Fizik Vento Ferox Carbon Shoes review: super stiff for serious off-road efforts

The previous approach to MTB shoes has typically resulted in heavy and bulky units that go big on foot protection but don’t focus much on aerodynamic prowess. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Things are changing and the Fizik Vento Ferox, as tested here, takes more than a leaf out of the road cycling shoe book with a fantastically stiff carbon sole (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The shoe features a full UD Carbon Outsole, which Fizik says ranks 10/10 on its stiffness scale for serious power transfer (image credit: The Gear Loop)
This makes it great for everything from serious XC rides and tough cyclocross events. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Predictably, the shoes are solid straight out of the box and both the Boa fit system and the Powerstrap have to be opened right up to slide a foot into it. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The sole is as tough as they come, which is superb for power transfer and stability, but we found a slight hotspot around the knuckle of the big toe. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
With an incredibly stiff sole and sleek silhouette, the Vento Ferox is a serious off-road shoe that priorities speed and aerodynamics over masses of protection. (image credit: The Gear Loop)