Not afraid of winter.
While most of your riding group starts complaining about the encroaching winter sometime around the end of October, you don't let cold temps and challenging precipitation get in the way of your riding, regardless of whether your vehicle of choice is a fat bike or an enduro rig. Late fall is mild by your standards, and when the snow, ice, and freezing rain arrive for good, you reach for something like the Shimano men's SH-MW7 Mountain Bike Shoes to protect your feet while you ride.
Shimano starts by shaping the uppers with synthetic leather then adding an inner Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort Liner to block out snow and rain. A high-cut cover and fleece-lined insole work with the liner to keep your feet warm, and you're able to achieve a slim, contoured fit with the SH-MW7's speed-lacing closure.
The Torbal mid-sole and a multi-density rubber outsole combine to earn a five on Shimano's stiffness index, equipping the shoes for high-speed, flowy descents by allowing the soles to flex sideways in the back while remaining stiff in the front, anticipating lateral movement and body english while barreling around slick corners.
- Item #SHI00A1
- Q & A
Splashproof, but not great for rain
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 42
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 150lbs
Use these for commuting, and unfortunately the neoprene cuffs are the weak link in an otherwise pretty good shoe. If there’s any rain it will eventually work down into the shoe and get your feet completely soaked. Not that big of a deal for the rest of the ride as the feet stay warm due to decent insulation (and the fact it’s never that cold in NorCal); but it sucks putting on wet shoes at the end of the day. These also take forever to dry out. Only solution that helps is wearing velotoze over the boots, but that kinda defeats the purpose.
Decent winter shoe
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 48
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 225lbs
I would not call these an extreme winter shoe, but good for general winter and wet use above 0F. I ordered these one size large euro for thicker socks and the fit is fine. Beneath the flap are a nice set of speed laces that take up any mid foot slop when I use thinner socks. There is a double thick foam insole for insulation. Overall, the construction is similar to a nordic ski striding boot.
My last ride was about 1.5 hours at 15F, dry and windy. My feet were the only part of me truly warm. For that ride I used thick socks; previously I was comfortable in thin socks at 35F. The only thing I was not thrilled about is the neoprene cuff. The cuff traps sweat. I did not notice a problem while riding, but I think that trapping sweat beneath the cuff could be a problem for longer stop-start rides.
Keeps feet warm in 30s temperatures
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 44
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 135lbs
Rode in 30s for a couple of hours and feet were kept warm. Below 30F, after an hour, feet started to get a bit cool. Got the same size as my road shoes, and the width felt slightly narrower; length was fine.
Stay warm and dry
Only if you have experienced wet feet in cold weather, you will know how much you will appreciate if they stay dry ...it matters a lot!
These shoes are comfortable, keep your feet dry and warm during the cold winter months. What more can you ask for? Protected by Gore-Tex, these shoes have not one, not two, but three fasteners to keep them snugly around your feet. There is a quick adjust inner lace system, a Velcro strap on top of that and a Gorte-Tex outer flap to seal everything in. The top of the shoe is a soft neoprene material that is comfortable around the ankle. You will not be disappointed with these shoes.