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Shimano SH-MW81 Gore-Tex Cold/Wet Weather Mountain Shoe
Shimano SH-MW81 Gore-Tex Cold/Wet Weather Mountain Shoe

Shimano SH-MW81 Gore-Tex Cold/Wet Weather Mountain Shoe

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Keep the weather out and the warmth in.

The MW81 Cold Weather Mountain Shoe features a protective Gore-Tex exterior with a leather high top and built in Neoprene booties to keep your feet dry no matter how bad it gets out there. And, the dual thermal lining makes sure the warmth stays in. Tough fiberglass reinforced polyamide sole maintains grip in dicey conditions.

The SH-MW81 is compatible with SPD and other two bolt MTB cleats. Black.

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Warm and Comfortable
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by Steve R
Cycling Enthusiast
Cincinnati
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Purchased these to extend my riding in less favorable temperatures as my road shoes even with chemical foot warmers and covers were letting my toes get cold on typical 2 to 4 hour rides near freezing down to 25 F. My rides are typically hard with 50% of the time spent at or near threshold power. As an older rider (late 50's) I do suffer from circulation problems in the extremities which results in cold toes and fingers at temperatures that would have been fine in years past. Like most of us, I prefer riding on the road to the trainer and so having warm cycling gear helps me avoid loss of fitness over the Winter as I am putting more time in on the bike

After switching pedals I have used these on several rides in the upper 20's and low 30's At freezing and above, no chemical warmers and no covers, they keep my feet comfortable. Likewise, in the upper 20's with chemical warmers my feet are comfortable for these rides and I haven't had to try using toe covers for additional warmth however I expect they would be good to the low 20's for me. They do breath well, but are not drafty, no problems with sweaty feet. For people with better circulation they should be good even lower.

For fit, my road shoes are Shimano R-170s in a 44, and I purchased these in a 45 to allow a bit of extra room for thicker wool socks and the toe warmers when needed. Sizing up 1 size was a good decision for me- they fit just the way I wanted. I have enough room in the toe box to wiggle my toes to help keep them warm while using the chemical warmers and thicker socks. The strap system still let's me get an appropriate fit so these aren't loose moving around on my feet. They do take more work to get into than regular cycling shoes but they aren't difficult to get into, just takes a bit more time.

The high top on these come up high enough to cover the bottoms of my Gore and Castelli wind blocker insulated tites and don't restrict movement for riding or walking. I haven't had a chance to ride in the rain yet however on wet roads they have kept my feet dry on a bike with no fender protection from spray off the front wheel.

Cleats are recessed adequately so they don't drag on a hard surface, I can walk around on our hardwood floors (albeit carefully) without scratching them up, and there are spots for spikes in the front if a person wanted them - they aren't included with the shoe though.

I can't comment on durability or performance off road as I haven't owned them long enough and only ride on the roads however I can't see any reason they wouldn't be good long term performers or do well off the road.

Overall, if you are looking for a high quality warm shoe to extend your riding season in comfort - I would highly recommend

Reviewed 1/18/2014
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Great protection, okay traction, okay warmth.
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by Job13_5
Idaho

I bought these shoes for cyclocross during snowy and muddy conditions. The protection from snow, mud, and wet was great. My feet stayed dry and comfy. But on relaxed rides in the cold the insulation wasn't enough to keep my toes warm the entire time. I'll be using these shoes down to 40 degrees and switching to warmer shoes below 40, but I think they'd do fine down to mid 30's for an hour or so.

With all that said, the caveat is that my toes get pretty cold no matter what. So if you're someone with generally warm feet, they'd probably do great.

Traction on slippery surfaces was just okay as is, and perfectly acceptable with toe spikes. If you're going to be walking up a slippy incline, you'll need spikes.

They're nice and stiff so power transfer was good. The tread is very tall, so I had to shim my cleats, and even with that, clipping into my crank brothers pedals was frustrating on occasion.

Like all winter shoes I think you lose a little connection to the bike, but it's not too bad.

I think they look good too...not overly bulky like you're wearing mukluks or something.

I normally wear a size 40. I bought a 42 and it was perfect for a smart wool sock and a thin sock together. Two smart wools are a bit tight, but doable (though you might be reducing circulation at that point).

Overall I'm very pleased with the shoe. I wish the tread was a bit more aggressive and provided a bit better clearance for the cleat, and maybe a smidgen more insulation would be helpful for long rides.

Reviewed 1/23/2014
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Your dogs won't be barking' with these winter MTB winter shoes.
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by Beet Juice
Cycling Enthusiast
Fort Collins

The last piece in my winter cycling gear puzzle is finally complete. I've ridden with these for just over an hour with chemical toe warmers in 7 degree weather as well as in wet, snowy, muddy, windy temps in the 20s for three hours and I've not had cold toes yet. I wear a size 42.5 in a Sidi so I got these in a 43 and they seem just right. Either with a thicker sock or with a chemical toe warmer, the toe box seems to accommodate it all without feeling bulky or booty. I've seen folks complain that they are hard to get on but.they just aren't. There is a little strap inside that keeps things sorted and it might get a bit out of whack but you simply reach in and adjust it. They also don't feel overly clunky as I was expecting warm boots to feel. Add in that I got these for [$] for Western Bike Works (compared to some sites with them at [$]), they seem a screaming deal. I've not had them long enough to give them a five star rating but assuming they hold up for 4-5 seasons, I reckon they are a 5.

