Two for Today: fi’zi:k & Sidi
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FI’ZI:K TERRA POWERSTRAP X4
The fi’zi:k TERRA POWERSTRAP X4 reimagines Velcro closures for a comfortable gravel shoe that’s easy to adjust but still packs plenty of performance at a price you’ll love. Made of two separate, individually adjustable straps, the Powerstrap closure wraps around the entire foot, rather than just pulling both sides of the upper together, to provide a secure, more precise fit. This shoe also gets its own outsole, the X4, which balances stiffness and comfort—an equation that’s crucial to nail for gravel. On the underside of the shoe, a rubber tread ensures both grip and durability as you walk across gravel roads. And you get all this for $150, so you don’t have to worry about scuffing up your kicks off-road—though these shoes are up for whatever your adventures bring.
$150; 292g per shoe (size 42.5); 3 colors; fizik.com
Yes, these shoes from Sidi are made for gravel riding and, yes, they’re called “Gravel.” If only all product names could be that straightforward! These $240 shoes are built around an MTB Competition sole, which is stiff for efficient pedaling while providing excellent traction for when you need to hike your bike or take a detour. If conditions are especially sloppy, you can add toe spikes for extra traction. A Politex Suede Upper combined with a single Sidi Tecno 3 Precision dial-ratchet closure secures the feet comfortably. And because these shoes need to stand up to rougher conditions, they have polyurethane ankle padding and abrasion-resistant toecaps.
$240; 2 colors; ciclista-america.com