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 after a cycling shoe that offers adequate breathability for a fresher and cooler in-shoe experience. 
  • A shoe that requires less time and effort to tidy up is what you prefer. 
  • You are looking for a shoe that would not tire your feet with its weight. 

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Who should not buy the Fizik Artica R5

Cyclists who prefer a shoe that has enough room for the rearfoot to move freely might have to put the Fizik Artica R5 at the bottom of the list. Some owners observed that the construction of this bike shoe's ankle section is somewhat restrictive. Also, folks who prefer a shoe supple enough for a more cozy experience might likewise have to look elsewhere. Some bike enthusiasts lament the stiffness of this cycling companion. That said, the less rigid Fizik Terra X5 might be a more ideal candidate for them. 

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Carbon-reinforced nylon sole

Underneath the stretchy, rubber-like outer skin, which seals thanks to a storm zip and Velcro-lined ankle closure, you’ll find a shoe based loosely on its standard R5. This shoe employs a carbon-reinforced nylon sole. It provides efficient rigidity without adding unnecessary bulk and weight.

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For easy cleat positioning

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 insulated

The shoe’s top part is crafted from Microtex reinforced shell. It is waterproof, while the insulation is provided by inner thermal linings. The Artica R5 employs footbeds equipped with a cozy fleece upper and aluminum foil on the underside for the ultimate insulation. 

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The Fizik Artica R5's speed closure system

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.

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Reflective detailing

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

A style pleasing to the eye

The  Fizik Artica R5 flaunts a clean and unassuming facade that many of its wearers admire and find attractive. 

Easy upkeep

This bike companion is ideal for people with a busy lifestyle as it does not require much time and energy to remove dirt.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 16.3oz
Use: Mountain, Winter
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro, Speed lacing
Features: Waterproof, Lace Tucks, SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Carbon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Fizik

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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.