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Interbike 2010: More new shoes coming your way in 2011

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Vittoria will also offer women's versions of its new Hora road flagship.

Vittoria will also offer women's versions of its new Hora road flagship. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Sidi Design Series shoes are further differentiated by their unique sole plates.

Sidi Design Series shoes are further differentiated by their unique sole plates. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new Sidi Design Series shoes use different heel counters from the rest of Sidi's made-in-Italy range.

The new Sidi Design Series shoes use different heel counters from the rest of Sidi's made-in-Italy range. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Sidi has launched a new range of value-oriented shoes using in-house designs but manufactured in Asia.

Sidi has launched a new range of value-oriented shoes using in-house designs but manufactured in Asia. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Sidi has added a black-and-neon yellow color option to its Genius 6.6 Carbon Lite for 2011.

Sidi has added a black-and-neon yellow color option to its Genius 6.6 Carbon Lite for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Sidi is including new dual density insoles for its top-end shoes.

Sidi is including new dual density insoles for its top-end shoes. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Copper is Sidi's hot color for 2011.

Copper is Sidi's hot color for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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New perforations improve breathability in those areas on applicable Sidi shoes.

New perforations improve breathability in those areas on applicable Sidi shoes. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The full coverage tread on Pearl Izumi's X-Alp Seek looks to provide plenty of grip over unsure terrain.

The full coverage tread on Pearl Izumi's X-Alp Seek looks to provide plenty of grip over unsure terrain. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek blends a trail runner upper with a more mountain bike-friendly sole.

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek blends a trail runner upper with a more mountain bike-friendly sole. (Image credit: James Huang)
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As compared to the made-in-Italy models, the Sidi Design Series shoes will feature roomier toe boxes and less rocker.

As compared to the made-in-Italy models, the Sidi Design Series shoes will feature roomier toe boxes and less rocker. (Image credit: James Huang)
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New for 2011 are white and all-Lorica versions of Sidi's Spider.

New for 2011 are white and all-Lorica versions of Sidi's Spider. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Integrated plastic toe caps on the Sidi Spider protect against wear and impact.

Integrated plastic toe caps on the Sidi Spider protect against wear and impact. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Slotted inserts in the Vittoria carbon sole provide additional cleat adjustment.

Slotted inserts in the Vittoria carbon sole provide additional cleat adjustment. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Generous padding helps prevent pressure points on the new Vittoria Hora.

Generous padding helps prevent pressure points on the new Vittoria Hora. (Image credit: James Huang)
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A ventilated heel cup allow for a bit more airflow on Vittoria's Hora.

A ventilated heel cup allow for a bit more airflow on Vittoria's Hora. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The criss-cross pattern on Vittoria's Hora forefoot mimics the even pressure distribution of traditional laces.

The criss-cross pattern on Vittoria's Hora forefoot mimics the even pressure distribution of traditional laces. (Image credit: James Huang)
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A carbon fiber insert in Vittoria's new Hora road shoe is said to provide a firmer feel when the shoe is secured.

A carbon fiber insert in Vittoria's new Hora road shoe is said to provide a firmer feel when the shoe is secured. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Vittoria's new Hora road shoe combines a ratcheting main buckle with a rotary steel cable closure.

Vittoria's new Hora road shoe combines a ratcheting main buckle with a rotary steel cable closure. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Sidi's second-tier T2 Carbon triathlon shoes get the reptilian treatment, too.

Sidi's second-tier T2 Carbon triathlon shoes get the reptilian treatment, too. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Yowza! Sidi's top-end T2.6 Carbon Lite triathlon shoe is offered exclusively in Silver Mamba/White Vernice.

Yowza! Sidi's top-end T2.6 Carbon Lite triathlon shoe is offered exclusively in Silver Mamba/White Vernice. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The plastic anchor for Sidi's adjustable main strap is now tucked beneath a layer of Lorica for a cleaner look and more tucked-in shape.

The plastic anchor for Sidi's adjustable main strap is now tucked beneath a layer of Lorica for a cleaner look and more tucked-in shape. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Fuel sole is clearly intended primarily for pavement use.

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Fuel sole is clearly intended primarily for pavement use. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Ever wonder how Skydex is used in other industries? In shoes it provides impact cushioning but you'd be surprised - Google it!

Ever wonder how Skydex is used in other industries? In shoes it provides impact cushioning but you'd be surprised - Google it! (Image credit: James Huang)
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Pearl Izumi's new X-Alp Fuel use the company's running shoe upper but mated to a more cycling-friendly and cleat-compatible sole.

Pearl Izumi's new X-Alp Fuel use the company's running shoe upper but mated to a more cycling-friendly and cleat-compatible sole. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The large, reversed strap on the Northwave Tribute can be left open without snagging on crankarms for faster transition while a small Velcro tab helps hold them in that position, too.