If you are looking for an excuse NOT to ride when it is cold, these shoes are not for you.

Reviewed 1/9/2014
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extremely disappointed!!
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by airus78
Cycling Enthusiast
tacoma

I live in Tacoma. There is lots of water out here In the NW. I bike to work 5 days a week. 30 miles round trip. Needless to say I really was looking forward to using these shoes. My previous pair were a different brand and waterproof as well. I thought I would give Shimano a try because it has not failed me when it come to the components. So here is my irritation, The right shoe get soaked all the time! I thought it might be the shoe cuff, so I started wearing shoe gaiters that go all the way to my calf. Well that did not do the job. Step 2, i started to wear rain pants as well. So i baked in the rain pants and thought it might stop the problem, but no!! Step 3, contacted Shimano about the issue. They told me to contact western Bike cause they might be faster solving the problem. Well, WBW does not have them in stock any more!! So I am stuck with a pair of faulty shoes that I paid good money for!! I wish Shimano would back up their product better or provide better customer service. The WBW crew I contacted and a representative informed me that they would get back to me with a solution, but never did. I am NOT blaming WBW as they are the middle person. I just want people to know what might happen if they get a pair of defected shoes. NO SERVICE from shimano, out of [$] and a wet fooot!!

Reviewed 6/2/2014
WesternBikeworks.com Comments

Hi,

Thanks for your review. I believe you've spoken to our customer service department again since writing this review, and I hope we were able to help you out with your defective shoes. I'm so sorry we dropped the ball on finding a solution the first time you contacted us. As Northwesterners ourselves, we know how uncomfortable wet feet can be! I hope we can have you riding comfortably again soon. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us at sales@westernbikeworks.com if there's anything more we can do.

Thanks,
Stacia

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An Ideal Choice
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Maryland

I was drawn to this shoe locally when I saw a number of riders wearing it. While I see others, the Shimano was a standout for sure. I was able to try the shoe on along side others at a LBS and found that the roomy fit suited me best. I like a toe box that allows for some movement and this one has it. My warm weather shoe is also a Shimano, so it was something I was familiar with.

What has held me back from buying a cold weather shoe was cost. Most ran over [$] and I had a hard time making that work. WBW offers this shoe at a great price which, after trying them on, made the whole thing possible. Gone are my gore-tex socks over wool socks stuffed into a regular shoe! Now it's just a mid-weight hiker in this shoe and BOOM, all is well. Most of our rides are in the mid 20's and include stream crossings. No problems here. Snow? No problems here!

The shoe can be finicky to get on due to it's internal construction. There's a small strap that crosses over the top of the foot that I just point my toes below and the shoe then slides on easily. It's no big deal once you identify it. Once on, it straps up easily and off you go. The construction is solid. The soles have a functional tread that has worked well in most conditions so far. As a cold weather only shoe, I have a feeling it will last for many, many years. A great choice, indeed.

Reviewed 12/31/2013
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Great for cooler weather
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by AL mtn bkr
Cycling Enthusiast
Cntrl,AL

This shoe keeps my feet warm during cool weather riding..... So far I've worn them them while riding in temps as low the low 40's and with a woolie boolie sock my feet stayed warm.... They also have kept my feet dry after a good many creek crossings.... I orderd 1 size larger than what I normally wear in a Specialized brand summer shoe to accomodate for wearing a thicker wool sock and the fit is perfect....

Reviewed 2/4/2014
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A great product so far!
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by Fat Bike rider
Cycling Enthusiast
Banff Alberta Canada

I use these shoes for winter riding my Fat Bike. I ride in mountains at elevations starting at 4500 ft and climb from there. I followed other web advise and ordered a size larger, removed the insoles and replaced them with wireless heated insoles and have ridden comfortably at minus 25 degrees for several hours. I can see using these shoes in the shoulder seasons riding my regular mountain bike.

Reviewed 1/27/2014
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amazing winter shoe!
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by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
Canton Ohio

I live in Ohio so we get our fair share of up and down weather, I was using XC shoes with wool socks overtop and booties I could handle 30degrees for a couple hours these shoes took that down 10 degrees, for about 2 hours in 20 degrees and wool socks I will start getting a chill in my toes if I added toe warmers it would last a lot longer. Great shoes overall I could not be happier!

Reviewed 1/20/2014
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Excellent cold weather shoe. Great price from WBW!
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by Justin B.
Cycling Enthusiast
Northeast

This is my first cold weather shoe. Prior to this I was using my summer shoe plus a neosock underneath a thick wool sock and chemical toe warmers with an outer layer of insulated shoe covers. Well, with this shoe, I have ditched the shoe cover, chemical toe warmer, and the thick wool sock. Thats right. I can now ride comfortably for up to 3 hours in temps down to the low 20's with just a neoprene sock and this shoe! What an improvement. This is probably the best money I have spent for anything related to mountainbiking in a long time. I highly recommend these shoes. You will not regret it. And, the price that WBW is the lowest I have seen anywhere.

