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The DMT KR0 Road Shoes are hugely comfortable, breathable and light. Using a knitted upper means that they mould to your feet, and if aerodynamics is your thing, there is little bulk to hold you back. They aren't the easiest to get on, though, and the price will raise a few eyebrows.
We've seen a fair few shoes get the knitted treatment, and you certainly do get some added benefits over a more traditional synthetic leather upper.
The stretchy nature of the mesh means the KR0s literally wrap around your foot, feeling like your favourite pair of slippers. But while it aids the fit, it does make them a bit of a faff to get on, with the opening not stretching much to let your foot in.
It did get a bit easier over time as the material developed a little more give, and I also worked out a specific way to wiggle my foot in. And after pulling them on and off plenty of times over the test period I didn't do any damage to the heel.
At just 496g (size 45) they are lighter than most, and that's noticeable when you are riding, especially on longer outings.
For closure, the KR0s use dual Boa dials, which tension or release a wire across the top of the foot. It's a very good system, spreading the pressure over the top of the foot without causing any hotspots. It's also easy to adjust on the fly.
The dials used here are Boa's new Li2 models, which are made from recycled plastic and have a lower profile than previous versions. This makes it easier to wear overshoes over the top, ideal in the winter months that I've been testing the KR0s as these shoes are very breathable.
Flip the shoe over and you'll find a full carbon fibre sole that is impressively stiff. DMT doesn't rave on about stiffness or use stiffness ratings, but let me just say these are up there with some of the stiffest I've worn.
I got on well with the shape, too; the arch isn't too pronounced, and I found the sole to be supportive without feeling overly harsh on rough roads.
The soles also feature a massive amount of vents to aid airflow.
The KR0s are drilled for three-bolt cleat systems and are compatible with Look's memory adjustment system, which enables you to swap the cleats without having to realign them.
The overall quality is very high, with tidy stitching under the inner sole and all around the upper. The mesh is hardwearing and scuff resistant too, and despite being exposed to plenty of salt and mud-covered roads they have continued to clean up well.
As well as this grey, the shoes are available in coral or black.
Overall, the KR0s are a very comfortable pair of shoes, and light too, though considering their breathability they are definitely going to be reserved for the warmest of days. They aren't cheap, but nor are they over the top when compared to the competition.
A big outlay, but worth it if you want some of the most comfortable cycling shoes money can buy
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road.cc test report
Make and model: DMT KR0 Road Shoe Grey
Size tested: 45
Tell us what the product is for
DMT says, "Light, fast , extremely comfortable. The KR0 represents the pinnacle of performance improving on all the best features of DMT knit footwear. Working with our state of the art knit technology a we have created an extremely light shoe that offers excellent energy transfer thanks to the new generation anatomic carbon SL outsole, the double Boa closure and an integrated upper construction that adapts perfectly to each rider's feet. Developed and tested with World Tour riders including Elia Viviani."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Full Engineered 3D knit upper with ultralight construction
Variable thickness and knit structures for ultimate comfort
BOA® Fit System with double Li2 dials
Anatomic Carbon SL outsole
8mm front-rear cleat adjustability
Sizing is spot on.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Considering the light colour mesh, I found them relatively easy to keep clean.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Top-end race shoes with plenty of breathability.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
A faff to get on.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
They are very much at the top end, but still relatively well priced against the competition mentioned in the review.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
They are a bit of a faff to get on and off, but they're very well made and can't really be faulted when it comes to performance and comfort. The price is high, but they're very good.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!