At A Glance
DZR have been quietly building quite a following amongst the MTB crowd over the last few years and with good reason. Originally they made cool looking shoes for riders in cities that wanted a clipless shoe to ride around town that didn’t look like a clipless shoe. The idea caught on and they have since expanded their line into the MTB market.Buy Shoes on
The Terra is a gravity-orientated shoe worn by riders like Tyler McCaul, Ben Cruz and Florent Payet. It features a fibreglass shank to provide plenty of stiffness and the recessed cleat area is large enough to deal with muddy conditions. The rubber sole has been designed to still offer plenty of traction and up top there is a Velcro guard for the laces to stop them from snagging.
The look of the shoe leans towards the urban roots of the brand, think smart skate shoe that you could wear into a nightclub at a pinch and you are on the right track. It’s worth mentioning they do a version for the ladies with a turquoise trim that Tahnee Seagrave wore to the podium at the World Champs…
On The Trail
We really loved the stiff sole on the DZR’s, it allows for excellent energy transfer when powering up those climbs we inevitably have to ride. It also makes for a very stable platform when hammering downhill too. The large area around the cleats makes clipping in and out a breeze, there is also plenty of room for a bit of float on the pedal if that is what ‘floats your boat’.
There is a nice balance of cushioning on the top half of the shoe, not so much that your feet feel disconnected, but still enough to keep them comfortable on long days in the saddle. Unlike some shoes on the market the top part of the shoe is quite soft. Around the toe area it is actually pretty thin, whilst this keeps the shoes cool on hot days and comfortable, they don’t offer up some of the protection that you’ll find in other chunkier shoes.
We really liked the Velcro cover for the laces, it stops them from snagging on the pedals, one of the prime reasons shoes look so old so quickly. It also helps in the winter to keep a bit of mud and dirt out.
This top end shoe from DZR certainly looks the part, and if you want a lightweight, yet stiff, clipless shoe then this should be a contender. With subtle styling and some solid features the Terra is a firm favourite here at the mag.Buy Shoes on
This review was in Issue 32 of IMB.For more information visit DZR Shoes