Trip Ideas is again with one other new pair of kicks. Shortly after the launch of the extra informal trying Vice Mid, the brand new RC Hellion Elite is right here to cowl your all-mountain flat pedal wants.
Citing client demand, the Hellion Elite is RC’s first lowtop shoe to make use of their DST 4.zero Max Grip rubber outsole. That is their stickiest, grippiest rubber to maintain you glued to the pedals. Mixed with their hexagon tread design, the Hellion Elite is meant for pedal grip and really feel in any situation.
Between that outsole and your foot is a layer of EVA foam midsole for consolation and shock absorption.
Additional shock absorption is offered by their D30 outfitted insoles with the viscoelastic materials positioned in excessive affect places.
Up prime, a brand new two-panel microfiber artificial higher is used to create a shoe that’s gentle, abrasion resistant, and water repellent. Antimicrobial mesh lining helps on the within to maintain out the funk.
On the entrance, a TPU toe safety cap is supposed to maintain abrasion to a minimal. This seems to be prefer it might be straight associated to the toe cap put on that Jessie-Might skilled with the unique Hellion.
Weight clever, the shoe checks in at 382g per shoe for a 41.5.
Out there in three variations, together with a ladies’s particular model with its personal final, the Hellion Elite is obtainable in US sizes 7-13 (with 14 and 15 out there in black/charcoal)
and UK 6-12 (with 13 and 14 out there in black/charcoal) and girls’s US sizes 5-10 (UK 4-9). Pricing is ready at $140.
The early season has meant restricted possibilities to get out and take a look at the Hellion Elite, so I took the prospect to do some again to again testing with these and the Vice Mid at our asphalt pump tracks. The rise in grip the 4.zero Max rubber supplies is immediately noticeable. It’s important to consciously wish to transfer your foot across the pedal, in any other case, they’re firmly locked in place.
In comparison with the Vice Mid, the Hellion Elite additionally affords a a lot firmer really feel on the pedals. This could make the shoe significantly better for longer path rides, however on the pump monitor, I most popular the texture of the Vice Mid.
Alongside these traces, the Hellion Elite looks like it’ll take fairly a bit longer to interrupt in in comparison with the Vice Mid (which actually wanted no break-in in any respect). The thicker materials across the toe prompted some uncomfortable creasing proper out of the field, however after just a few laps it had already began to loosen up. I believe that with just a few extra rides, the Hellion Elites would turn into way more comfy.
For my wants, there’s no query that I’d attain for the Vice Mid over this shoe, however that’s actually no shock since I don’t do longer path and enduro rides in flats. For people who do, and that need the utmost grip out of their outsole, the Hellion Elite suits the invoice.