Keep Jack Frost at bay.
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
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- Q & A
- 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.