FIZIK X5 TERRA

£149.99 > Stylish gravel shoes

Cycling Plus - - NEW KIT -

FIZIK’S OFF-ROAD RANGE IS DOM­I­NATED by mi­cro­tex up­per, rigid race shoes but look fur­ther and you’ll find this su­per-stylish off-road op­tion ideal for gravel, and your com­mute.

The up­per ad­just­ment, which is based on the re­vamped R1 road shoe’s de­sign is ex­cel­lent, with the off­set tongue and sin­gle Boa threaded through off­set an­chors. As you turn the dial to ten­sion, the up­per seam­lessly pulls to­gether across the slick, smooth and, con­trast­ing, bright or­ange tongue for a crease-free fit. The sin­gle Vel­cro strap across the toe box helps to take up any slack.

The up­per com­bines per­fo­rated mi­cro­tex sec­tions and polyurethane (PU) re­in­force­ments with a lux­u­ri­ous, highly-breath­able nat­u­ral suede that gives the shoes more of a hik­ing-style look than a tra­di­tional moun­tain bike shoe. The sole has large PU-bonded grip pieces from front to back, mak­ing them sturdy and sup­port­ive, and eas­ier to walk in than a tra­di­tional moun­tain bike of­fer­ing. Neat de­tails like the re­in­forced wo­ven

WE SAY Shoes that work just as well as they look

heel loop mean you can hang them from your tent to dry, fur­ther adding to the X5’s more ad­ven­tur­ous de­sign. The fit is su­perb, be­ing both sup­port­ive and close fit­ting yet sur­pris­ingly sup­ple. The same goes for the re­in­forced car­bon sole and TPU grip sec­tions. The sole main­tains enough stiff­ness to help get the power down but has enough flex to make walk­ing or shoul­der­ing the bike and run­ning more com­fort­able, al­low­ing you to make the most of the large block treads when the go­ing gets sticky. At 790g a pair (size 45) you can find lighter off-road shoes, but the weight isn’t ever an is­sue. The X5 of­fers such a su­perbly com­fort­able fit we’ll eas­ily take the min­i­mal ex­tra weight. We also love the suede fin­ish, it may not seem that prac­ti­cal for a shoe that’s go­ing to spend a fair amount of time get­ting mucky, but ours are scrub­bing up well and the suede is tak­ing on a patina like your favourite pair of hik­ing boots.

1 2 3 Get great con­trol over the fit and ad­just­ment with the Fizik’s Boa dial sys­tem The suede­ef­fect ma­te­rial has scrubbed up well af­ter our var­i­ous off-road ad­ven­tures The PUpro­tected car­bon sole has been de­signed to pro­vide grip when walk­ing DIAL UP SUEDE SHOES GET A GRIP 1 2 3

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