Shimano Launches Ultread Soles & 2022 Footwear Range

Nov 1, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

Shimano has revealed its new shoe sole technology that will feature across its 2022 MTB shoe range.

The new Ultread technology uses purpose-built features, tread patterns and rubber compounds for gravity and XC riding. The 2022 GR9 shoe will feature the flat pedal Ultread sole with a new tread pattern and rubber blend for improved grip and durability. Alongside this, Shimano has created a new sole design for its XC shoes. The Ultread XC offers another new rubber blend that Shimano claims will improve the overall tear strength index of the sole, for lighter weight construction while still offering high levels of traction. With the new Ultread sole design Shimano were able to reduce the overall sole weight by 17% compared to the previous XC-901 shoe.

Alongside the Ultread sole technology, Shimano has released its updated 2022 range of mtb footwear from flat pedal shoes to lightweight XC pairs. Check out more details about the new ranges below.




2022 AM / GR Shoes


First up in Shimano's new footwear range is the GR9 shoe featuring the Ultread gravity sole technology. For the GR9 this means a sole designed for flat pedals with a claimed increase in durability and levels of grip. The sole uses hexagonal tread blocks to provide multi-directional stability and a more secure pin engagement. At the front of the sole is a specially designed tread pattern for more traction when off the bike and walking.

The new GR9 also improves upon the previous design with more room in the toe box and an increase to the under-arch surface area for more control on flat pedals. For 2022 the gravity shoes also come with an integrated gaiter to keep out any unwanted trail debris and there is a padded ankle section.

Features:
- New Ultread Gravity sole
- Shimano Volume Tour last
- Reinforced synthetic leather upper with mesh panel
- Integrated gaiter keeps debris out
- Full length lace-up with metal eyelets
- Asymmetric ankle design with padded protection
- Sizes 38-48
- Two color options: Black and Smoke White
- Weight: 415g
- MSRP: $170


The AM9 is Shimano clipless pedal offering for riders wanting a more casual looking riding shoe. For 2022 the AM9 uses a new rubber compound for the soles offering a claimed boost in traction while the upper design now uses a flexible flap cover to keep debris out. Also new for next year is a larger toe box, wide instep strap design and padded ankle protection.

Features:
- New wide instep strap
- Asymmetric ankle design with padded protection
- Updated rubber compound
- Pedal channel function
- Sizes 38-48
- Two color options: Black and Navy Blue
- Weight: 415g
- MSRP: $170


The entry-level AM5 is the cheapest of the new 2022 line-up at $115, and while it does have fewer new features, it still is built with the same new rubber compound and asymmetric ankle protection of the $170 AM9 shoes. One of the biggest differences is the simple lace-up design as opposed to the covered laces on the AM9 and GR9. The AM5 is also available in women's sizing.

Features:
- Women’s sizes
- Pedal channel function
- Casual lace-up design
- Simple and clean style
- Sizes: Men’s 38-48, Women’s 36-44
- Colors: Black, Olive,
- Women’s Color: Aqua Blue
- Weight: 445g
- Price: $115




2022 XC Shoes


The XC9 sits at the very top of the cross country line-up of 2022 shoes with a very sizeable price tag of $430. For this high cost you can expect the new Ultread sole with a lightweight, technical tread pattern and optional metal spikes for further improvement to traction and grip. Shimano's XC9 shoe also comes with BOA Li2 low profile dials and Power Zone lacing to securely hold your feet in place. In addition to all of these features, the XC9 is built with S-PHYRE anti-twist heel cups, a stiff carbon sole and harder SPD contact blocks.

Features:
- New Ultread XC sole
- Precision lug placement for lightweight traction
- Surround wrapping upper
- Microfiber leather / TPU mesh toe box
- Dual Li2 BOA dials with Power Zone lacing
- Anti-twist heel cup structure
- Sizes: 37-48, Half-sizes 41.5-46.5, Wide Sizes 40-48
- Three color options: Black, White, and Blue
- Weight: 296g (Size 42)
- MSRP: $430


The new XC702 comes in at a cheaper but still costly $230, but despite the price reduction, Shimano has still included some of the top features from its more expensive XC9 shoe. This includes the S-PHYRE technology and the Ultread XC soles. Unique to this shoe is the rubber outsole that uses slightly larger lugs to improve off-bike durability and a carbon midsole that allows for more flex than the pricier XC9.

