Bontrager Rally Clipless Shoe Review
Words By Nic Hall | Photos by Dusten Ryen
Bontrager has an incredibly wide range of product offerings and we must say, while we absolutely love some of their items, others don’t quite have the looks or style to excite us. That is not the case with the new Rally shoes, we really dig the casual, skate shoe vibe of these things from day one and were excited to get a pair. Over the past couple years we have been impressed with Bontrager’s tires and one of their floor pumps lives in the Wolf Wagon. So, let’s dig into the new Rally Shoe after some very aggressive testing in the desert.
The Bontrager Rally is a new clipless shoe that is aimed at the trail and all-mountain market but could pull double duty as a downhill shoe. On the outside, the shoe looks understated and pretty straightforward. Laces with a Velcro strap provide closure and the toebox has a small amount of armor.
Despite the casual look, Bontrager has buried some nice tech into these shoes that could put them at the top of the clipless trail shoe market. The upper is made of a very durable synthetic leather while the midsole is a highly impact resistant EVA. The sole is a mix of heavy texture on the toe and heel with a smooth, waffle-like surface in the pedal contact area to increase traction on and off the bike. There is also a sizeable cleat area that makes clipping in and out easy no matter how rough the terrain is. Both the toe and heel are coated with an abrasion resistant “GnarGuard” coating, that feels similar to a textured bed liner. They tipped the scale at 872g a pair, without cleats on our scale.