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91 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews
One of the most comfortable shoes, excellent power transfer.
Light, doesnt get dirty easy, grippy inner lining causing uncomfortability. Overall, it's a good shoe.
To sum up, the new RP9 shoes are supportive without being restrictive and are ideally suited to longer, more relaxed rides where comfort takes priority over outright stiffness and weight.
The RP9s offer respectable efficiency and immense comfort
They’re comfortable, heat-mouldable, have a low stack height and look the part.
Worthy of particular mention is the comfort and forgiving fit without losing important power transfer through the stiff carbon sole. The RP9s are certainly not heavy or cumbersome despite the extra space they give and are an all-round great option as an all-day performance shoe.
The RP9 is one of the Japanese brand’s top-end road performance shoes. The 2018 iteration swapped its predecessor’s Velcro straps and ratchet closure with a single BOA IP1 dial and a small Velcro strap combination. This update offers a more accessible and lighter closure system.
This pair sports an extremely light carbon sole with a 10 out of 12 stiffness index in Shimano’s scale. It also features the brand’s Dynalast technology for superior support while pedaling.
Optimized stiffness for long rides. The shoe’s sole is made from a light carbon composite material that is both stiff and pliable enough. The rigidity helps with the accurate transfer of power to the pedals, and the flexibility keeps the foot comfortable during long rides.
Efficient heel cup system. Equipped with an external heel cup design, this pair yields rider confidence as it keeps the foot in place. Heel slips are prevented and keep the foot from moving around inside the shoe.
Optimized shape for pedaling efficiency. This model employs Shimano’s Dynalast technology. This innovation is the brand’s signature last design created based on the feedback from pro athletes. It features an improved toe-spring section to aid in a smoother and energy-efficient upstroke.
Front and heel rubber bumpers. Rubber pads are strategically placed on both the toe and the heel area of the outsole. These bumpers help the user stay comfortably upright should they need to get off the bike. It also prevents outsole scuffs.
Accommodates Shimano’s cleat adaptor. The Shimano RP9 cycling shoe features a built-in three-bolt cleat design. It is suitable for the following pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD-R9100, Garmin Vector 3S, Time XPro 15, Look Keo 2 Max, and many more.
Moreover, the shoe’s cleat design can also take on Shimano’s SM-SH41 cleat adaptor. This adaptor converts 3-bolt footwear to a 2-bolt-compatible pair.
More extensive cleat adjustment. This model works in unison with a Shimano cleat to provide a total of 22 mm of adjustment. The outsole offers an 11-mm-wide cleat positioning, and another 11 comes from the cleat attachment. This fuller range of modification provides the wearer the opportunity to find their ideal cleat position.
Supple upper with laser-cut vents. Crafted from soft microfiber synthetic leather material, the RP9 cycling shoe offers a superior fit. Perforation holes also optimize airflow to keep the foot fresh and reduce sweat build-up.
Quick and precise on-the-fly adjustability. This footwear offers customized fit via the BOA IP1 dial for the middle to the upper part of the foot, while a small Velcro strap secures the forefoot. The strap provides a set-and-forget function as it doesn’t need further adjustments as soon as you find your correct fit. To tighten the BOA dial, wind it up, then unwind for small loosening adjustments or pull upwards to disengage completely.
Clean appearance. The Shimano RP9 features hidden hardware routing for its closure’s cables for a more sophisticated and neat aesthetic.
The RP9 is offered by Shimano in solely men’s sizes. The shoe is reported to have a large toe box. This roomy fit is an excellent option for individuals who like a more relaxed fit or need a generous space. It is also important to note that due to the pair’s excellently designed heel cup system, wearers with narrow feet will still feel secure as it prevents heel slippage.
Removable footbeds with interchangeable arch supports. This pair comes with two levels of supportive foams. This gives the user higher chances to find their ideal support.
It is treated with antimicrobial technology. The Shimano RP9’s lining is coated with Silvadure antimicrobial technology. This will help in keeping the foot feeling fresh even on the longest rides.
- This model is also referred to as the Shimano RP901 or SH-RP901.
- Perforation detailing is emblazoned throughout the upper and tongue for enhanced airflow.
- A padded collar provides added comfort around the ankle area.