Pearl Izumi is not new to the triathlon scene and they know what a triathlete is looking for. The Pearl Izumi Tri Octane are light, stiff, and anatomically correct. Did I also mention looks great as well? The Tri Octane has a one piece Clarino Rovenica Upper with Direct Vent Technology that offers minimum weight and maximum breathability. Cooling and draining is no problem with these shoes. You will be paying top dollar for these shoes but the comfort, look, and “make sense” approach that Pearl Izumi took to design this shoes should command the higher price.