Time RXT shoes are a sound choice for anyone seeking good quality race/training shoes without cruising into overdraft. Vegans and strict vegetarians will welcome the faux hide and the soles offer sufficient rigidity for most generic road duties. Rubberised heels are also a nice touch, eliminating the undignified clubman's hobble when negotiating the kitchen tiles, decking and other notoriously tricky surfaces. On the flip side, an abundance of mesh panels and air scoops cannot compete on the same terms as natural fibres when it comes to climate/odour control and overshoes are a must for anything more intense than a passing shower.
Prized from the box, there's a solid feel to the supple padded uppers with old school perforations dotted around at strategic points. Acres of Scotchlite permeate everything from the heel to the Velcro closures, which is a real boon whether training in the depths of December or extending summer playtimes on the best bike. Sizing is just the right side of snug and our size 44 samples hugged my feet like Cinderella's proverbial slipper while the generously padded tongue and roomy toe-box improve comfort over longer distances, especially with the closures pulled tight. Don't overdo it through, or you'll hamper circulation since the material doesn't stretch with use.
Thermoformed footbeds are clever marketing speak for nylon materials subjected to intense heat during production, thus moulding to the rider's feet over time. Marketing blurb aside, ours seemed to work and being machine washable is another bonus. Similarly, Polyamide outer soles sound exotic but are little more than reinforced nylon drilled to accommodate standard road cleats. Ours have been perfectly accommodating toward Look (ARC & Keo) and Shimano SPDR patterns. All this leads to a slight weight penalty over sportier models but is quickly forgotten hammering along the flat at 110rpm or climbing like a mountain goat on the fixer. Five hours' continuous riding failed to induce painful hotspots and fetid feet weren't an issue. However the mesh absorbs and retains moisture come sudden, torrential downpours. Drying times vary but a thorough soaking required eight hours drying at room temperature.
Good budget road shoes for aspiring racers and everyday riding.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Time RXT Shoe
Size tested: Black/Silver
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"The Time RXT Road Shoe is an entry-level road shoe, which shares many features with it's high-end counterparts. 100% compatible with all road pedal systems".
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
■New polyamide sole
■Thermoformed removable insole
■Synthetic upper with ventilated mesh
■Maximized surface area of mesh for optimum ventilation
■Front side vents
■Closure consists of 3 Velcro straps in non-stretch fibres to hold foot securely
■Padded inner tongue provides comfort and protects foot
■Sizes: 39 to 47
■Weight (size 39): 640g our 44s weighed 806g
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
While they lack the exotic materials we've come to expect from higher end road shoes, the RXT are a very competent, sturdy package for everyday road duties. Despite extensive use of synthetics, my feet have never felt boiled in the bag while hot-spots were refreshingly notable by their absence. However, widespread mesh meant soggy feet in anything but the shortest showers so overshoes are a must in winter.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Solid construction, nice detailing and good fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Acres of mesh equals soggy feet and surprisingly quickly.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, as everyday road shoes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? In the above context
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)