The PRO Leader II shoes are a cutting edge shoe with some obvious benefits and some not so obvious. First off, at 500 grams a pair they're crazy light. And beyond weight, very streamlined and aerodynamic with no bulky buckles on the side and just a small strap on the front to secure the forefoot.Lightweight, simple and uncluttered, just how we like our shoes.
Pearl Izumi's Second Skin upper is a thin, yet strong material that comfortably conforms to the foot. There is mesh for breathability and a TCU web upper for solid support and power transfer especially on the upstroke. The BOA closure system ingeniously located on the tongue provides extremely even closure pressure nicely wrapping the foot. Just turn the dial to tighten and pull up on the dial and then lift up on the tongue to loosen/remove the shoe.
Pearl employs a super stiff Octane grade unidirectional carbon sole with a low 7mm stack height. There is a textured area to prevent cleat slippage and about 7mm of extra cleat adjustment to accommodate a variety of fits. Direct vents on the bottom of the sole add some airflow. Pearl includes a 1:1 interface insole with transverse arch support with dual density EVA foam.
I have a few pairs of Sidi's which I like very much but these are my favorite shoes.
Pros: Comfy, Easy on
excellent shoe. super light, no pressure points. It truly feels like slipper! Much better than my s-works shoes
Pros: light, fast, comfortable.
Cons: none yet
I have very temperamental. Just completed a long ride and these shoes really do feel like a slipper. The most interesting part of the shape is the way your heel stays put even when the main boa dial is barley torqued. My old pair of Specialized s-works required the top boa to be ratcheted down, and I could still feel some give on the upstroke. I've tried both Sidi wires and Specialized s-works, but neither come close to comfort and support. If you were blessed with flat temperamental feet like myself, these are worth a try.
Pros: slim, light, slipper like.
Cons: non yet