Bont Vaypor XC Cycle MTB Shoe
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A handmade performance shoe for cross country riding, the Vaypor XC MTB shoe features all of Bont's leading biomechanical and anatomical features. Incredible strength/weight ratio and low stack height make this great for long off-road rides.
Top Features of the Bont Vaypor XC Cycle MTB Shoe
- Fully customisable fit with heat mouldable innersole and chassis with epoxy thermoset resin
- Medial longitude arch support and lateral forefoot support reduces risk of knee injury
- Anatomical foot shape to reduce metatarsal strain and increase power transfer
- Anatomical heel cup for smarter support and total comfort
- Grip plate sole to maximize grip and minimize dirt and mud retention
- Replaceable grip components on sole can be fitted with spike mounts
- High density memory foam with dry cell technology for extra water resistance
- Micro adjustable buckle with a low profile for comfort and aerodynamic performance
- Bumpers in key impact areas protect feet in case of collision
- Frontal Air Vents
- Stack Height: 4.4mm
- Fit details
- To find your size, place a tape measure on a flat surface up against a wall. Stand on the tape measure with your heal against the wall. Look down and take the measurement from your longest toe. Then use the MM scale on the size chart to find your size.
- The mm sizes on the size chart are the exact length of the last that we use to build the shoes. If you find that your mm size is exactly the same as a value on the size chart, you may want to select one size bigger to give your toes some room. Eg. You measure your foot and it is 268mm is size which is a size 42.5. Unless you like your shoes very tight, you may wish to wear a size 43.
Heat MouldingBoasting unparalleled heat mouldable design, all of Bont’s shoes feature a proprietary resin. It’s taken them 36 years of research, development and tweaks to create and perfect their resin to make an extremely stiff shoe that becomes pliable at relatively low temperatures. Where as many brands offering heat moulding can only do so in certain areas, a Bont shoe is mouldable across the entire chasis. With great anatomical design out of the box, the ability to fine tune your Bont shoe will give you an extremely customised fit for total comfort.
View the video tab for instructions on how to heat mould your Bont shoes at home.
Medial Longitude Arch SupportBont adds structural medial longitudinal arch support in all of their models to prevent over pronation. Bont believe over pronation is a big cause of knee injuries as the incorrect tracking of knees while in the riding position can cause rotation of the tibia and femur. This can also cause the pelvis to tilt, resulting in lower back strain. By adding extra support in this key area, they make shoes that allow you to perform longer, with less risk of injury.
Anatomical Foot ShapeBont offers a unique foot shape on their shoes. Whereas nearly all cycling shoe companies make their footwear to a "dress shoe" shape which looks great, Bont believes this shape is too restrictive on the metatarsals. By crafting their shoes to allow more breathing room for your forefoot and toes, Bont aim to reduce "hot foot" and allow your foot to function in the most efficient and anatomically correct position. This technology allows your pedaling force to spread across a greater surface area, creating better impact and fantastic performance.
Anatomical Heel CupTo increase stability during the pull through stage of pedaling, Bont have added an anatomically shaped heel cup. Without the need for over-tightening straps/laces or mechanical operation, you gain stabilization resulting in increased comfort and proper blood circulation.
Lateral Forefoot SupportTo maintain a neutral position of the forefoot and prevent common issues that arise from over pronation and supination, Bont offers shoes with Lateral Forefoot Support. With a reduced risk of incorrect knee tracking and hip/lower back ache due to the correct positioning this enhancement encourages, you can ride for longer in confidence.
About Offroad Shoes
MTB Cycling shoes have stiffer soles than an everyday shoe, like a trainer for instance, this means that they transfer more power to the pedals each time you push down. By improving this connection between your foot and the pedal, you can ride longer due to more efficiency and with more comfort. Higher level shoes will have 3 straps on the upper which make them very adjustable and can improve comfort further. Mountain bike shoes have a knobbly grippy sole so you can dismount and run with the bike off road when needed, or walk for small periods if popping to the shops. They are a true all round shoe that can be used for off road, road, touring and commuting.
About the Bont brand
Founded in 1975, Bont began when Inze Bont, a recreational skater decided to fiberglass the back of his leather skates to gain extra support. A simple, yet innovative approach which started a company now in its 35th year, with product ranges across two highly competitive sports and sales across 56 countries.
Inze's innovation saw Bont as the first footwear manufacturer to commercially use materials such as fiberglass in 1975, Kevlar in 1986 and Carbon in 1989. The companies philosophy in continually driving development, along with its reputation for producing the highest quality products rapidly made it the largest producer of hand made speed skates in the world, a position it has continually held and one that is backed up by not only our volume of products sold, but by countless world championship medals.
