Who should buy the Shimano XM900

The Shimano XM900 is an MTB shoe built for cyclists looking for the following characters in their footgear:

  • Waterproof and winterproof
  • Adequately stiff and can be walked in comfortably
  • Mid-top profile for ankle protection
  • SPD connection
  • Excellent grip on slippery terrain

Shimano XM900 Logo

Flexible half-length shank plate

A flexible half-length shank plate governs this pair's power transfer. It provides a bit of rigidity for pedaling efficiency but remains comfortable during hiking sections. This shoe received a stiVibram rubber outsoles to provide the Shimano XM900's traction. Apart from its superior grip, this time-tested technology offers foot control in any circumstances rating 3 out of 12 in the brand's index chart. 

Shimano XM900 outsole

Shimano XM900's cleat system

The XM900 employs the classic mountain bike SPD two-bolt cleat system. Some of the pedals you can pair this shoe with are Crank Brothers Mallet E, Shimano M520, and Time ATAC XC 8.
This model features the brand's expanded cleat design, which allows the rider an additional aft adjusting space to achieve optimal cleat positioning.

Shimano XM900 Cleat system

Excellent ankle and toe box protection

This pair's mid-top design with ankle padding provides ankle protection and enhanced foot stability in rough trails. It also prevents dust, debris, and dirt from entering the shoe. The shoe's natural nubuck leather upper features a reinforced rubber toe box to defend against rock strikes, bumps, and impacts. It also enhances the overall durability of the footwear.

Shimano XM900 Excellent ankle and toe box protection

Waterproof and warmth retention

Equipped with Gore-tex technology, the Shimano XM900 yields a construction that keeps water and cold from creeping inside the shoe. It is ideal for rainy and cold seasons.

Shimano XM900 upper

Secure fit

The XM900 MTB shoe employs a traditional lace-up closure with durable D-ring eyelets. It also features the brand's Mini Power Strap, which prevents the fit from loosening due to usage. Another element that keeps the foot in place is the TPU-reinforced heel. Pull tabs are placed in the heel and tongue to serve as an aid in effortless on and off.

Shimano XM900 Secure fit

Reflective detailing

Reflective detailing is applied in the heel pull tab to enhance low light visibility.

Shimano XM900 Reflective detailing

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 18.9oz
Use: Mountain, Winter
Cleat design: 2 holes, Flat
Closure: Lace
Features: Waterproof, Water-resistant, Lace Tucks, SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Leather
Technology: Vibram, Gore-Tex

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Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

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