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Fi'zi:k X5 Artica Cycling Shoe - Men's

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X5 Artica Cycling Shoe

When Old Man Winter is knocking at your door its best not to take his threats lightly. That isn't to stay that you should settle into the sofa with a cup of tea and binge watch your latest go-to series, but rather, pack on your best winter gear and meet him head on as you rocket down sparsely populated trails and crush frost coated climbs. The Fi'zi:k X5 Artica Cycling Shoes make the perfect addition to winter ready kit when you're ready to brave the cold, arming you with battle-ready winter protection for fat biking extravaganzas, or just extra-chilly trail days, thanks to its fully waterproof uppers that insulate you, and beefy lugged tread that keeps you from sliding out on ice patches on foot.

The X5 Artica's unique design combines an elite Fi'zi:k shoe fit with two layer technology to ensure total winter warmth. The inner layer insulates, and snugly secures your foot with a speed lace that wraps around you to provide an accurate and precise fit, giving you total support on the bike. The outer layer of the shoe is crafted from a Microtex reinforced shell that is seamlessly bonded to the inner, keeping the shoes low-profile while offering robust protection. A waterproof and breathable membrane wraps around the entire upper, making sure moisture can't permeate, but sweat can be wisked away, preventing cold, wet feet while you ride.

We all prefer to max out our trail miles on bike, but never the less encounter stretches of dirt that are best hiked — especially in icy winter conditions, and the Artica does its best to make sure your footing stays sure on particularly treacherous sections of trail. Beefy lugs grip ice, sand, and mud to keep you secure, and spikes can be mounted at the toe if you're in need of a little bit more to keep you confident through the elements. The outsole itself is built from carbon reinforced nylon, designed for stiffness on the bike that maximizes your power transfer, and just a touch of flex when you're off, allowing torsional flex that keeps your gait natural on foot. The inside uses Fi'zi:k's winter edition cycling insole, with a cozy fleece upper, and insulating aluminum foil on the underside to keep you warm through the coldest of days.

  • Winter trail shoes fit for the pros
  • Double-layer uppers insulate and shield the elements
  • Achieve a perfect snug fit with internal quick lace
  • External reinforced Microtex shell protects without bulk
  • Seamless bonding construction doesn't let water sneak in
  • Winter insole insulaes with fleece and aluminum foil
  • Stiff carbon reinforced outsole offers maximum power transfer
  • Rubber lugs with toe spike mount keeps your footing sure
  • Item #FIZ006U

Upper Material
waterproof and breathable membrane, Microtex shell
Closure
internal speed lacing system
Footbed
fi'zi:k cycling insole
Sole
carbon reinforced nylon, rubber
Cleat Compatibility
2 bolt mountain
Claimed Weight
[size 42.5] 1lb 0.3oz (463g)
Recommended Use
cross-country, mud/sand/snow, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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>Rating: 4

Seems sturdy without the bulk

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
46.5
Height
5` 11"
Weight
205 lbs

I wear a 12 shoe in most brands so the 46/12 is correct but if you wear heavy socks the toe box length might be too snug. I have the 46.5/12 1/2 due to fat biking winter use. The boot is narrow but seems flexible enough to stretch. The zipper is a bit tricky to point your toe down to align the teeth. Warmth? We will see. Waterproof? We will see. I had worn out my Lakes and couldn't find a big enough size in LG Klondike. 45NRTHs are too bulky for spring/fall use but I wanted more enduro/light boot for all 3 seasons and will go full pack boot on MTB flat pedals when temps really drop.

>Rating: 5

Love these boots!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
43

These are a great cycling shoe for muddy and wet conditions. I live it Portland, OR so we get rain most of the year. I've been wearing them consistently since Oct 2020 and they are holding up fine. The sole is pretty darn stiff and gives me a good amount of power. I'm usually a womens 10/10.5 or mens 9/9.5. Ordered a little big so I could wear thicker socks. Pair these with waterproof socks and you're ready to ride year round!

>Rating: 3

Not a great fit. Issue with Zipper.

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
46.5
Height
6` 0"
Weight
200 lbs

Based on sizing guide and reviews, I initially bought a 46 but then tried a 46.5. Both are listed as larger than a US12, which is my normal size. 46 usually works for me in cycling shoes. I am not convinced that the 46.5 was actually any bigger than the 46. Both have plenty of length but are too narrow. In spite of the extra length, my heel rubs uncomfortably in the right shoe. I do suspect that I have weird feet, since it is difficult to find shoes that fit well. But I think this will fit best on narrow feet. I haven't gone so far as installing cleats and riding outside since I suspect these will be going back. On one shoe, the zipper came apart (below the slider) the first time I went to take them off. It took about 10 minutes to get the zipper slider down and get the shoe off. Once I got it all the way down the teeth engaged again and it has worked fine since, but I'm concerned about future issues. Not having ridden in real conditions, I can't really comment on that, but they do not make my feet too warm to wear in the house with winter wool socks. I fear they wouldn't be as warm as advertised. Writing this review helped me decide to return them and go a different direction.

