We were lucky enough to be sent a pair of these a few weeks back before their official launch and have been riding these on and off during the bad weather we have had recently.
While I have had a couple of pairs or MTB/winter boots before these are the first I have worn that combine the simple elegance of a lace and the Boa ratchet system. The lace which uses a asymmetric pattern can take a little getting use to as you don’t need to pull or tighten as much, but once I had them set-up I soon found that the tops of my feet don’t ache from lace-pinching mid-ride. The classic hiking look of the boot trickles down to the lace loop and the tongue follows this asymmetric profile, hiding off on the side of your foot, avoiding chaffing. The Boa system is there to make sure the top stays nice and snug while to sock topper allows you to keep water and dirty out.
While the look of these emulates a hiking boot more than something sporty the weight is an impressive 421g (Size 42) and they are clearly designed to be used. The waterproof upper and use of rip-stop fabric encompass a compressed eva midsole provides stability and cushioning, while the vibram megagrip rubber tread ensures grip and traction, whatever the conditions underfoot…..think hike-a-bike!
” The directional lug pattern has been designed for confident footing on clipless pedals, with spacing and depth designed to bite into softer soil and a compound ideal for gripping on slick rocks. X2 has an extended cleat track, with more set back and greater flexibility for choosing cleat placement”.
One of the many things we love about the Clima X2 boot is the ability for half sizes, allowing you to find the perfect fit. While I’m normally between sizes it was easy to find the correct size as Fizik have a drop down menu with everything you need to find the correct size.
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