Fizik’s lighter Vento Infinito Carbon 2 road shoes reclaim top-tier from long-running R1

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Fizik calls the all-new Vento Infinito Carbon 2 & Infinito Knit Carbon 2 the successors to their top-tier pro racing R1 shoe. The improvements to the two upper options and their Boa dial retention are relatively minor in appearance, yet deliver lower weight, a lower profile & improved ventilation. But they also feature the latest R2 carbon sole that is also apparently lighter and stiffer…

Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 lightweight, breathable, stiff road shoes

What is maybe most interesting about Fizik’s “successor” statement is the new number 2 designation, with an R2 sole now taking over the top spot in the Fizik road family above the long-standing R1.

That lighter, stiffer R2 carbon sole isn’t exactly brand new either… we’ve already seen it on the light & simple Fizik Vento Powerstrap R2 Aeroweave last winter. Yet, these new Vento Infinito Carbon 2 are dubbed ” the newest heirs to the Vento throne“.

Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 road shoes, lightweight breathable stiff, microtex or knit road racing shoes, Movistar

Does that suggest that an even-lighter, even-stiffer R1 platform is in the works? Or should we just be happy with a lighter, stiffer, more ventilated pair of R2-level shoes for the same price as the old R1s?

It looks like at least for now the Movistar pros are happy racing the R2 shoes… although Ineos are using a mix of old R1 and new R2s.

Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 road shoes, lightweight breathable stiff, microtex or knit road racing shoes, INEOS

What’s actually new in the Vento Infinito Carbon 2s?

Fizik says the new Ventos are a “less is more” approach. Developed by removing any unnecessary element, they start with the ‘entirely new’ R2 outsole (that we already saw in 2019), using a more careful carbon layup that shed grams while improving stiffness.

Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 road shoes, lightweight breathable stiff, microtex or knit road racing shoes, instep detail Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 road shoes, lightweight breathable stiff, microtex or knit road racing shoes, inside

Then, an optimized asymmetric Volume Control cut with Infinito arch support and newer Boa Li2 dials micro-adjusts fit, especially across a new reinforced section around the inside of the arch of your foot.

Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 road shoes, lightweight breathable stiff, microtex or knit road racing shoes, knit upper

The uppers themselves are tweaked as well. The Vento Infinito Knit version refines its seamless construction for improved ventilation with simplified knitting of a breathable mesh base topped with heat-fused TPU yarns for structure & support.

Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 road shoes, lightweight breathable stiff, microtex or knit road racing shoes, microtex upper

The standard microtex Vento Infinito upper gets the same style of update, with more uniform perforations for improved ventilation, a new reinforced section around the inside of the arch of your foot, and reinforced inner heel panel.

Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 – Pricing, options & availability

Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 road shoes, lightweight breathable stiff, microtex or knit road racing shoes, Knitcolors
Fizik Vento Infinito Knit Carbon 2 shoes

The result are two new top-level carbon-soled road shoes (now an R2-level) that are lighter than the old R1, yet at the same price – available in half sizes from 37-47, plus 36 & 48.

The new $380 / 380€ Fizik Vento Infinito Knit Carbon 2 have a claimed weight of 225g per shoe (23g lighter than an R1 Knit) and are available now globally in all black or coral/black.

Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 road shoes, lightweight breathable stiff, microtex or knit road racing shoes, colors
Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 shoes

The new $350 / 350€ Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 have a claimed weight of 227g per shoe (19g lighter than an R1) and will be available in mid-November in all black, white/black, or coral/gray.

Fizik Vento Infinito Carbon 2 road shoes, lightweight breathable stiff, microtex or knit road racing shoes, heels

Fizik Infinito Tee

Fizik Infinito commemorative limited edition t-shirt

In addition to the new shoes, Fizik is hyping the race-winning success of the Infinito family with a limited edition t-shirt graphic highlighting their wearer’s success. Winning shoes designs on the front, rider palmarès on the  back of the $30€ 100% cotton t-shirt.

Fizik.com

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