The large, reversed strap on the Northwave Tribute can be left open without snagging on crankarms for faster transition while a small Velcro tab helps hold them in that position, too. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The unusually generous heel pad on the Northwave Tribute provides safer footing in the transition zone.

The unusually generous heel pad on the Northwave Tribute provides safer footing in the transition zone. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The small tab on the inboard side of Northwave's Tribute multisport shoes allows users to lightly secure the shoe to the crankarms for faster transitions.

The small tab on the inboard side of Northwave's Tribute multisport shoes allows users to lightly secure the shoe to the crankarms for faster transitions. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Northwave's Tribute range of multisport shoes is designed for fast entry and exit and comfort without socks.

Northwave's Tribute range of multisport shoes is designed for fast entry and exit and comfort without socks. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The minimal tread design on the new Northwave Striker uses tapered knobs to help pierce the ground and also shed mud.

The minimal tread design on the new Northwave Striker uses tapered knobs to help pierce the ground and also shed mud. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Northwave's new Striker shoe is modeled after high-end soccer cleats.

Northwave's new Striker shoe is modeled after high-end soccer cleats. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Vents in the toe and midfoot of Northwave's carbon soles help keep air moving through.

Vents in the toe and midfoot of Northwave's carbon soles help keep air moving through. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Northwave's adjustable main strap allows for a generous range of lengths while retaining a low profile.

Northwave's adjustable main strap allows for a generous range of lengths while retaining a low profile. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Northwave Evolution SBS's three-layer carbon sole includes laterally adjustable cleat mounting holes.

The Northwave Evolution SBS's three-layer carbon sole includes laterally adjustable cleat mounting holes. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new Northwave Typhoon aims to bring some of the company's higher-end features to a lower price point.

The new Northwave Typhoon aims to bring some of the company's higher-end features to a lower price point. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new Northwave Typhoon uses the company's Omega heel cup design.

The new Northwave Typhoon uses the company's Omega heel cup design. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Fiberglass and carbon fiber construction helps keep the cost down on the new Northwave Typhoon.

Fiberglass and carbon fiber construction helps keep the cost down on the new Northwave Typhoon. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Women's versions of the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Fuel are available, too.

Women's versions of the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Fuel are available, too. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Ok, let's take a straw poll: would you rather walk around on your current mountain bike shoes or ones with a sole like this?

Ok, let's take a straw poll: would you rather walk around on your current mountain bike shoes or ones with a sole like this? (Image credit: James Huang)
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The dual-density EVA foam midsole provides a little more cushion when on foot.

The dual-density EVA foam midsole provides a little more cushion when on foot. (Image credit: James Huang)
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A wraparound loop helps keep your heel in place on Pearl Izumi's new X-Alp Elite shoe.

A wraparound loop helps keep your heel in place on Pearl Izumi's new X-Alp Elite shoe. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Pearl Izumi is betting more walkable shoes like its new X-Alp Elite are the next big trend in mountain bike footwear.

Pearl Izumi is betting more walkable shoes like its new X-Alp Elite are the next big trend in mountain bike footwear. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Pearl Izumi's new X-Alp Elite shoe includes a tidy main strap length adjuster.

Pearl Izumi's new X-Alp Elite shoe includes a tidy main strap length adjuster. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The buckle is plastic but it's easy to operate and has a nice, positive action.

The buckle is plastic but it's easy to operate and has a nice, positive action. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Each Pearl Izumi PRO Series insole set will include two pairs of arch supports and forefoot wedges depending on your personal needs.

Each Pearl Izumi PRO Series insole set will include two pairs of arch supports and forefoot wedges depending on your personal needs. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Pearl Izumi's trick new insoles feature customizable arch support and forefoot varus without the need to purchase extra kits.

Pearl Izumi's trick new insoles feature customizable arch support and forefoot varus without the need to purchase extra kits. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Northwave's new Evolution SBS road shoe features an EVA-padded main strap and extra-flexible forefoot straps, a three-layer carbon plate with a temperature-regulating wood insole, and the company's new Omega heel cup.

Northwave's new Evolution SBS road shoe features an EVA-padded main strap and extra-flexible forefoot straps, a three-layer carbon plate with a temperature-regulating wood insole, and the company's new Omega heel cup. (Image credit: James Huang)

While some manufacturers have gone wholeheartedly down the heat moldable path, others have chosen to stick with the tried-and-true formula of well-researched last shapes and high-quality out-of-the-box fits.

Few have espoused that attitude more than Sidi, who proudly proclaim to "put the pizza in the oven, not the shoes." New for 2011 are flashy new colors for several models – including metallic bronze, neon yellow and, of course, white – and refinements to its proven ratcheting buckle designs. The inner strap anchors are now neatly tucked away beneath a surrounding layer of Lorica for a cleaner look and tidier shape while the buckle mounts are now perforated for improved breathability in that area.

