Who should buy the Fizik Terra X5

The Fizik Terra X5 is constructed to be relatively lightweight and is equipped with mountain cycling-specific features. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that is ready to tackle the most demanding trails and a laser-perforated upper that’s either crafted from Microtex or Suede for durability and breathability. 
  • Prefer a shoe that is an off-road shoe engineered to perform and withstand rough trails.
  • Prefer a shoe that is recommended for mountain bikers who want a lightweight upgrade.

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Excellent power transfer

The Terra X5 employs a Composite Carbon Fiber outsole. This outsole structure provides a lightweight and reasonable stiffness, which allows the rider to save energy. It also offers excellent support while on the bike for comfort during long rides.

Fizik Terra X5 outsole

Excellent traction

The sole features large PU-bonded rubber pieces for excellent grip. These rubber pads are placed from front to back, creating sturdy support. These pads are also pronounced enough to make walking easier.

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Two-bolt cleats

The Fizik Terra X5 is compatible with two-bolt cleats. It is suitable for mountain bike pedals such as Shimano SPD Double-sided, DMR V-Twin, Nukeproof Horizon CS, Sixpack Vertic, and Shimano Saint PD-M820.

Fizik Terra X5 cleat system

Breathable upper

Whether you go for the Microtex or Suede upper, this shoe offers a relatively lighter and more breathable fit than the typical mountain bike shoe.

Fizik Terra X5 upper

Secure fit of the Terra X5

This shoe’s closure employs the combination of BOA L6 Dial and a micro-velcro strap. The strap keeps the forefoot secure while the asymmetrical design of the BOA keeps the midfoot and upper foot locked down. The BOA technology used in this shoe features a steel-coated nylon lace that goes through light plastic guides called “Slipstream.” This optimum fit ultimately means comfort and performance. The reinforced, woven heel loop is provided. It can be used for carrying and hanging to store it or dry it.

Fizik Terra X5 secure fit

Stylish design

This model’s streamlined upper exudes a classic aesthetic and versatile style that would look good with a myriad of cycling outfits.

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Terra X5 comes in two upper options

The Terra X5 is offered in Microtex or Suede materials. The Microtex version promises to keep its shape for a long time despite repeated wetting and drying. The stiffer construct of this material also offers a bit of protection from debris.

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The Suede version comes at a slightly higher price than the Microtex option. This material claims improved abrasion resistance than the Microtex. It also offers good water resistance and better fit and breathability due to its natural disposition.

Comfortable insole

This model features the brand’s signature Fizik cycling insole. It is cushioned and molded after the natural shape of the foot for a comfortable fit.

Fizik Terra X5 insole

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 280g
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro, BOA
Features: Breathable, SPD
Material: Synthetic, Carbon composite sole

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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.