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by Shane Stokes
November 11, 2017
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Designed for cold and wet rides, Fizik’s new Artica shoes aim to combine performance with the comfort of having warm and dry feet in poor conditions.
Available in either the R5 road, or X5 mountain, the new shoes feature different sole designs but share the same upper. Here, a two-piece design sees a waterproof outer-layer wrap around the insulated shoe. The shoes within feature a warm fleece upper with an aluminium (foil) layer for increased insulation.
The shoes use an ‘Internal Speed Lacing’ system for retention, something that looks like a draw cord. A waterproof zipper, as part of the outer layer, seals the system from the elements.
Both models feature a nylon outsole, with the X5 (two-bolt cleat, SPD style) using a treaded rubber for off-bike traction.
The R5’s are claimed to weigh 760g for the pair (size EU42.5), with the X5’s at 926g. Available sizes range from 40-48, with both models available in only black.
US$ 200,00/ €200,00 / £ 189,99 / AU$TBC. For more information, visit Fizik’s website.