On the trail
 
Blind testing, I would not be able to pick the difference between the Terra X5 and the M3B Uomo I tested a couple of years back. While they cost a couple of hundred dollars less, the Terra X5 have an upper that is easier to get in and out of, with a cut that doesn't bunch up. While fi'zi:k claim they offer more confidence on the bike and off, they are still a stiff soled cycling shoe and a session of hike-a-bike is never awesome in a dedicated cycling shoe, no matter what brand or model. They're built well and I suspect they will last some time.


 
With the prices of top mountain bike shoes sky rocketing over the past few years, with shoes hitting $500 and above, the fact is that over $200 is still a lot of money to spend on a mountain bike shoe. It's really only good for one thing – mountain biking. I have spent a lot of money on mountain bike shoes over the past 20 years, and I have no reservations in saying that by spending more than the $270 that it costs for the Terra X5, you're not getting huge returns. If you ride and race a whole lot, you'll wear out whatever shoe you get. The Terra X5 is stiff, durable and light, and is likely to suit the needs of many XC riders and trail riders after a breathable, light performance shoe. If you're after something with a different aesthetic look elsewhere. But if XC is your game then these shoes are made for you.
 
RRP: $269.95
From: Advance Traders
 
Hits:
–     Great fit and good adjustment
–     Stiff and supportive
–     BOA lacing is fast!
 
Misses:
–     They're still only suited to the XC crowd