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.