable all the way through an aggressive riding and racing schedule. The Graphite occupies the upper tier of Garneau’s mountain offerings, sitting just below its the most effective T-Flex 2LS. It features the same carbon sole and some of the same fit details, but trades wire dials for three lightweight hook-and-loop straps. Along the upper of the Graphite, Garneau forgoes all traditional seaming, choosing to thermobond the necessary seams for a more flexible, breathable upper that’s less likely to chafe. Perforations all the way through the upper promote air glide and ventilation, even as the HRS-100 nylon heel piece maintains rigidity along the Achilles tendon to prevent heel slippage and lost power on climbs. Within the shoe, a Coolmax Hot Stuff insole comes with three separate arch pieces that will let you customize the amount of enhance the shoes provide along the arch, depending on the shape of your foot. The quite-contradictory Carbon T-FLEX moniker Garneau gives to the outsole of the Graphite refers to the toe piece’s ability to flex under pressure, even as the remainder of the sole remains completely rigid. Garneau does this with its high-end models to make navigating tough sections of trail on foot easier and to prevent excessive heel pressure, so you get responsive power transfer, adapted to the demands of the trails.
Upper Material: synthetic
Closure: 3 hook-and-loop straps
Footbed: Coolmax Ergo Air
Sole: Carbon T-Flex
Cleat Compatibility: 2-bolt