Features:
- New Ultread XC sole
- High grip and durable rubber outsole
- Precision lug placement for lightweight traction
- Surround wrapping upper
- Synthetic leather / TPU mesh layer upper
- Dual L6 BOA dials with Power Zone lacing
- Sizes: 38-50, Half-sizes 40.5-46.5,
- Wide Sizes 40-48 (Black Only)
- Three color options: Black, White, and Red
- Weight: 320g (size 42)
- MSRP: $230


Shimano’s mid-level XC502 still use a form of the new Ultread XC sole design for reduced weight and improved traction but the design on these shoes now uses just on BOA L6 dial with a velcro strap. Despite the lower cost Shimano were able to keep the weight down making this shoe only 2 grams heavier than the $430 XC9.

Features:
- New Ultread XC sole
- Updated synthetic leather upper
- New low stack height mid-sole structure
- Sizes: Men’s 40-48, Wide 40-48, Women’s 36-44
- Colors: Black, Blue, Green
- Two Women’s colors: Turquoise or Black
- Weight: 298g
- Price: $175



Shimano's new shoes will be available November / December 2021.





180 Comments

  • 148 42
 Am I the only one who wants a flat pedal shoe with BOA laces? Why can't this happen?
  • 157 33
 i believe you might be
  • 11 2
 Pearl Izumi X-alp Launch is a flat shoe with a BOA. They make a mid version too. Not the grippiest shoe but super comfy. Been riding them for over a year.
  • 24 0
 Crank Brothers makes fantastic shoes. Flat shoes with BOA laces being just one.
  • 7 0
 @nsmithbmx: Can confirm on the mid version, best shoes I've owned and I've owned em all. As a guy who typically blows through riding shoes in 2-3 months (I wear mine to work every day....) I've been using mine for over a year with 0 issues. The sole is still in great shape and the BOA hasn't given me any crap. 100% buying these again.
  • 2 0
 I’ve got the Scott shoes. I wouldn’t buy them again if they were full price. If I got them super cheap again, I would consider them.
  • 6 0
 or at least a lace cover. The pearl izumis that others are referencing were not my faves; i had the higher top version. the old freeride elc was the ideal shoe to me.
  • 18 1
 5 10 laces fo Life
  • 11 0
 @privateer-wheels: seconded on the CB shoes. I have the Mallet boa's and they are so comfortable! 6 months of use and they are perfect. can't say that about the previous 3 pairs of 5.10's over the last couple years...
  • 2 25
flag Afterschoolsports (Nov 1, 2021 at 10:14) (Below Threshold)
 @adrennan: the unparalleled west ridge will be my next pair of shoes. Good lace cover on them.
set.belonnanotservice.ga/next.php?v=1/product/westridge
  • 64 4
 Unpopular Opinion: Boa is great until it breaks (brakes for some of you). Granted its far more reliable than it used to be, once the mechanism dies your SOL until you order a replacement.
With laces shoes you usually have enough lace left to keep the shoe together for the rest of the ride.
Downvote away
  • 12 0
 @SacAssassin: No downvotes here. You make a valid point that should be considered when buying a BOA shoe.
  • 2 0
 replaced my boa system on my snowboard boots. Was super easy to get replacement system for free from boa
  • 7 0
 @kcurd: IMO burtons system of Boa with New England Ropes is one of the best in any market. BOA itself is easy to fix once you have the parts.
That said, take into account current product availability and delayed shipping times. If you don’t have spare parts you may end up waiting awhile before you ride again.
  • 5 1
 Vaude has been doing the Moab Tech with boa fastener for at least 3 years. Clearly someone didn't look very hard ...
  • 1 0
 @ohbmxer: My Buddy has the Scott Shoes and absolutely loves them
  • 8 0
 @wort highly recommend the Crankbrothers Stamp flats.
www.crankbrothers.com/collections/stamp-shoes/products/stamp-boa?variant=32770670559328

I've been using the Speed Lace and absolutely love them. Extremely comfortable with very good grip. Plus they look fire which is always a plus!
  • 6 0
 @conoat: All of Crank Brothers products are dialed today. They seem to be taking their time, developing and perfecting one new product at a time, then moving along to another. I am a sucker for their rims/wheels....then came the shoes...now what is next?!
  • 4 0
 @Gristle: These had The worst grip of any flat shoe I have ridden in twenty years.
  • 4 0
 @privateer-wheels: I hear high praise for the synthesis wheels from my OEM friends. Super quality build and feel.

as for what's next, hopefully they dial in their droppers, as those still are bit sus.

after that, I would love to see them(or anyone really) offer up an alternative drivetrain. that is an area that needs a lot more viable competition.
  • 4 0
 @conoat: The Synthesis hoops are some of the best on the market right now IMHO. I have been riding them myself since they came out.

I had the impression the droppers were pretty good in this last generation. I know a few people running them who haven't had problems.

