I am one happy owner of the Fizik Terra Argo X3 Saddle. I bought this saddle with the intention of using it for a mixture of Gravel & Road riding, albeit for my Gravel Bike. As for myself, this saddle has made a huge difference in my daily riding. Comfort, stability and performance come to mind without the feeling of an over cushioned seat. This saddle is firm, but compliant and does an excellent job of dampening vibration when riding on washboard gravel roads. I have 500 miles plus on this saddle and haven't had one saddle sore yet!! Most of my rides consist of 2-4 hours time in the saddle. Please note that there are two different sizes in this saddle ... a 150mm and 160mm width. I chose the 150mm for my style of riding which is training, racing, and time in the drops. I did consult with the Fizik directly about the sizing, and they suggested the 150 mm for my style of riding (Racing) which coincides with my physical measurements. As a result, I ended up purchasing the same saddle for my custom gravel bike build project. Lastly, this saddle flat out work! I have found it to deliver in every aspect of the market claim made by Fizik. It's hard for me to imagine if there is a better saddle out there. For a greater technical description feel free to go Fizik's website.
I waited to put 165 miles on these to break them in before offering my two cents. I really appreciate the narrow footbed and the stiffness of this shoe. The Li2 BOA dials are a breeze to operate and easy to adjust during a ride. The inside heel-portion has an interesting anti-slip design that helps to secure the back of the foot inside the shoe. On the sole there is a port to allow ventilation at the front of the shoe. I am really happy with these shoes, and I can be very hard to please. They have been easy to clean after each ride: I use bleach-free Clorox Scentiva wipes which are stated to be safe for vinyl surfaces, and the wipes keep my white shoes looking great.
Enter the Fizik Argo X3 Saddle ...
It's hard to believe that I have finally found a saddle that delivers as advertised. The Fizik Terra Argo X3 is a result of sound design and engineering coupled with the input of medical expertise. As a result, I am feeling much greater comfort and stability in my Gravel Bike adventures which consist of pavement & various dirt and gravel roads. Moreover, the sensation I get is less vibration which gives me better weight distribution and stability while in the saddle. Good bye numbness, hello comfort! ; ) This saddle feels less restrictive than my previous saddles as well. I feel much more confident at higher speeds and feel like I have greater control of my bike. Indeed, this saddle is great for climbing, faster riding in the drops and out of the saddle sprinting. It's everything that a bike enthusiast or gravel racer would want in a saddle. As for my saddle spec ... I purchased the 150 mm width as it was recommendation when I contacted Fizik personally. I did mentioned that I wanted the correct saddle width that fit the bill for Gravel Racing. I am 6'1" tall. Lastly, if you're debating this saddle, I say go for it. This saddle is not going to bankrupt your wallet and it's clearly the best value for the dollar. Thank you again BikeTiresDirect.Com for stocking a great product!
BTD offered these shoes on sale at the perfect time when I needed a new pair. I've been loyal to Fizik over the last few years because of their comfort, simplicity, style and durability.
My last pair were the R3 which served me well over the last few years. I need to repair the metal insert cleat and then they'll be operational again for when the roads are wet and grimy.
The Tempos are similar in style but offer one less BOA dial (I haven't noticed any difference), the soles are definitely stiff for power transfer and I bought the white shoes (I promise to keep them clean!) which are quite snappy looking. They are definitely comfortable right out of the box. I wear 10.5 regular shoes but ordered the 44.5 (11) to allow some toe movement and swelling for the extra long endurance rides. They fit perfectly. Additionally, the heel pads do not have exposed screws where rust and dirt find their way in. I'm not sure the Tempos heels are replaceable if worn, but in the new phase I'm not really worried.
I would have ordered a second pair (Iridescent Blue), but BTD did not have my size. I did not want to take a chance at the next size down which was available.
Pound for pound....dollar for dollar, I think these are the best shoes on the market in my humble opinion.