Fizik’s Venta Stabilita Carbon shoes use the latest version of its Dynamic Arch Support (2.0), which combines a wired tension setup that uses Boa dials that are attached to a zero-stretch ribbon anchored to the outsole at two points.
When you tension the upper of the Boa dial it pulls in the ribbon, thus tensioning the shoe’s upper inwards and wrapping around the midfoot closely with no gaps. The lower Boa dial controls the volume of the shoe around the forefoot.
The Boa dials are made from recycled plastic and are smaller in diameter and lower in profile height than previous versions. Fizik claims this improves the aero qualities of the shoe; it also means more room for winter overshoes.
The Stabilita is Fizik’s premium model and it stands out from the rest of the range because of its radical outsole design. According to Fizik, it’s the stiffest carbon sole it’s ever made (rated 10 out of 10 on its own scale).
It’s also light: the shoes weigh an impressive 586.2g a pair (size 45). The sole has clear, laser-etched markings for cleat fittings, rather than cheap print that will scratch off. It’s well protected with a bonded rubber toe bumper and substantial heel protector too.
The main point of difference on the sole is through the mid-section: the point where the arch support anchors the sole has been cutaway. This keyed-in section is what allows the upper to wrap so closely. It makes for a stiff shoe but also one that’s blessed with plenty of comfort.
The upper material is a cross between a knitted and mesh-like material with a rubberised coating bonded to it. It resists the elements well and keeps water spray at bay yet still allows for plenty of breathability.
The cutaway instep section forgoes rubberised coating for maximum flexibility and it makes for a highly breathable shoe, and also adds to the comfort.
The shoe’s insole has a flexible arch design and the board base of the upper (which sits on top of the outsole) is also cutaway with five, finger-like prongs that move independently, rather than the solid board that’s often seen on more traditional shoes.
The Stabilita is a tremendously good performance shoe. Its solidity and stiffness will appeal to big-power pedallers, while racers and recreational riders will love the adjustability and close-fit comfort of the upper.
The biggest downside to the Vento Stabilita is the huge price tag, as well as the unprotected fabric through the arch, which I discovered can get a little grimy in foul weather.
Nevertheless, I’d still recommend these shoes and I truly hope that the clever design starts to trickle down to the brand’s other, cheaper models soon.
|Price||EUR €400.00GBP £375.00USD $400.00|
|Weight||586.2g (45) – for pair|
Closure: Li2 Dual Zone BOA® Fit System configuration
Uppers: PU laminated mesh
|Sole||R1 Arch outsole – full carbon unidirectional, stiffness index 10|