I would LOVE to see some shifting parts from CB.
  • 2 1
 you ask questions that have no answers
  • 1 0
 @cogsci: yeah I have a pair and they're no stealth rubber. But feel very similar to my ride concepts. Not great, but far from unriddeable IMO.
  • 2 0
 @privateer-wheels: Where do you buy them in Canada?
  • 1 0
 @theging: Yep I'm on pair number 2 of the mid's now. Bought em when they first came out. First pair is still fine but when stock started to get scarce last year I bought another pair just in case I needed em.
  • 3 0
 Thanks for the replies, didn't know there were so many available. I guess living under a rock has its downsides.
  • 2 0
 @Kootbiker: If you mean the shoes, I would say try your local bike shop! Or straight from CB.
  • 2 0
 @Kootbiker: You can grab them from MEC currently if you can't get them locally.
  • 3 2
 I'd take velcro over boa any day. They are cool till they screw up, then make you feel stupid for buying into a solution for a problem that never was,
  • 2 0
 @SacAssassin: I have a pair of Crank Bros Speed lace Flat shoes. Nice compromise between standard laces and BOA. Much of the convenience and low profile of BOA, but with less chance of the mechanism breaking if you smash your foot into something.
  • 2 0
 But why? It's just unnecessary on flat pedal shoes and bumps up the cost
  • 5 0
 @Afterschoolsports: What's with the shit link bud?
  • 1 0
 @ohbmxer: agree. Not a huge issue but minor additional complaint is that your shoe can loosen/blow right off if you happen to accidentally brush against a rock or stump on the BOA knob. My 5 10’s are comfy but this can be annoying.
  • 3 1
 @SacAssassin: Wish I could upvote more than once! I had one pair of BOA shoes and failed the cable about every 50 rides or so... such a pain to replace the cable! And using my shoes for commuting and mtb they were replaced far too often. Lace up and velcro shoes are less expensive and far more reliable!
  • 2 0
 @SacAssassin: I feel like I wear out the sole on my 5/10's before the laces snap these days.
  • 1 0
 @spaztronaut: You like them? They always come undone for me even when I double knot them, do you have any tips?
  • 6 0
 @Afterschoolsports: Nobody click this link!!! it tries to get you to download a virus.
  • 1 0
 Yes. I've actually conducted a lil research on this. TLDR: many people ask for it, and few people buy it. Also, when the boa wire snaps....shoe is typically no good for nuthin.
  • 1 0
 they want the laces mess with transmission... total sense... 10 more years please...
  • 2 1
 @SacAssassin: I don't see the point in BOA on MTB shoes outside of sheer laziness. A single time of lacing the shoes to the proper tension and you don't have to worry about it, again. Maybe you'll say laces in the chain, but I've never had it happen. Double knot and be done. If your laces are too long, trim them.
  • 2 0
 @nickfranko : "single time lacing the shoes to the proper tension" dawg you living in your shoes 24/7? Nice strawman argument.
  • 3 0
 Run the bunny out of the hole and around the tree the opposite way from usual. www.realmenrealstyle.com/tie-shoes-right-way/@Sethsg:
  • 1 0
 @nickfranko: For me, the allure is for the simplicity and convenience of *removing* the shoes, not necessarily putting them on. Here in the Pacific Northwe(s)t, soggy riding days are the norm. End of ride when it’s time to shed the muddy, saturated clothes and shoes, turning a dial seems a lot easier than fiddling with wet laces with cold fingers. I fully admit, though, that this is a 100% first world problem. For that reason, I popped for Bontrager Flatlines last month, as much as I found the Stamps appealing and highly-regarded.
  • 2 0
 @privateer-wheels @conoat I installed a 170mm Highline 3 (non IFP) dropper on my new Slash in March and it’s performing flawlessly. I had three seasons on a 150mm travel Highline before that without as much as a hiccup. And I am four full seasons deep on Synthesis E11 wheels and those are just as fantastic. I did snap the rear axle in the Hydra hub but it was replaced quickly and at no cost to me, so I have nothing but high praise.

