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Combining an ultra-lightweight upper (with more than a hint of Crocs about it), removable neoprene sock liner, minimal midsole and a quick-pull lacing system, the Ultra is seemingly perfect for the triathlete who wants a speedy T2 and a barefoot feel to their run. Slipping them on, they feel super comfortable without socks and the lacing system gives a good, secure fit. There’s too much excess elastic, though, and it had to be cut and re-knotted.

Once running, the Ultras didn’t rub at all and, during a summer downpour, drained superbly. However, they are extremely minimal (weighing in at 100g) and demand a well-practised light and fast forefoot strike. Our tester has definite minimalist leanings, but even he found the Ultras a touch inadequate and won’t be trading in his racing flats anytime soon.

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.