Foot Out, Flat Out! First Look at Specialized's New 2FO Shoes 14

<b>After years of development and testing, Specialized is pleased to introduce their Foot Out, Flat Out (2FO) shoe collection.</b>

<b>The Slipnot rubber compound is a result of lots of testing and help from the Specialized tire team.</b>

<b>Flats or clips? The 2FO comes in both styles, with rubber tailored to meet the needs of each.</b>

<b>2FO Clip features a dual durometer sole tuned to make clipping in and out easier.</b>

<b>The hexagonal tread pattern is tight in the pedal zone to provide consistent feel and uses a more open pattern in the toe and heel for off the bike traction.</b>

<b>Pedal grip and durability were a big focus for the 2FO Flat shoe.</b>

<b>A directional “sharkskin” profile provides added grip when riding with dropped heels.</b>

<b>Rounded edges of the outsole and cleat pocket help make clip entry easier. The 3/4 nylon plate is dropped into the EVA sole providing impact absorption and flex for hiking.</b>

<b>The “Landing Strip” design uses a firmer durometer rubber and low-profile tread design.</b>

<b>Riders coming from flats to clips will appreciate the extended cleat slot that allows for a rearward cleat position.</b>

<b>2FO uses an injection molded toe bumper that protects riders against anything from rock strikes to trail obstacles.</b>

<b>An anti-tear polyurethane coated mesh provides protection and ventilation without sacrificing durability.</b>

<b>The seamless look is both sleek and functional. Without seams to peel up, they're bound to last longer.</b>

<b>It's not always dry and sunny, despite how much Curtis Keene wishes it would be. When dry, the Clip weighs 450g and Flat 395g per shoe. When wet, not much more.</b>

<b>The upper and tongue are constructed with an “air mesh” material that has the cushioning of foam, but is highly breathable and does not retain water.</b>

<b>Expect to see several riders rocking the new shoes in short order. You've already seen Brosnan take them to the top of the World Cup DH podium.</b>

<b>Is there even more to come? This is just the start of a story. Check out <u>www.specialized.com</u> for additional details.</b>

After years of development and testing, Specialized is pleased to introduce their Foot Out, Flat Out (2FO) shoe collection. Listen in to learn all about the new kicks.

2FO Flat Shoe Highlights

- Slipnot rubber compound developed in our tire lab to optimize shoe to pedal connectivity.
- Directional sharkskin tread profile grips pedals, with open rear hex pattern for traction.
- Injection molded toe kick, anti-tear toe, and high side cuff for lightweight armoring.
- Air mesh upper construction adds protection while quickly shedding water weight.
- Smooth thermobonded upper for lightweight durability and a snag-free profile.
- Cushioned EVA midsole is sealed with a protective skin for support and tear resistance.
- Body Geometry equipped to optimize comfort and performance.
- Lacelock elastic keeps laces in place and clear of snags. Extra set of color laces included.
- Relaxed-Fit for a balance of pedal feel and off-bike comfort.
- Approximately 395g (1/2 pair 9US/42EU)
- MSRP $130


2FO Clip Shoe Highlights

- Landing Strip cleat pocket is optimized for effortless foot-out riding style with platform clip pedals.
- Dual durometer sole uses firm rubber to control clip-in, and softer rubber for toe and heel traction.
- Stiff Lollipop 3/4 cycling plate for high performance pedaling sits in a bed of EVA to soften landings.
- Injection molded toe kick, anti-tear toe, and high side cuff for lightweight armoring.
- Air mesh upper construction adds protection while quickly shedding water weight.
- Smooth thermobonded upper for lightweight durability and a snag-free profile.
- Cushioned EVA midsole is sealed with a protective skin for support and tear resistance.
- Body Geometry equipped to optimize comfort and performance.
- Lacelock elastic keeps laces in place and clear of snags. Extra set of color laces included.
- Relaxed-Fit for a balance of pedal feel and off-bike comfort.
- 2-bolt cleat pattern for compatibility with all major pedals.
- Approximately 450g (1/2 pair 9US/42EU)
- MSRP $180

Visit www.specialized.com for more details.

Photos by Dan Barham, Ryan Cleek, and Brandon Turman.
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14 comments
  • Dirty Jane

    7/31/2014 11:09 AM

    Do you know how small they run in the men's shoe?
    Often girls can wear them if they go down to a 4,5 or 6 mens! Looks great!

  • bturman

    7/31/2014 10:51 PM

    Actually, we recently learned that women's sizes and colors will be offered as well. They're not far off.

  • Dirty Jane

    8/1/2014 6:18 AM

    Right on!

  • redride

    7/15/2014 9:16 PM

    i think i'll be owning a few pairs if the price is right...

  • grinch

    7/14/2014 6:24 PM

    looks like the cleat mounts farther back on the foot similar to new five ten(25mm back). any idea? nothing mentioned unless that's what they mean by "landing strip cleat pocket". if so, good price in comparison.

  • bturman

    7/14/2014 6:28 PM

    Yes, the cleat slots are extended further back. They provide a huge range now. Check slide 10.

  • grinch

    7/14/2014 6:40 PM

    thanks. they should sell a boat load of those. already ordered vx1's though

  • onenerdykid*

    7/14/2014 2:52 AM

    These look rad, but I really wish companies would offer the same color ways for flat and clipped. Why they think the flat pedal rider had a different color palate than the clipped rider is a bit retarded. WTF

  • canadmos

    7/14/2014 11:34 AM

    Agreed. BUT, at least there is none of that Velcro garbage on the clip versions. YAY.

    A slightly more aggressive tread pattern would be nice too. And the price....

    But they do look nice. Will they fit too tight though....

  • AloxT

    7/14/2014 12:05 PM

    you say no Velcro I say.... they just miss some velcro ! ahahah

  • bturman

    7/14/2014 2:51 PM

    The fit is spacious and comfortable on my average width feet. One cool detail not mentioned but shown in the photos is the elastic lace holder. It's an easy way to keep things in check.

  • mrpowerjd

    7/15/2014 1:06 AM

    Any word on retail availability, Turman Sir?

  • bturman

    7/15/2014 1:09 AM

    "Fall 2014"

  • canadmos

    7/15/2014 7:46 AM

    Blah that sucks. Hopefully my current shoes don't turn into dust before then.

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