For 2011, Fizik, celebrated Italian brand for saddles, branches out to cycling shoes. The R1 and R3 cycling shoes still boasts of Fizik’s high standard on quality and more.
The cycling shoes took two years before it was realized. Fizik aims to further make the bond of rider and machine stronger with the new shoes. At the same time, showcase true Italian craftsmanship.
The two models share similar features like Rivoltato or blind seam stitching, side ventilation for air and water drain and sail cloth straps. However there are also some differences. The R1 model is available only for men while the R3 caters to both sexes. The R1 is more expensive than the R3 as it is marketed as the high-end model. The R1 upper uses kangaroo skin as material. The R3 only has leather on the toe and heel of the shoe.
The R1 comes only in one colorway while the R3 comes in two color schemes. One of the R3 design includes a two-tone upper. The R1 also features a Hex MC carbon fiber buckle and aluminum release lever. Its sole makes use of a thermal moldable insole from Sidas called Podiaflex.
The 2011 Fizik R1 retails for $400 while the R3 retails for $300. Both models will be available early next year.