I’m sorta surprised CB hasn’t done ‘tuned carbon’ handlebars yet. Seems a great match for the technology found in their wheels.
  • 4 0
 I want four buckles and a booster strap.
  • 1 0
 I had a pair of those way back in like 2010 or 2011... they were made by Specialized and they were essentially the s-works road shoe but with a normal sole and all that. Those were some badass shoes...
  • 1 0
 @sngltrkmnd:
I think you've nailed it, getting kit on when your dry and warm isn't so much if a hassle. But at the end of a ride when you're tired, wet, cold, hungry etc and just want to get changed then anything that comes off quickly is a bonus. Trying to unpick tight, muddy laces with cold hands is never fun but popping a BOA dial up for instant release is glorious.
It's another reason why I love my RF kneepads that aren't slide on style, you can just tear them straight off at the end of a ride
  • 1 0
 @DC1988: Indeed. And that style of pad is my next purchase when I wear our my current protection.
  • 1 0
 Pearl Izumi makes those
  • 1 0
 wait till you crash and break that stupid boa system..now you have to wait a couple of weeks to get a new part...happened to a friend. Boa is crap
  • 1 0
 Am I the only one who wants an SPD shoe with BOA laces that doesn't look like a ballet slipper?
  • 2 0
 @sngltrkmnd: At least in my experience, the PNW mud damaged the cables quickly and sometimes they'd break mid-ride... then I'd have to jerry rig them to keep the shoe quasi-fastened to my foot.
  • 2 0
 Was I downvoted for the dodgy link? I have no idea how I ended up with that. This is the proper link, which I’m pretty sure I pasted in my last comment. I’m hoping the former 5.10 guys who set it up remember the secret sauce from the days of 5.10 soles actually lasting more than a week.
www.unparallelsports.com/product/westridge
  • 1 0
 @jonbrady85: Specialized did make their gravity spd shoe with boa
  • 1 0
 @Afterschoolsports: I ride and sale those shoes. The foot bed of that shoe is soft & flexi. The rest of the shoe is fairly rigid. Not that great for a gravity shoe
  • 2 0
 @dedmann: that’s disappointing to learn. Thanks for saving my effort. Looks like it’s back to shimano for me.
  • 1 0
 @XTRider: Had to check into those. Its the same system as the inner liner of many snowboard boots and it works well. Plus if the mechanism snaps you can tie a knot and keep riding.
  • 1 1
 Millennials....
  • 2 0
 @Gristle: That's surprising to me, they were unusable to me. Worst than a pair of vans. I tend to move on the bike a lot though, lots of twisting are turning and popping. Have you tried the 2FO Roost yet? That rubber is incredible.
  • 1 0
 @Afterschoolsports: I think you were down voted for the shady looking link :p
  • 1 0
 I am the only one that wants a lace cover AND an ankle gaiter!? Why one or the other!
  • 1 0
 @StraightLineJoe: As someone that frequently rides in areas with foxtails, thistle and occasionally cactus you are not alone.
  • 2 0
 @cogsci: 2FO Roost shoes are the best flat shoes I have owned. Better than any of the 5.10's I've owned in the past. I'm not really a Specialized fan, but I am a fan of their shoes.
  • 1 0
 @kcurd: not as easy as just grabbing some laces from the store! Sorry, im not a boa guy, ive had several bad experiences
  • 1 0
 @SacAssassin: more popular of an opinion than you might think. Also is it that hard to just tie the shoes? Unless you take them off and on multiple times per ride?
  • 1 0
 I've got some. Vaude shoes
  • 1 0
 You are the only one, sorry....crack a Monny!
  • 1 0
 @mca896: The appeal of BOA to me is not having to pick foxtails or cactus out of the laces.
Shimano fixed this with full lace covers which are awesome but makes the sh be ones really hot in warmer climates.
The cons of BOA outweight the pros for me. Foxtails or not, if a lace breaks Mid ride I still can use the shoe with leftovers. Granted I’ve never had a riding shoe last longer than the laces in any sport
  • 57 0
 why can't a company make a flat show with the laces cover and the weather protection they do for clipless? Every single brand - here is our flat shoe, and here is the infinitely better shoe for anything other than sunny weather, but only available with clips.
  • 8 0
 I think you're asking for the discontinued 5-10 freerider ELC. Weighs as much as a house brick when it does get wet, but great for keeping puddles off. Wish they'd done an update of that rather than the new Trailcross stuff
  • 4 0
 @mountainsofsussex: This was a great shoe, stiffer then original freerider, grippy enough. Hope mine will last one more season, maybe someone will make a grippy shoe with cover again.
  • 5 0
 @aridesbikes - This 100%. I don't care about boa or not, just a cover over the laces to keep to mud & gunk off the laces in all other conditions but dry.
  • 5 0
 Shimano used to make a GR7, flat pedal shoe that had a lace cover. I have two pairs of them. Sadly missing. Pretty sad if they discontinued them. The AM9 with a flat pedal sole would be great .
  • 9 0
 This is probably because the target market ("sick shred, bro!") think that anything too far from a skate shoe or sneaker isn't cool enough.
  • 2 0
 @mountainsofsussex: I stockpiled ELCs when they were discontinued and I’m on my last pair this winter. When they’re shredded I’m thinking I’m going to convert to clipless in the winter unless someone builds a waterproof platform shoe again
  • 2 0
 @KennyWatson: I'm in the same boat. Have been running my 2019 GR9's now for 2 seasons. Literally love that shoe but the sole is all about toast now. I have been searching for the 2020 model now too (black/blue) because of the lace cover. It's one of the last (if not THE) flat pedal shoes with a cover. Excited when I jumped on here to see their new offering, dig the new sole pattern (although the Michelin wasn't bad), then was highly let down when they ditched their lace cover and their quick draw system. Seriously Shimano...
  • 1 0
 Maybe by the year 3021. Until then, SCG Shoes actually has no recorded de-laminations of the sole. And when the tread pattern wears down to flat rubber, there's actually enough (4x) to cut in your own tread pattern. Pretty cool, and they don't really highlight this. The new Shimano's look decent though!
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer: somehow to me, all these shoes look more like a bus driver's standard equipment.. I wouldn't mind them looking a little odder but more functional
  • 2 0
 @Mtmw: Five ten released their new Gore-Tex flat pedal shoes a few months ago.
  • 4 0
 @bigtim: they did, bit it's like it was designed by someone who's never ridden a mountain bike in the wet. No lace cover, so the laces get minging and are a nightmare to clean mud off. Canvas top will get cold, muddy, soggy and be a pain to clean. I'll happily take the ankle gaiter though
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: that and the shoe that everyone pretends not to exist, the Vaude Moab STX
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: they did! The trailcross bike packing shoe vents water faster than any other shoe it’s true. I honestly have no idea what they’re for
  • 2 0
 @mountainsofsussex: I think he means the new freeriders with velcro and ankle gaiter.

