Back in August, Shimano dropped the news about its brand new lightweight XC and RC shoe range. Available in road and MTB versions, the latest slipper line up is entirely new from the ground-up, but most noticeably, features Shimano’s first foray with the BOA dial ratchet system.
For off-road action, there’s the new XC9 and XC7 shoes. We got our grubby mitts on one of the first pairs of the top-of-the-range S-PHYRE XC9 shoes in the UK back in late August, and with their bright fluoro yellow colour and dual BOA dial system, they look the absolute business. At a retail price of £319 however, they’re not on the cheap side. Coming in at a far more attainable price point, we have just received a pair of the XC7 shoes, which feature many of the same technologies and features, but at nearly half the price. So, are they half as good?
The Shimano XC7 SPD Shoes Feature:
- Ultra-rigid, lightweight carbon fibre reinforced midsole
- Supple high-density synthetic leather with perforated venting for superior fit
- Boa IP1 dials with Powerzone wire guide and Front strap hold foot securely
- Adaptable cup insole
- Exclusive Michelin® high-traction, mud-shedding tread pattern outsole
- Dual density rubber compounds provide the right balance of grip, durability and flexibility
- Rubber anti slip arch outsole pattern
- Colours: Black or Red
- Sizes: EU 38 to 48 (no half sizes)
- Claimed weight: 325 grams (size 42)
- RRP: £169.99
With lots of ‘cross racing and dirt riding action on the horizon, we’re looking forward to putting the new XC7 shoes to the test. Aesthetically, they’re definitely more road inspired than Shimano’s previous XC70 and XC90 off-road shoes, but we’ll have to wait and see whether that’s a factor out on the trails and on the cyclocross racecourse. Stay tuned!