SH-XC7 Cycling Shoe
Sitting just below the SH-XC9 as Shimano's top dog off-road shoe, the SH-XC7 Cycling Shoe receives many of the features from its top-tier sibling, giving it universal acclaim, but brings it more into reach for those of us trying to keep a budget. The XC7 is a race-ready shoe using a carbon-reinforced midsole to drop weight and improve pedaling efficiency. It registers at a 9 out of 12 on Shimano's outsole stiffness scale, only surpassed by the XC9 S-Phyre on the off-road scale where it sits at an 11 out of 12. For most of us, that’s plenty stiff for race efforts with a touch more forgiveness for off the bike exploits like steep run-ups or scrambling over rocky creek beds.
Though it's not as stiff as the S-Phyre, the XC7 does feature a more robust complement of lugs, so it's better suited for barrier hopping or during hike-a-bike efforts. The rubberized outsole also includes toe spike mounts for days when not even the lugs are enough and you need to cut through the muck. The compound comes from the rubber experts at Michelin. Michelin uses two different durometers throughout the sole, targeting different qualities of grip and durability depending on how the lugs will contact the ground—just like with the brand's tires.
Shimano builds the last with its unique Dynalast construction, a design that increases pedal efficiency by a claimed 0.56% on each stroke. While that doesn't seem like much at first, any cyclist who's ridden for longer than two hours understands the importance of marginal gains like this. They can be the difference between finishing at the front or struggling to hang on. Dynalast involves lowering the toe-spring and heel section in relation to the arch and metatarsal areas to create an optimal pedaling angle on either side of the up-swing to shorten inefficient dead spots.
The upper is secured with dual BOA L6 dials, letting you quickly dial in the fit in micro-tension increments for the same level of comfort at the start of the ride as the last lap of a 24-hour solo endeavor. It envelopes your foot rather than simply strapping it down, creating more uniform support and further reducing pressure points.
- A cyclocross, gravel, and XC race shoe with comfort and efficiency
- Stiff, efficient carbon-reinforced sole
- Dynalast construction increases pedaling efficiency
- Dual-density Michelin rubber outsole blends grip and durability
- Dual BOA L6 dials micro-adjust for a customizable fit
- Finished with reinforced toe spike mounts for the muck
- Item #SHI00K9
- Q & A
Top of the foot!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 10.5
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 180lbs
There is a seam that runs across the knuckles on your toes that rubs on some types of foot. I couldn't wear them for a full ride. They wore and rubbed that area raw. I'm sure you could build up the callous on this area and the shoe would work since the rest of it is very comfortable, but just not for me.
I was excited to try this shoe
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
but surprised to find how little padding was on the forefoot strap. When the Boa on the strap is tightened the edge of the strap cuts in to the tendons on the top of the foot. This happens on both feet. If you look at the Shimano XC-9 design you will see padding on the part of the shoe that digs in to the tendons. My Specialized shoes have padding in this area as well. Sad to see that this design flaw made it all the way into production.
Does anyone know if theres a little more room in the toe box than last years model? It looks like a slightly different design that might give a bit more room around the big toe (my only issue with last years).
Hey Brooke! I reached out to our bike team and here's the answer I got: " I don't think the toe box changed this year, the upper fabric is more comfortable though without the lower strap so it still may work better".