Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4 gravel shoes review

We get out on the gravel in these purpose designed shoes

Cycling Weekly Verdict

A comfortable pair of shoes which straddle the road and gravel aesthetic extremely well. The Powerstrap works well, and Velcro is stronger than it looks - but we did find the strap a little too long and were hesitant to doctor it with a pair of scissors.

Reasons to buy
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    Wide toe box

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    Adjustable fitting

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    Great looking

Reasons to avoid
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    Velcro strap overhang

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With gravel riding becoming more and more popular, there's a lot of kit suddenly available to 'enhance your experience'. Whilst some of it is nice to have, but not wholly necessary, you will need a pair of SPD ready shoes if you're getting off-road. Unlike traditional road shoes, the two-bolt design is easy to clip in and out of, and the recessed cleat allows you to walk when required without slipping and sliding like Bambi on ice.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.