Road Gear

Reviewed: Bontrager Anara women’s road shoes

Bontrager's Anaras have a spacious toe box and ample ventilation for a cool and comfortable feel.

If you’re looking for a little wiggle room in your shoes, the Anaras have a spacious toe box and ample ventilation for a cool and comfortable feel. But this relaxed fit doesn’t mean you’ll be sloshing around in the shoes, thanks to an easily adjustable Boa closure that remains perhaps the best tightening system for high-volume feet.

Scoring an eight out of 14 on Bontrager’s stiffness index, the Anara’s nylon composite sole provides a little more give, compared to the company’s more expensive Meraj women’s shoes with carbon soles. But this extra compliance means your feet won’t be screaming at you after a long ride. Just don’t expect the same responsive ride that you’d get from the top-of-the-line carbon sole.

But versatility is where the Anaras really stand out. Compatible with both three-bolt and two-bolt SPD style cleats, you can hit the road or jump into a spin class using the same shoes. It’s like you’re getting two sets of shoes for the price of one, and at $160, that’s a killer price.

Price: $160
Weight: 484 grams (size 41)