On the lookout for a clip-in cycling shoe that does it all? Designed as an all-terrain cycling shoe that covers everything from XC, trail and gravel riding, through to off-road bikepacking, the Fizik Terra Atlas fills a useful position in between super-racy carbon XC shoes and heavy-duty gravity clobbers.
To avoid bulk, the Terra Atlas features a lightweight and low-profile upper that’s secured by a single L6 BOA ratchet dial. This makes it easy to fine-tune the wire tension, with the asymmetric cut allowing the upper to wrap comfortably over your feet. While Roz is loving the fit, those with much wider feet will be better off looking at US brands like Specialized, or even an E-specific fit from Shimano. These sit slightly towards the narrower and lower-volume side of the fit spectrum, so be prepared to size up rather than down.
For usability off the bike, the X5 outsole uses rubber tread blocks to provide plenty of traction while pushing your bike uphill. This is a big upgrade over the plastic tread that used to come on many XC shoes, and it makes the Terra Atlas much easier to live with for trail and gravel riding.
They’re certainly not doughy however. The nylon plate hidden inside the midsole provides plenty of stiffness around the cleat area, so power transfer is direct and your feet don’t flex over the top of the pedal body. Along with the snug-fitting upper and discreet TPU armouring, these will suit sporty riders looking for a lightweight, but still practical set of trail shoes.