For a few years I've been using a $230ish pair of carbon shoes with two velcro straps and a ratchet strap. These shoes seemed ok, but it became more and more difficult to find comfort. My feet often were in pain.
Finally, I ordered the R1 and the difference in comfort and power transfer was immediately noticeable and I've not regretted the decision once. I'm not one to spend money unnecessarily but on every ride since I bought these a few months ago, I I have noticed a measurable difference in happiness during rides.
I'm a recreational rider, putting in 4,000 to 5,000 miles a year on average.
Purchased these shoes from BTD. last year, but I have concerns over the long term usability. Sidi doesn't make their road shoes in narrow sizes, so I went with these. They fit nicely and are adjustable while riding. But when the heel plates wear out, there are no replacements like there are for the Sidi shoes.
The heel plates are a hard material and have already worn to the point of the attaching screw starting to wear. Fizik does not make these heel plates available as replacement parts. So what are the options?
Ive always had issues with my feet on the bike and after trying shoes from Specialized, Shimano, Gaerne and Sidi Fizik Infinito R1 is the first shoe that is problem free for me. Shoes are a personal preference, but I find the volume control aspect of the shoes to be more than just marketing hype. I have a wide forefoot that usually causes pain on the outside edges of the foot, but I have not felt that at all with these shoes so far.
Its also hard to argue with the style of Fiziks shoes! I have the white version and find them easy to keep clean.
My only cons of these shoes would be that the outside sole seems to mar very easily and they are not the most lightweight shoes out there. There are no coversprotectors on the front of the shoe, so if youre not careful while walking they can scratch very easily. The heel similarly is not very durable, but is replaceable.
I came from a pair of 44.5 Specialized S-Works road shoes. I tried a 44, 44.5 and 45 in the Fiziks and the 44.5 fit spot on.
This shoe happens to fit me like a glove. The two dials on each side of the shoe provide options if it's too tight or too loose on each part of the show. On the fly I might add...
Great road shoe. Light and stiff but very comfortable. Ability to slip on and off very easily. I have a long narrow foot and the BOA system makes for a secure fit with little to no movement. No issues with hot foot either. I move away from the Specialized road shoe to the Fizik and I am glad I did.
These Fizik shoes are really top notch. The red color on them make you look fast. The boa dials are top notch.
I'm so happy I went with these.
They are also a very nice width. Some cycling shoes out there are too narrow or lack any sort of arch support.
I am really happy with these shoes. I have had them maybe three to four weeks and have close to 300 miles on them. I have already recommended them to a friend.
- Great look. There is nothing overstated about them. I purchased the traditional black version. They have a timeless look. The branding isn't overdone and the design is very clean.
- This is my first pair of cycling shoes with the turn-to-tighten device for tightening and loosening the shoe. This is a great feature. It is easy to tighten and loosen during a ride and you just pull up to release the mechanism to get out of the shoe. What is REALLY great about this feature is that you can adjust the tightness of your shoe under your shoe cover. You can't do that with ratchets or velcro straps. Very nice for winter rides.
- The fit seems to be very good for my foot although it's winter so my longest ride in the shoes so far is only 45 miles. I am not expecting any surprises with a longer ride. The cables that tighten the shoe seem to pull down evenly. I don't feel any hot spots.
- The shoes are very light.
- The shoes look like they are well made. They should last a long time.
- The obvious, they are expensive. They are worth it.
I have yet to try this shoe but look forward with great anticipation. I put the shoes on just to make sure they fit okay. From this initial impression, I think it will be great. The material feels great and the boa dial seems better than my top of the line Sidis.i can post another review when I use them finally.
The Fizik R1is an excellent shoe-it is good looking, easy to enterexit, easy to adjust on the ride, and comfortable. It was also an excellent purchase as I bought them from BTD while on a Gold Express Deal. I also like that the heel plug is replaceable which will certainly extend the life of the shoe.
These shoes are so cool looking! They are lightweight, very stiff, and worn by lots of pros! I was very eager to finally get a pair and so excited when they showed up. At first, they were actually pretty comfortable, but on the road it was a different story. The problem for me is in the toe box. The toe box is unlined (presumably for weight) but it contains a couple of seams and fabric joints where the boa straps attach and they really irritated the top of my feet, behind the toes. The tongue also hit my arch in exactly the wrong place, causing irritation so bad it required bandages. I was willing to believe that it was just an issue of break-in, but after 30 days and several hundred miles I had to throw in the towel. Fortunately, the shoes came with a Fizik fit guarantee which was honored by the good people at Western. I tried several afterward (much more cautiously--around the house only) and finally settled on the Rapha Classic--a very different shoe than the R1. However, I also tried the Rapha Pro Team shoes, which are very similar in style and performance to the R1 and (and least for me) much more comfortable. Good luck on your shoe quest! In summary, Pros: light, great looking, very stiff excellent boa dials; Cons: unlined toe box and tongue can be uncomfortable for some feet (including mine).
This was my first Fizik shoe. I have always worn Sidi but after reading reviews figured they were worth a try. I was not disappointed. They are as stiff if not stiffer than Sidi and significantly lighter. The BOA straps are great and not proprietary so I don't have to rely on Fizik for replacement like the Sidis. Power transfer and comfort is amazing. I now own two pairs.
I enjoy competing in triathlon, this shoe is the most comfortable shoe I have ever used. The ease at which I can put on and remove my shoes allows me to transition more quickly. I really like how wide the toe box is and allows me to wear my running socks rather that to thin of a sock.