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DMT KR0 Road Shoe Grey



A big outlay, but worth it if you want some of the most comfortable cycling shoes money can buy
Excellent comfort
Highly breathable
Super-stiff sole
Not the easiest to get on

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The DMT KR0 Road Shoes are hugely comfortable, breathable and light. Using a knitted upper means that they mould to your feet, and if aerodynamics is your thing, there is little bulk to hold you back. They aren't the easiest to get on, though, and the price will raise a few eyebrows.

We've seen a fair few shoes get the knitted treatment, and you certainly do get some added benefits over a more traditional synthetic leather upper.

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The stretchy nature of the mesh means the KR0s literally wrap around your foot, feeling like your favourite pair of slippers. But while it aids the fit, it does make them a bit of a faff to get on, with the opening not stretching much to let your foot in.

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It did get a bit easier over time as the material developed a little more give, and I also worked out a specific way to wiggle my foot in. And after pulling them on and off plenty of times over the test period I didn't do any damage to the heel.

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At just 496g (size 45) they are lighter than most, and that's noticeable when you are riding, especially on longer outings.

Boa Li2s

For closure, the KR0s use dual Boa dials, which tension or release a wire across the top of the foot. It's a very good system, spreading the pressure over the top of the foot without causing any hotspots. It's also easy to adjust on the fly.

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The dials used here are Boa's new Li2 models, which are made from recycled plastic and have a lower profile than previous versions. This makes it easier to wear overshoes over the top, ideal in the winter months that I've been testing the KR0s as these shoes are very breathable.


Flip the shoe over and you'll find a full carbon fibre sole that is impressively stiff. DMT doesn't rave on about stiffness or use stiffness ratings, but let me just say these are up there with some of the stiffest I've worn.

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I got on well with the shape, too; the arch isn't too pronounced, and I found the sole to be supportive without feeling overly harsh on rough roads.

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The soles also feature a massive amount of vents to aid airflow.

The KR0s are drilled for three-bolt cleat systems and are compatible with Look's memory adjustment system, which enables you to swap the cleats without having to realign them.

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The overall quality is very high, with tidy stitching under the inner sole and all around the upper. The mesh is hardwearing and scuff resistant too, and despite being exposed to plenty of salt and mud-covered roads they have continued to clean up well.

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As well as this grey, the shoes are available in coral or black.


At £354.99 a pair they are hardly what you'd call a bargain, but that is still cheaper than Fizik's Vento Stabilita Carbon road shoe at £374.99 and Specialized's S-Works Ares, a penny more at £375.

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Overall, the KR0s are a very comfortable pair of shoes, and light too, though considering their breathability they are definitely going to be reserved for the warmest of days. They aren't cheap, but nor are they over the top when compared to the competition.


A big outlay, but worth it if you want some of the most comfortable cycling shoes money can buy test report

Make and model: DMT KR0 Road Shoe Grey

Size tested: 45

Tell us what the product is for

DMT says, "Light, fast , extremely comfortable. The KR0 represents the pinnacle of performance improving on all the best features of DMT knit footwear. Working with our state of the art knit technology a we have created an extremely light shoe that offers excellent energy transfer thanks to the new generation anatomic carbon SL outsole, the double Boa closure and an integrated upper construction that adapts perfectly to each rider's feet. Developed and tested with World Tour riders including Elia Viviani."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

DMT lists:

Full Engineered 3D knit upper with ultralight construction

Variable thickness and knit structures for ultimate comfort

Integrated webbing

BOA® Fit System with double Li2 dials

Anatomic Carbon SL outsole

8mm front-rear cleat adjustability

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Sizing is spot on.

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How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Considering the light colour mesh, I found them relatively easy to keep clean.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Top-end race shoes with plenty of breathability.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Very comfortable.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

A faff to get on.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

They are very much at the top end, but still relatively well priced against the competition mentioned in the review.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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They are a bit of a faff to get on and off, but they're very well made and can't really be faulted when it comes to performance and comfort. The price is high, but they're very good.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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