In the world of cycling, roadies are known for harboring passionate concerns about weight, but that's not to say saving grams doesn't matter to their dirt-chasing compatriots. Finding a lightweight XC race shoe that's rugged enough to handle the demands a race course while still feeling light and responsive is a fine balance, but it's one that Shimano's SH-XC61 Shoes are able to achieve. They're also available in a wide last, allowing riders not blessed with the slimmest feet to enjoy wearing comfortable cycling shoes.
Constructed with a synthetic leather upper, this version of the SH-XC61 is exactly the same as the medium-width version, just built on a wider last. Two hook-and-loop straps work with a wide top ratcheting buckle strap to provide a contoured, secure fit across the top of the foot to ensure you get consistent power transfer from your feet to your pedals while limiting the likelihood of hot-spots and pressure points along your instep.
Measuring a relatively rigid seven out of 12 on Shimano's stiffness index, the SH-XC61 features a fiberglass-reinforced midsole paired with a carbon-reinforced cleat plate to provide XC-responsiveness. The midsole is backed by a lightweight, polyurethane outsole, which is complete with lugs tasked with shedding mud and giving you enough traction to run through dicey sections of trail if needed.
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