Cycling brand Shimano are using this year’s Outdoor Show festival (Friedrichshafen, 13-16 July) to launch selected models from its 2017 footwear range, designed to appeal to performance athletes and urban riders alike.
Mountain bikers are catered to with new Trail and Enduro-specific ME7 and ME5 models. The Mountain Enduro category provides riders with the lightweight pedaling effectiveness of a cross-country shoe with the durability, grip and armor preferred by Enduro riders. Featuring a Torbal torsion control in the carbon sole and with a speed-lacing system (ME7 only), the ME7 and ME5 shoes are SPD compatible and available in black or grey, weighing 375g and 385g respectively.
Triathletes benefit from a new specialist shoe too. Sharing a similar design to the elite-level TR9 model, the TR5 is made from a breathable synthetic leather upper with 3D mesh lining and features a quick-strap and extra wide collar for easy foot entry and quick transitions onto the bike. The TR5 is SPD and SPD-SL compatible and tips the scales at 265g.
Both shoes feature a DRYSHIELD membrane, neoprene ankle collar, and fleece lining to keep feet warm and dry in wind, rain, and cold. A speed lacing system is designed to allow for quick and easy adjustments when fingers are numb. The MW5 is SPD-compatible, weighing 445g, whilst the RW5 is also SPD-SL-compatible, weighing 340g.
New road and off-road shoes in the Touring category are designed to complement Shimano’s new Transit city and Transit mountain touring range of apparel, gloves and bags.
Classically styled cycling shoes with perforated, breathable synthetic leather uppers are designed for walking comfort and compatibility with SPD pedals. The RT5 features three Velcro straps, while the RT4 harks back to the classic era of cycling with lace-up styling and simple closure for a secure fit.
At a similar level, new off-road MT5 and MT3 shoes are designed to satisfy your inner explorer with SPD-compatibility and a rugged exterior. For hot weather, the SD5 SPD sandal gives the wearer an option to securely clip into the pedals. Both RT and MT models are available for men and women, whilst the SD5 sandal is unisex.
Road Touring models are designed to match the new Transit line of jackets, polo shirts, shorts, trousers, and gloves, whilst the Mountain Touring models match new casual Transit check shirts or Explorer lycra jerseys.