The trailcross shoes are not good, your feet get soaked immediately and they stay soaked and cold. at least my freeriders kind of heat the water up a bit. I would love some legit weatherproof flat shoes, like the MW5.
  • 1 0
 Unparallel West Ridge have a full laces cover. They’re going to be my next set of mtb shoes, unless I get another mega deal like I did on my Scott boa’s.
  • 1 0
 @newbermuda: ooooh, them! How could my eyes forget!! Wouldn't take much for 5-10 to make a waterproof version of them, would it? Then they'd be covered in mud so you wouldn't have to look at them!!!
  • 21 5
 I blow through soles on my flats shoes in a few months. When is somebody gonna make a shoe you can easily resole? Getting sick of doing the shoe goo procedure over and over. $170 for something I can't use in a few months (despite still having nearly mint uppers) ain't happening.
  • 30 2
 5:10 really means 5 - 10 fluid ounces of ShoeGoo required
  • 1 0
 Same issue here. Upper looks brand new and bottom has literal holes in it.
  • 7 0
 Dang, what conditions are you riding in? My first pair of 510 FRPs lasted me 3 seasons in the PNW. And they're still performing just fine as pump track/dirt jump shoes...
  • 8 3
 Sadly I don’t think that’s how it works for us most of the time. It’s like anything else in capitalism, things can be built to last for substantially longer or be capable of getting fixed, but then you won’t be back to buy a new item for that whole period of extended working life, which diminishes sales for the company. This is essentially just another form of planned obsolescence, though it also sounds like you’re just incredibly hard on your shoes on top of that. Unfortunately our current economy and the way things operate, are much closer for us to how we look at the internet and social media. We want something fresh, new and inexpensive constantly, as that’s the model we have been raised on at this point (I mean we’re avidly eating up product news on this site as we speak). I’d love to be proven wrong on this, but it would likely take a great deal of restructuring and changing of the overall thinking and behavior of consumers to get us to a point where what you’re asking for would be common practice.
  • 4 0
 @DahvBooey: Basically the same. 2 seasons and in pretty good condition with small holes starting to form. Will probably replace next year but 2 seasons for gear seems reasonable to me. Maybe these people don't have jobs and are riding 5 days a week?
  • 1 0
 @DahvBooey: western WA. It's the way I weight and rotate my feet, I have friends like you who don't have the same issue. I'm also 200 lbs which isn't helping. I've shortened my pedal studs which helps a bit but not too much.
  • 2 0
 Shimano flats are incredibly underrated, found a pair that was on a clearance sale a few years ago, they are only just needing to be replaced now while a buddy has just worn out his 2nd pair of 510s, and i ride almost every day
  • 1 0
 I suffer from the same problem. After I wanted to shoe-goo my last pair of trashed IONs, I noticed the tube had gone hard so I looked in the shed for something else to use. I found a tub of rubber Under-Tile Water Proofing. I was expecting it to come off on the first ride, but weeks later it was still on there and not showing any signs of wear. Unlike Shoe Goo, it was bonded to the rubber and I couldn't pick it off!

It was definitely better than the slick/worn through spots on the sole, but nowhere near as good as a fresh sole with the waffle pattern intact. So, I bought a new pair of the same shoes and gave them a coat of the water proofing straight out of the box. The idea being that the water proofing can wear out and be replaced over and over whilst still maintaining the waffle pattern responsible for the grip.

