Bont Vaypor G gravel shoe review

Bont's Vaypor G shoes are a high-end gravel option aimed at the performance end of the spectrum

Bont Vaypor G
(Image: © Colin Levitch)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Hyper efficient and customizable gravel kicks


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    Anatomical focussed design

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    Replacable lugs

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    Heat mouldable


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    Too much lateral stiffness

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    Feel a bit wooden

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With its roots in inline skating, Australian-based Bont has a different take on cycling shoes than the vast majority of the cycling industry, in that its shoes are actually shaped like feet. A few weeks ago, we took a look at the brand’s top-end Vaypor S road shoes, but have also been ticking over the miles in its off-road focused Vaypor G as they aim for the title of best gravel bike shoes

Gravel shoes are a recent phenomenon; essentially, they are road shoes on the top, and MTB shoes on the bottom with most of the armouring removed. However, even with the ‘gravel’ moniker, Norco Factory XC team rider, Haley Smith, has been riding in the Vaypor G and so does two-time BMX Olympian and eight-time world champ Caroline Buchanan.

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Based on the Gold Coast of Australia, Colin has written tech content for cycling publication for a decade. With hundreds of buyer's guides, reviews and how-tos published in Bike Radar, Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect and Cycling Weekly, as well as in numerous publications dedicated to his other passion, skiing. 

Colin was a key contributor to Cyclingnews between 2019 and 2021, during which time he helped build the site's tech coverage from the ground up. Nowadays he works full-time as the news and content editor of Flow MTB magazine.