The French online retailer Ekoi has introduced the new high-end R4 road shoes to their ever-growing collection. They weigh in at a claimed 500g for a pair in a size 40, and are available in black or white colourways.
Ekoi claim the R4's offer "unbeatable power transfer" through the 96g unidirectional carbon soles, with a maximum score of 10 on their stiffness index. The stack height (the distance between your foot and the pedal axle) is also super low at just 4.8mm. There's a removable rubber heel pad to increase comfort underfoot, and a concealed heel cup to improve stability.
The upper is made with a soft and resistant synthetic Alcantara leather (a polyester and polyurethane blend material that increases durability and stain resistance), and there is perforation throughout the shoe to keep your feet cool. The inner lining includes lycra grip to hug your foot well, and a padded tongue to protect your instep. Two ATOP dials tighten the shoe, with low friction lace guides for easy changing.
Although they're not without some interesting features, the R4's are one of the more traditional recent Ekoi releases that we can recall. One-size, back-to-front bib shorts, tops with safe passing distance arrows and a jersey that claims to eliminate tan lines are just some of the innovations we've caught wind of in the last year. You can buy all of this and more direct via Ekoi's website. The R4's have an RRP of £248.77 including a free leather carry bag, although we've spotted that the price is currently knocked down to £195.99 in both colourways at the moment including delivery, and they're shipping out from the 13th March - you even get a free Ekoi watch included with purchases over £150.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.