Verdict from 16 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of Shimano XC701 users applaud its impeccable comfort.
  • Many reviewers love this MTB shoe's dual BOA closure as it offers precise fit to different foot areas.
  • Several users say this footwear's materials and construction are of excellent quality.
  • It is sleek and stylish, according to a good number of consumers.
  • More than a handful of cyclists say that the XC701's sole yields reasonable stiffness.
  • Some users commend the pair's traction.
  • A commenter mentions that this footwear is remarkably light for an MTB shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some users mention that the top strap comes up too high on top of the foot and causes a bit of discomfort.
  • A couple of reviewers claim that the tongue is too short and slips inside when putting it on.
  • A commenter wishes there were more colorways available.

Bottom line

On the physical front, this cycling shoe is an irresistible product. However, this shoe isn't just about the looks as it also offers excellent comfort, precise fit and efficient performance.

Like any other product, the Shimano XC701 doesn't come with 0 downsides, albeit minor ones. If you're on the hunt for a sleek, efficient MTB shoe, this Shimano pair should be on your radar.

Tip: see the best mountain cycling shoes.

Good to know

Who is it for? The Shimano XC701 is cycling shoe recommended to both mountain and road cyclists who are after the following attributes:

  • Sleek design
  • Competitive racing features such as excellent power transfer, traction and protection
  • Footwear with double BOA closures

What is it for? This MTB shoe is equipped with features applied to cater to the following cycling pursuits:

  • Cyclocross racing
  • Touring
  • Spontaneous rides, from the road to gravel and trail.

Rigidity. The Shimano XC701 employs carbon fiber reinforced soles. This material is lightweight and very rigid. It is rated 9 out of 12 in the brand's stiffness index chart.

High traction. These cycling shoes offer excellent grip and durability with an exclusive Michelin tread pattern and dual-density rubber compounds.

Additional slots for toe spikes. These optional features offer the choice for wearers to further enhance this shoe's traction for extreme conditions. These spike slots can accommodate 18 mm spikes. Note that the spikes are sold separately.

The Shimano XC701 features the traditional two-bolt MTB cleat system. Some of the pedals that suit this shoe are: Shimano Saint SPD M820, Time Speciale 8 and Look Cycle X-Track En-rage Plus.

Markings are provided in the cleat area to serve as a guide in precise cleat positioning.

Comfort. Crafted with supple, perforated synthetic leather uppers, this pair provides a snug, comfortable fit.

Precise adjustment. Equipped with double BOA dials, the fit in separate sections of the foot can be customized. The forefoot and midfoot are governed by a BOA L6 dial and powerzone wire guides for easy to use and accurate fit.

Another BOA L6 dial and a strap are responsible for the fit in the top foot area.

The Shimano XC701 employs the brand's Dynalast technology. This feature is designed with a toe-spring section that supports efficient pedaling for lesser energy loss. It also prevents long-term injuries.


How Shimano XC701 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 13% mountain cycling shoes
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Bottom 15% Shimano cycling shoes
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Bottom 16% spd cycling shoes
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