Fizik R5 Artica winter shoes review

Fizik's R5 Artica winter shoes aim to provide extra protection from the cold without sacrificing fit. Do they succeed?

Fizik R5 Artica winter shoes
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Fizik R5 Artica are well worth considering if you ride in all weathers throughout winter. May feel a little too snug and restrictive at the ankle for some riders, but the construction quality and easy-clean design are excellent.

Reasons to buy
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    Easy-clean outer

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    Snug fit

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    Sleek aesthetics

Reasons to avoid
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    Tightness at bridge

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    Restrictive fit

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On first look, opinions at Cycling Weekly were divided about the Fizik R5 Artica winter boots. As soon as I saw them, I wanted to love them. Unlike some of my colleagues, I didn’t care about the functional, plain black aesthetics; to me, they looked ideal for their purpose.

Thing is, I am prone to cold feet — often severe enough to put me off cycling on cold days. Wimpy, I know, but true. So I had very high hopes for Fizik’s R5 Artica and snapped at the chance to test them.

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