Shimano W080 shoes review£150.00

Best winter boot yet

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Several design evolutions have created Shimano’s best winter boot yet. The roomy fit round the toe allows good circulation, even for broad feet.

A neoprene rear collar and tongue under the splash flaps keep the Gore-Tex waterproof liner well sealed. Meanwhile, an insulated liner gives warmth even when wet and three Velcro straps provide a secure but comfortable fit.

The open but relatively flat-based sole is grippy on wet rocks and roots, and it’s easy to clip into muddy SPDs. It’s also stiff enough for firm pedalling. There are no studs for enhancing toe grip, though, and pricing is high.

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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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