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A better option for keeping your feet warm.

Fat-tired bikes have shed new light on riding through the coldest months. Terrain that was once impassable is now challenging and inviting, provided that you have the right equipment. But, this fact still remains -- if you're going to commit to serious winter riding, and you're not intending on platform pedals, you need to invest in waterproof, insulated footwear like the Shimano SH-MW81 Shoes. They combine light insulation and a GORE-TEX liner to keep your feet dry and toasty -- no matter how deep into the wilderness your ambition takes you.

Some might claim that the cost of winter-specific shoes can't be justified for riders on a budget. We disagree. Overshoes are great, but if you ride off-road during winter with any frequency, they're likely to be shredded over hike-a-bike sections, rendering them useless by the end of the season. Additionally, it's critical to maximize your traction on icy trails and snow-laden cross courses. Therefore, why cover your shoes' tread with slippery Lycra and pretend that it's the best solution?

Shimano offers one of the widest ranges of shoe lasts (or shapes) in the industry. So, to clarify, the SH-MW81 uses the Volume Performance last -- making it wider in the toe box and across the ball of the foot. This gives it a fit that emphasizes comfort and stability, and allows room for thick socks and custom orthotics. The three Velcro straps provide ample security for your foot, and their offset positioning prevents unnatural pinching and pressure. Additionally, they won't freeze or get clogged with snow like a buckle system might.

The MW81 Shoes have a fiberglass-reinforced polyamide sole that's stiff, but flexes enough for comfortable when you trudge through waist-high drifts or stop into the local coffee shop. The upper is constructed of tough, stretch-resistant synthetic leather, and reflectors on the back and sides of the shoes increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions.

The Shimano SH-MW81 Shoes are available in 11 sizes from 38-48 and in the color Black.

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Great for Winter snow fun

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Got the shoes for the purpose of riding my Cyclocross bike in the mountain snows of Colorado. First used them in single digit (fahrenheit) weather. Had no issues with the cold whatsoever, kept my feet snug.
Two issues I have with the shoe is that Shimano doesn't do half sizing (I am optimally a 41.5). And on a decent during single digit weather, going faster than 22mph made my toes pretty cold!
For the rest, great shoe!