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Fizik Artica R5 road & X5 MTB winter shoes toast your toes in tin foil

2018 Fizik Artica X5 mountain bike waterproof winter cycling shoes keep your feet dry and warm
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Starting with their mid-level road and mountain bike shoes as a base, the new Fizik Artica R5 road and Fizik Artica X5 mountain bike shoes build extra insulation and a full sealed, waterproof breathable shell onto it for winter protection.

The outer cover is easy-to-clean and waterproof, including the zipper, but uses a breathable membrane to let vapor escape. It’s bonded to the outer to create a seamless shell that protects from wind and water at every angle.

2018 Fizik Artica R5 road bike waterproof winter cycling shoes keep your feet dry and warm

Inside, it closes up with a speed lacing system not found on any of their other shoes, but a welcome design here since the shell hinders full access for something like straps, laces or dials.

2018 Fizik Artica R5 road bike waterproof winter cycling shoes keep your feet dry and warm

On the bottom is a carbon composite (road) or carbon-injected nylon (mountain) outsole topped inside with a winter liner that has an aluminum foil layer underneath a fleecy top. The combo reflects and holds your body heat to keep you warmer.

2018 Fizik Artica X5 mountain bike waterproof winter cycling shoes keep your feet dry and warm

The Artica X5 mountain bike version adds rubber lugs for traction while hike-a-biking. Otherwise the shoes are nearly identical.

Claimed weight is 380g for road, 463g for MTB. Retail on both is $200, available in limited sizes as of this post (which means, check to see if your shop or distributor has already ordered some and has more availability than Fizik’s website – 40-48 available, with half sizes up to 47, men’s sizing only).

For less severe conditions, check out their new top-end road, gravel and mountain bike shoes from Eurobike.

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Veganpotter
Veganpotter
5 years ago

I don’t really like those open zippers. Crud gets on the surface, and you gradually Jack them up when using the zipper. I nice flap over it would be way more durable.

kar
kar
5 years ago
Reply to  Veganpotter

All the reasons, the zippers are not very durable, a flap with velcro is the best, personally I use Northwave 2 celcius for mtb, the velcro is almost eternal, the zipper with a little pressure exerted by the foot inside the footwear, the zipper It collapses, it happens in MTB where sometimes you have to walk through steep places.

mudrock
mudrock
5 years ago

They’re not open, but waterproof with a seal.

WG
WG
5 years ago

What’s the point of using a breathable membrane if you cover the shoe with aluminum foil?

Carlos Guerra
Carlos Guerra
5 years ago
Reply to  WG

I think the aluminum foil sits under the foot not on top of it.

Rideifbikes
Rideifbikes
5 years ago
Reply to  WG

Wg, foil is only in the insole, not entire shoe. Helps keep gear from escaping out the bottom.

Dat
Dat
5 years ago

Looks like discontinued 45NRTH Fasterkat…

Volsung
Volsung
5 years ago

Minnesota scoffs at your “winter boots”

John
John
5 years ago
Reply to  Volsung

Exactly. These are “fall” or “spring” cycling shoes in Minnesota.

Ryan Henry
Ryan Henry
5 years ago

Didn’t heat use to rise?

Robin
Robin
5 years ago
Reply to  Ryan Henry

Warmer fluids rise in colder fluids, but thermal radiation doesn’t care which way is up. Thus the foil.

frank
frank
5 years ago

bontrager old man winter get’s my vote

Naynay
Naynay
5 years ago

Received a pair today and not too convinced that the Zip when fastened up will be completely watertight as you can see the Zipper where it joins.
Still a very good boot though and feel very warm and comfy.

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