Reviewed 1/24/2014
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Awesome winter shoe, feet stay warm and dry on long winter rides!
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by Anonymous
Western Pennsylvania

I love these shoes. I ride 2-3 hours in 20 degree snowy, wet conditions and my feet don't even begin to get cold ( I wear 2 pair of socks). Have done several creek crossings also and feet stay dry. They run true to size. I got the best price at western bike works and got them within a few days. I would recommend these shoes to anyone who rides in the cold weather, well worth the investment.

Reviewed 1/17/2014
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Worth their weight in gold....
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by Anonymous

I'm a wussy when it comes to the cold but I still ride. The coldest temps I've riden in with these shoes has been the high teens and with one pair of wool socks I've been fine!

Reviewed 1/10/2014
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Excellent in extreme (to me) cold.
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by iKona40
Cycling Enthusiast
St. Louis

I needed something to keep my feet warm when it is below 20 degrees. If I wear a thin wool, with a thick acrylic sock and these shoes, my toes are still toasty after an hour off road in the saddle. Have worn 3 x now when the temps have been between 15 and 18. These shoes fit the bill. I did go one size up to make room for socks. Works perfectly and allows my toes a little wiggle room which helps circulation.

Reviewed 1/6/2014
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Nice fit, Warm and worth every penny. Warm Comfortable feet make every ride more enjoyable!
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by Anonymous

Great fitting shoe. Room in the toe box if you want to wear two pairs of socks, thick socks or add some toe warmers. Toasty warm as well. What is nice is the insulation isn't too much that your feet sweat. Just layer appropriately and the range for me is up to 50 degrees and down to 25 degrees for about 1.5-2 hrs.

Reviewed 1/10/2014
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Excellent cold weather protection, mediocre rain protection
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Vancouver, BC

I live in a city where it rains more than I care to admit (Seattle looks dry in comparison). I bought this shoe hoping that it would take over from my combination of shoe covers and regular shoes. In cold conditions (close to freezing and even below freezing) these shoes are amazing.They keep the wind and cold out. Even in Canada. In wet conditions things get a little sketchy. If your idea of 'rain' is a light drizzle or half-an-hour of moderate to heavy stuff, then these could be your ticket. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you may want to stick to your shoe covers. That being said, this is now my go-to shoe for commuting and even long rides because it performs better and looks cooler than my bulky shoe covers. I bring a change of socks if I anticipate a deluge.

Reviewed 1/2/2014
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Best cold/Wet weather riding shoes
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by NYCBikeMessenger
Competitive Racer
New York City

Impenetrable. Comfortable. Warm. I am a NYC bike messenger and street racer. I ride in the cold, snow, and rain, these shoes offer the BEST protection from the elements and they work great with my Time Atac mountain pedals. I have never loved a shoe more than this one! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Works even better with Seal Skin Socks and a good over shoe to protect the shoe from road dirt and gunk.

Reviewed 12/26/2013
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Simply the best shoes for winter weather riding that I have ever worn.
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by Anonymous
Southern Oregon

The shoes are perfect for cold, wet rides and are superior to shoe covers. They have not made my feet too warm and I can wear my regular cycling socks unless it drops below 25 degrees. Only thing that would be nice to see is a ratchet buckle.

Reviewed 12/19/2013
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Great shoes
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by Paul K.
Charlottesville , va
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Great shoes for winters rides from 20 - 40 degrees. Purchased from western bike works one size up from summer riding shoes. Plenty of room for wool socks and toe warmers if needed. Little skeptical about full Velcro closure. But after a few rides my fears were put to rest. Very snug.

Reviewed 11/21/2013
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worth the investment
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by tstemper
Cycling Enthusiast
Wauwatosa WI

I live in Wisconsin, it gets cold here. I love to ride my road bike in winter but I always had to choose between some clip system that didn't perform, or cold feet (that didn't perform). The shoes work just as good as my summer shoes and keep me warm and dry. They have an odd system with an elastic strap that wrap around your ancle and instep that can be tricky to put on, but work great and don't feal bulky. There is no more reason not to get out and play in the snow.

Reviewed 12/5/2013
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Just what I was looking for for the winter commute
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by PKING
Cycling Enthusiast
Seattle

I was so tired of putting on shoe covers and still getting my feet wet. Commuting all year in Seattle weather is a challenge staying warm and dry. I where these shoes and don't have to avoid any puddles on the way to work. My feet stay dry and warm. I did order these larger than my normal size because they run small.

Reviewed 11/18/2013
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These are great for keeping your feet warm, okay for water protection.
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast

I live in the Pacific NW, where it rains a lot. For mtn biking I haven't had an issues with my feet getting wet. My socks have gotten wet with commuting a couple times where it is raining pretty good and there were decent amounts of water on the road, I ride almost everyday to work. 10 fold better than my commuter shoes, but not as good as I was hoping with water protection. Bought them because my commuter, mtn bike and road shoes are shimano so I knew they would fit well. Still happy with them for the price.

Reviewed 11/21/2013
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