>Rating: 2

Bothersome Tongue on Shoe - Defect?

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small

Hi! Looked at the reviews for these and everything seemed super great, until try on. The tongue on the shoe moves around constantly, chafing your ankle and it's incredibly bothersome, to the point that you can't wear them. You wouldn't know this just by trying them on, so you have to ride in them, which is unfortunate because then you can't get a full refund. Wouldn't recommend.

>Rating: 4

Essential gear for winter riding

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45

I underestimated the benefit of proper winter cycling footwear. These are more comfortable and functional than booties and summer shoes, and make winter riding much more bearable. I tend to have cold feet, but have found the effective range for these to be 28-48 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m US 11, and found 45 to be perfect, 1/2 size up from my Fizik summer shoes. This allows for thicker socks and some insulating air space. I knocked 1 star off, for the ankle cuff, which I found to be a bit stiff, may loosen up though. Bottom line, if you live in a cold climate and want to extend your cycling season, get winter shoes. They are big difference makers.

>Rating: 3

Keeps your feet warm but not dry

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

I've had them for a week, they do keep my feet warm in 15 deg weather but a slight rain and your feet will be soak.

>Rating: 5

Surprising warmth

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I expected waterproofs because of the upper material but didn't expect the shoe to retain so much warmth. Usually my feet get cold at 42-45F after an hour with MB shoes and medium weight wool sock. I wore a heavy weight wool sock with these shoes in 30F, 15-20mph winds after 30 mins and I didn't notice the slightest bit of foot/toes coldness. Fit is a little wide, wide enough for a medium and heavy weight wool sock and still not feel too tight. Easy in, easy out.

>Rating: 4

3 Days of Use 4 Stars

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large

Day 1 - 52 miles, 3 hours, road ride, endurance pace, 32° f with dry roads - Comfortable, dry and warm. Not a race-stiff sole, but I wasn't expecting it to be. I had zero issues with my feet. Day 2 - Fat bike endurance ride, 1:30, 12 miles, 1300ft of climbing, 32°f with freezing rain on roads and mtb trails- warm and dry! However, freezing rain isn't as wet at rain. Day 3 - 38 miles, 2-1/4 hours, 2,700ft of vert, tempo and endurance road ride with HEAVY road spray, endurance pace, 30° f with wet roads - I needed fenders! This would have fixed the fact that the cuff of the boot eventually succumbed to water infiltration. I ended up with damp to wet, but WARM feet. Since the upper cuff will not keep out heavy water spray, it will not be greater than a 4-star rating. However, great value for now. Need to log more rides to know for use. In the meantime, I am pleased with my purchase. I look forward to trying these boots when it is colder, in 20°s. I wear a 44.5 Sidi. The 45 was too big, and went with a 44.

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That's the helpful review I was looking for - thank you!

>Rating: 5

Awesome

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These things are awesome!! Fit true to size and are entirely waterproof. Guaranteed to keep your feet happy on those wet, cold days.

>Rating: 5

Amazing

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
43
Height
5` 8"
Weight
160 lbs

Bought these for fat biking through Iowa winters (brutal) and so far these are the best winter shoes I have purchased. I have been wearing with a thin wool cycling sock and my feet stay warm (wind-chill below freezing). My main reason for giving these 5 stars is how easy they are to keep clean. The shell on these shoes can easily be wiped off after a wet ride and they look brand new. Love the look of these shoes.

>Rating: 4

Warm

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

Wore these for the first time 45 degrees with 20 mph constant blustery winds. Wind Chill temp was 38. Wore these with thin summer sock and feet weren't cold. Speed lacing tends to loosen up slightly over the course of the ride with the thin socks. These will be more comfortable with a thicker fall/winter sock. Looks great 11.5 US bought 44.5 fit is great.

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How comfortable are these shoes for just walking around town while taking a ride break? Or riding them to work and walking around indoors?

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How do Fizik sizes compare to shimano? I’m a spot on 45 and was thinking 45.5 in these to accommodate thin wool socks?

I just ordered these Fizik shoes and Giro Empire VR90's. Both in size 45. The Fiziks are too big... Even tried with ski socks. Going to have to send them back.