Rapha has stepped into the off-road cycling shoe segment with the launch of its new Explore Powerweave, which features a one-piece, water-resistant, 3D woven upper, BOA Li2 retention dials and a flexible, lugged sole that’s aimed squarely at the gravel and bikepacking disciplines.
The new shoe is compatible with all mountain bike-style SPD cleats and pedals that’s reinforced with an anodized titanium plate, along with Rapha’s EVA foam insoles with adjustable arch support inserts, as well as pull tabs on the heels and reflective detailing for improved visibility in low light conditions.
“The Explore Powerweave Shoe is purpose-built for fast-paced off-road riding. Tested to the limit by pro riders and amateurs alike, these robust yet lightweight shoes and their innovative 3D-woven upper fabric offer an unrivalled combination of sock-like comfort and locked-in performance. The TPU-reinforced yarns of the Powerweave fabric provide high durability and weather resistance, whilst keeping weight down and comfort high. A strong, lightweight carbon footplate transfers power efficiently when pedaling, but finishes before the toe and heel to provide flex just where you need it for comfort while walking,” says Rapha.
“The footplate is set into an extremely grippy rubber sole with a recess for the cleat that ensures you will remain surefooted on any terrain, in all weather conditions. The sculpted heel cup has been designed to hug your foot, keeping the shoe comfortably in place on and off the bike, while the midfoot is hugely adjustable thanks to BOA’s new incremental Li2 dial platform, which is fully integrated into the shoe’s upper for a secure fit that’s tailored to your foot. Adjustable arch support allows for a range of foot shapes while a spacious toe box with a toe strap for micro adjustments means all-day comfort when riding. Tested over tens of thousands of kilometers on bikepacking expeditions and ultra-endurance races, from Dolomite trails to the sands of the Sahara, the Explore Powerweave Shoes are ready for your fastest dirt rides and adventures,” adds the British brand.
The new Rapha Explore Powerweave sells for $355, which is available in a range of sizes from 36 to 47, with half sizes in 40.5 to 45.5, while colors have been limited to black with a white and gray sole, or navy blue with white, orange and tan accents.
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