I purchased a pair of Specialized Torch 2.0 shoes a little more than two years ago. Then I bought a pair for my wife because they’re spectacular. Then I recommended them to friends, three of whom bought them
Now, on one hand, to be honest, the color upset me more than a little bit (I ordered them online, through the local shop and they were a lot more red on the computer screen). I’m a black and red guy, not a black and funky orange/red hybrid guy. On the other hand, the shoes are so fantastic I really can’t complain about them… and they won’t wear out so I can buy a white pair.
Two years on and they still look good, the heel pad hardly shows any wear at all, and when I take the time to clean them up, they really don’t show any signs of the amount abuse they’ve taken. The soles are marred up, as one would expect of a carbon fiber sole after a couple of years in service, but the function hasn’t changed a bit.
They’re currently going for $160 a pair and come in several color options – or better, go for the Torch 3.0’s for $225. Still a fantastic price for a top-notch carbon fiber pair of cycling shoes.
To wrap this post up, the best compliment I can give for a pair of shoes is that I can’t get them to wear out so I can buy a new pair. Most cycling shoes look hit after two years worth of miles.
If there’s one knock on them, they don’t have a vent in the bottom of the shoe… if you’re caught out in the rain, they do tend to fill up before long. On the other hand, the vent isn’t letting water in, either.
Wait, what? But you don’t ride in the rain… 😉