Suplest's top-end Edge/3 Pro Road shoes feature a super-stiff sole, roomy toe box and an innovative foot protection system. Comfort is wonderful and the heel retention is perfect. The 'wipe clean' upper does mark easily, though, especially at the toe.
The first, and probably most notable feature of the Edge/3 is the upper. The 'Anatomic WRAP Tongue' is a two-piece construction that Suplest says 'allows a maximum foot hold and is comfortable at the same time'. An accurate description: the hold on my foot was excellent, with no movement apart from in the toe box.
It's made in Japan and constructed with breathability in mind, and that breathability is spot on. Wearing these on a cold day with no overshoes really highlighted the 'fantastic' airflow to my feet...
The thin construction of the upper allows it to really wrap around your foot, and after a few rides it formed permanently to the shape of my foot.
Movement anywhere in the shoe really isn't an issue. My usual issue of heel slip with anything other than maximum tension in the closure system didn't occur when wearing the Edge/3. That's all thanks to the combination of 'cat tongue' fabric and silicone gripper dots used inside the heel.
The funny-looking criss-cross pattern on the top of the foot is the Carbon Shield. As the name would suggest, this is a thin carbon layer that's designed to spread the pressure of the Boa closure system, preventing any pain. It works superbly well. I had no issues with pain, even when I ratcheted them down super-tight for racing. The two-piece construction and Carbon Shield do make the shoes a little difficult to put on, but I'll take that for better on-the-bike performance.
The insoles are made by Solestar, and are notable due to the fact that I didn't notice them once. They provide good arch support for my regular arches, although anyone with specific foot issues will be putting their own insoles in.
The Ergo 360 sole appears across the whole range of Suplest's Pro edition shoes. It's a thin, full-carbon outsole that has been designed to reduce stack height to a minimum. While I've never found stack height mattering that much, stiffness and the sole's ability to disperse road buzz are the factors that are crucial to a high-end shoe's performance. I've had no issues with buzz causing pain.
The Boa dials here are quite large. They work perfectly, with good incremental tension adjustment, but they are quite tall, protruding from the shoe more than others. It's purely aesthetic, but Specialized's S-Works 6 shoes, which Dave Arthur tested in 2016, look a little sleeker to my mind.
One issue I've had is that the upper, in this grey colour, has marked easily. This has been especially prominent at the toe area, where I've clipped other riders' tyres in races. Others might get the same marks from toe overlap. With black or white shoes, this is easily corrected with a Sharpie pen or Tipp-Ex, but I haven't got a way to remove those marks here. It hasn't ripped the upper, but cosmetically it's annoying. A ride down one muddy lane has also stained the grey stitching brown. Scrubbing helped a little but I'd suggest the black is a more sensible colour choice.
The Edge/3 Pros are available direct from Suplest for €349, around £299, and at that price have some serious competition from the S-Works 6 (£310) and Sidi's Wire Carbon Air Vernice (£325), which Dave tested in 2015. All three are brilliant for heel retention, have dials for micro-adjustments and stiff soles for power transfer. Choice will come down to personal preference, although I'd suggest trying them all on if you can because the approach to heel retention is vastly different in each shoe.
I've absolutely loved riding in these shoes. The comfort was top notch right from the first ride and I've not had a single issue, even on rides over four hours. At this price they have some stiff competition but I think they hold their own in performance. If you've got £300 to spend on shoes, they're worth serious consideration.
Superb comfort from the first ride, with ample stiffness and a roomy toe box
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Suplest Edge/3 Pro Road cycling shoe
Size tested: 42
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
From Suplest: "Do you want to ride fast and in style? In this case the Edge/3 Road performance shoes are what you are looking for! Our road shoes are functional and efficient combined with a perfect fit. All you need to be fast."
Well, I looked fast. These shoes might lessen the watts you need to go fast, but I'm still not a pro! Yes, these are functional. They adjust well and fit superbly.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
"The anatomic WRAP tongue construction has been built to accommodate multiple foot shapes and widths. The construction allows a maximum foot hold and is comfortable at the same time."
"Our Carbon Shield is a thin carbon layer, which spreads the pressure of the laces and offers a comfortable fit."
"Boa Closure System, which provides smooth and even closure without pressure points."
"Our Pro and Performance Shoes are equipped with SOLESTAR's footbeds, which are specifically made for cycling. No loos of power, highest comfort and maximum stability."
The Carbon Shield on the top is a brilliant way to protect your foot from wire pain.
The heel grip does away with the need to clamp your heel like rivals Specialized S-Works 6 and Sidi Wire Carbon Air Vernice.
Cosmetically, they've not stood up very well in this light grey. The upper hasn't ripped and there are no stitching issues, so structurally they are fine. There would be no issues with the black.
More immediately accommodating than the Specialized and Sidi for me. I don't have the widest feet, but these certainly felt roomier.
My 42s sized up very nicely with a wide toe box. The area around the heel is quite high, but this gives great support.
Lighter than Sidi's Vernice but a touch heavier than the S-Works 6. Not one for the weight weenies, but super comfort makes up for this.
Not a single problem, even on longer rides. Plenty of room in the toe box.
Expensive, but they deliver great performance and comfort that is perfect from day one so they really do justify that price.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Scuff marks can't be cleaned but the rest of the shoe was just wipe clean.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really well. The stiffness gave me no issues and they were comfy all day.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The gripping methods in the heel are brilliant.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The upper, having marked, has rather spoilt the high-end look.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, but only in black or white.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Brilliant performance and superb comfort on long rides. The easily marked finish and slightly bulkier look marks it down.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. Liam spends his time plodding his way through cyclocross races, very busy not winning. As an advocate for perfectly clean chains, he can be found cleaning his bike instead of training. A shop mechanic, Liam has many helpful skills, such as being able to identify 'cross tubs by the tread pattern alone. If you bump into him, he'll probably be eating.