Even though these are listed as MTB shoes (anything with a two-hole cleat seems to be), I find them great for use on the road with some light gravel mixed in. I like to have the recessed cleat and tread to be able to walk easily when needed, but these shoes otherwise seem fairly minimal and lightweight compared to some "chunkier" MTB shoes. Good stiffness as well for smooth pedaling. I don't feel any need to change cleat style to get a shoe labeled for road use.
I also love the BOA closure system--makes it super easy to get in and out of these shoes and make small adjustments to the fit. The only upgrade I might look for in a future version is a double closure. In order to get the top of the foot tight enough I sometimes feel that the ankle closure is tighter than I would prefer. I've generally been able to find a good middle ground, but it would be nice to have the flexibility of two BOAs to dial in the fit even better.
For the price, I don't know if there's a better option for a two-hole cleat shoe that's used for road riding.
I've always been a fan of this shape from Fizik. Very comfortable for my riding position. This model follows the shape with a large channel down the middle. It is also light for this style saddle it is, with a good amount of padding. I have put the first month of riding on it and like the saddle, but the cushioning still hasn't softened quite as much as i would expect with the thickness of the pad and in comparison to my other Aliante saddles. Very pleased overall.
I bought this in the throes of winter training for an upcoming Gran Fondo and my trusty Fizik Antares R1, was just feeling a little too stiff anymore. While it may be ok on the road, it is several years old and decided it was time for an update. I generally wait a version or two before jumping into a new product. Knowing Fizik, I thought it would be worth the risk. There is a little break in time required but not much. Makes my 4+ hour endurance trainer sessions more tolerable. Initially, it is a bit tacky feeling and you cannot slide on it like a traditional saddle - a little frustrating. After a couple months of use, it is burnishing a bit, so smoother and more ability to shift weight as needed.
Cannot wait to get out on the road with this.
I've tried waterproof socks, double wool socks, shoe covers and half a dozen other things.
There's no replacement for a hight top sealed riding boot. I like winter riding but now I'm even less inhibited with these shoes. If it's raining really hard and you don't have something covering the top of the shoe you could get water in them, otherwise they are warm and well sealed. Great ankle support too.
I went with my actual size (42) rather than sizing up for thicker socks and it has been great. I can wear a regular wool sock and I'm good to go. Highly recommend these!