The Tech 7 is like a mellower version of the Tech 10. It features a semi-hinge that gives the boot nearly no required break-in time, and as soon as you slip on the boot, it is super comfortable. It comes as close to the comfort feeling of having a soft bootie but without one. The insole is curved and contours to your foot while the ankle, heel, and toe box are well padded and sized nicely for a standard to wide foot. If you have a very narrow foot, these might be a little roomy. The flexibility and extension of the Tech 7 is just a notch below the most flexible boots in the group, and from our experience, after a number of rides, they become just as bendable as a fully hinged boot.
The welded sole keeps the toe area of the boot nice and slim, so it doesn’t hang up on the shifter or brake pedal, and there is a good amount of feel on the controls. It doesn’t have the tackiest of soles, but it is far from the worst. Protection and security feel is in the mid- to high range, except that there is a very large section in the back of the boot where it is just soft leather and padding rather than a plastic piece of protection. Frame grip is high, and because the inner hinge is very minimal and located pretty high on the boot, there were no hang-up issues on any bike we rode.