Yeah, I’d never heard of DMT either. They are an Italian company that makes shoes for road cycling and mountain biking. I didn’t even plan on getting these shoes, but they sort of called to me and I just couldn’t say no to their minimalistic style.
The DMT Impact cycling shoes are not their top level cycling shoes, but the next step down. They feature a carbon sole, leather upper, two velcro straps, and one ratchet strap. The shoes weigh about 230 grams each. My DMT Impact shoes come in at 320 grams each with the Look Keo cleat installed.
The main reason that I chose these shoes was cost. Basically, I couldn’t justify the $499 retail price of the Sidi Ergo 3 cycling shoes. The DMT Impact shoes had a retail of half of that, coming in at $250. There were some differences between the two that added value to the Sidi shoes, however, I don’t believe they were worth $250.
Some of the main differences that I noticed were fewer shoe adjustments and the lack of the BOA type system. I’ve never really used the Sidi heel adjustment system, but I’ve never had a problem with how my heel fits in a shoe, so I see it as extra weight. I
‘ve never owned a shoe with the BOA type system either, but I do love the way it holds your foot in the shoe. The top level cycling shoe from DMT, the Prisma, has the boa system. If Don’s Bikes would have had that shoe in stock, I probably would be writing a review about those instead.
With any cycling shoe, you are better off buying it from a bike shop. If you don’t like supporting your local shop, then at least stop in to try the shoe on. It has been my experience that each companies shoe sizes fit a bit different. Fr example, in Sidi shoes, I wear a 44 while in the DMT shoes, I wear a 43.
After trying both the Sidi Ergon 3 and the DMT Impact cycling shoes, I’d say the DMT shoes had a better insole. They felt a bit more formed to the shape of my foot and were a bit softer. I haven’t had a chance to go out for a long ride yet, but I’ve done a couple 3 hour rides and my feet have been happy the entire time. No numb toes. I did, however, have pressure on the outer top of my left foot on the first few rides. I think the leather upper has since stretch out and I no longer feel this pressure anymore.
One selling point that helped persuade me to the DMTs was the tongue. The Sidi cycling shoes all have that flat top on the tongue of the shoe. The DMT cycling shoes have a curved top. The curve matches that of your ankle and relieves the pressure you feel on your ankle when flexing your foot up. Instead, the tongue fits nicely around my ankle and I do not feel it dig into my ankle like I did in the Sidi shoes.
The soles on these shoes feel very stiff. In fact, they feel much stiffer than my previous Sidi shoes. I don’t have any sort of test data to proove this, but I have a real world example that shows the differences in stiffness. With my old Sidi shoes, if I would kneel on one knee to tighten my straps/buckle, I could feel the sole on my back foot flexing. On the DMT Impact cycling shoes, I don’t feel this at all.
Another example would be during riding. With my old Sidi shoes, I would feel more pressure on the sole of my foot, especially during long rides. However, with the DMT shoes, I don’t feel this pressure.
These DMT shoes are the best cycling shoes I have ever owned, yet they do have some flaws. The buckle and strap feel excessively cheap. I put in an average of 15 hours of training a week and don’t think the buckles will make it past 2 months before breaking. I also do not like that you can’t adjust the overall length of the buckle strap. I come very close to maximizing the amount that I can tighten the buckle. If the leather strap stretches any, I may not be able to tighten the buckle enough to hold my foot well. The leather strap does have another material mixed into it, which DMT calls their “2X Density Control.” I think this is supposed to help prevent the strap from stretching.
The DMT Impact cycling shoes would be a great, relatively economical shoe for anyone to add to their gear bag. They are stiff and offer a fair amount of ventilation. They come with a very nice insole and after a few rides, wear in and fit your foot like a glove. However, the buckle and strap seem to be of inferior quality and might not last as long as you’d want them to. I have contacted their customer service department to see about getting some replacement buckles, but I haven’t heard back. When I do get a reply back, I will update this review and add a little section on their customer service. Until then, go try these shoes out. Don’s Bikes is a local distributor of DMT.