Garneau Copper T-Flex Review
Garneau Copper T-Flex Mountain Bike Shoe Review
Designed for mountain biking but perfect for cyclocross, as proven by the riders on the Garneau-Easton cyclocross team, the Garneau Copper T-Flex sits at the top of Garneau‘s off-road shoe line up. The Copper T-Flex shares many of the features of Garneau’s road range topping Course Air Lite including a carbon sole, low stack height, and Boa retention system. Available in Black and Flourescent Yellow so you can keep it stylish or go for a little flash.
When it comes to reviewing cycling clothing, such as shorts, helmets, and shoes, if you don’t notice it, you know its doing its job properly. Usually if you are noticing a piece of equipment its because something about it is bothering you. When it feels like an extension of yourself, its working. I used the Garneau Copper T-Flex shoes all cyclocross season without noticing a thing meaning they were pretty damn close to flawless.
Here is a quick run down of all the good things on the Garneau Copper T-Flex:
- carbon sole provided excellent stiffness and power transfer trough the pedals and great feel while running
- the rubber lugs and small metal toe spikes that come with the Copper T-Flexes provided great traction while running, never lost traction while off the bike
- the material used in the heel cup eliminated heel slipping both while riding and running
- the synthetic upper comes clean easily which is ideal for when the weather gets nasty during cyclocross season
- comfortable fit with a roomy toe box
The only negative I experienced with the Garneau Copper T-Flex was that after the first time of tightening up the Boa retention system on a ride, they would always slip lose during the first run. Oddly, once they were tightened up again, they were fine. No further slippage. I’ve used a number of shoes with the Boa retention system on them but this is the first time I’ve experienced this. Of course it was slightly annoying, but at least it only occurred right at the start of pre-ride on race day and not during the race.
I don’t often review products that I pay my own money for cause why would I give a company my hard earned money and free space on the site? But despite paying out of pocket for the Garneau Copper T-Flex shoes, I found them to be so good that they deserved that bit of free advertising. So if you are in the market for a new pair of cyclocross shoes, I would definitely recommend checking out the Garneau Copper T-Flex shoes.
Garneau Copper T-Flex Good:
- excellent power transfer through stiff sole
- good off the bike traction
- no heel slippage
Garneau Copper T-Flex Bad:
- strange Boa slipping issue