Thursday, January 1, 2015
fi'zi:k R3 SL
Fi'zi:k's innovative designs and top-shelf materials are putting a fresh face on cycling shoes. The R3 SL Uomo Shoes is no exception. Building on the existing R3 platform, the SL Uomo forgoes kangaroo leather for a full MicroTex upper. This rendition satisfies the vegan cyclist and weight watchers alike, while still creating one of the lightest and stiffest shoes on the market.
The R3 SL features a three hook-and-loop strap closure system. This system allows fully tune the fit and volume of the shoes both pre-ride and on-the-fly. The bottom two straps control the snugness of the fit at the metatarsal and instep areas, and the top strap controls the entry/exit point. Together, the three strap system eliminates any internal foot slippage that depreciates efficiency. To evenly distribute pressure across the top of the foot, Fi'zi:k made the strap dimensions wide. The strap design allows easily lengthen or shorten the strap in order to precisely dial-in the volume of the shoe. Also, each strap has been crafted from fully-adjustable length sail cloth in order to bolster durability while maintaining a low overall weight. For an extreme control over volume, or simply to efficiently clean the inside of the shoe, Fi'zi:k designed the tongue pad to be fully-removable.
To further control slippage, the R3 SL has shaped the heel cup at the aft position of the shoe. This feature keeps the foot in the perfect position on hard up-strokes and while climbing out of the saddle. As a result, you're powering the pedals comfortably and efficiently. This has been further heightened by a variable stiffness sole construction. The base layer is an ultra-stiff carbon fiber plate. Second layer has been positioned closer to the heel. This layer is constructed from a material called Tepex that's a little more malleable than the carbon fiber in order to accommodate and support multiple heel and arch sizes. Encompassing both of these layers is a polyurethane Mobius rail that strikes the ideal balance between elasticity and rigidity. Together, the multiple layers work hand-in-hand with the insole and 3D upper to keep the heel in place and to maximize comfort.
And on the topic of comfort, Fi'zi:k went above and beyond to make the R3 SL extremely breathable. The uppers have been constructed from the same MicroTex synthetic leather that graces Fizik's saddle. This material keeps your feet breathing and comfortable on long summer days in the saddle. And for the insole, Fi'zi:k included its own Dual Density Eva. And while its not custom moldable like with the R1's 3D-Flex, it does incorporate a thoughtful design that assures comfort by absorbing road vibration and supporting your arch system.
The R3SL will come with their standard insoles. They have a dense foam pad over the cleat area to mitigate road buzz that can fatigue the feet. The heat moldable inserts of the R1, which use a memory foam panel, are available as an upgrade separately.
Top Features of the Fizik R3 SL Road Cycling Shoes
Outsole with 15K carbon weave to reduce weight
Microtex upper with strategic perforations is durable, water-resistant and provides the same legendary quality as Fizi:k saddle covers
3 sail cloth closure straps
Textreme™ provides better surface smoothness on the outsole due to fewer interlacing points, increased fibre float and less crimp.
Fizik dual density EVA insole with metaplate
Embroidered logos and Rivoltato style stitching
Fizi:k ergonomic design EVA insole for a comfortable fit
Padded tongue with mesh pocket holds small items (pad is removable)
Replaceable heel skid plate
Weather-resistant and strong Sail Cloth Velcro straps with laser printed metal tabs
Handmade in Italy
Weight - 243g (Size 43)
3D Flex Outsole Technology:
Stiffest part of the outsole: T700 high-modulus carbon fiber base for maximum power transfer to the pedals
Firm with a slight amount of flex: TEPEX panel molded into heel cup for positive support at the heel perimeter
Flexible with elasticity: Mobius rail molded into outsole to form a heel cup that will flex to fit a wide range of heel shapes and sizes
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