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