Triathlons are an expensive pastime, but the Louis Garneau Tri X Speed II Women's Shoes make it a little simpler to afford all the other gear you need. They don't disregard function to lower the pricetag, though. The X Speed II uses the same outside to inside Power Flex strap as the top end models, so you can fine tune your fit and easily open and close your shoes while you're in the saddle. It also boasts the same HRS 80 heel counter as some of its big sisters, so your heel will sit solidly in the shoe without slipping, preventing blisters and loss of power. Garneau made sure the X Speed II was also comfortable by including a ventilated EVA insole that works with the vented nylon outsole to move moisture and keep your feet cool. The outsole has been reinforced to increase stiffness and power. Throw in a large heel strap for smooth speed in the transition zone and a weight that totals well under 300 grams, and you'll be blowing the competition away while laughing at their more expensive gear.