This probably wouldn't work for a 5-10 that relies on soft rubber for grip, but trying something similar could be worth a shot if you run a "waffle" type shoe.

*Edit, one other thing I've found is the pin type makes a big difference. I had a pair of Straitline pedals that used a razor sharp hexagonal pin. Those did more damage in a few weeks than what I would expect after 6 months on regular grub screw pins.
  • 1 0
 tell me you're riding five tens without telling me you ride five tens. Literally any other brand my man. Giro has vibram soles that last. Etnies uses michelelin.
  • 1 0
 @Gristle Buy approach shoes that can be resoled. Flat shoes came from approach shoes anyway and share just about every trait except for climbers don't want all their approach shoes to look like skate shoes Wink
  • 2 0
 @panthermodern: I don't disagree with any of this, but I would think if somebody would make a shoe you could resole, and buy their replacement soles for $20 a pop or whatever (which they make for pennies) it could be quite profitable and there *should* be demand for it and if you're the first company to do it you have the market cornered until everyone else joins. But maybe you're right and a whole shoe is only a few pennies more and it's not worth the loss of revenue for am established brand to cannibalize their own products and I'll just keep throwing away perfectly useful uppers. Frown
  • 1 0
 5.10 used to sell replacement soles for their shoes. I used them to turn a pair of warn out Reebok’s into amazing riding shoes. I found a set recently in a drawer but sadly the rubber was brittle from not being used.
  • 11 0
 "The AM9 is Shimano clipless pedal offering for riders wanting a more casual looking riding shoe"

