Giro's only been in the shoe market for a handful of years, but many reviewers already consider the new-for-2012 Apeckx to be an industry game-changer.
As is often the case, this shoe is the beneficiary of technology trickle-down from Giro's top-of-the-line models. Here, they're repackaged into a performance-driven, value-oriented shoe that's stiffer and more feature-heavy than similarly priced competitors.
The biggest difference between the Apeckx and Giro's high-end shoes is the nylon sole, which is heavier, slightly thicker and not quite as stiff as its carbon soles. Still, reviewers (including Red Kite Prayer and Outside) found the Dupont-made Zytel nylon to be among the stiffest non-carbon soles they'd ever ridden. The shoe is also built on the same dialed-in last as Giro's top shoes, which makes for a great fit.
Other features you won't find on Apeckx's peers are a quality plastic buckle (rather than more typical all-Velcro strap systems), and the Aegis antimicrobial treatment that reduces odor on the footbed.
The bottom line here is that the Apeckx packs a lot of performance-oriented features into a very fairly priced shoe that will satisfy any racing novice or weekend warrior. Heck, it was a steal at $150, and right now you can get it for less than $70 (including shipping, if you order today).
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