Who should buy the Fizik Vento Overcurve X3

The Fizik Vento Overcurve X3 is designed explicitly for Cyclocross racers, but it could also serve the following type of riders:

  • Casual road cyclists who prefer the SPD cleat system
  • Gravel riders
  • Indoor cyclists who are looking for rigid bike shoes

What is it for? 

This pair's features are specifically applied for off-road performance. It is marketed as a cyclocross racing shoe, but it could also word on gravel roads, singletrack, and everything in between.


This Fizik MTB shoe utilizes the brand's Overcurve construction. This build employs a staggered collar that wraps around the ankle, following the natural misalignment of the ankle's two protruding bones. It provides an overall comfort in fit and prevents pressure points.

Lightweight and stiff carbon injected nylon sole

The Vento Overcurve X3 employs the brand's carbon injected nylon sole offering, which is said to be race-level stiff but still comfortable for off-bike sections. It is also light to prevent unnecessary weight.

Makes the wearer upright on smooth surfaces

Rubber treads are placed throughout the bottom for essential traction in keeping the wearer upright on smooth surfaces.

Provides enhanced overall grip

Toe spike mounts are also provided to enhance overall grip. Note that the toe spikes themselves aren't included in the package and should be bought separately.

Two-bolt cleat design

The Fizik Vento Overcurve X3 features a two-bolt cleat design. It is compatible with the following MTB clipless pedals: Shimano XTR M9100 Race, Time Speciale 8, and Crank Brother Egg Beater 3.

The cleat area is recessed in the sole to provide walking comfort while markings are present to serve as a guide in precise cleat positioning.

Comfortable and supportive fit

This XC shoe's upper is made from Microtex material that yields a comfortable and supportive fit. It is also assembled using welding and laminated reinforcements to reduce stitching that could cause rubbing and hot spots.

Fizik Vento Overcurve X3's retention system

The Vento Overcurve X3's retention system is governed by a single BOA IP1 dial. Boa dials have become the standard for easy and adjustable shoe fit. The single dial on the Vento Overcurve X3 is well placed and it allows micro-and on-the-go adjustments for easy to use and precise fit. 

Nice to know

Fizik shoes with the word 'Vento' in their names mean that it belongs in the brand's performance racing series.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 300g
Use: Mountain, Cyclocross
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: BOA
Features: SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Synthetic, Carbon composite sole

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