Posted by Miles Arbour
Today’s mountain bikers demand a lot from their gear, and bikepackers even more so. Although we might hate to admit it, hiking for hours is often just part of the fun, and it takes certain shoes to handle the abuse. We’ve had great success with both clipless and non-clipless shoes, some of which you’ll find here, but it’s promising to see brands marketing new models towards the all-mountain / all-terrain crowd. Fizik’s Terra lineup is just that, and their new X2 line, consisting of three brand new models, looks like it might offer some pretty solid options for bikepacking. The new Terra X2 line includes the Ergolace X2, Clima X2, and Artica X2 – all offering similar characteristics for all-day riding, but tweaked for specific weather and climates. Check them all out below.
Fizik Terra Ergolace X2
As Fizik puts it, the Terra Ergolace X2 is “a true all-mountain shoe, ready for any off-road ride.” It’s designed around a durable woven Ripstop upper, a nylon-shanked outsole, and a Vibram base for hike-a-bike ready grip. The lace-up closure is simple yet versatile enough to handle thicker socks when the temperature drops. The Ergolace X2 sits at a stiffness level of 3, which is said to be ‘medium’ stiff, perfect for efficiency on and off the bike. The Fizik Terra Ergolace X2 weighs in at 329g (size 41 1/2), and is available in sizes 36-48 (37 to 47 also in half sizes). They retail for $119 USD, so if they hold up as well at they’re marketed to, these could be some great multi-purpose mountain bike shoes. They will be available in ‘anthracite grape’, black, and ‘olive caramel’. Learn more here.
Fizik Terra Clima X2
UPDATE: We reviewed the Fizik Terra Clima X2 since this release. The new Fizik Terra Clima X2 builds on the same foundation of the Ergolace X2, but adds in an integrated knitted gaiter, a more sophisticated closure system, and a waterproof-breathable outsole. A single Boa L6 dial allows for precision adjustments to the fit, while an additional velcro strap provides some versatility further up the bridge of the foot. The Clima X2 shares the same Vibram outsole and medium-stiff nylon shank as the Ergolace, and appears to be the better option for those seeking out a three-season shoe that’s ideal for bikepacking. The Terra Clima X2 weighs in at 414g (size 42 1/2), and retail for $280 USD. They will be available in black and ‘olive caramel’. Learn more here.
Fizik Terra Artica X2
The last in the line, the Terra Artica X2, takes the designs elements of the previous two shoes and winterizes them. The Ripstop exterior is partnered with a sock-like waterproof-breathable membrane that is designed to shed water, mud, and debris, sealing out the elements with its own waterproof zipper. The Artica X2 uses a single Boa L6 dial for its closure and a fleece liner / insole to keep your feet warm. Just like the other shoes, a directional lug pattern and Vibram sole provide traction in all conditions. The Terra Artica X2 weighs 438g (size 42 1/2), retails for $280 USD, and is available in black only. Learn more here.
Stay tuned for a more detailed look, as we’re expecting to get a pair of the Terra Clima X2’s to review soon…