Shimano MW-02 review

Not pretty, but very effective

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £99.95 RRP
Shimano MW-02

Our review

The very best combination of waterproofing, thermal comfort and rideability
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One of the least photogenic pairs of shoes out there. That said, in comparison to the Lake 301MX, which we tested previously, they’re positively dainty.


Shimano uses a Gore-Tex membrane to keep water out, but still let sweat vapour out. This system works well, although after a full day in the rain, a small amount of water seepage made it through the lateral seam on the sides.

As good as this boot is in the wet, its thermal insulating property was its stand-out feature

for us. This is one of the warmest we’ve tested, with cosy toes pretty much guaranteed whatever the outside temperature.


The only minor niggle is the neoprene cuff, which makes it difficult to put the boot on in a hurry. If you’re pedalling hard, you’ll get damp socks where the sweat builds up under the neoprene. While the cuff seal isn’t waterproof, it should seal out almost all trail debris. We’ve worn these while trail building, too, and you can operate a spade effectively while wearing these, which you couldn’t with the other models here.

Product Specifications


Name MW02 Goretex Boots
Brand Shimano

Breathable Yes
Features The boot is built on a wider than normal last
Goretex Lining Yes
Waterproof Yes
Weight (g) 843
Shoe Closure Velcro Straps
Shoe Sizes Available 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
Sole Type EVA Footbed Rubber Tread
Uppers Material Leather Polyutherane
Shoe Features Ankle Protection Fibregalss Reinforced Sole Texon midsole