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Out of the box, these are great shoes, after several months of use, they are not holding up as well as compared their competition. As a point of comparison, I ride a lot, typically offroad in the mountains. Before these shoes, I had used Gearne Kobra and Sidi Domintors.
Purely based off of performance, I'd give these shoes the full five stars. But, there are some durability issues worth pointing out as detailed later.
+They fit great, the fabric is very pliable and flexible so the shoe molds to your foot really well.
+ The pliable nature of the shoe are less sensitive to your foot shape, my feet are barely on the wide side, so many shoes dont fit well, but these shoes accommodate that well.
+ Buckles and straps let the user tighten the shoe but without a lot of discomfort.
+ It has protective fabric in places that get scuffed up and helps protect the shoes.
Performance and fit, they are great. Durability and build quality are not what I expect for an Italian made shoe in the price range. My previous Sidi and Gaerne shoes are still in good shape after multiple years of offroad abuse, replaced to try something new... The Fiziks experienced issues only after a few months of riding. I do give credit to Fizik in that after some haggling, they sent me a new pair of shoes free of charge under the warranty.
- Durability: the best way I can state it that they were road shoes with MTB treads slapped on. In a roadie environment, these shoes will be gold for years, but for offroad, not so much.
The sole treads are plastic that screw on from inside the shoe. After a only a month of riding, the tread on one shoe fell off.
In addition, the fabric tends to come apart at the seams. This is what I would expect from China shoes.
- Slippery - all of the bottom treads are solid plastic and are slippery, plastic on rock is not your friend. This makes it very untrusting and sketchy when you have to huff over a boulder patch.
These bibs are alright. They work well for me in the 40F+ range. Euro sizing, up one from US sizing. When you consider the price for a decent bib with the pad, fleece lined, they are not all that bad for the price. The inside is lined with a thin fleece like material which does well to wick the sweat, and seem to do well with higher temps. The interior stitching can be annoying, itching the wasteline. Their pad is OK but a bit thick and bulky. The quality is decent, but fit is rather odd around the waste & crotch which could be mostly to the bulky pad. Made in Romania.
They keep me warm down to 20F.
Work just as well or better than my Pear Amfibs.
Road spray does not seem to hurt them that much, nor does a light rain or snow flurry.
Hold up to a strong cold wind, without letting things get overly sweaty or too warm at warmer temps.
Bibs work as advertised and for the price paid, the cons are not that bad.
A notch above Pearl Amfib, material is not as bulky and more flexible.
Euro sizing, one size up from US sizes, but not exactly, they seem to big somewhere in between.
The pad works, but is thick and bulky, it is like having a diaper wad between your legs.
The cut is close to but not completely to form, bunches a little behind the knee, the pad area is not all that tight.
Their products are made in obscure eastern block countries, their overall quality is OK, but a notch below EU made products.
I wear these gloves in 30-50F degree weather.I typically have cold fingers/toes, so these gloves may go down to a lower temp if you dont have this issue.
I found them to be mostly as advertised. I do have little stubby fingers, so they fit great, but a little long.
Work fine in the above freezing temps as intended.
Silicone grips are nice.Leather reinforcement around thumb to reduce wear.
I dont like wearing gloves and the fit to form no bulk is great.
Never felt hands getting too hot in warmer or sunny conditions.
Mostly windproof, but not 100%. So this helps ventilate and keeps hands from being too sweaty, but in a cold strong headwind, you can feel it leak a little.
Thumb does not have silicone grip, would be nice if it did.
No soft spot to wipe the snot off, as the exterior fabric is a little sandpaperish.