Fi’zi:k Vento Stabilita wraps adjustable arch support into dynamically tunable road racing shoe
Using a very unique construction inside and out, the new fizik Vento Stabilita road bike shoes allow you to tailor the volume and arch support to your liking. Called Dynamic Arch Support 2.0, the adjustable external strap gives you independent control over the amount of support and mid-sole volume.
A lower BOA Li2 dial cinches the forefoot into place, creating a dual zone design. Add in a textured mesh upper and insoles with fingers of padding, and you have a road racing shoe like no other…
Fizik Vento Stabilita’s externally adjustable arch support
The most obvious feature is the external day-glow green (yellow?) arch strap. Borrowing a non-stretch strap material from prior models, the new Vento Stabilita attaches this one to a BOA dial rather than using Velcro. On the insole, it compresses a softer patch of material, allowing it to draw the arch upward. This works in conjunction with…
…the shaped liner and insoles’ finger-like sections to let the entire instep portion mold around your foot. Unlike straps that pull from the edges, the Vento Stabilita pulls from the middle of the bottom of your foot, fully encapsulating your arch and supporting the plantar fascia.
The second BOA dial pulls traditional synthetic cables through guides to tighten the front of the shoe around your foot.
Underneath is their R1 unidirectional carbon outsole, with a stiffness index of 10. Which is their pro racing level of stiffness. Claimed weight per shoe is a mere 227g without the footbed, add another 20g for that. So, real world riding weight is 247g average.
The upper is a PU-laminated mesh that’s both supportive but breathable. And lightweight, but with a really cool textured finish that accentuate these shoes’ unique appearance.
Another interesting feature is the cleat placement. The mounting holes are set a bit further back than normal, helping you drive more power through the pedals with every stroke. Fizik says this also reduces knee compression and improves efficiency, particularly in forward aero riding positions.
That, combined with the supportive design that reduces unwanted foot movement and wasted energy, should make for a shoe that makes you both more comfortable and faster…for only $399. Available in sizes 36-48, half sizes 37-47.