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Old 04-23-13, 06:06 PM
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Fizik R1

I am thinking of buying a pair of 2012 left over Fizik R1.

Any thoughts on this shoe? I am concerned with two things:

1) Toe Box width (Currently use a Specialized Expert Rd - normal)
2) Heat in the summer since it does not have a whole lot of vent.

Thanks
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I tried them on when shopping a couple weeks ago. Toe box seemed to be about the same width as Specialized Experts (which is what I ended up buying), but what killed the deal for me was the arch support - it was too high for me on the Fiziks. For frame of reference, the default Specialized inserts are a little too flat for me, so the Fiziks have a noticeable amount more arch than the stock Experts.

I can understand your concern with the venting - it doesn't look like it vents well. All the same, I would have bought them in a heartbeat if they would have fit - great fit and finish and they just look awesome.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
I tried them on when shopping a couple weeks ago. Toe box seemed to be about the same width as Specialized Experts (which is what I ended up buying), but what killed the deal for me was the arch support - it was too high for me on the Fiziks. For frame of reference, the default Specialized inserts are a little too flat for me, so the Fiziks have a noticeable amount more arch than the stock Experts.

I can understand your concern with the venting - it doesn't look like it vents well. All the same, I would have bought them in a heartbeat if they would have fit - great fit and finish and they just look awesome.
Thank you. I have the Expert shoes, but use the Pearl Izumi PRO because I needed more arch support. So this sounds like it may work for me.
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Personally, I'd pass on the 2012 Fizik shoes..primarily because (for whatever reasons) they did a thorough redesign within a year of this first release...what do they say about cars, never buy the first model year...
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
I tried them on when shopping a couple weeks ago. Toe box seemed to be about the same width as Specialized Experts (which is what I ended up buying), but what killed the deal for me was the arch support - it was too high for me on the Fiziks. For frame of reference, the default Specialized inserts are a little too flat for me, so the Fiziks have a noticeable amount more arch than the stock Experts.

I can understand your concern with the venting - it doesn't look like it vents well. All the same, I would have bought them in a heartbeat if they would have fit - great fit and finish and they just look awesome.
This was my exact experience. I saw them on clearance really cheap and ordered them. When the box arrived, they were amazing - even the box was impressive. The shoes were so nice.

Then I put them on.

Hurt like hell. The arch was so high, my foot literally teetered over it. I could not get my heel and toes to touch the sole at the same time. The insoles are moldable, which I guess could reduce some of that arch. Still, I tried standing in them without the insoles, and even that was uncomfortable.

My wife even tried them on. She complained for two hours after that her feet still hurt. - She uses the Green Specialized insoles with the super arch support too. I use the blue ones, but could probably go green.
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They are great shoes, but as others commented already, the arches are pretty high. FWIW, I am between Blue (++ moderately higher) and Green (+++ much higher) in the Specialized arch chart, and the R1 fits me like a glove. May be the way for you to determine if the arch is too high or not is to try the Spesh footbeds.

As for venting, I have not used in super hot weather (90+) yet, but so far no issue.
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