Fizik R5 Tempo Overcurve Road Shoe
Fizik’s Tempo Overcurves are an understated and very classy-looking pair of road cycling shoes, exactly as you’d expect from an Italian company with the heritage of Fizik.
They feature Fizik’s R5 carbon fibre-reinforced nylon sole and a one-piece, seam-free Microtex upper that feels nicely plush.
The Microtex uppers have a generous number of neat perforations along both sides, although none at the toe, and the R5s have no vents in the sole. This wasn’t an issue during testing in winter and early spring but may be during summer rides.
However, the Overcurves do have decently substantial heel and toe bumpers to keep the soles looking good for longer and help make walking less of a chore. The sole’s cleat markings are a little hard to read though.
The ‘Overcurve’ in the name refers to “a staggered collar that wraps around the ankle, tracing the natural misalignment of the ankle’s two bony protrusions: the lateral and medial malleoli.” So now you know. Whatever the science, the result is a pair of shoes that are comfortable for day-long riding.
The pairing of a single Boa dial and front-foot Velcro strap is a familiar one and for good reason – it’s a quick and easy-to-use combination, even if it’s not quite as adjustable as a twin-dial set-up, which you might reasonably expect to see on a pair of shoes at this price.