I got these a half size bigger than normal as my feet seem to be swelling a bit more as I age. So, these are really great shoes right out of the box. I was a little concerned about the stiffness as the soles aren't 100% carbon. But they say they are a 10 on the Shimano scale. Whatever that actually means!
I do have to say that I like these BOA mechanisms far better than the ones that were on a pair of Specialized shoes I had. I think the technology has just evolved. The fine tuning is great and the way the second BOA wraps over the top of the foot ensure a really great fit. I love these shoes!
These SH-SD501 sandals are Slightly better than my previous pair of Shimano sandals which I have been using for six (possibly eight) years. They are more foot friendly in that they are lighter and have, I think, more of a rocker sole, which makes them easier to walk in. I can wear waterproof socks when it rains and more wool socks underneath them if it is too cold, since they are adjustable to accommodate the extra bulk. There is also the option of wearing Goretex overboots for even more insulation on top of all that. Altogether, they are the most versatile bike footwear I have ever used and I will not wear anything else unless someone designs a better product. I'm a year round cyclist and tourist and do not own a car.
The shoe is a good fit and comfortable for four hour plus rides. I have wider than average feet and have no problems. I ride six days a week and so far these have proved to be comfortable and durable shoes.
The jersey was a good fit for me, (size Large and I wear pants with 36" waist). I'm no racer and wasn't interested in tight-fitting clothing, especially on a day like today when I biked 50 miles in 90 degree weather. It's got a quality zipper that proved easily adjustable during the ride. I liked the silicone on the inner hem, as it helps to keep the jersey in place. Overall, very happy with it.