It’s not often you catch yourself staring at your mountain biking shoes. You know, the way you stare at your bike most days, just taking in the shape, craftsmanship and promise of it all. Well we had this experience for the first time with Fizik’s M3B UOMO shoes. Damn, they’re good looking! It felt a bit weird getting them properly dirty the first time… Made from laser perforated microtex and anti-scratch leather, the shoe has a carbon fibre outersole with a replaceable red skid plate and fastens with Boa’s new IP1 cinch system. At 710g for the pair (size 44), they’re also pretty light.
We had to exchange the initial size 43 for a 44 as they felt too narrow in the toe box area. But the 44 was spot-on. The fit is super comfy – honestly, they fit like a pair of slippers and feel soft against your feet. But the super-stiff sole, which is made from carbon fibre is transfers power efficiently to the pedals. Unlike other top-end race shoes we’ve tested, you don’t feel like the sole of the shoe is hard and carbon. This could be due to the insole, which has a small, square cushion right where the ball of your foot pushes against the pedal.
The Boa system works as it’s meant to, offering micro adjustment for both tightening and loosening the shoe. Instead of nylon cables though, it uses metal cables.
We’d heard that the previous model of Fizik shoes had shallow heel cups, which resulted in riders losing efficiency on the upstroke. This resulted in a complete redesign of the shoe and the heel cup is now deep and exceptionally firm on the upstroke.
Our Cape Epic team members chose to wear the M3B UOMO model for this year’s event and both riders confirmed the comfort and durability were impeccable. They also reported how many compliments they received on the Fizik kicks, which show that fashion and function can coexist in mountain biking.
The only negative may be sizing. If you have a wide foot you may struggle with the fairly narrow toe box of the M3B UOMO.
COLOURS: Black with red skid plate
SIZES: Euro 39-48 (UK 5–12)
WEIGHT: 710g for the pair (size 44)
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*Originally published in TREAD Issue 34, 2015 – All rights reserved