Bont: actually tried the "older" Vaypor with the ratchet and velcro. Did not heat mould them as was just trying out for sizing. Feels a lot more agricultural (lack of moulding contributes, but not implying they felt too hard/bad etc) than usual cycling shoes but the hold on the foot was very solid due to the stiff uppers - you barely had to put any tension on yet they felt very well held. Due to the the bath tub shape I had a bit of pressure on large toe with a slight bunion, but that's what the heat moulding is for I guess. With Bont it seems there is a bit of a risk involved as you never really know what they fit like until a few moulds and if they don't then that's some moneys lost trying to re-sell. However the potential pay off of that risk is exceptional and just tots amaze-balls fit - the idea of which is of course appealing.
Specialized: I've actually got the 2010 BG Pro model and have never found them lacking in comfort or stiffness. Having had them for over 2 years they are showing signs of stretch but think they are still good for a while - but have to compensate for the stretch by tightening and sometimes feels like too much in terms of blood flow.
Tried on the S-Works 2013 shoes and they actually felt like slippers - no exaggeration here. I think i might be a 46.5 but can't get than in UK so all my Specialized shoes have been 47s. The S-Works should be plenty stiff and the lack of seams (it seems) should be good too as actually I have had some initial problems with that with BG Pros. The fit you get in the shop is the fit you get pretty much all the time give or take and the BOA system is pretty cool.
So that's what I think about the shoes and would really value some experiences from people who've had either brand or even both!
Bought 2013 Specialized s-works. Fit decently out of the box - I ended up going with a higher arched footbed to reduce the volume a bit (I have pretty damned low volume feet). Ratchets are night and day better than the Bonts. Had some ankle rub on the inside before I sweated a bunch and broke them in. Now they are pretty comfortable. Actual weight is in the high 220s if I recall correctly.
I'd just get the vaypors if you were going to get bonts given my experience with the ratchets and weight of the Vaypor+. From holding both shoes, I'd say the bonts feel more substantial in construction, but the specialized just feel/fit nicer to me. Though, I could see the Bonts fitting better for certain feet.
Cos I'm so helpful I bought... Northwave Extreme Tech SBS!
Got them as they are on a pretty big discount and wanna try native speedplay mount. Did a quick ride around the hoooood (speedplay with adapter as have not got the NW mount yet) and they are kind of okay with slight discomfort on the outsides of both feet. As for stiffness, they seem more flexy when walking but on the bike seem fine and while still getting used to their fit it's hard to say for sure.
From having tried the S-Works in the shop the fit is not as good but the uppers feel similar, with Specialized being similarly roomy in the toe box and overall similar seamless construction. Will have to play around with shims and NW insoles. Would not mind also trying out the Specialized shoes in a similar way, but don't know what I'd make of the minimal uppers.
Might have to bite the bullet and go with Bonts once I have saved enough.
I am on my 3rd set of BONT and love them. I was swooned into a new pair of SWORKS by the dealer here , however they failed to deliver my size twice now.
I have just placed my order for the Vaypor +
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Have tried some Specialized on and they seem to fit nicely but I was wondering if say the S-Works would be more forgiving or even the Expert which is less stiff again and so be less prone to vibration induced numbness?
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I've currently got Fizik Flashfit insoles in there and used black Superfeet before that and running Speedplay pedals in case any of that helps for advice.
I do wonder if the Bont's are perhaps too wide as even with moulding and a thicker insole, the ratchet strap is nearly maxed out without being overly tight. I wonder if this isn't helping either.
Just an opinion and something to consider, larger more roomy shoes actually gave me more issues, than smaller much more form fitting tighter ones.
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