Bilt is one of Cycle Gear’s in-house “economy” brands, which means cheaper materials, fewer features, and, generally, offshore production. But damned if I didn’t give them a shot anyway. First they hooked me with their casual sneaker-like appearance, a black-on-black polyester upper with a hint of contrast stitching and reflective piping around the heel, with all of it riding on a white synthetic sole. They’re marketed as a “lightweight casual sport boot,” but the only thing putting them a notch above a pair of Keds is the lightly padded top ankle section. The medium-height Dexters hit just above the ankle, with a lace-up closure using multiple pairs of eyelets, and a side zipper that slides down for easy exit (or entry). We suppose the reflective piping around the heel counter is a good thing, but it’s just the one pipe—not much to reflect there. The so-called “synthetic gear change pad” is a joke; there’s nothing reinforced or padded about this area of the toe box, and it’s doubtful it’ll last through more than a year of constant shifting. I’ve had mine for six months and am starting to see signs of fraying already.