New in for testing: FIZIK Transiro Infinito R1 Knit Shoes – £359.99
If you like fancy Italian shoes – that come with a slightly eye-watering price tag – then the FIZIK Transiro Infinito R1 Knit should be on your ‘take a look’ list.
How do they perform though? We’re not sure just yet, but they have just arrived and Chris Hovenden has started putting them to the test, and will report back in a few weeks time.
Here is his first look at the product.
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We’ve just got our hands on the new top of the range triathlon kicks from the Italian cycling shoes and saddle aficionado, FIZIK.
The Transiro Infinito R1 Knit come with a sky high price-tag, but the shoes look to have taken both a high-end and innovative approach to creating a triathlon focused bike shoe.
Developed with input and testing from leading long-distance professional triathletes, including four-time Ironman Champion Michelle Vesterby and members of the BMC-Vifit Pro Triathlon Team, the FIZIK Transiro Infinito R1 Knit are packed full of tech:
- The soft knitted upper (something that is fairly new to bike shoes), looks particularly cool, but in addition to the aesthetics FIZIK says there are several performance benefits: the upper is designed to aid ventilation and water-repellent treatment is used with the intention to reduce moisture absorption, together creating a shoe that dries quickly after T1. It’ll be interesting to see how the shoes cope after exiting T1, generally, and when riding through heavy downpours.
- The ‘Infinito’ retention system comprises of wires and two BOA IP1-B dials – the position of the wires along with the micro-adjustment offered by the BOAs should allow you to get a comfortable fit, but there is a question as to how straightforward it is to slip your feet in and tighten the shoes coming out of T1 on the fly; pulling on the BOA dials allows a quick release effect which should be useful when coming into T2.
- FIZIK states the shoes provide a customised fit of the plantar arch with the company’s ‘Dynamic Arch Support’ – the theory is that a part of the shoe’s upper wraps around the plantar arch and the fit is adjusted using one of the BOA dials.
- As you’d expect for high-performance shoes the FIZIK Transiro Infinito R1 Knit feel pretty light and they come with a UD carbon sole – which should provide a firm footing and facilitate good power transfer to the pedals.
- To assist getting the shoes on quickly they have a large rubberised hoop on the heel – a staple of a tri-specific shoe. The real test of a hoop is the ease of grabbing it and its durability.
The FIZIK Transiro Infinito R1 Knit Shoes certainly look the part, but coming with a price-tag north of £350 expectations are rightly high.
Look out for the full review in the coming weeks.