Fizik R1B Uomo shoes

£279.99, ex­trauk.co.uk

Cyclist - - Lead Out -

If you’re be­ing asked to pay close to £300 for a pair of shoes, it’s rea­son­able to ex­pect them to fit per­fectly. That’s why Fizik has put a lot of ef­fort into how its new top-end shoes are fas­tened to en­sure the fit is spot on, as well as mak­ing sure they’re su­per-light and su­per-stiff in the sole.

‘Us­ing a sin­gle-pull con­fig­u­ra­tion as op­posed to the more usual loop Boa sys­tem, the fore­most Boa dial ad­justs for in­di­vid­ual fit across the whole of the front of the shoe as it fas­tens,’ says prod­uct man­ager Luca Viano. ‘We call this Vol­ume Con­trol.’

This is com­ple­mented by the sec­ond Boa dial, which with the top part of the up­per forms an ‘Ex­tended Power Strap’ that plants the foot back into the heel cup. Viano claims this ‘min­imises move­ment and in­creases power trans­fer’.

All that per­for­mance ef­fi­ciency hasn’t come at the ex­pense of aes­thet­ics. We like the ven­ti­la­tion per­fo­ra­tions, which are sub­tly ar­ranged in the form of moun­tain peaks, and even the box they come in is classy – these things mat­ter.

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