Fizik Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave road shoes review

An airy, lightweight, barely-there race shoe with unique construction and low tech closure

Fizik Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave cycling shoes
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Fizik has an easy-to-love shoe on its hands. Not only are they incredibly light but the upper is so open that even a slight breeze comes through without resistance. The sole is plenty stiff enough although it is on the narrower side. The R2 Aeroweave is best for those that value movement and comfort over a bulky but enveloped feel.


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    Well designed adjustable cleat mounting

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    Closure system is easy to use and works well

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    Venting in the sole

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    Grip dots at the heel


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    Only one colour

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Fi'zi:k (Fizik) has been in the cycling world for 25 years as of 2021. There are certainly brands out there with more history, but a quarter-century is also a serious amount of time, and throughout that time, Fizik has remained true to what it does best. 

Fizik as a company specialises predominantly in the three touchpoints between a rider and their bike: shoes, saddles, and bar tape. There are options for on-road and off-road but it's a very narrow range of focus. Like a good artisan, Fizik keeps a tight focus and makes some of the best products within that scope. 

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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