Fi'zi:k's R Series runs the gamut from affordable everyday shoe to pro ready race rocket, and the R3 Uomo Boa Men's Shoe nestles right in the middle, a better value than the R1 but with more race DNA than the R5. The first thing you'll notice is how clean the R3 is. It looks so good that you might be tempted to just keep it on the shelf and look at it every night before you go to sleep, kinda like you do with all your high school public speaking trophies. This might make you feel good, but you'll feel even better when you pull the smooth, soft, and supple Microtex upper onto your foot. It's durable but flexible, and covered with laser cut perforations that help keep your feet from getting sweaty and soggy. Even an upper that good needs some help, and Fi'zi:k obliged by hooking up a Boa IP1 dial closure, which cinches the Microtex around your foot without pinching or squeezing. It offers near infinite adjustment, so you can truly fine tune the fit, and the additional hook and loop strap at the forefoot lets you fiddle with the volume of the R3 for a slop free fit. All this is built on the UD carbon fiber sole that is nice and stiff to help you put plenty of power into the pedals without waste. On top of the sole sits a Fi'zi:k Cycling Insole, designed to work with the outsole to eliminate hot spots and provide cushioning where you need it most.