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Fizik Proxy Off-Road Shoes Get Flashy for XC, CX & Gravel Racing, at Lower Price than Ferox

Fizik Venta Proxy simple flashy mid-tier Boa off-road racing shoes, gravel XC cyclocross race-ready up close
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You’d be forgiven if you thought these flashy new Fizik Venta Proxy cyclocross, gravel & XC racing shoes were a new top-of-the-line for the Italian cycling shoemaker. Striking out from the sea of drab earth tones and unexciting blacks & whites, these new Proxies are unabashedly outspoken. Screaming to be looked at and raced off-road. But with a slightly simplified upper construction and slightly less-stiff sole to tackle run-ups, they are actually around 20% cheaper than Fizik’s Ferox

Fizik Venta Proxy simple but flashy off-road racing shoes

Fizik Venta Proxy simple flashy mid-tier Boa off-road racing shoes, gravel XC cyclocross race-ready, riding gravel
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I’m all for some flashy race kicks. And Fizik describes the Proxy as “developed for competitive riders seeking race-ready features and optimal power transfer on unpaved roads.” So, cross-country, gravel, and cyclocross race-ready. But still with enough flex in the sole that they won’t make you suffer when you have to hike up a hill too steep to pedal.

Plus, the new Fizik Venta Proxy shoes reveal all of their construction tech in bright contrasting colors.

Tech Details in Technicolor

Fizik Venta Proxy simple flashy mid-tier Boa off-road racing shoes, gravel XC cyclocross race-ready, top

Coral orange microfiber on the heel & toe where they need extra protection, and around the laces for support. Purple for the outer polyurethane mesh for great breathability. Then, more purple microfiber laminated underneath for more structure to tie it all together. Bright yellow webbing lace guides so you have fewer plastic bits to worry about breaking racing off-road.

Fizik Venta Proxy simple flashy mid-tier Boa off-road racing shoes, gravel XC cyclocross race-ready, Technicolor details

A single minimalist black plastic Li2 Boa dial and wires fine-tune your fit, with a low-profile. And a perforated purple microfiber tongue to comfortably spread that pressure over your foot. Then lastly, an extra bit of hi-viz yellow and reflective detailing at the heel for added visibility.

Fizik Venta Proxy simple flashy mid-tier Boa off-road racing shoes, gravel XC cyclocross race-ready, sole

Even the sole gets the tech-color treatment. Black reveals the X3 glass fiber-reinforced composite construction with a 8/10 stiffness (the also colorful Feroxes are a 10). White the over-molded rubber lugs for sticky grip. And bright yellow for the thread-in toe spikes.

Complete weight comes in at 326g per shoe (size 42 without its 20g insole.)

Fizik Proxy – Pricing, options & availability

Fizik Venta Proxy simple flashy mid-tier Boa off-road racing shoes, gravel XC cyclocross race-ready, coral/purple

The new Fizik Venta Proxy off-road racing shoes are actually available in 4 color options, so you don’t have to only wear these extra flashy ones if that’s not your style. This bright Coral & Purple option is great, but my favorite is probably the Black & Sky Blue Reflective version.

Fizik Venta Proxy simple flashy mid-tier Boa off-road racing shoes, gravel XC cyclocross race-ready, sky blue reflective

Presumably, the weave in the mesh is reflective? I’m not entirely sure.

Fizik Venta Proxy simple flashy mid-tier Boa off-road racing shoes, gravel XC cyclocross race-ready, white or black

Otherwise, there are all-white and all-black versions for the less adventurous among us.

Fizik Venta Proxy simple flashy mid-tier Boa off-road racing shoes, gravel XC cyclocross race-ready, riding MTB

Any way you look at it, they all sell for $250 / 230€ – in EU half-sizes 37-47, plus 36 & 48. And are available now direct from Fizik or their partner retailers.

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Ben
Ben
1 month ago

When will brands stop making single Boa shoes? They never fit well.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben

Have you tried any of the lace up shoes like the those from Giro (there are other brands as well, that’s just one I know best)? I find that even with a dual boa design the fit just never seems quite right. I have three sets of shoes, one single boa (gross), one double boa and one lace up. I lOVE the lace up shoes from a fit perspective and as an added bonus, laces are cheaper to replace than a Boa.

Ben
Ben
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Absolutely. I’ve had multiple pairs of lace ups. QUOC lace ups are my favorite thus far.

Larry Falk
Larry Falk
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben

In the ’90s I had a pair of three velcro strap Shimano shoes and those worked the best. Had lace-ups in the 80s and hated those when they got wet.

Ryan
Ryan
29 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Boas are free to replace…..

TypeVertigo
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben

Hmmm, I have the Shimano RX8 (SH-RX801) and those fit me pretty well with a single Li2 BOA dial.

Oliver
Oliver
1 month ago

Looks like they finally made a toe box that’s foot shaped. The heel and ankle area looks to have massive volume though, even more than usual with Fizik shoes … which is likely to be an issue for a lot of people.

Steve J.
Steve J.
1 month ago

I’ve been riding my third pair of GIRO Empire XC90s with laces since 2015. There is definitely no better customization system than this. Once laced up, you never have to adjust or tighten during a ride, no pressure or chafing like with Boa, ratchet or Velcro.

TypeVertigo
1 month ago

Looks like a great upgrade from the Tempo X4 Powerstrap.

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