The new Fizik Terra Atlas X5 shoe is for gravel, MTB and more
Fizik have released the Terra Atlas X5 shoe, described by the brand as “probably the most versatile shoe in our entire line”.
Fizik says the Atlas Terra X5 is suitable for a wide range of off-road riding. In fact, there seems to be little it can’t do, with Fizik stating that it’s an all-around bike suitable for all-mountain, singletrack, downcountry, backcountry and gravel.
The new shoe is based on the brand’s Terra X5 mountain bike shoes, but has a number of adaptations, with the design apparently inspired by feedback from riders tackling “every type of terrain possible”. Key changes include a roomier fit and a more grippy sole, with the promise of greater comfort.
The Terra Atlas X5 sells for £159 / $159 / €159 and is available now.
Improved comfort and durability
Fizik says he’s balanced performance with comfort in the new Terra Atlas X5 and created a new, more generous fit over the existing Terra X5.
The Terra Atlas X5’s revised fit is said to be partly due to a new outsole and hidden nylon foot plate.
The outsole is slightly wider than the Terra X5, while the nylon sole overlaps the side of the upper, according to Fizik.
This creates extra room in the shoe, says Fizik, but it’s not roomy enough to be considered a wide fit.
The Terra Atlas X5 is also said to be well ventilated without sacrificing protection, thanks to a TPU overlay on the toe cap.
In terms of retention, the Terra Atlas X5 forgoes the combination of a Boa dial and Velcro strap, as seen on the Terra X5, and instead has a single Boa dial.
The Boa dial lace extends further down the top of the Atlas X5, with three sets of loops as opposed to the two sets of loops on the regular Terra X5.
Presumably, this secures the lower part of the shoe like Velcro would, although it doesn’t differentiate the fit on the upper of the shoe.
More grip and traction
Along with creating a more generous fit, the new outsole is also said to improve grip and traction. It has rubber coating over the entire surface, including the midfoot, with deep lugs and removable toe lugs.
The shoe’s heel platform is wider than on the Terra X5 shoe, according to Fizik, to provide a secure and firm grip, making the shoe suitable for “hiking with a fully loaded bike, or relaxing with a post-ride infusion”.
Fizik clearly has bikepacking adventures and gravel riding in mind with the Terra Atlas X5. While the existing Terra X5 is primarily designed as a mountain bike shoe, we previously ranked it as one of the best shoes for gravel riding, so we’ll see how this latest Atlas version compares.
The use of a nylon footplate and outsole in the Terra Atlas X5 differs from the Terra X5, which had a carbon sole. The Atlas’ sole is compatible with two-bolt SPD-style cleats.
Fizik says the nylon sockliner “provides efficient pedaling” and gives the shoe a stiffness index of 5, but she didn’t go into detail or provide data to back that up.
Most brands have some sort of “stiffness index”, which gives an indication of how stiff a sole is compared to other shoes in the line, but there is no standardization from brand to brand. ‘other. Also, the stiffness of the shoe might not be that important, and especially on an all-around shoe like this.
The shoe has a claimed weight of 355g without footbed.
It comes in four colors: black/black, Army/black, grey/black, pink/grape/black.