The Shimano SH-XC90 Mountain shoe is their latest and greatest Flagship model in the mountain line. Like all of Shimano's upper end models, the upper and insole are fully heat moldable for a truly custom fit. Turn the XC90 over to reveal and all new sole that borders on a work of art. It features a very minimal use of lugs to drastically reduce weight and increase mud-clearing capabilities as there is much less surface area for mud to adhere. A high tech touch includes lugs made of Mud-shedding polyurethane.
The XC90 comes with low profile toe spikes - Shimano offers more aggressive spikes available separately. The multi-layer carbon sole is beautiful to look and very stiff for efficient power transfer. A separate ultra-rigid carbon layer encompasses the front of the shoe to take stiffness to the next level.
A familiar Rovenica upper provides a softness along with an extreme durability that only this advanced ultra-fine synthetic material can provide. A low-profile ratcheting buckle provides a precise closure tension. An improvement over the M315 are offset straps that wrap around the foot more effectively than two straps oriented in the same direction.
These shoes fit great out of the box, but for best results have them heat molded and vacuum-fitted at an Authorized Shimano footwear dealer. We offer a free Custom Fit for shoes purchased in our Boulder, Colorado showroom by appointment (the process takes about 30 minutes). Vacuum-fitting may incur an additional charge at your local Authorized Shimano footwear dealer.
These shoes fit like a glove right out of the box. Much more comfortable than my sidi drakos. Went down 1/2 size from the recommended shimano size guide. Perfect fit and excellent quality. Excel Sports even shipped same day, and had great customer service.
Pros: Fit, Carbon sole is very thought out,
Cons: Way too comfortable, might replace my work shoes:)