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XC701 Sole

Shimano
XC701 MTB Shoe

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Shimano’s XC701 MTB Shoe is an off-road racing shoe that balances comfort with performance. Its made of supple high-density synthetic leather that hugs and conforms to riders’ feet. Perforated ventilation throughout the shoe keeps things comfortably cool. For easy adjustment and a secure fit, this shoe is equipped with dual independent Boa® L6 dials and an adjustable powerzone wire guide. The optimized toe-spring section facilitates a smoother, more energy-efficient upstroke which helps reduce energy loss on long rides so there’s more in the tank for that final sprint to the line.

Features & Specs:

  • Rigid, lightweight carbon fiber reinforced midsole.
  • Supple high-density synthetic leather.
  • Perforated venting.
  • Dual independent Boa® L6 dials.
  • Dual-density rubber outsole with MICHELIN® high-traction, mud-shedding tread.
  • Comfort-performance balanced outsole stiffness.
  • Optimized, fatigue-fighting toe-spring section.
  • Combined fore and aft cleat-adjustment range of 22mm.
  • Reinforced spike mount; 18 mm spike option.

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Mfg PartNum: ESHXC701MCL01S42000 

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Mfg PartNum: ESHXC701MCL01S43000 

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Mfg PartNum: ESHXC701MCL01S44000 

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Mfg PartNum: ESHXC701MCL01S45000 

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Mfg PartNum: ESHXC701MCL01S46000 

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Mfg PartNum: ESHXC701MCL01S48000 

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Mfg PartNum: ESHXC701MCR01S42000 

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Great shoe
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by Anonymous
Boston

Bought this shoe primarily for cyclocross but it's so comfortable I've been using it for daily commuting as well. The double boa system really locks my foot in well, way better than my old shimano Velcro shoes. Additionally the boas are undone with just a snap, so they're super quick to take off.

The bottom of the shoe is coated in a tire-like rubber (Michelin logo) so there's great traction on road, gravel, dirt, and grass. Haven't tried them in mud yet, but there are 2 spots for studs.

Only downside would be that the lacing can occasionally come out from the guides on the main boa when the shoes are undone, so just have to be a bit careful when putting them on.

Overall these shoes are a great value for the money. Huge step up from Velcro shoes and only a slight weight difference versus the top of the line shoes.

Reviewed 8/5/2019
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Quality looked good but comfort issues forced me to return.
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by Bubbles
Cycling Enthusiast
The Mighty Mitten

I very much wanted them to work but it was not to be. The big problems mentioned by others are that the top strap comes up too high on top of the foot and the tongue is too short and does not provide some much needed padding. This results in some pretty serious discomfort concerns as the top strap digs into the top of the footankle. I returned them as it was clear that there would be problems.

That said, the shoe looked to be very well made with a grippy sole with reasonable stiffness andand an upper that offered some protection but was not overbuilt. For those of whom the top strap doesn't cause you problems, I think it could be a great/versatile MTB/Gravel shoe.

Reviewed 7/18/2019
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Heavy, poor strap configuration.
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast

Heavier than my old Diadora shoes. Nice synthetic leather. I had to trim the top strap as it was cutting into the front of my ankle and the strap could not be adjusted to avoid that. The toe box is better than my Diadora which can hurt my small toe after long rides since I tend to pronate even with the adjustment of cleat angle.

Reviewed 7/13/2019
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Great shoes, stiff sole, easy adjustment for a great fit.
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by Toby
Cycling Enthusiast
Connecticut

I love these shoes and use them on my road bike which I put about 3000 miles a year on. I prefer to use MTB shoes instead of road shoes because I can walk around my house without scarring up the floor, (since the cleat is recessed.) I use the Ritchey micro road pedals which are as small and light as most top-line road pedals. I like the boa adjusters since I can easily adjust tension while riding.

I have very narrow feet and the only mod I have made to the shoe is to put the forward half of an insole beneath the normal insole to reduce the toe area's volume, lifting my foot another 316 or so. This prevents the top of the shoe from having to pucker when I draw it up tight.

I would get these again in a heartbeat, they are priced very well for the quality and comfort.

If I had any wishes, it would be for some kind of a small fabric tab on the tongue to give me a way to pull it out as I am sliding my foot into the shoes.

Reviewed 4/11/2019
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