The biggest news to more budget-minded buyers, however, is the introduction of the new Sidi Design Series range. In contrast to the made-in-Italy nature of the rest of the line, the SDS shoes will be made overseas using their own lasts, sole plates, and heel cups. Fit-wise, the toe boxes are roomier, there will be less rocker, and the volumes are slightly increased overall for a slightly more casually oriented feel. In addition, SDS shoes will use a more conventional synthetic leather instead of Sidi's usual Lorica.

Included in the SDS collection are the road-going Nevada with a fiberglass-reinforced nylon sole and three-strap upper and the Sierra mountain bike shoe with the same upper but a walkable, non-replaceable tread and two-bolt cleat compatibility. As expected, prices are usually inexpensive for Sidi at just US$149 per pair.

As SDS only compasses men's model right now, Sidi has in the interim decided to drop the prices on the still made-in-Italy women's-specific Zephyr and Giau models to the same US$149.

New footwear from Northwave

Northwave will introduce a number of new models for 2011. On the road side is the new Evolution SBS model with the company's three-layer carbon sole (top-end ones use five layers) and new lighter-weight upper using a similar ratcheting main buckle as on the Aerlite SBS but slimmer and more flexible twin forefoot straps. The unique wooden insole is said to better regulate temperature in hot conditions, too, along with the new ventilated Omega heel cup.

Further down the price scale are the buckled Typhoon Evo SBS and the three-strap Typhoon Evo, both with a carbon-and-fiberglass sole, the same Omega heel cup as on the Evolution SBS, and similarly lighter-weight Velcro straps for a more form-fitting feel.

Northwave's most exciting looking off-road model is the upcoming Striker SBS, modeled after the minimal and lightweight construction of high-end soccer cleats. The mostly mesh ratcheting buckle-plus-two strap upper uses just a few panels of microfiber material to hold the shape, lending an airier feel in hot weather plus a more compliant fit. Down below, a the new Speedlight 3D fiber-reinforced sole design opts for fewer lugs but ones that are more tapered in shape to better pierce the ground and shed mud.

Pearl Izumi plays the walkable card

While Pearl Izumi continues to cater to the mainstream road and MTB crowds, the real draw of its '11 shoes range are the expanded X-Alp and X-Road lines. Built with more real-world usability in mind, all seven models employ fully treaded outsoles that are far more walkable than typical cycling footwear plus slightly roomier fits to keep your toes from crashing into the front of the shoes.

New on the off-road side is the X-Alp Elite, using an adjustable ratcheting buckle-plus-twin offset forefoot strap upper layout similar to what's found on the company's high-end mountain bike shoes but a dual density EVA midsole for cushioning and a lugged carbon rubber outsole for surefooted grip, even on long hiking sections.

A partial-length internal plate keeps pedaling reasonable efficient, too, while the removable cleat cover reveals the usual two-bolt insert for use with most popular mountain bike pedals. Despite the generous allotment of rubber, claimed weights are surprisingly competitive at 415g apiece.

The X-Alp Seek IV is styled more like a trail runner and in fact, does use a nearly identical laced upper as on the company's isoSeek IV. Pearl Izumi mates the airier upper to the same lower chassis as the X-Alp Elite for the same pedal-friendly performance characteristics and weight actually decreases a bit to 365g apiece.

Following a similar formula to the X-Alp Seek IV is the Fuel, which likewise borrows its meshy, laced upper from Pearl Izumi's syncroFuel road runner but with its own dual density EVA midsole and partial-length internal plate for more efficient pedaling. Another removable cover reveals the same two-bolt cleat pocket as on the X-Alp range but with a smoother carbon rubber outsole intended more for pavement use.

Also coming from Pearl Izumi for 2011 is its new PRO Series insole system. Similar to what Specialized has done with its Body Geometry range, the new PRO Series footbed incorporate full-length arch supports and raised metatarsal areas to help maintain blood flow to your toes. Instead of Specialized's trio of molded-in arch sizes, though, Pearl Izumi's slick system uses interchangeable inserts that provide three levels of arch support and forefoot varus but all in a single, tunable package.

In addition to making things simpler for retailers, Pearl Izumi's setup also more readily accommodates asymmetries in riders' feet without having to purchase multiple kits.

Vittoria's new Hora hits the road

Highlighting Vittoria's 2011 range is the new Hora road model, built with a fairly conventional adjustable ratcheting main strap but a rotary dial-controlled steel cable for the forefoot similar to what's found on BOA-equipped footwear. Anchoring the whole lot is Vittoria's top-end Air System carbon sole with ventilated toe and midsections.

In addition to the carbon fiber insert around the midsection of the upper, Vittoria contends the Hora provides an extra-secure fit while still remaining lightweight at a claimed 307g per shoe (size 8).

Women's versions will also be available.