Diadora developed the Vortex-Pro II Cycling Shoes for grand tour winners like Quintana and Valverde, putting them arguably among the most efficient and comfortable pro-level kicks on the market. For the upper, Diadora uses its anti-stretch Air Mesh Suprell-Tech microfiber, which provides excellent ventilation while maintaining a secure and flexible fit for your foot.
To ensure every watt you generate is efficiently transferred to the pedals, the Pro Road outsoles are made with full 3k carbon fiber, resulting in a shoe that boasts a top score of 12 on the rigidity scale. Diadora covers the outsole with its NET Breathing System, a defensive membrane that prevents your feet from overheating and also protects them against moisture, mud and other irritating invasive debris. The perforated EVA foam insole offers a contoured fit with added ventilation, and the removable, anti-slip heel pad keeps your foot comfortably in place. The Vortex-Pro II is equipped with two BOA IP 1 Dials, allowing you to find the most precise fit and easily make adjustments on the fly.
- Q & A
Great performing shoes but not at retail
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Size 42
I got the shoes brand new for a really decent price of $200 CAD. For that price I got more bang for my bucks than any shoes around. The sole is crazy stiff, the upper later is comfortable even with the BOA dials wrenched down. The dials are really good quality and stood up to a really bad crash of mine, the shoe's upper layer rips easier than my other cycling shoes in crashes but with regular use and care they will last a long time. The sole of the shoe has visible carbon in it which looks wicked and is really good quality. I usually wear size 41 in regular running shoes like Nike but I got a 42 in this to fit me nicely. The bottom scratches easily and the scratches show, so try your best not to walk with your shoes on sharp stones or off road. The ventilation is good, riding for 4+ hours in 25+ Celsius showed me no discomfort with overheating or uncomfortable feet inside the shoe. The inside material has a "fish scale" texture which helps keep your foot in when you wrench at the cranks in a sprint. The dual direction BOA dials are really great at adjusting mid ride.
One small gripe with the shoes are they run a tiny bit narrow near the front for my feet. I don't have particularly wide feet but I found that in the first few days my feet felt a tad constraint, this feeling went away with repeated use and breaking in the shoes.
I'm a 46 in Giro, would 46 also be appropriate for these?
Time will tell
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 46
…but here are some initial impressions. I have not ridden in them yet but will definitely follow up when I do. I tried a pair of last year's model in a local bike shop but it was the wrong size and not sure about the colors. I ordered a 46 cm based on feedback from the shop about the new model and it was close. I am returning for a 45.5 cm which would be true to size (11.5 US) if it fits. The upper has a really nice feel and the BOA dials work nicely (can adjust both ways). They seem plenty stiff and comfortable and light enough for me although they are not the lightest shoes out there. NOTE: the white pair with the green tongue is actually a Movistar team edition, at least I am assuming bcs it includes "Movistar" on the top of the tongue. This was not obvious when I ordered them and I am not a team kit kind of person so ordered the black/blue. Wish there were more color options. Will keep you posted.