You might have thought that the only bikepacking specific kit you might need was, you know, the normal stuff that you need to go ride your bike and then sleep outdoors overnight, but it turns out you're wrong. DZR has just released this bikepacking-specific shoe, the S24O LTD.
If you aren't already too busy throwing your normal riding shoes into a bin as they're no longer up to the task of being used on an overnight trip, you'll likely be hungry for details. That name stands for Sub 24 hour Overnight, an acronym DZR say was coined by Grant Peterson of Rivendell Bicycle Works for - you guessed it - an overnight bike trip that's under 24 hours. There's no word on whether you should revert back to different shoes for bikepacking trips exceeding the magic 24-hour time frame, however.
What do they bring to the bikepacking party? Well, like all DZR shoes, they've got a flatty style natural rubber sole with natty chain-link pattern that has a recessed space for cleats so, as the press release says, it's "easy to hop off the bike and run into the store for supplies or roll into your campsite for dinner under the stars."
To be fair, stocking up on instant porridge, high-proof, low volume alcohol and Tunnocks bars at the nearest Spar to your overnight location in a high-end carbon soled race shoe is one of the higher risk areas of a UK-based S24O (hypothermia and mild trenchfoot notwithstanding) so they might have a point there.
The shoes are a mid-top design made from lightweight leather which is said to be tough and breathable, as well as breaking in "like a good pair of work gloves". At $149 per pair, we suspect manual labourers might not be the target market, however.
If our petty marketing-hype induced meanness hasn't put you off, it might also be possible to use these for a spot of all-around commuting/urban/dirt use, even if you never intend to overnight outdoors. And we quite like the casual looks of them, to be honest.
Head to the DZR website for more details on these shoes and the rest of the range.
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