Summary

We spent 9.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what cyclers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most of the Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4 owners rave over the shoe's comfort.
  • Majority of the buyers find this Fizik MTB shoe to be stylish and good-looking.
  • The Powerstrap closure works well and allows easy on and off, according to plenty of its users.
  • The Terra Powerstrap X4's soles yield enough power transfer for gravel cycling as well as walking comfort, say several cyclists.
  • It has excellent quality and craftsmanship, mention some wearers.
  • A couple of users appreciate its lightweight feel.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some gravel cyclists say that the shoe's grip is not best for muddy trails.
  • An owner says he would've rated it 5 out 5 if it had reflective elements.
  • A buyer finds this MTB shoes a bit expensive.

Bottom line

The Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4 is a gravel-specific bike shoe. It is designed for adventurous rides with essential features needed for power transfer and comfort.

The shoe is adored for its simple yet stylish looks, efficiency and versatility. Despite some misfires, the Terra Powerstrap X4 could be for you if you're looking for a pair optimized for gravel but could also double as normal MTB shoes.

Facts

Who is it for? The Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4 is a gravel-focused shoe but can also be an all-around MTB footwear. It is recommended for the following cyclists:

  • Leisurely road bikers who don't require uber stiff soles and uses SPD cleats
  • Spontaneous cyclists who navigate different terrains
  • Gravel bikers
  • Trail and casual mountain riding

What is it for? This shoe can withstand riding in mixed terrains such as gravel, singletrack and everywhere else traditional road shoes can't go to.

Balance between stiffness and comfort. Fizik has developed a special sole called the X4 just for these shoes. It is crafted from nylon material with targeted stiffness to provide power transfer and walking comfort as well.

Grip. Rubber treads are strategically placed throughout the sole for adequate grip and durability.

The Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4 employs the traditional MTB two-bolt cleat system. Some of the pedals that go with this shoe are Nukeproof Horizon CL CrMo DH, Shimano XT Trail M8020 and Crank Brothers Mallet DH.

The cleats are recessed for walking comfort. Markings are also provided for precise positioning.

Comfort. This pair's upper is crafted from seamless synthetic upper with laser-cut vents. This yields a breathable, snug fit without pressure points.

Unique and efficient retention system. This Fizik MTB shoe employs the brand's proprietary Powerstrap Velcro closure. Compared to most traditional Velcro designs that just pull together two sides of the upper, the Powerstrap wraps around the foot and provides an enveloping fit.

The instep and the midfoot's fit can be adjusted separately for a more tailored fit.

Durable. The toe area features the sole's rubber treads to hide the unavoidable scuffs and cuts this area is going to get.

  • Fizik Terra is one of the brand's collections of mountain bike shoes.
  • The X2, X3, and so on terms is what's used to indicate the company's MTB shoes.
  • Fizik's name and its logo are derived from the word 'physique' and its pronunciation.
  • The brand currently lists 40+ pro cyclists across 3 disciplines as their sponsees.