Vittoria may not be the first brand that comes to mind when you think about Italian-made cycling shoes, but the company has been crafting shoes for some of the best cyclists in the world since 1976. That expertise shines through in the Hora Evo, a masterpiece equally at home in a museum of modern design as on your feet climbing an Italian Col. Vittoria designed the first rotor closure system that used nylon cables in 1998, so you can trust that the micrometric design and fit of the Hora Evo is dialed to perfection.
Upper/Closure System: 10
More and more shoes are utilizing dial-actuated closure systems and the Hora Evo employs a proprietary system we think is one of the best available. A plastic piece flips up to make the dial easy to turn, even while wearing thick gloves. The dial turns either direction, making it easy to tighten or loosen the shoe while riding. Placing the dial on top of the tongue rather than on the side of the shoe keeps it out of the way in case you crash.
The padded tongue feels great against the top of the foot and the traditional buckle and strap top closure locks down the ankle. The heel cup is on the skinny side to eliminate any chance of slippage. Ventilation is satisfactory thanks to nylon mesh inserts on the sides of the shoe. These vents are essentially the only difference between the Hora Evo and Hora.
My narrow foot had a bit of extra room through the midfoot and toe box, but I didn’t feel like I was sliding around either. This shoe has a medium width, perhaps slightly on the narrow side. The volume of the shoe is also in the average range, with the micrometric closure system offering a huge range of adjustability. The upper does a great job of cradling the foot so you don’t feel like you have to ratchet down the straps to achieve a snug fit. The arch felt like it offered support in the right places and I didn’t experience any hot spots.
The unidirectional carbon sole has a uniform thickness of just 3mm to maximize the power transferred to the pedals. When you stand up and stomp on the pedals, there will be no doubt that the force you generate is going straight into your drivetrain. Four mesh-covered vents keep air flowing and the Italian accent colors are a nice touch. The replaceable heel pad is a bonus, but it doesn’t offer much in the way of traction. When you invest in an expensive pair of shoes, you want to get as many miles out of them as possible and it’s nice to know you can extend the life of the shoe with replaceable parts.
At 350g for a size 44, the Hora Evo is one of the heaviest shoes on the market when comparing it to other high-end offerings. The Sidi Wire is the Hora Evo’s most similar competitor in terms of features and price and comes in at 331g. Even the less expensive Hora is a few grams lighter at 348g. If you’re counting every gram, this may not be the shoe for you, but if you value high-quality construction and durability, a few extra grams won’t really matter in the long run.
The Hora Evo is one of the most expensive pairs of shoes you’ll find. But if you’re in the market for a high-end pair of kicks, price probably isn’t your top priority. If you are more concerned with comfort and don’t mind paying a premium price for an Italian-made product, give these shoes a closer look.