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Lightest Yet Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave Road Shoes Max Ventilation & Aero Carbon Stiffness

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, on foot with black sock
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The lightest Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave shoes just got 10% lighter while retaining their professional race-ready stiffens, unparalleled breathability, and performance simplicity. By reworking the structure of the full-wrap-around velcro straps and building out an all-new ultra stiff carbon sole with new aero benefits, Fizik made the open mesh shoe better than ever for hot weather road riding and racing

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight gen 2 mesh road shoe

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, side
(Photos/Cory Benson)

Developed for the hottest races in the peloton, the Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave v2 matches a tough but open net-like mesh upper to a top-tier full carbon sole, and ties it all together with a couple of simple but efficient wrap-around velcro straps. No fancy boa dials, no unnecessary add-on tech. Just the pure essentials for hot weather road performance.

What’s new?

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, top colors
(Image/Fizik)

From the outside the only really visible difference vs. the first generation Aeroweave launched back in 2019 is new colors. That’s not to be discounted though; cause white road shoes are faster, right? Actually, flashy feels fast too. And this Coral pink and orange will match your new Fizik Proxy off-road shoes if you are into cross-training for the road.

New Powerstrap

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, lighter velcro strap detail

But really what’s new is a subtle reworking of the wraparound Powerstrap straps. They get much lighter thanks to new webbing that mixes materials like the Aeroweave upper does.

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, wrap=around orange strap detail on instep

The new semi-translucent strap is just as strong but feels thinner due to the new weave. It still wraps all the way around your foot for a simple but surprisingly stable and supportive fit, delivering separate instep and mid-foot adjustment.

New R3 full-carbon sole

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, all-new R3 carbon fiber outsole
(Image/Fizik)

Next up is the new R3 carbon sole. It’s an all-new design for Fizik with top-level 10/10 stiffness. And we expect to see it make its way into the rest of the Fizik road shoe family over time.

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, all-new R3 carbon sole ridges detail

Fizik developed a new carbon layup to shave grams without sacrificing stiffness for the new R3 sole. But it really is the shaping that is the biggest change. The carbon sole is now more symmetrical along the front/back axis of the shoe – with a raised area at the cleat, a small raised rib towards the toe, and two wider raised ribs that run all the way back to the heel. The raised forefoot fits the nuts to attach the cleat, and the ribs provide necessary stiffness, all while keeping the sole ultra-thin next to the foot. The design also allows for 2 large air vents just in front of the cleat. With improved airflow out the back through the wider stiffening ribs.

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, all-new R3 carbon sole vent detail

In the end, Fizik claims that the all-new sole design “provides maximum power transfer” as well as “enhanced temperature regulation”.

Tech details

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, angled side view

It seems that the construction of the Aeroweave upper hasn’t really changed. The net-like upper weaves together opposing translucent thermoplastic filaments and more conventional nylon fibers to create a supportive, durable mesh structure that allows for unrestricted airflow.

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, angled outside

Lighter, stronger wrap-around Powerstrap velcro straps. The same popular open mesh Aeroweave upper. And a lighter, more ventilated maximum stiffness R3 carbon fiber sole. Together Fizik claims the revamped Powerstrap Aeroweave weighs just 184g (per shoe, without insole). That’s down a full 21g compared to the original – making it Fizik’s lightest road shoe by a long shot.

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave – Pricing, options & availability

Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave ultralight open mesh road bike race shoes, in Coral or White

This new next-generation Fizik Powerstrap Aeroweave is a pure road racing shoe that also happens to be the lightest and most breathable in the Italian shoemaker’s range. The new shoes sell for $380 / 350€, unchanged in the past four years. They now come in Coral or White, sorry no more black. Get them now in EU half sizes 37-47, plus 36 & 48 – either direct from Fizik or their retailer bike shops.

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Collin S
1 month ago

Publishing the weight without the insole is pretty stupid if it actually comes with an insole. I can (kind of) see posting bike weights without pedals as pedals are not included with a bike. However if you take this logic to bike, that would be like specialized posting “lightest Tarmac ever” and posting it without a saddle or tires. (people are going to change them anyways right?) Shoe weight without cleats and hardware, okay, its going to be different from shimano to times to look to speedplay but most people are going to run what ever insole comes with the shoe.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago
Reply to  Collin S

Couldn’t disagree more. I feel like this is Fizik acknowledging (whether they mean to or not) that most companies sell there shoes with garbage stock insoles with practically no longitudinal or metatarsal arch support. As someone with medium to high arches, just about every stock insole I’ve tried across various brands causes a collapsing longitudinal arch on every pedal stroke, and thus a loss in power transfer. With the high performance road market that this shoe is being marketed to, I think they see that the end user is already committed to a premium insole, like Solestar or otherwise. That then begs the question though, why doesn’t Fizik or other companies offer a decent insole that they can market and sell themselves. Regardless, I appreciate an attempt to equalize shoe weights, given that a significant percentage of end users will opt for a different insole.

E x
E x
1 month ago
Reply to  Collin S

Agreed, but even without the insole these are not competitive on weight anyway.

Joe G
Joe G
1 month ago

Do these have replaceable heel pads? seems like a different heel pad design than previous models.

John
John
1 month ago

A fantastic colorway, but not for wide toed folks such as myself. bummer.

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