Who should buy the Fizik Artica R5
The Artica R5 is one of Fizik’s winter cycling shoes. It builds on the standard R5’s features by utilizing the same sole construction. It is a solid option if you:
- Need a shoe that features a Microtex shell lined with thermal materials making it water- and cold-proof.
- Need a shoe that keeps dirt at bay and comfortably snugs around the ankle.
- Need a shoe that utilizes speed lacing with a zipper and a velcro for its closure to maintain the winter-proof characteristic without sacrificing easy adjustability.
Carbon-reinforced nylon sole
This shoe employs a carbon-reinforced nylon sole. It provides efficient rigidity without adding unnecessary bulk and weight.
3-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.
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.
Secure fit of the Artica R5
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 the unpredictable weather.
Artica comes with special winter insoles
The Artica R5 employs footbeds equipped with a cozy fleece upper and aluminum foil on the underside for the ultimate insulation.