Shimano MW80 shoes review£99.99

Evolved winter warmers

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Shimano’s winter boots have been slowly evolving for years, and now we reckon they offer the best comfort, cosiness and cost balance around.

The insulated liner and soft Polyurethane-coated leather upper make them immediately comfortable and snug, with extra toe and heel protection for rocky stumbles.

The Gore-Tex liner keeps them dry through shallow puddles too, although water does eventually seep in through the Neoprene cuff on long, wet rides.

The reinforced sole stops uncomfortable cold spots when pedalling hard, and the sole grips well on wet rock and mud. It’s best to check fit first if you use fat socks and they do take a while to dry.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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