Heading out for a day of rowdy descents requires shoes that can keep up with frequent sections of rough trail, split-second decisions to clip out or step off, and pedaling hard through fire road transitions. The Shimano SH-AM9 Mountain Bike Shoes were made to withstand the demands of all-mountain, enduro, and downhill rides, and their lightweight construction and palatable price make them a solid companion on the trails.
The synthetic leather upper on the shoes works with lightweight EVA foam construction throughout to maintain the each shoe's low overall weight while added features like a Pedal Channel create a more stable interface between the shoe and the pedal when you're clipped out and coasting. For the times you need to jump off and walk your bike, the heel and toe areas of the SH-AM9 are treated with added traction to improve your grip, with the sole earning a five on Shimano's stiffness scale. An asymmetrical shield covers the shoe's lace-up closure, acting as a barrier against trailside rocks and debris, and the ankle is finished with a raised collar for added support.
- Item #SHI00A2
- Q & A
Tight Kicks For Loose Riding
- Fit: True to size
To preface my review, I use the AM9's strictly for clipped in DH riding. The reason is for the cleat position I had setup on these shoes. These shoes offer a TON of adjustability in the cleat position, and easily the most rearward positioning available I've seen in any other shoe. As far as clipping in, it's apparent that they are designed with Shimano's pedal's in mind as clipping into my XT Trail pedals are a breeze. While some shoes will have subtle delays when clipping in, these shoes guide the shoe/cleat exactly where it needs to go and it is seamless. The shoes are comfortable and offer a fair amount of ankle protection. I carefully removed the lace cover since rain or muddy conditions are rare in Utah. I did this prior to trying the shoes so I can't comment on how warm they are with the lace cover on, but without you get a bit of airflow through keeping them more comfortable. As for weight, they are ever so slightly on the heavier side than the trail shoes I've been wearing so that is also why these have been designated DH shoes. All in all a durable, burly shoe for the price, just a bit heavier than what some riders may want for doing much climbing.
I usually wear a 11.5 (sometimes 12) for a standard shoe and the 46's fit well.