Say goodbye to cold toes! FLR Defender Winter Cycling Shoe Review – feat. Insulation + Waterproofflr26809
The FLR Defender shoes incorporate multiple layers of insulation and waterproofing to ensure you remain warm and toasty despite the weather. Priced at only $139, the Defender shoes are surprisingly affordable and make it easy to justify owning a dedicated winter cycling shoe. FLR Defenders feature a multi-layer design: fleece shoe liner with fuzzy faux fur insole, 400g Eco Star insulation layer, seam-sealed DryS-Tex membrane and lastly, Cordura upper with synthetic leather on the exterior. The Defenders have a Nylon lace closure with a velcro exterior cover to protect everything. The shoes can be optioned with the nylon R250 road outsoles or the equivalent mountain M250 outsoles. Visually, the FLR Defender shoes are similar to other winter cycling shoes. The exterior is composed of multiple synthetic leather panels and a large velcro cover. The leather panels protect the toes and heels against wear-and tear. Thin reflective stripes break up the otherwise black exterior with a contrasting black strip for a little visual impact. An additional reflective element is included on the rear of the shoe along the ankle cuff with brand name printed on the heel. In our opinion, FLR Defender shoe design may be a little too restrained as they lack the lack the style of other brands such as Shimano or Lake winter shoes. The FLR Defender uses a dual closure design to ensure optimal weather protection. On the exterior of the shoes is a prominent velcro cover which provides weather protection. The velcro cover has been redesigned for winter 2019 for improved usability and extends from the bottom of the shoe upto the ankles. Underneath the cover there is an easy to use nylon lace closure which provides most of the actual tension. This design is similar to snowboarding or skiing shoes and ensures the laces remain protected from the elements. Overall the FLR Defender shoes are an affordable way to prevent frozen toes during cold or wet weather riding. The multi-layer design provides the warmth and comfort needed to keep you cozy despite the weather. Compared to flimsy toe covers or cumbersome bootie covers, the FLR Defenders are a compelling reason to buy a dedicated cold weather shoe. Although the closure system could be improved, the feeling of toasty feet during a fast descent with wind chill is an easy selling point.