3 new pairs of Fizik Nanuq GTX & special edition Ergolace GTX PEdALED mountain bike shoes promise to keep your feet warm and dry as foul weather settles in, powered by Gore-Tex. Autumn weather turns to winter, and mountain bike trails get wet and sloppy. But you don’t have to stop riding if you have great gear…
Fizik Nanuq GTX insulated winter MTB clipless or flat shoes
The Nanuq GTX are Fizik’s latest insulated and fully waterproof mountain bike shoes. “All-mountain, all winter long”. These new short-cuff winter boots aim to keep your toes warm and dry all winter long, whether casually riding off-season gravel or tearing up some technical frozen mountain bike trails. Fizik already introduced a new pair of stiff winter road & XC/gravel Artica GTX boots last fall for more performance-focused winter training. But these new Nanuqs are more geared towards cyclists just looking to have fun riding off-road in winter.
Even though they get an all-new Nanuq name, these new winter shoes are strikingly similar to the outgoing Terra Artica X2 winter MTB shoes that we reviewed back in 2022. But that’s a good thing. We were quite psyched with the previous generation.
What’s new though is a shift to a Gore-Text Koala waterproof membrane that provides its own insulation, plus a thin layer of fuzzy warm fleece on the inside against your foot.
And there’s now a flat pedal version that gets the same platform-friendly Vibram XS Trek Evo sole of the recent Ergolace GTX mountain bike shoes.
“Fully insulated, waterproof and breathable”, the Nanuq GTXes are made of an abrasion-resistant ripstop woven fabric upper with heat-laminated polyurethane reinforcement around the entire perimeter of the shoes. A single Boa L6 dial crosses 3 sets of guides for fine fit adjustment. And a short zippered neoprene cuff keeps the weather out without restricting movement.
Sole-wise, both variants get Fizik’s moderately stiff X2 outsole with sticky Vibram rubber and a nylon shank reinforcement for good pedaling, but equally important walkability. It is slippery winter after all, and you will be getting off the bike, stepping into slippery mud, ice, or snow. (Fizik rates the Nanuq a 3 on their stiffness index.)
Fizik Nanuq GTX – Pricing & options
Both flat pedal and clipless pedal variants of the new Fizik Nanuq GTX winter mountain bike shoes sell for the same $300 / 280€. The are available only in this black/gray combo, in whole EU sizes 36-48, plus half sizes from 37-47 also in half sizes). Clipless shoes have a claimed weight of 438g per shoe, while the flat pedal boots are a bit lighter at 412g.
Fizik Ergolace GTX x PEdALED waterproof gravel shoes
The wet weather – but NOT insulated – Fizik Ergolace GTX mountain bike shoes debuted just over a month ago with flat pedal or clipless compatibility. But these new special edition shoes have been created in a collaboration with PedalEd, more aimed at gravel and bikepacking. So while they come in a unique color combo, they are exclusively for clipless shoes. But why PedalEd?
Both Fizik & PedalEd are part of parent Selle Royal Group (also including Brooks & Crankbrothers, too). So it seemed fitting to create a gravel-ready shoe for the adventure-focused clothing brand. Then, why the Ergolace GTX clipless?
The standard Fizik Ergolace GTX is a “rugged, versatile, weatherproof trail shoe” with a breathable 3-layer Gore-Tex Prism membrane inside, tough ripstop nylon & synthetic upper, hard-to-argue with laces, 2-bolt SPD cleat compatibility, and a grippy Vibram lugged outsole. Sure, it’s a rugged MTB-ready shoe, but it’s a slim fit without a lot of bulk or any unnecessary extras.
Perfect for off-road adventure touring.
The PedalEd version is essentially just a new dark brick red & tan color option. But they do look good. Pick up a pair direct from Fizik or PEdALED in the full EU 36-48 size range (half size from 37-47, too). The Fizik Ergolace GTX PEdALED edition waterproof gravel shoes retail for $220 / 210€. That’s a slight premium over the regular version that comes in Anthracite/Black and Ice Grey/Black in either flats of clipless, but there’s no technical differences between the different colored versions.