All posts tagged SPD Sneakers

  • DZR H20

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    Damn, I need to get me a pair of these.

    The past few weeks it’s seemed like we’ve been hit with endless rain here in Shanghai. I think we’ve had rain at some point throughout the day for the last 12 days straight…not that I’m counting or anything. Back in the states I was spoiled with a dedicated commuter bike, outfitted with full fenders, a super long mud flap and mechanical disc brakes; so I would wake up and welcome the weather with open arms.

    Out here in Shanghai with a brakeless track bike, 20ish kilometers of daily commuting and a missing Ass Saver (where’d I put that thing?), venturing out in the pouring rain takes a bit more pre-prep. So, instead of buying a set of Raceblades and wearing a rain jacket, I’ve decided to further assimilate myself and wear a full-on fredsuit on the rainy days.

    The fluorescent orange suit is amazing in terms of staying dry and visible, however, my feet still get soaking wet. It’s not really an issue since I have a nearly endless supply of thrashed skate shoes, it’s more of an inconvenience carrying extra shoes and socks everyday.

    So, seeing the latest waterproof shoes from DZR got me pretty excited. I’m hoping to give these guys a go (if only I could find them available in China), as I’ve loved the last couple pairs of DZR shoes I’ve tried. Anyone out there already using the DZR H20‘s?

  • Chrome Truk Pro Review

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    I’ll gotta admit it, I have a real affinity for SPD sneakers. After owning a couple pairs from other brands, I can confidently say that the Chrome Truk Pro shoes are a great contender among the numerous options out there. While these are probably my favorite looking of the bunch, there are a number of reasons as to why the Truk Pro’s have won me over.

    Starting off, the all-black is right up my alley. Remember: you can’t go wrong with black on black on black. I also love how much the toe cab reminds me of PF-Flyers. At first, I didn’t think there was anything reflective on these shoes. Well, I was wrong. Take a look above the red logo and you’ll see the stealthy reflective strip going around the upper heel. A very nice touch indeed; something that I didn’t notice for the first few days…(much more below)

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  • Chrome Truk Pro SPD Sneaker

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    chrome truk pro

    The good folks at Chrome have announced their latest SPD compatible sneaker known as the Truk Pro. This shoe is officially available today both online and at Chrome HUBS in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Portland. If you’ve been looking to try out a SPD sneaker for a while but have balked in the past, now is the time. These minimally-branded shoes are at home whether it’s on your daily commute or the pit stop for a pint on the way home. Constructed of a dual density sole and Cordura upper, these are designed to deliver comfort and durability.

    I’ll be testing out a pair myself over the next couple weeks, so stay tuned for my review on the Truk Pro. In the meantime, check out some more product shots below as well as the PR from Chrome.

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  • DZR Jetlag Nero SPD Sneaker

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    The folks at DZR have just released a new SPD compatible sneaker of the slip-on variety known as the Jetlag Nero, check out more here.

    SPD compatible slip, co-molded power plate with a metal reinforced Nylon shank, link traction outsole that allows traction and durability, stability upper that features a padded upper with a power strap that cradles the foot and offers a more secure fit.”

    -B
  • the DZR Shoes Task Collection

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    I’ve been running my DZR Minna‘s for about three months now and have nothing but praise for them; they’ve held up surprisingly well as I’ve put them through a fair amount of abuse. I really like the subtle styling of the shoe, but if you’re looking for something resembling even less of a cycling shoe, the folks at DZR have you covered with the new Task Collection:

    Introducing DZR’s new Task Collection offering 8 different styles and colors.  With added stability, traction and power transfer the Task Collection is DZR’s progression into a performance bases SPD shoe. Whether you take your aggressive riding to the dirt trails, polo courts, or speeding up your ride through the streets; the Task Collection 

    See more at DZR Shoes

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  • DZR Minna Review – Thoughts after three weeks

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    Three weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive a pair of the new DZR Minna SPD-compatible shoes / sneakers and have had a pretty great experience with them so far. I’ve been wearing the DZRs day in and day out; commuting to work, cruising my normal errands, heading into town and I even found myself spending a few full days at work in them (and not really noticing it).

    Style-wise, these carry a subtle sophistication – something I really admire in a shoe. The blackout colorway features multiple textures and fabrics which keeps things interesting and helps the shoe to accompany whatever you happen to be wearing. They’ve also got subtle reflective inserts on the backs of the heels to help with visibility, a detail I love cause I find myself riding at night quite often.

    In terms of performance, I’ve been really impressed so far. The sole is stiff in just the right area and allows the perfect bit of flex in the toe-box and heel areas (see photo). After wearing/walking in these for a couple weeks you’ll begin to feel where the plastic insert ends, but only while walking – they’re still nice ‘n stiff above my Atacs.

    A reader mentioned a sample he tried had issues with the sole coming unglued on a sample model he received. To me, this seems somewhat inevitable in due time since you’re required to cut out the sole yourself, but it’s also easily fixable/preventable. If you’ve got some tubular glue sitting around that you’re not busy sniffing, it might be worth sealing the sole with once you cut it to prevent any separation. If it comes separated, just clean and glue.

    So far so stoked. Some detail shots/comments below.

    -B

    Previously: DZR Minna

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  • DZR Minna

    dzr minna spd compatible sneaker

    dzr minna spd compatible sneaker

    Named in honor of our showroom’s grand, gritty alley, Minna St., with graphics designed by local artist and DJ, Jeremiah Bal, these sneakers are a most fresh homage to an original.  All black, they will go with everything, everywhere, and take you back. ” – via DZR

    A pair of these brand new DZR Minnas were waiting for me last Friday when I came home from work, so I threw some cleats on ’em and have been riding them all weekend. I’ve been really excited to give a sneaker-style SPD shoe a try, and these would have been my first choice – solely on the styling of course. I like black and subtlety. My favorite detail off the bat has to be the reflective chain links on the backs of each shoe, minimal yet very practical.

    For nearly a year I’d been running Odyssey BMX pedals with some Hold Fast straps and really loved the setup except every time I got on either my road or mountain bike, I’d realize how much power I lose riding in sneakers. So having the opportunity to try a  ‘hybrid’ of the two is exciting.

    The shoes have performed well over the past few days, and have definitely surpassed my expectations for a skate-style SPD shoe. I’ll be doing my normal day-to-day riding in these and will give a more detailed report in a week or so. Until then, check out a few more details below.

    -B

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