Where once riding off road was done in your beat up trainers, came MTB shoes. Where once an all-purpose MTB shoe was the answer to all trails, came specific XC and more technical shoes. And now, where once XC shoes were the answer to gravel, a new gravel-specific shoe comes from Shimano.
To save weight the RX8 sheds certain features that come with MTB XC shoes, whilst keeping the abrasion-resistant TPU lugs, heel stabilizer,
To meet the varied demands of gravel racing, the RX8’s upper provides the perfect balance of holding power and all-day comfort via the BOA IP1 dual micro adjustment dial. An additional feature is Silvadur stay-fresh technology which is used in the insole material to keep the shoe smelling fresh – ride after ride.
The RX8 tips the scales at 265g for a size 42 which skims 65g off the weight of Shimano’s XC9 and XC7 cross country race shoes. The weight saving is primarily achieved with a smaller heel cup, no spike mounts and a velcro strap which replaces one of the BOA dials.
The RX8 is available in silver or black and comes in EU sizes 38 to 50 including wide fitting sizes. It is best matched with the Shimano SPD M9100 or M8100 pedals.
// Courtesy: Shimano SA, @coolheat_sa