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Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby slian » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:15 pm

Hi forum,

Currently using Sidi genius 6.6 and it's giving me hot foot and numb toes on hard and long rides.

Have added some specialized insole without much improvement.

So am looking for alternatives and have currently narrow it down to the Specialized S-Work and Bont Vaypor.

Would love to hear opinions from anyone who's experience the same or tested a similar set of shoes side by side.
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby MarkG » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:19 pm

I've used both over the past couple of years. Both super stiff and light and good for the wider foot.

For me its the S Works, just....
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby Comedian » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:53 am

Anyone tried north wave?
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby MarkG » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:05 am

Yep! :smile:
Extreme Tech aren't too bad, not as wide as previous NW offerings, but still not as narrow as other Italian brands
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby slian » Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:08 am

MarkG wrote:I've used both over the past couple of years. Both super stiff and light and good for the wider foot.

For me its the S Works, just....



Thanks for the feedback MarkG!
If I may ask why? Is it the fit/comfort/performance or gasp...the look, haha.
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby MarkG » Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:19 pm

Hi mate. I found I could do 90+ks in the S Works with no discomfort, while the same couldn't be said for me with the Vaypor.
Looks of the S Works is pretty nice too!
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby skull » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:02 pm

I have bont A1s and bont vaypour XC. No issues what so ever, fit like a glove pretty much out of the box and then after only one heat mould I don't even feel that I am wearing them.

Also so stiff, you really feel the power when stomping on the pedals.
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby antipodean » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:03 pm

Another vote for Bont Vaypor but admittedly haven't tried the Sworks.
Once I got the right size the Bonts have been great, comfortable and super stiff sole.
If buying online and using the Bont sizing guide I would suggest going half a size larger than recommended.
I think the Bonts could be found significantly cheaper than the Sworks, mine came from Italy (via eBay) for around $200 delivered.
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Postby jcjordan » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:55 pm

Another big fan of the Bond Vapors. Can't wait till the new version comes out. Don't need new shoes just love the look
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby Baalzamon » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:59 pm

Haven't tried the sworks, but yes to the bont vaypor. Sold them, my feet were not suited to them. If your 2nd toe is longer than your big toe, forget them is my advice.
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby rabobank89 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:03 pm

S-Works gets my vote..

2013 looks nice too

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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby jacks1071 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:42 pm

Shoes are very much a personal preference, same with saddles.

Threads about which are the most comfortable etc are pointless. Somethings you need to try for yourself.

One man's hush puppies can be anothers device of torture.
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby wurtulla wabbit » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:53 am

Bought s work on super sale today. $240.
Awesome shoe
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby sumgy » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:18 am

slian wrote:Hi forum,

Currently using Sidi genius 6.6 and it's giving me hot foot and numb toes on hard and long rides.

Have added some specialized insole without much improvement.

So am looking for alternatives and have currently narrow it down to the Specialized S-Work and Bont Vaypor.

Would love to hear opinions from anyone who's experience the same or tested a similar set of shoes side by side.


I would try moving your cleats further back before I went buying new shoes.
I get similar discomfort if my cleats are put under ball of foot rather than behind ball of foot.
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby Comedian » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:20 pm

sumgy wrote:
slian wrote:Hi forum,

Currently using Sidi genius 6.6 and it's giving me hot foot and numb toes on hard and long rides.

Have added some specialized insole without much improvement.

So am looking for alternatives and have currently narrow it down to the Specialized S-Work and Bont Vaypor.

Would love to hear opinions from anyone who's experience the same or tested a similar set of shoes side by side.


I would try moving your cleats further back before I went buying new shoes.
I get similar discomfort if my cleats are put under ball of foot rather than behind ball of foot.

This has been an ongoing problem for me. Thing is .. Because my feet are wide and high I end up in shoes that are too long. This is limiting how far the cleats can go back which could be one of the causes.

I tried on a bont rxxxl yesterday and it was wide enough to fit me in one size shorter than I have been wearing. Interesting...
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby slian » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:26 pm

wurtulla wabbit wrote:Bought s work on super sale today. $240.
Awesome shoe


Wow, good price, whereabout?
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Postby rabobank89 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:29 pm

slian wrote:
wurtulla wabbit wrote:Bought s work on super sale today. $240.
Awesome shoe


Wow, good price, whereabout?


Many stores have the 2012's on run out around $240-$249

Check bikeexchange ;)
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby slian » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:37 pm

jacks1071 wrote:Shoes are very much a personal preference, same with saddles.

Threads about which are the most comfortable etc are pointless. Somethings you need to try for yourself.

One man's hush puppies can be anothers device of torture.


Totally agree, Deon. Bought the Sidis online and look where we are today...

Have managed to try the S-Works both the new and older generation before I posted this topic, but just wanted to get more idea on what to look out for during testing, tho I suppose if it's feel allright would be a good start!

Haven't had chance to try the Bont. From what I've read, it's might not be an easy shoe to judge on first impression due to the stiffness and heat molding process.
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby slian » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:42 pm

rabobank89 wrote:
slian wrote:
wurtulla wabbit wrote:Bought s work on super sale today. $240.
Awesome shoe


Wow, good price, whereabout?


Many stores have the 2012's on run out around $240-$249

Check bikeexchange ;)


Damn, it's in WA :cry:
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Postby wurtulla wabbit » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:06 pm

Specialized shop in mooloolabah
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby jacks1071 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:13 pm

slian wrote:
jacks1071 wrote:Shoes are very much a personal preference, same with saddles.

Threads about which are the most comfortable etc are pointless. Somethings you need to try for yourself.

One man's hush puppies can be anothers device of torture.


Totally agree, Deon. Bought the Sidis online and look where we are today...

Have managed to try the S-Works both the new and older generation before I posted this topic, but just wanted to get more idea on what to look out for during testing, tho I suppose if it's feel allright would be a good start!

Haven't had chance to try the Bont. From what I've read, it's might not be an easy shoe to judge on first impression due to the stiffness and heat molding process.


Even trying them in a shop walking around they might feel alright, after 2hrs on the bike maybe not so much? I don't know that trial and error can be avoided short of finding a shoe in the right side & width.

The S-Works are damn sexy, I wouldn't mind giving them a go myself.

I'm a long-time Sidi user as they really suit my narrow foot but I've thrown out a few sets of them now after wearing the inside liners out while the rest of the shoe is in perfect condition.

The other thing I don't like about the top end sidi's and most the top-end shoes for that matter is all the plastic retainers, if you deck out they pretty much explode and parts arn't always easy to get plus you might have a pretty uncomfortable ride home. I think a top-end 100% velcroe shoe would be a good long-term shoe.

I hate changing to something different when you have something that works for you.
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby MarkG » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:21 pm

Fwiw.. bonts take weeks, even months to get "just right" even with molding and a decent insole ..
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby skull » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:54 pm

MarkG wrote:Fwiw.. bonts take weeks, even months to get "just right" even with molding and a decent insole ..


That is your experience.

Mine were spot on out of the box

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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby MarkG » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:41 pm

Same with everyone else I know who used them too.
Are you using Vaypor?
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Re: Road shoe: specialized swork vs bont vaypor

Postby antipodean » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:56 pm

I have only molded my Vaypors once and they fit perfectly.
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