In 2007, after continual requests the decision was made to expand the companies product line into the cycling market. Working together with world class athletes, Bont launched its initial offering of cycling shoes and in its inaugural year at the 2008 Beijing Olympics finished with 8 Gold medals.
Since 2008, Bont Cycling has rapidly grown it's product line to over 12 models in stock sizing and now caters extensively to all disciplines of cycling. Our range of cycling shoes cater not only to high performance athletes, but also to enthusiasts and beginners alike.
Bont as a company continues to grow with the help of a dedicated team of individuals. Our team, including our factory which is dedicated to Bont products only, strives to continually improve our products in all aspects. We work with total respect for all within the Bont family and value all input from within our team and from the countless individuals who use our products.
Bont will continue to grow through maintaining our constant drive in product innovation, continually improving on product quality and through providing exceptional support and service.
|US Men's Size||EU Shoe Size||Length||Standard width||Narrow fit (less than)||Wide Fit (more than)|
|US Male Shoe||EU Shoe||mm||mm||mm||mm|
|36||3.5||36||223mm||81 - 90mm||81mm||90mm|
|37||4.5||37||232mm||83 - 92mm||83mm||92mm|
|38||5||38||238mm||85 - 94mm||85mm||94mm|
|39||6||39||245mm||87 - 97mm||87mm||97mm|
|40||6.5||40||250mm||88 - 98mm||88mm||98mm|
|40.5||7||40.5||254mm||90 - 100mm||90mm||100mm|
|41||7.5||41||259mm||91 - 101mm||91mm||101mm|
|42||8||42||268mm||92 - 102mm||92mm||102mm|
|42.5||8.5||42.5||268mm||94 - 104mm||94mm||104mm|
|43||9||43||272mm||95 - 105mm||95mm||105mm|
|44||10||44||277mm||96 - 107mm||96mm||107mm|
|44.5||10.5||44.5||281mm||98 - 109mm||98mm||109mm|
|45||10.75||45||285mm||99 - 110mm||99mm||110mm|
|46||11||46||290mm||100 - 111mm||100mm||111mm|
|46.5||11.5||46.5||294mm||101 - 112mm||101mm||112mm|
|47||12||47||299mm||102 - 113mm||102mm||113mm|
|48||12.5||48||305mm||104 - 115mm||104mm||115mm|
|49||13||49||312mm||106 - 117mm||106mm||117mm|
|50||14||50||317mm||107 - 118mm||107mm||118mm|
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Magazine reviews for Bont Vaypor XC Cycle MTB Shoe
Review from Bikeradar
Since conquering the Tour de France with Bradley Wiggins in 2012, Bont have focused on a different sort of mountain climbing with their Vaypor XC shoe.
The upper is unchanged from the road version, but the off-road/cyclocross model's carbon 'tub' has a number of additions, and weight for our size 45s increases to 795g.
Seven small mesh vents in the toe protector aid cooling on dry days but are easily blocked by mud, the perforated top of the toe-box faring better in the sticky stuff.
Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) protector strips are fitted across each side of the forefoot to guard against the crank arm and passing obstructions. Harder wearing than rubber, the TPU bumpers shrug off abrasion effectively and are virtually unmarked after weeks of use.
Replaceable grippy rubber sections transform the sole, and a pair of toe studs can be fitted for extra bite. The two-bolt cleat-fixing slots are flanked by a pair of angular, grooved pontoons, and at the back is a generous star-shaped heel.
Between heel and cleat is a fixed rubber patch that provides purchase should you miss the pedal when remounting. The rubber is quite soft, gripping superbly, especially on hard surfaces where plastic soles slip, but a couple of rubber blocks on our shoes already show signs of splitting.
The heat-moulding process gives a great fit, and in a cyclocross race revolutionised the drive we could transmit when sprinting from the start line and out of low-speed corners. With road buzz not an issue off-road, comfort on the bike is excellent.
The main compromise of a totally stiff shoe is when you're dismounted; the complete lack of flex requires the ratchet strap to be done up tightly to keep the foot in place, and running works the ankles harder than usual as there is no sole and little upper deformation. Soft ground helps the Vaypor grip, by giving where the shoe can't, and studs are essential when running uphill.
Stony ground will scratch the unprotected carbon, and you may need to trim the ratchet strap, but for incredible security and power transfer, and an upper that sheds mud well, the Vaypor XCs are our favourite off-road race shoes.
Uncompromising cyclocross shoe that's best when on the bike
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