Afton Vectal clipless shoes review£100.00

All-day comfort

BikeRadar score3.5/5

These Vectal clipless shoes from newcomers Afton are really comfy underfoot, even after hours of pedalling. There’s just enough flex and feedback from the sole to ensure you can feel where the pedal is, without them feeling soggy or soft when you put the power down.

Thanks to 35mm cleat slots that sit quite far back towards the midfoot, I could position my cleats exactly where I wanted them.

When paired with Crankbrothers’ Mallet pedals, I found the minimally-treaded ‘Intact’ outsole to work well, never getting in the way when clipping in or out. It’s not the tackiest rubber though, which you’ll notice if you don’t manage to quite clip in on wetter rides.

With spacers fitted, the cleats sit proud of the sole, which isn't an issue on the bike, but it's not the comfiest when walking.

The laces are quite thick and I found them to be a little bit short, while the Velcro strap is anchored on both sides of the shoe (not at one end and then pulled through a loop), so even when cinched up tightly, it doesn’t boost security all that much.

I had no issues with heel slip while riding, although I did notice some when walking back up the hill.

Afton Vectal clipless shoes specifications

  • Closure: Laces/Velcro strap
  • Cleat slots: 35mm
  • Insole: Anti-microbial molded foam
  • Sole: Afton’s proprietary Intact rubber
  • Protection: Reinforced toe box/ additional protective PU taping
Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness

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