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The Specialized S-Works Vent Evo brings airflow to gravel shoes

Joe Robinson
3 Mar 2022

A rework of the existing mesh-laden S-Works Vent road shoes for the off-road scene

Specialized has further grown its gravel shoes range with new S-Works Vent EVO off-road shoes, aimed at hot weather gravel riding and XC mountain biking. They arrive not long after the brand's introduction of the S-Works Recon Lace gravel shoes.

You guessed it, these latest kicks are exactly like the existing S-Works Vent road shoes just with an off-road twist. So that means the same mesh sections on the upper for optimal airflow, but with added tread on the sole and provisions for two-bolt SPD pedals. 

They will cost £400 / €430 / $450.

The new S-Works Vent Evo shoes joins the existing Vent family, which includes the Prevail II Vent helmet and the aforementioned road shoes, with which they share many similarities.

Like its road sibling, the new Vent Evo shoe uses the same single-layer, engineered mesh material in an attempt to boost  airflow and ventilation while still offering sufficient upper integrity.

The similarities continue with the retained use of Dyneema panels, plus a dual-BOA closure and velcro closure system on the shoe's upper. 

Specialized is also using its FACT Powerline carbon plate in the sole, its lightest and stiffest option, and a Body Geometry-shaped footbed. Specialized says this ensures efficient power delivery while reducing the chance of injury by creating ideal optimal hip, knee and foot alignment. 

From here, the new Vent EVOs stop being similar to their road Vent counterparts and begin to take cues from the Recon shoes, another Specialized off-road offering

Like the Recon shoes, the Vent Evos use the same dirt-specific rubberised outsole. A wide, sturdy tread across the toes and on the heel ensures you can walk, if needs be, and two metal studs help improve grip on the real slippery stuff.

The new Vent Evo shoes will be available in red and black or all black. They will cost £400 / €430 / $450. That's a mere £1 more than the road equivalents and presumably covers the costs of the rubber tread. 

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