Fizik’s Tempo R5 road cycling shoe shares the same nylon composite sole as its R5B with integrated, non-replaceable heel and toe bumpers to protect the sole when standing and walking off the bike.
Stiffness is ample, rather than fully rigid, with a little give in the mid sole – making these a good option for longer rides.
The cleat alignment markings are good, but they can be difficult to see in low light because they are moulded directly into the sole, rather than with a contrasting print that would be easier to see.
These stripped-down R5s feature twin Velcro-straps that wrap the upper over your foot. This offers plenty of adjustment and keeps the price down compared to the R5B (with BOA) at £130 / $150, though they do weigh in heavier at 626g for a pair of size 45s compared to the R5B’s 592g.
Where the Tempos really score is in the comfort stakes. Fizik shoes have generally been on the slim side through the mid-foot, and some cyclists report that this feels cramped. The shaping of the Tempo upper, however, feels much more generous and the bandage-like wrap of the Velcro straps creates a very even tension and fit.
I’ve found the Tempos to be some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve tried at this price and I’d recommend them to those riders looking for a shoe for all-day comfort at a decent price.