Vento X3 Overcurve Cycling Shoe
Built to hit up the singletrack, cross course, or gravel road in style and comfort comes the Vento X3 Overcurve Shoe from Fi'zi:k. Just as we've experienced from other shoes in its lineup, the Vento is designed to fit your foot precisely and comfortably while offering protection and transferring all of your watts into the pedals whether that's hot laps after work or on race day. Using its new Overcurve construction, the shoe features a staggered foot opening that ergonomically contours around the foot, taking the natural misalignment of the ankle’s two bony protrusions, the lateral and medial malleoli, into account. The end result is an asymmetrical shape that’s quite comfortable and secures the foot for excellent pedaling.
The upper consists of the typical Microtex microfiber material that we're used to seeing from Fi'zi:k. It's super supple for a superb fit and comfortable pedaling yet durable and abrasion resistant for long life. Instead of using stitching that can lead to weak points and tears, the Vento Overcurve X3 is constructed using welding and laminated reinforcements. This not only makes the shoe lighter, more durable, and easier to clean, it helps improve the fit and reduces potential points that can lead to excessive friction, abrasion, and irritation.
Cinching down that upper on your feet is a simple and secure micro-adjustable BOA IP1 dial. Getting into and out of the shoes is a simple affair as is making quick adjustments on the fly. Down below is the X3 carbon injected sole. This stiff platform is minimal, saving weight, and rigid for efficient power transfer. When the time comes to dismount for a hike-a-bike or hurdling the barriers, a durable TPU outsole with an aggressive tread pattern grips tenaciously on terra firma and sheds mud easily.
- A durable, race-worthy offroad shoe from Fizik
- Microtex upper conforms to your foot yet is highly durable
- Boa dial closure system quickly and easily locks in your fit
- Overcurve construction contours the opening to your ankle anatomy
- Injected carbon outsole with TPU tread offers grip off the bike and power while clipped in
- Runs large, so we recommend sizing down for ideal fit
- Item #FIZ008D
- Upper Material
- BOA IP1 dial
- X3 carbon injected nylon
- Cleat Compatibility
- Claimed Weight
- [single, size 42] 10.2oz (288g)
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 2 years
4.5 based on 3 ratings
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July 17, 2021
Great shoe. Best I've owned.
- I've used it several times
- Size Bought:
I've been riding mtb for about 25 years now and have tried many shoes so I've got a good base to which I can compare. The only caveat is that I've only had these shoes a short while but have already put almost 30 hours on them. Most of my rides are between 2 and 3 hours so I'm in the shoe long enough to tease out any "issues" the shoe may have with fit. They check all the boxes for a great mtb shoe. Fit. They fit my foot great. Snug where it needs to be but still leaves room for the toes. The lace system allows you to snug the shoe down perfectly. No slop. No heel lift. I think they run a bit large. I'm usually a 44 or 45 but needed to go with a 43 on these. I do have a relatively "low volume" foot. I don't think the fore foot is narrow in this shoe. Other brands I can say are narrower. These are certainly not narrow in the toe either, unlike many other brands. The instep an heel area is probably on the "snugger" side. For me that is good. That is where I want a solid fit. It prevents heel lift and slop in the shoe under hard pedaling and pulling. For the reviews that mention lack of mobility of the shoe's tongue... The tongue is held in place by small velcro-like tabs that attach to the inside of the shoe's instep area. No mesh. Love it. Many of us ride in the cold and damp. Mesh shoes let water in but not out. In the hot summer, let's face it, your feet will be warm - mesh or no mesh. Let's ditch the mesh on more mtb shoes. Supportive sole but still ok for hike a bike sections. Near perfect balance I'd say. The grip is excellent and has held up well. The stuff I ride is techie and at times requires hike a bike sections. Even includes dancing on rocks on stream crossings. I might put a slightly thicker insole in but not sure about that yet. Simple. Minimal seams to leak, break down, or tear. This is my first shoe with a Boa and I hope it holds up. All black. No silly color schemes. Light weight. Probably the lightest mtb shoe I've owned. I have other good mtb shoes in the rotation and they have their niche uses. But now these own the top spot. I like them so much I'll likely buy a backup pair. I could give a comparison to quite a few other shoes I have owned or currently own but will simply say, thus far these are my favorite. The others include shoes from Sidi, Specialized, Giro, and Five Ten.
June 21, 2021
Narrow & Boa
- I've put it through the wringer
As one other person said these shoes fit a bit narrow, this seems to be a trend for Fizik as I have another pair of their shoes that fits about the same. At first I thought the choice of a single boa was great as I really don't like the combo shoes where it's part boa part velcro but it doesn't actually work out that great. I find that it's hard to get the right pressure/tightness along my whole foot with only a single point of adjustment, I usually have to pull the boa straps out and feed them around a bit so that when it tightens it does so in the right places. The ventilation is good and the build quality is fantastic, as you'd expect from Fizik, despite the above comments I love these shoes and continue to wear them all the time for gravel and even mountain biking.
July 16, 2020
Good Fizik Fit
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Size Bought:
- 6' 1"
If you know your Fizik fit then this shoe will fit similarly. I have a 280 mm length foot with width varying at around 110 mm so slightly wide and the 46 fits comparable to my street shoe of 11.5. If you have narrower feet you probably could size according to their chart. If your feet run slightly on the wider side then you will want to go with your "euro" street shoe size. These shoes have a good forefoot platform with a lot of room for the toes to stretch and the nice heel fit typical of other Fiziks and while the single Boa seems somewhat limiting it was easy enough to get a good fit right out of the box. The sole isn't quite as stiff as a pure carbon sole so this might be better as a training/rec. level shoe. If you're looking for maximum stiffness this probably won't cut it for you but for an everyday shoe that's easy to put on, take off, and keep clean this seems like a winner.
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