Who should buy the Fizik Artica R5

The Artica R5 is one of Fizik’s winter cycling shoes. It builds on the standard R5 features by utilizing the same sole construction. It is a solid option if you:

  • You are looking for a well-ventilated shoe to keep your feet cool and fresh during the ride.
  • A cycling shoe that takes less time and effort to tidy up is what you prefer. 
  • You are after a shoe that would not burden your feet with its weight. 

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Who should not buy the Fizik Artica R5

The Artica R5 might not be for those who prefer a cycling companion that offers more room for the heel to move freely. Some users lament that the heel section of this Fizik pair is somewhat restrictive. Also, folks looking for a shoe supple enough to provide enhanced comfort might have to look elsewhere. Others observed that this bike shoe is a bit stiff for them. That said, it might be ideal to have a look at other Fizik cycling shoes to find the most suitable pair for them. 

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Carbon-reinforced nylon sole

This shoe employs a carbon-reinforced nylon sole. It provides efficient rigidity without adding unnecessary bulk and weight.

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Three-bolt cleat design

The Fizik Artica R5 features a three-bolt cleat design. Minimal markers are provided to make the positioning of cleats easier.

Try the following pedals to pair with this shoe: Speedplay Zero, Time Xpresso 6, and Shimano 5800.

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Waterproof and easy-to-clean

The shoe’s top part is crafted from Microtex reinforced shell. It is waterproof, while the insulation is provided by inner thermal linings. The materials also offer sleek aesthetics and, more importantly, are easy to clean.

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Secure fit and reflective detailing

The Artica R5 employs three closure types to keep the foot warm, dry, and in place. The speed lacing system yields a snug fit without causing pressure points, while the zipper serves to keep the cold and elements at bay. Finally, the Velcro strap neoprene ankle cuff protects the top part of the foot.

Equipped with reflective materials, the shoe offers added safety measures essential for unpredictable weather.

A couple of riders lauded its cozy fit that despite some concerns about its tightness by a few wearers, the shoe's highly-adjustable construction helps users in achieving a personalized and comfy fit. 

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Winter edition insoles

The Artica R5 employs footbeds equipped with a cozy fleece upper and aluminum foil on the underside for the ultimate insulation. Several cyclists observed that this bike thos by Fizik offers a warm and cozy in-shoe experience. One owner even claimed that wearing this shoe during cold months for several hours still keeps his feet warm. 

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Quick to put on

The Artica R5 earned the praises of wearers as it takes them less time and energy to put the shoe on. 

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.4oz
Use: Road, Winter
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: Velcro, Speed lacing
Features: Waterproof, Reflective, Lace Tucks, Look Delta
Material: Carbon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Fizik

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Author
Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.