DPV Proteus MTB Shoes
We tested a pair of shoes that surprised us with their unbeatable balance between quality and price. A shoe suitable for mountain biking and a very elegant look. These are the DPV Proteus MTB , which we will tell you more about in detail below.
For sport mountain biking
The DPV Proteus MTB could be categorised as a cross country or mountain bike sport shoe. That is, they have a racing cut, with a microfiber and ventilated surface. Light and precise adjustment by means of a millimetric rotary dial and, of course, a rigid sole for efficient pedalling.
They have everything, in our opinion, to satisfy those who are looking for a shoe with which to pedal efficiently, optimally transmitting their power to the pedals without sacrificing the comfort of the shoe.
The upper area is made of microfiber, a material that allowed us to clean the shoes with total comfort during our test. Keep in mind that in mountain biking shoes are very exposed to dirt generated by dust, mud or water from puddles, so that after almost every ride the shoe is dirty. Its completely smooth surface makes it easy to clean, with a simple damp cloth we left the DPV Proteus MTB spotless.
This surface has two holes in the forefoot area to promote ventilation in this area of the foot. They do their job, although the airflow coming in is perhaps insufficient for the hottest summer days.
In addition to the elegant aesthetics of the smooth surface, there is also the appropriate gradient decoration, in our case in red, with the DPV brand insignia on the side. However, this shoe is also available in white or black, for those who prefer a more subtle touch.
The DPV Proteus MTB are perceived as comfortable. The feel is really pleasant and far from the stiffness, bordering on discomfort, of some shoes, even high-end, oriented to a very sporty use. The upper has a point of stiffness, but just enough not to generate tension and the millimetre rotor adjustment system allows the shoe to tighten the foot, but evenly.
The front Velcro does not have much effect on the fit on the foot. Its strength is limited and the truth is, you have to adjust it with moderation, because if you stretch it excessively it can even be uncomfortable by pressing too much on the base of the fingers.
The soles have more than enough stiffness if you want to feel your pedalling being harnessed to move the bike forward. It does not have the firmness of a carbon sole of the high-end models, but considering the price of this shoe, just 60 euros, we consider it to be excellent in this aspect. They are very good as we say because the nylon sole offers good rigidity, but also and thanks to a successful distribution of rubber panels and compound in the same sole, you can walk without too many problems with these shoes if we need it. This is not the case with other models where the sole is too aggressive and designed only for pedalling.
A quality shoe at an unbeatable price. Elegant and with a good compromise between comfort and performance. For mountain biking outings where pedalling is predominant.
Value for money
Toe cap somewhat exposed to erosion and knocks
Specific shoe for Mountain Biking with a good compromise between stiffness and comfort. Compatible with all types of cleats and possibility of adapting front lugs on the sole for greater traction in mud.
Micrometric rotor and Velcro on the front instep area
Nylon with PU inserts
Microfiber with ventilated Nylon inserts.
From 37 to 48
Red, white or black
711g (the pair in size 43)
More info here