We review the new S-Works Trivent shoes by Specialized.
Going beyond many manufacturers’ inverted strap and large heel loop modifications, Specialized have designed the S-Works Trivent from the ground up as the ultimate triathlon shoe. Underneath the smooth barefoot-friendly footbed is a FACT 12.0 carbon sole that was suitably stiff, giving a really solid base for converting quad power to speed. Most of the triathlon-specific inclusions are on the upper; primarily the shoe’s unique method of closure, which uses a BOA system – wire-based lacing that’s tightened by a dial and undone by pulling the dial outwards. In the case of the Trivent, this wire reaches around to the heel, which folds backwards and is secured in an open position by a magnet attached to the heel loop to allow for a completely unobstructed foot entry. A plastic clip just behind the arch allows easy horizontal positioning of the shoes via a rubber band that’s more secure than threading the band through the heel loop. The Trivent was exceptionally easy to get into and could really save time in transition. Crucially, it’s also a very comfy shoe that eliminates heel slippage, has loads of venting and replaceable heel lugs to help avoid damage to the shoe on dismount. It’s not quite as light as some other featherweights on the market though (our size 10.5s weighed in at 295g per shoe), but nor was it noticeably heavy while riding.
A spectacular shoe for those looking to achieve maximum gains
This review was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.
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