Fizik Artica X5 Winter Cycling Boot review

A sleek looking winter boot that will keep you dry even on the wettest days.

Fizik Artica x5 winter cycling boots
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The perfect winter boot is elusive, but Fizik does a good job and the look is sleeker than the competition. Totally waterproof and a great platform, no matter how far you plan to ride.


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    Sleek looks

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    Sole is completely protected

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    Easy to get on


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    Tight tread pattern adds weight without adding traction

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    No storage for the speed lace system

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When the weather turns, it's important to keep your extremities warm so you can continue enjoying riding your bike all year round. Winter boots, like these Fizik Artica X5s, are designed to do exactly that. We included the 3-bolt road version (the Fizik Artica R5) on our list of the best winter cycling shoes but there's also the same exact boot in a two-bolt version, which we've been putting to the test.

So while you may be tempted to turn to the best cycling overshoes and the best winter cycling socks, consider how a winter-specific shoe or boot can improve your enjoyment of winter cycling. They are highly insulated, sealed, and explicitly designed to keep the cold and wet out. 

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx