Just in from Eurobike, Shimano released three new SPD shoes with walkable soles and comfortable uppers. Designed for efficient pedaling and walking, they look well-suited to all manner of bikepacking and gravel riding.
Building on the popularity of the RX8 gravel race shoes, the RX600 retains the BOA dial and single velcro strap closure while moving to a carbon-fiber-reinforced nylon shank to bring the cost down to $160. It weights in just 270g in size 42.
Here’s what Shimano has to say about the advanced design: “Pedalling efficiency is maintained with a stiff carbon fiber reinforced nylon midsole, while the wide-spaced lugs allow for stable, controlled walking. A synthetic leather upper features micro-perforations for ventilation, and a mesh insert provides superior breathability to facilitate improved temperature regulation on your ride.”
The release of the EX7 marks the launch of Shimano’s new Explorer footwear that sits alongside their Road and Off-Road ranges. If the clipless EX7 is any indication, Explorer shoes feature casual looks with excellent traction and walkability thanks to the fully featured sole, which should make for increased confidence when walking or pushing the bike.
The EX7 is built with a moderately aggressive lug pattern that Shimano says is “optimized for challenging adventures on and off the bike.” It closes with a single BOA L6 dial, features a highly breathable mesh upper and Shimano’s new lightweight and grippy ULTREAD EX rubber, and rates 5/12 on Shimano’s stiffness index. It’s available with or without a waterproof GTX membrane. The EX7 weighs 380g in size 42 (430g for the GTX) and comes in at an MSRP of $190 ($200 for GTX).
Shimano EX3/EX3 Women
The EX3 is the pared-down version of the EX7, shedding the techy BOA L6 dial for regular laces, resulting in an even more sneaker-like appearance for everyday cycling and commuting. The sole is less aggressively lugged and should be better suited for smoother surfaces, suggesting the EX3 is somewhat of an all-rounder for various types of bike adventures. The EX3 comes in a bit lighter at just 324g and is also available in women’s sizes. The EX3 will retail for $120.
All new models are slated to be available in fall 2022. Find all the details at Shimano.com.
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