Specialized S-Works EXOS 99

 

Specialized has unveiled the S-Works EXOS 99 which at 99g per foot for a size 42 claims to be the lightest production road shoe ever made.

Limited to just 500 pairs (ever, according to Specialized), the EXOS 99 makes heavy (or rather, light) use of Dyneema Mesh fabric for minimum weight and costs a decidedly decadent £600 / $700 for the pair.

There are no ratchet straps or Boa dials, just good old fashioned laces. The sole uses Specialized’s lightest FACT Powerline carbon to maximise stiffness.

Are the 99s a little too rich for your blood? Well then the everyman S-Works EXOS is for you. These cost a mere £450 / $600 and weigh a claimed 150g per shoe for a 42.

Construction is similar but there’s less of the Dyneema and a Boa dial should make for easy adjustment.

Whichever pair you choose, these are extremely light shoes and while the price is stratospheric, it doesn’t come close to the high water mark of Mavic’s insane Comete Ultimate shoes launched back in 2017.

Will you be sporting EXOS for the 2019 season?