Fizik’s new Tempo range has been designed to replace Boa dials and laces with the most novel of technologies — Velcro. Only one model, the Tempo Powerstrap R5, will be available initially, and Fizik claims the new shoe will offer a comfortable fit because of its novel strap design.
The shoes are claimed to offer a “fully customized all-enveloping fit" using wide Velcro straps that encircle the whole foot. This straps have been designed to distribute pressure evenly around the foot for a snug, precise and comfortable fitting shoe when cinched down.
The two individual straps are also claimed to allow for precise fine-tuning of the volume over the instep and around the forefoot.
This first model in the range uses Fizik's existing entry-level nylon injected R5 sole, which should provide a good balance between comfort and performance.
We do rather like the sleek, understated design of the shoe, and it will be available in four colours: black, white, coral and navy.
Whether riders will prefer Velcro fastenings to the quick fine-tuning that Boa dials offer is another question, but for a comfortable, less performance-focussed shoe, this design could be just right for many riders.
The Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5 road shoe is already available for £109.99 / €119 / $119.99. For more details visit Fizik's website.