This is it !
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 43.5
For me, an MTB shoe needs to be able to get dirty and then clean again easily. When my ancient (25yr old) and beloved Specialized shoes were eaten by the dog, I went on the hunt. A casual MTB rider in dirt (mud) on forest trails and farm fields, I initially purchased an inexpensive but attractive pair of Mavics. The fit was horrible (odd pressure on arch) but the price was right for occasional use. This year the budget allowed a new search - I ordered and returned several shoes to Competitive Cyclist - some fit well (Pearl Izumi) but were not designed to shed dirt, others just didn’t fit my foot. Until this Fizik X1. Fits my narrow, neutral foot like a glove! Designed to shed not just dirt, but the wet stuff too. I normally wear a 44, but the 43.5 fits better. My first BOA shoe, I agree that some additional padding could benefit on the top of the foot, but they are so adjustable, that after wearing for several minutes all the slight pressure points disappear.
Easy on, easy off, easy to clean, excellent fit, construction appears durable, and they look great. I use them on the spin bike and for trail riding - here’s to another 25 years!