As the second in line in Shimano's XC-Racing family of shoes, the XC7 offers high-end performance at a price-point that is in reach for enthusiast trail riders.
Through Shimano's Dynalast technology, the SH-XC7 toe-spring section is optimized to promote a smoother, more energy-efficient upstroke by reducing the loss of power that occurs during the backspin direction of a pedal stroke. Once it's time to push back through the stroke, the lightweight carbon fiber composite sole provides a stiff platform that converts that saved energy in power and acceleration. This means that the whole pedal rotation serves as a cycle to produce snappier output and prolonged endurance.
A supple high-density synthetic leather perforated upper with BOA closure system powers all-day comfort by wrapping the foot securely and uniformly. The dual density rubber compounds found in the outsole provide the right balance of grip, durability and flexibility making hike-a-bike sections more pleasurable.
The Shimano SH-XC7 is a true bang-for-your-buck cycling shoe. With top-level performance and dashing good looks, it doesn't get much better than the Shimano SH-XC7.
Everybody's foot is shaped different, so I'm not sure how helpful fit insights are. But my road Shimano shoes in the same size have a larger toe-box. However, it's not uncomfortable, just noticeably smaller. The BOA cinch works great and feels snug. I took up some extra volume in the show with a 4mm footbed since the closure was at the end of its slack when fully secured. Stiff sole, but totally walkable in loose dirt and gravel. I'd recommend these as a nice alternative to their $400 double BOA, stiffer XC9 model.
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These shoes are great. Superb fit and stiff. Only downside is mesh panel directly at your toes which doesn’t make too much sense for wet conditions. Can be mitigated by wearing toe covers but then you inhibit your ventilation. I’m still giving 5 stars because I don’t mind if my feet get wet or muddy so long as my shoes fit well and perform well.
I bought this shoe because I was having foot pain on long (6+ hrs) endurance rides, and had good look with Shimano fit in the past. My foot is a little wide and the Shimanos seem to have a slightly wider last, that has worked out well. The Boa fit system sungs up nicely. It's a very plain looking shoe and I don't really care for the shinny vinyl styling, but as long as my fit feel good I don't care. Not many hours yet, so I can't really comment on durability
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