SH-XC7 Cycling Shoe - Wide
The SH-XC7 Cycling Shoe - Wide might sit just below the XC9 in Shimano's hierarchy of cross-country shoes, however, it does offer a performance to dollar proposition that's hard to ignore. We'd compare it to its XT M8000 groupset, sacrificing a few high-end features to XTR M9000 yet it's still plenty capable for most folks and we'll happily pocket the cash saved for future upgrades or travel expenses later. This particular version of the SH-XC7 comes with a wide last that's a blessing for those of us with higher volume feet and receives the latest updates including the addition of a second BOA dial versus the hook-and-loop strap of the previous model.
Wide last aside, the XC7 Wide is the same as the standard XC7 meaning it rides atop a sole comprising of different materials. Given that the XC7 is a race-ready shoe, the carbon-reinforced midsole is the most important of these layers as it places the XC7 near the top of Shimano's stiffness index. It clocks in at a nine out of 12 on Shimano's stiffness scale, and the only Shimano XC shoe that's stiffer is the S-Phyre (11 out of 12). This is made all the more impressive when you realize that only three of Shimano's road-specific shoes are stiffer and the next stiffest XC shoe ranks a lowly seven.
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 navigating sloppy run-ups or trails on foot. The rubberized outsole also features toe spike mounts for days when not even the lugs are enough, and 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 contact the ground, just like with the brand's tires.
As with its standard model, Shimano builds the wide last with its proprietary 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 blush, 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. This creates an optimal pedaling angle on either side of the up stroke, so the dead time spot is shortened.
The upper is secured with two BOA L6 dials, letting you quickly dial in the fit on the fly as needed. This is especially important for cyclists with wider feet. It envelopes your foot rather than simply strapping it down, creating more uniform support and further reducing pressure points.
- A mountain bike and cyclocross race shoe
- Wide last provides comfortable space for big feet
- Carbon-reinforced sole puts a premium of stiffness
- Dynalast construction increases pedaling efficiency
- Rubber outsole features dual-density Michelin compounds
- Dual BOA L6 dials micro-adjust the fit on the fly
- Finished with reinforced toe spike mounts
- Item #SHI00KA
- Upper Material
- synthetic leather
- dual BOA L6 dials
- adaptable cup
- carbon-reinforced composite
- dual-density Michelin rubber
- Cleat Compatibility
- 2-bolt mountain
- Claimed Weight
- [size 42, single] 326g
- Recommended Use
- cross-country, cyclocross
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 1 year
What do you think about this product?
June 20, 2020
Best High performance MTN/race/hike a bi
- I've put it through the wringer
- True to size
- Size Bought
- 5` 10"
- 174 lbs
I had being true large number of mtn biking shoes from $200 Bontranger Cambion to $500 S works MTN shoes. Here is why this is BEST SHOE: 1. Stiff 10 out of 12. 2. Most comfortable fit with double boa laces. Huge improvement BOA even over XXX Bontranger at $450. 3. THE BEST HIKE A BIKE/WALKING SHOE. Only laced version of Giro matched this feature. No longer walking Clinking and landind on spd metal. 4. Spd is hidden with full michelin super grippy sole *Extra padding ads little weight and slight exterior bulk build. But for some 100 mile MTN bike events like Marji Gessick where you will walk multiple times or race like Breck epic this is definitely my new shoe. ** I will absolutely try this shoe in race version which have stiffest sole, same muchelin rubber, same boa but without as much padding.