Suplest’s new mountain bike shoes come with a built-in search and rescue tracker
Suplest has announced the Trail Series, a new collection of automatic mountain bike shoes designed to cover different types of rides, from off-road to e-MTB.
After three years of no new trail shoe releases, Suplest’s latest lineup consists of three models: the Trail Pro, the Trail Performance and the Trail Sport.
Suplest says it tested the new mountain bike shoes on its local trails in Bergdorf, Switzerland, and they feature a number of first cycling shoes, including a search and rescue tracker.
All three shoes bridge the gap between Suplest’s line of cross-country shoes and flat-pedal mountain bike shoes, with an outsole that provides traction when you push your bike and cleat channels for use with trail bikes. automatic pedals.
All three shoes feature the same outsole and are built around the same last, which Suplest says meets the demands of cycling and walking, but they differ in the choice of materials and the way they close. .
Prices range from £129 / $159 / AU$240 / €129 to £185 / $229 / AU$345 / €199.
Suplest says the shoes will launch on March 11, 2022.
First two cycling shoes
According to Suplest, the Pro and Performance shoes, which are the top two models in its new line of trail shoes, feature two cycling shoe firsts: the use of SuperFabric and the inclusion of a search and rescue tracker. .
SuperFabric is a material that would have been tested by NASA. Suplest says it’s the first cycling brand to use this fabric and says it helps make the shoe “extremely durable”, as well as light and comfortable.
Suplest says the inclusion of a Recco reflector, typically found on mountaineering gear, the Trail Pro and Trail Performance is also a first for a pair of mountain bike shoes. Recco technology is not entirely new to the world of mountain biking; it has been used on POC’s Tectal Race SPIN NFC and Kortal Race MIPS helmets.
Recco is a technology used by rescue teams to locate people. It works thanks to a rescue team sending a radar signal from a Recco detector, which is then returned by the Recco reflector, allowing the team to locate you. The reflector does not require power or activation. According to Recco, this technology allows rescue teams to search a square kilometer in six minutes.
The more affordable Trail Sport has no Recco tracker and instead of using SuperFabric it has a microfiber upper with mesh panels.
All three shoes feature the same outsole made by SUPtraction, another Swiss company that makes rubber outsoles for brands such as Ion and Vaude.
The sole is said to provide traction when stepping on your bike and a high heel to provide protection.
Inside the sole is an EVA core that is supposed to add cushioning as you pedal, while increasing a “positive foot feel”.
Suplest says the cleat channel allows you to place the cleat for a “versatile riding style.”
Suplest Trail Series range and prices
More Suplest Trail Pro
The Suplest Trail Pro sits at the top of the new trail collection. The shoe is aimed at the more progressive end of the trail market, with Suplest describing it as suitable for enduro and all-mountain, as well as capable of undertaking “alpine traversal”.
The Trail Pro’s upper has a knit cuff that’s supposed to keep mud and small rocks out of the shoe.
Suplest says the shoe has a dual closure system. There are laces to get the initial fit, and a layer that covers the laces and closes with a Boa dial. This will presumably prevent the laces from getting caught with bike cranks if they come undone and minimizes water seepage.
The Trail Pro features Solestar soles. Suplest says these insoles have a patented “stabilizing delta”, which brings your foot into an optimal position of stability for more comfort and control.
The Trail Pro is available in black only.
- Price: £185 / $229 / AU$345 / €199
Better performance on the trails
The Trail Performance is described by Suplest as an “all-rounder”. It has the same upper fabric, outsole, insole and Recco reflector as the Trail Pro, but differs in how it closes.
Instead of having a dual system with laces and a Boa ratchet, the Trail Performance just has a Boa dial with a lace that zigzags across the shoe with asymmetric stays.
The Trail Performance also forgoes the knit cuff found on the Trail Pro.
The shoe is available in black or black and blue.
- Price: £160 / $199 / AU$300 / €169
Softest track sport
The Trail Sport is the most affordable shoe in Suplest’s new Trail Series line.
Although it’s built around the same last and has the same outsole as the Trail Pro and Trail Performance, there are a number of differences that bring its price down.
First, the shoe uses microfiber fabric in the upper rather than the SuperFabric found in the other two shoes. Second, it closes with laces and a Velcro strap rather than a Boa dial.
The Trail Sport is available in black or black and blue.
- Price: £129 / $159 / AU$240 / €129