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Weight of shoes(6 posts)

Weight of shoesdzrider
Apr 24, 2002 6:47 AM
Runner's catalogs regularly list the weights of running shoes. Cycling catalogs list the weights of tiny little components and seldom the weights of shoes. Shoes are, after all, rotating weight and weigh more than most components. Why hasn't some weight weenie figured out a way to attach a cleat to the ball of your foot without 500 (?) useless grams of shoes?
re: Weight of shoesLC
Apr 24, 2002 8:52 AM
There is usually a compromise of not enough stiffness with light weight shoes. Not only do you lose energy, but also hurt your feet.
re: Weight of shoesgrandemamou
Apr 24, 2002 5:09 PM
You can find weights. Some catalogs have some weights but not others. I had to go through 3 catalogs to find weights when I bought a few months ago.

In the end I bought Carnac Quartz which are probably the heaviest shoes out there. They are super comfy. IMO saddles and shoes are not the place to sacrifice comfort for weight savings. I learned that very expensive lesson the hard way.
re: Weight of shoesTonyR
Apr 24, 2002 7:56 PM
I use Carnac Legends because they fit my foot and my price point (got them on sale) better than any other shoe I could find. Actually they fit better than any pair of shoes I own. I addition they are, as expected nice and stiff.
On the otherhand, like all Carnacs, they are tanks (heavy as hell). When they wear out I plan on getting a pair of custom Rocket7's which are very, very light, I'm sure will fit just as well, and are just as stiff according to their users. They are very, very expensive, and a not nearly as stylish as the name brands though.

TR
It's not as importantliu02bhs
Apr 24, 2002 7:59 PM
I don't think biking shoe's weight effect the performance as much as running shoes.
The comfort issue is also important. Racing flats are usually has very little cushioning and are less durable. The average racing flat probably won't last over a single season of racing. This is one of the reasons runner don't train in them.
Furthermore, where running shoes mainly only experience compression force. Cycling shoes suffer from far more forces. Cutting too much material in the sole can comprise its safety. How would you like it, if you pull the soles right off of the shoes in a sprint?
Only in SprintsTonyR
Apr 24, 2002 8:04 PM
I think the only time when it would matter is during really hard accelerations, as a light shoe will be easier to "spool up." At the same time, if it's flimsy, there's no point. This is somewhat theoretical though.

TR