One of the the many bits and pieces we spotted at the recent NEC Cycling Show was the Fizik (or fi’zi:k if you’re being pedantic) stand on the Extra UK booth. There, among the usual Italian brand’s sleek performance and ‘How much?’ featherweight road racing shoes were some very UK-friendly looking mountain bike trail shoes: the Fizik X2 range.
The Fizik X2 winter boots and shoes range comprises three different pairs of shoes for an autumn to full-on winter range of use.
Fizik X2 Ergolace
Let’s start with the £119.99 Fizik X2 Ergolace. This is a familiar-looking lace-up, low top trail shoe, with a reasonably aggressive Vibram sole. The whole shoe features a good amount of edge protection, with a big rubber bumper around the toebox. Offset laces allow ‘infinite’ adjustment of fit too. And talking of fit, they’ll come in everything from a 36 to a 48, with half sizes on all but the very extremes.
There are three colours too, a natty athracite/grape, a black/black and this, the teal/black.
Fizik X2 Clima – £249.99
Possibly the most interesting for the UK is the £249.99 Fizik X2 Clima. This is a lightweight three-season boot with a knitted cuff.
The X2 Clima features a breathable, waterproof liner. The upper has a ripstop fabric, topped by a tall, integrated, knitted cuff to keep out stones, dirt, snow and most of the weather. There’s a big Velcro strap for quick cinching, along with a BOA dial to tune in the right fit. There’s the same chunky Vibram ‘Megagrip’ sole as the rest of the range, along with a large central channel (that we thought Shimano had patented, to be honest) for locating your SPD when you’re not clipped in.
For on-bike drops and off-bike scrambling around, there’s an EVA midsole too for some cushioning and comfort.
X2 Terra Artica – £269.99
This is the full-on winter boot of the three X2 boots, with an insulated linking and waterproof eVent membrane for waterproofing. There’s a tall neoprene cuff, with a zip-closure. A BOA dial is there to get the fit just right.
All in all, the X2 Terra Artica will set you back £269.99 and it only comes in black/black, but it does come in sizes 36-48 with half sizes in all but the largest and smallest.
For more details, have a look at the Fizik page on the Extra UK website.