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Who is it for? The Shimano GR700 is directed to mountain bikers who value the following characteristics in their footwear:
- Breathable fit
- Fast-drying materials
- Soles that are not race-level stiff
- Keeps debris and elements at bay
What is it for? This cycling shoe is marketed to be an enduro, gravity, or downhill bike shoe by the brand. However, according to most, it feels like it falls more on the all-mountain category.
Regarding its level of protection and stiffness, this pair is more suitable for trail and all-mountain riding. Gravity riders who usually keep their feet on the pedals are claimed to get away with this shoe. But still, be cautionary against impacts and bumps.
Grip and enough rigidity. The Shimano GR700 employs a Michelin rubber outsole to provide grip both on pedals and off-bike. The sole is also constructed to yield a stiffness rating of 3 out of 12 in the brand's index chart. This offers enough power transfer while pedaling while still maintaining plenty of flex for hike-a-bike sections.
Working hand in hand with the rubber compound is the tread pattern. The tread design is developed to hold onto the spikes of the pedal.
This MTB shoe utilizes a flat sole design for quicker release and planting of the foot onto the ground. Some of the pedals that work well with this pair are Deity Deftrap, Chromag Contact and Spank Spike.
Breathable. The GR700's upper is crafted from perforated synthetic material with mesh inserts. It allows excellent airflow, absorbs less water and dries quickly, making it an ideal pair for river crossings and rainy sessions.
Toe protection. An additional layer of molded toe cap provides toe protection against bumps, impacts and rock strikes without the threat of hot spots and seam chafing.
Keeps elements at bay. An additional feature is its stretch mesh ankle collar, which prevents debris, dirt, and other elements from inside the shoe.
- The Shimano GR700 includes a pair of alternative color spare laces.
- This shoe was released alongside another gravity MTB model called the Shimano GR900.