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By Dominic Lazzaretto
Louis Garneau Tri Air Triathlon Shoe -Currently being replaced by the Tri Air 2
Highly Recommended. A very good entry level tri shoe. Could be more attractive in different colors.
Not as light as carbon shoes, but lighter than most entry level road shoes.
A little flexy for a heavier/stronger rider, but most won’t notice any flex.
After almost 2 years, this shoe shows no signs of failure; great craftsmanship.
A nice, sleek look that includes some flames on the heel, but silver/black is a bit too ubiquitous, isn’t it?
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The Tri Air is currently being replaced by the Tri Air 2, which looks largely the same except for some modifications to the venting patterns on the upper, which make it look better and should provide more air flow. The MSRP for the Tri Air 2 is $120.
You may want to order a size larger than the website tell you to. They run a bit small.
Synthetic leather and nylon mesh upper
Rigid plastic (high density nylon?) sole
Thermoplastic molded toe
Large rear loop to help pull shoe on quickly
Single velcro strap opens away from cranks
Ergo Air ventilation system
Two inner soles for different weather conditions
Compatible with SPD, SPD-R, Look and Time Mid adapters (Tri Air 2 specifically says it’s Speedplay compatible; not sure why these wouldn’t fit Speedplays, as they have a 3 bolt pattern)
European sizing (36-48)
A Note on the Author: Dominic Lazzaretto has completed a few dozen triathlons (kind of near the front of the age grouper pack) and has competed in countless road running races, mountain bike races, and road cycling events. He is one of the official gear reviewers for BeginnerTriathlete.com.