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DZR H20 Review

DZR H20 Shoes

The new H20 from DZR Shoes is a seam-sealed, highly water-resistant, SPD-compatible cycling shoe. Like their other shoes, they’re practically indistinguishable from casual street wear, yet they pack cycling-specific features like a nylon shank in the sole, reflective accents on the heels, and an elastic loop on the tongue to batten down your laces. And the sheepskin leather uppers feature a water resistant treatment.

I’m hesitant to refer to the shoes as waterproof, because water has a way of working its way in to almost anything, but the inner membrane itself is. The first thing I did was take the garden hose to the H20′s. As long as I didn’t spray above the collar, no water got in. Then I stood in a puddle for several minutes to see if they leaked around the SPD cleat. No seepage. Next I went mountain biking and stood in a swift moving creek with the water just below the ankle cuff. Again, not a drop of water got in.

DZR H20Of course these are all controlled conditions, and in actual downpours some water may be able to enter at the ankle cuff. But in my experience when they’re securely tied, the amount of water that enters in a light to moderate rain ride is negligible.

Aside from the waterproof features, the H20′s are good looking and functional cycling shoes. The sole is stiff enough for good power transfer, yet has just enough give to let them pass as all-day footwear.

The H20 shoes retail for $159. Check out www.dzrshoes.com

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5 Comments

  1. ChampsOctober 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Unless you’re wearing gaiters or have pants that ENSURE runoff will drip past the cuff, you’re gonna have a bad time. Waterproof shoes alone are not adequate for any significant stretch of time.

    And then at that point, you might as well wear removable shoe covers…

  2. Vincent LyonOctober 16, 2012 at 5:29 am

    My current Lake shoes click a little bit on tile and pavement, but make an aweful grinding noise on cement. Is the cleat on these shoes better recessed? Or should I always expect to bring a change of shoes regardless of how casual my cycling shoes look?

  3. AllenOctober 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Can you comment on the fit of the shoe and comfort beyond the flex of the sole? And what did they weigh in at? Also, the DZR website says the shoes will be available in the Winter. Any more specific info regarding how soon they will be orderable? Thanks- love your site!

  4. kreminOctober 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I have 2 pairs of DZR’s my cleats NEVER touch the ground. For fit they are pretty roomy I wear a 10 1/2 in street shoes so I went down to a 10 in the DZR fit is perfect. For comfort I have sensitive back that stems from my feet I can wear these all most all day with out any problems. I have the mambas which look to be the same shoe just not water proof. In short buy these!

  5. NeedShoesOctober 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve owned two pairs of DZR low top spd shoes and both suffered from very poor workmanship – both had soles which came nearly completely unglued from the rest of the shoe in less than 30 days. Give DZR credit – they replaced them, but that still doesn’t make up for the hassle and the replacement which suffered the same problem. Let’s hope these H20′s don’t have the same problem. As to cleats touching the ground – when my pair were new they didn’t touch the ground, but as the sole wears, they will – and these pictures of the H20 seem to show the material at least looks the same as mine. That’s to be expected of any soft rubber bottom shoe, unless those bottoms are made of plastic or something harder that wears better.

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