Raising hell never looked so good.
Diadora built the Men's X-Vortex Pro II Shoe with one purpose in mind—to tear up trails with ruthless speed and efficiency. Based on the first X-Vortex Pro shoe, this updated version features a sleeker, more stylish upper and upgraded Boa dials for an improved fit. Other than that, it's essentially the same ultra-stiff, race-ready shoe you'd expect from the original. Registering a 10/12 on the stiffness index, its ultra-stiff carbon fiber sole is only out-performed by the Pro Vortex road shoe. That much power transfer means that a lot of the trail would normally come through the pedals and into your feet, but the carbon fiber helps to dissipate vibrations while focusing power into the pedals. The X-Vortex Pro II is for cyclists who put down a lot of power very quickly.
The shoe features Diadora's Suprell-Tech Morpho AM Cage technology, which are the same uppers found on the company's top-end road shoe models. They stay tight against your feet without restricting circulation. Inside the upper, the EVA insert is perforated to promote breathability, and it is removable so you can optimize your level of arch support to your own foot shape. In the Pro model, the molded, abrasion-resistant Duratech heel cup is upgraded with a gripping texture to keep your foot from slipping, but it's also removable if your feet demand it.
The closure system omits yesterday's hook-and-loop straps in favor of two Boa wires, which are almost mandatory for quality cycling shoes today. The Boa wires let you tune the fit across the top of your foot, where the most pressure is applied to the upper, and over your metatarsal area for different amounts of pressure in each spot. Anyone who's experienced crippling hot spots in the toe box will appreciate this variable approach, as it lets you customize the shoe's fit for firm support and spacious comfort at the same time.
- Ultra-stiff MTB shoe for race-worthy performance
- Pro MTB sole is stiff for efficiency
- Updated upper offers sleeker style
- Tweaked Boa system for improved fit and comfort
- Ergonomic heel cup for friction-free fit
- Hi-Vent footbed cushions while allowing airflow
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