What marketer came up with that??? AM 9s are a great shoe, but they are anything but casual looking.
  • 1 0
 Probably the same marketing guy who thought that badge on the side of the shoe was a good idea - did they clear that with Mercedes beforehand? ;-)
  • 12 3
 For these kinds of dollars, why on earth can't BOA make their dials tighten and loosen without popping the entire thing open? On a bike, it's so dumb to have to pop your shoe loose, push down again, and tweak to get it right. I find I often need to loosen my boa's dials just a click or two. Yet, only the absolute top of the line shoes offer this. It clearly is something that keeps the expensive shoes "different" than the middle range shoes. Very annoying. This should be built in to every single BOA dial regardless of price. It's just basic adjustability for a dial.
  • 26 4
 I would like all the features of an Audi RS6 in a VW golf.--You, just now.
  • 2 0
 Interesting, I have only ever had to tighten my shoes further after riding for a bit and haven't ever had to loosen them, same with football boots. Overall I find them far easier than laces as to tighten that extra click is super easy
  • 5 0
 Probably because it's very cheap and easy to make a fairly bulletproof ratchet mechanism in its simplest form (release the whole thing, tighten notch by notch) as opposed to its more complicated form (that allows loosening a notch or two instead of full release). If you want fine adjust in both directions, it'll either become less reliable, or more expensive.
  • 2 0
 @g-42: If there was a "preset" way when tightening to get it just right, fine, no loosening needed. But when I put them on, I have no idea if they are tight enough, or too tight until I ride for a few minutes. And I tend to over tighten them when sitting on a stool in the garage. So I need slightly loosen them a click or two. If you are replacing velcro or ratchets with a round device, then they should loosen or tighten equally. With the "old" style ratchets, you could pop the button and the things would loosen up one notch or two. and you could just pull the lever to tighten again. But when you pop up a boa dial, it loosens quite a bit and just pushing right back down again means I have to tighten the knob again, and if I go even a few clicks too far? Pop it all over again and try again. I've actually sold off all my BOA shoes that only tighten as it's a pain. The high end dials that go both ways are superior in every way. I get it, on the lowest end of lowest end, fine. But on $250+ shoes? I need to spend $350-450 for this one feature? It stinks because there are virtually zero mid to higher end mtb shoes made anymore that aren't just one or two boa dials. No more innovation of any kind. SIDI has their own dials, which are okay, Northwave does their own, but that's it. Fizik has a few with straps, which I love, but not in a higher end mtb xc type shoe.
  • 4 0
 They do, the mtb brands tend to use the cheapest boa
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 @shorttravelmag: They do it's the S3 and Li2 Dials. But they're way more expensive and only show up on shoes that are in the price point of the Sphyre /XC9, S-works, etc..
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 That's my secret wish and since I currently own shoes with two-way BOA I don't think I would settle for that shittier one-way dial BOA since I use that loosening feature literally every ride. Also there's no way I am spending more than 200 € for shoes and even that's over the roof.
Anyone knows if you can buy the two-way BOA to replace the one-way BOA?
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 @TheJD: 1. different base than one way dials 2. i WaNt NiCeR sTuFf BuT nOt pAy fOr iT
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 @NorCalNomad: I'd be happy to pay 160 € instead of 150 € if the shoes had two-way BOA. No way I am paying twice the price to get better BOA.
Just imagine you wanted some basic car for commuting, but also wanted AC in it, because you live in California. You could either have car for $10000 without AC or better car with AC for $20000. You'd like that diversity?
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 @TheJD: 1. The cost isn't that small. The dials ALONE on the Sworks-7 road shoe AT manufacturing is about $20. 2. Strawman arguments are bad bud.
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 @NorCalNomad: You can buy replacement Li2 for 25 €, which is not even cloes to what the brands buy them at. Even if the difference was 20 €, still better to pay 170 € for otherwise 150 € shoes, than to have to buy shoes priced at 420 €, just because you want adjustable BOA...
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 You had me at a wider toe box! I'm happy with the quality of the new generation of five ten shoes but the shape for me is terrible compared to before they were bought out and have heard many others complain about having to go up a size when it changed. Doesn't bother me on the bike but horrible for walking in when I need to climb up something.
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 Why do shoe makers have to make shoes non foot shaped? shimano and 5 ten shoes always crush my little toe(in correct sizing) so I have to size up but then I have to wrench the laces tight to get them to tighten around my ankle but then it still feels like im wearing clown shoes - Enough room for my toe but then waaay too long, Our feet dont look like arrow heads so why should our shoes be made to fit arrow heads?
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 @noideamtber: Maybe your foot shape doesn’t match their profile. I’ve worn Shimano for over 25 years, best fitting shoes for my feet I’ve found yet.
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 @Reno233: and thats the thing, 25 years you are used to the tight fitting nature of bike shoes.
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 @noideamtber: I have 5.10’s and have tried other shoes. They just all feel boxy and don’t hold my heel in place.
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 @noideamtber: Also, Shimano shoes have changed toe boxes in recent years. My M086 shimanos fit better than my M089 that replaced them, and the M089 fit better than the boa dial ones I bought recently (overly long but also mess with my pinky toe). The arch on the new shoes is different too, so my favorite insoles don't really work anymore.
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 Why is it so hard for companies to make that clipless slot longer. I’ve tried clipless and riding flats for so long I want the pedal more centered on my foot. I give two shits about the claimed benefits of more power. I care about stability. Seen plenty of riders hype extend the calf from landing a drop wrong. And don’t give me that crap about they were amateurs. Tell that shit to Rachel Atherton during season ending Les Get run.
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 To me, shimano me7 is the perfect shoe for my foot (except I wish goretex). Hopefully it sticks around.
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 Goretex? Your feet must not sweat. Also goretex shoes become swimming pools for your feet when they fill up with water that can't drain.
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 My ME7s are not just the most comfortable cycling shoes I have ever owned, but one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. Two years in, which is about 400 rides, and they are still going strong.
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 @codypup: I had to look them up. They look nice but I'm a 42.5 and doesn't look like they come in half sizes. I have the goretex Shimano SPD "hiking boots" in 43. They fit great with a thick sock... Otherwise hot, and turn into swimming pools once water gets over the top or runs down my legs in the rain. Great for cold weather and adventure rides though.
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 I have had mine since 2019. I had to sew the ankle cuff back on (turns out neoprene is not great for pulling a shoe on). But they have been solid (and fit well). I do wish that the midsole was slightly stiffer though - more on the xc side.
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 Previus version was better. It was GR8.
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 Hopefully they’ve reduced the crazy AM7 volume that requires a 3cm foot arch and profiled/reduced the length of the tongue or increased the opening length. That tongue dug into the front of my ankle and was still hurting after I sold them on. It’s a shame because the old AM7’s, that I have 4 pairs of, were pretty much perfection.
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 for the past four seasons I’ve been rockin the dc tactic mid w/gum sole and the older 661 filter, (for clipped in rides). managed to find these for under $75….then, people started finding out about the durability, material quality, price etc.
now, no longer available. I guess I’m a tight wad about biking shoes, and I don’t want plastic-like materials. I’m not out riding trails for hours in the rain. I’m not heavy, 155lbs, so for my next pair its back to the vans sk8 hi suede. with a thin coat of filson wax, and if they are still made the same they’ll last me a couple seasons. yeah its old skool but I’m old.
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 Vans Half-cabs are possibly the BEST budget cycling shoe if you ride flats.
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 My all-time favorite pair or riding shoes were the Shimano M221's in that sexy bright metallic blue from 20 years ago. Not sure if I can justify $430 bones to relive the magic. But every she since then hasn't met the bar.
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 Freudian slip there, jaksboy?
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 @codypup: hahaha. I made some good ones in there. And even was unintentionally punny.
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 Tbf the only thing 5 10 was better at was the sole. Which happens to be a deal breaker so if these new flats have a sticky sole then I'm sold. The AM902 that I have are fantastic, I use for gravel, and while they are scruffier they look like they are going to last forever.
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 Please ditch the velcro on the trail/gravity shoes and give us a real buckle. Unless you. habitate and ride in utah or the canaries, which, judging by mtb shoe design most mtb’rs do, velcros will be clogged by wet moss and debris. Don’t get me started on ventilation holes, most real, mtbr’s living outside utah and the canaries do not need a well ventilated, but a splash proof shoe..
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 Glad to see a lace retention feature on the AM-5. I have the last version and had to create my own. AM series are good shoes with a roomy toe box. AM-5 for trail work days, and AM-9 for riding days.
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 "Also new for next year is [...] padded ankle protection"

