Hot on the heels of Udog’s first road shoe, the Tensione, comes a second model with a slightly more traditional aesthetic called the Cima.
The Cima is a lace-up shoe like the Tensione, but it does away with the latter’s more unusual Tension Wrap System strap that wraps around the rider’s midfoot area. Instead, the Cima sports a more complicated knit upper with three distinct patterns and two different yarns. Combined with the fit variations that are already available in any lace-up shoe, the idea here is to help provide zonal support that can be more customized to fit each rider.
The breathability is also said to be extremely good, and Udog says the material “dries really fast” in case you get caught in a sudden downpour.
What really sets the Cima apart from other lace-ups, however, is the clever pocket tab design – essentially a small tongue extension with a small pocket for the ends of the lace that’s designed to fold up and down. slip under an elastic strap for a very clean and neat exterior.
It’s all attached to a carbon composite plate with split cleat holes, underfoot ventilation channels, and co-molded TPU heel and toe treads.
Interestingly, Udog bills them as a “climber’s shoe”, although they aren’t that light with a pair of size 43 samples tipping the scales at 546g with insoles – slightly heavier than the Tensione , in fact. It might not be that feathery, but first impressions are that they’re very comfortable with good heel hold and a cool square toe that leaves plenty of room for your piggies to squirm.
Udog offers the Cima in two colors – “Salt White” and all black – and sizes from 38 to 46 (although, like the Tensione, there are unfortunately no half sizes available).
The retail price is US$300.
More information can be found at www.udog.comand stay tuned for a fuller review soon.