Who should buy the Shimano RP301

The Shimano RP301’s affordable price, combined with its semi-stiff soles, are aimed at beginner road cyclists or cycling fitness participants. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that has adequately stiff soles.
  • Need a shoe that has a ratchet closure works well for road training.

Shimano RP301 Logo

Lightweight and excellent ventilation

Crafted from nylon soles that are reinforced with glass fiber, it offers a relatively light feel and rigidity. This shoe has a rating of 6 out of 12 in Shimano’s stiffness index chart.

Shimano RP301 Outsole

Air vents are strategically placed in the forefoot area of the sole to enhance airflow and keep the foot feeling fresh and comfortable throughout the ride.

Shimano RP301's cleat system

The Shimano RP301 is a cycling shoe with the three-bolt cleat system. The following pedals can be paired with this footwear: Garmin Vector 3 Power Meter, Exustar Pedals E-PR100P, and Shimano PD8000 Ultegra SPD-SL.

Shimano RP301 Cleat system

This shoe offers a total of 22 mm of space for cleat positioning. Compared to the conventional 11 mm of cleat space, this pair provides the rider with more options to find their optimal cleat positioning.

High-density synthetic leather 

Crafted from high-density synthetic leather that features perforations, the Shimano RP301 allows excellent airflow and provides a snug fit for optimal comfort during rides.

Shimano RP301 Midsole

Maximum ankle movement and secure fit

With its low profile, the rider is allowed maximum ankle movement for a non-restrictive time on the saddle. The forefoot and midfoot are governed by two hook and loop straps while the upper part is secured via a ratchet buckle. 

Shimano RP301 Secure fit

The buckle is placed in the least bony part to prevent any digging or tension. Both retention types are easy to use and adjust even while on the road. The heel area is wide to provide walking stability. It is also well-padded to enhance the overall comfort.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 261g / Women 251g
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: Velcro, Ratchet
Features: Breathable, Look Delta
Collection: Shimano Dynalast
Material: Synthetic upper, Nylon composite sole

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Author
Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.