The AM9 has always had padded ankle protection. I wonder if the speed laces still snap after only a few months exposure to rock dust...
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 Available Fall 2022.
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 Nah clothing & footwear doesn't seem to be just as big as disaster as everything else.
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 @iian: clothing items are made all over the world by slave labor so its easy, lol.
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 Check out Monserat. Pushing hard to make stuff as fair as possible.
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 Any chance the lace cover on the AM9 could be put on the GR9 flat pedal shoes too? Please!!!
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 That’s the current setup on the current gr9, grip is good on those as well. You should be able to find them at a shop.
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 Why are all mountain bike shoes so ugly???
I'Il stick with my vans
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 ugly and uncomfortable for the masses, Theres very few shoe makers who actually make foot shaped shoes and its def not the modern shimano's lol.
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 @noideamtber: whaaat you can def find comfy MTB shoes
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 @Dogl0rd: yes i can, but they usally come with movement/heel lift, the best shoe design ive ran is the RC transitions, they are made slightly short, so i can upsize correctly for width and then the power strap holds everything tight.(which IMO every shoe needs a strap
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 @noideamtber: I have northwave shoes that are super comfy once on, but hurt a little to put on because they really grip the heel nicely. Nice and stiff, toe protection, very happy
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 @Dogl0rd: will have a look but theres not many shoes that dont crush my little toe without being clown shoes.
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 I want the trifecta.
Cuff, flap&strap and speed lace for my clipless shoe.
Why always two out of three, come on shimano.
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 I wonder if Shimano’s size 48 is a true 48 once again. The last few years, they sizing really got weird and nothing from Shimano fit my clodhoppers anymore.
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 why haven't they included the lace flap like on the old GR9's?
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 This! It is a big reason why I bought my GR9s in the first place.
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 Size 48 isn’t big enough, Shimano. Make 49 and 50 like you used to.
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 It's annoying that they only ever make the full on disco slippers in the big sizes.
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 Will the pedal stick to the shoe while breaking a crank in the huck top flat? Seems like the ultimate sticky test.
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 So sad they got rid of the mud flap on the GR9 flat pedal shoes. Guess I will be keeping mine!
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 these cunts, have a 10 month wait time for the ep8 when it brakes. but they have time to make shit shoes and pedals Step it up ....
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 no new ME7? damn..
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 But when are the new flat pedals available?
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 You'da thunkit that someone somewhere could have devised a rubber to exceed the incredible Five-Ten Stealth Rubber.....?
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 Just found my next shoes. Wow. Great job, Shimano. Take my money!
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 #nosize50nocare
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 THIS! It's absurd that out of all of these shoe companies next to no one does a flat pedal/ flat pedal style clipe shoe in a size larger than 12/13. I have a bunch of hoarded 5 10 shoes because they used to do a bunch of big sizes but even those seem to have gone by the wayside now that Adidas is running the show.
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 @Amart: I've got 3 pairs of 5.10s and 2 Shimano's that I keep just because they're so hard to find.

Protip, check Euro sites, they normally have more size 50's available. I've gotten non-NA spec Shimano shoes from a Dutch site.
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 Where are they made ?
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 Shoe factory
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 Planet Earth.
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 Nice offerings from Shimano
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 Look just like my 5:10 freeride pros. Hope the souls last longer, though!
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 Fortunately for you souls are eternal
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 Taking the best of 5-10 and making it worse...
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 Should have called it Ultreadra
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 [ Loving the new Shimano flat pedals ]
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 Don't those soles look a lot like the 5 10's?
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 Why can't we have a winter flat pedal shoe
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 Shimano the AM9 should have a ratchet closure, no laces...........
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 I, too, am upset about this for some reason. Greetings, fellow users!
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 Looks like a 5:10
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 Ultred son of Ultred.

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