Budget cycling shoes with premium features – FLR F-11 Pro Cycling Shoe Reviewflr26809
Affordable cycling shoes are typically referred to as ‘entry-level’ or ‘beginner-friendly’ and usually have compromises to reduce the cost. This typically means multiple Velcro straps or bulky ratcheting closure systems and heavier multi-panel designs. The FLR F-11 Pro cycling have a budget friendly $99.99 retail price but more premium features not typically found in ‘entry-level’ shoes. For a fixture system, the F-11 Pro uses an ATOP dial on top and a single lower Velcro strap. Although it doesn’t have a carbon sole (which is rare at this price point), the nylon R250 outsole provides plenty of stiffness. Unlike typical entry-level cycling shoes which have multiple velcro or ratcheting straps, the F-11 uses a more premium dial system for the upper 2/3rds and a velcro strap on the bottom. The ATOP dial allows you to tighten the tension in small increments in one direction or fully loosen it by rotating the dial the other direction. Although this isn’t as slick as the higher-end dual-direction dials, it provides well distributed tension and easy modulation. Overall, the FLR F-11 Pro shoes are an impressive entry-level priced shoe with premium features. The dial/velcro closure system provide uniform tension for a secure and comfortable fit. Additionally, the seamless synthetic microfiber upper design flexes and conforms to your feet similar to a knitted shoe. Our only reservation with these shoes is the fact that, at least in the US, the distribution network for FLR is limited so you likely won’t be able to try them on in person before buying. The F-11 shoes also lack the color and size availability of other cycling shoes you would find from larger manufacturers. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for an affordable cycling shoe or a backup set, the FLR F-11 Pro has the all-day comfort and features you’ll need.