The Best Cleats of 2013

Sidi Drako Carbon SRS (Inga Hendrickson)
Sidi Drako Carbon SRS best cleats of 2013 summer buyers guide

Sidi Drako Carbon SRS Cleats

BEST FOR: Cross-Country Racers

They’re as user-friendly as they are brash, with ratchets that never slip, and a push-button release for quick on and off. Sidi also redesigned the heel-retention system for a more precise, no-slip fit, and best of all, there’s a replaceable wear plate, so you needn’t worry about trashing the carbon soles with metal cleats.

Specialized Rime MTB Cleats

Specialized Rime MTB best cleats of 2013 summer buyers guide
Specialized Rime MTB (Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: Hike-a-Bike

The Rimes are stiff enough to keep your feet fresh on all-day rides, but still flexible enough for walking. And plenty grippy: low-profile lugged rubber soles are tough enough for trails and even rock scrambling. Lightweight mesh in the toe box aids breathability, while the burly synthetic on the side shrugs off scree and errant branches.

Shimano SH-R170 Cleats

Shimano SH-R170 best cleats of 2013 summer buyers guide
Shimano SH-R170 (Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: Long Hauls

They’re not quite as comfy or as stiff as the Grand Tours, but they’re pretty darn close on both counts. The thin, supple uppers and single-buckle design are the same as you’ll find on the company’s higher-end shoes, the venting is great, the heel cups fit nice and snug, and the styling is classy without being flashy.

Rapha Grand Tour Cleats

Rapha Grand Tour best cleats of 2013 summer buyers guide
Rapha Grand Tour (Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: Ultimate Comfort

A collaboration with Giro, the Grand Tours are among most comfortable road shoes we’ve ever tested. The thin profile of the carbon outsoles make for the lowest stack height we’ve seen, and the adjustable arch system helps fine-tune the fit. The real sell, however, is the perforated, slipper-plush Yak-leather uppers.

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