The search for the perfect road shoe is ongoing here at the VeloNews office, and we have just received another contender in the Bont Vaypor.
The Vaypor is heat moldable and uses Bont’s famous 100 percent carbon fiber canoe-like sole chassis, which has an incredibly low stack height of just 3.5mm. The insoles are heat moldable as well, and padding is all memory foam.
Two straps adorn the leather and microfiber uppers, one Velcro and one with a half-step adjustable buckle. The rubber toe bumper and walking bumpers on the sole are all user-replaceable for long-term durability. The Vaypors are also quite light, just 514 grams for the pair on our scale in size EU 42.5. For comparison, the Mavic Huez shoes I wrote about earlier this week weighed 402g. The Bontrager RXL’s we wrote about last year weigh around 628g per pair.
Bont has a long history in the skating industry, known for taking an innovative approach with materials and construction since its creation in 1975. The company was the first footwear manufacturer to commercially use fiberglass (1975), Kevlar (1986) and finally carbon fiber (1989) in their models.
For years, Bont made custom cycling shoes on an individual basis. They only expanded their regular product line into cycling in 2008, and have since debuted twelve models catering to various cycling disciplines. We’re looking forward to putting the Vaypor through the ringer.