Shimano MT60 shoe  £99.99

8/10

Very good all-round commuting, touring and MTB footwear that's comfy and waterproof

Weight 1289g   Contact  www.madison.co.uk

by Dave Atkinson   June 8, 2011  

Shimano MT60 shoe

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Good shoes these MT60s. They give you plenty of support on the bike, they're easy to walk in off it, they're waterproof and hard wearing and comfy to boot. The styling might be a bit rambler for some of the more style-conscious but as a general purpose commuting/touring/mtbing shoe they're hard to beat.

We've tested the MT60's big brother, the MT90 boot, on road.cc in the past and that's always been a winter riding favourite. The MT60 is a low-ankle design and slightly lighter in the construction, but still very sturdy at well over a kilo a pair (a bit less if your feet aren't flippers). The leather upper is mated to a trail sole with an SPD track, and you lace them up with proper laces, which you can keep out of the way of moving parts with a lace loop. There's reflective detailing on the heel and a reinforced toe.

The MT60s have a waterproof Gore-Tex liner and the tongue is gussetted to keep the elements away from your tootsies. And they do a good job: water spray takes a long while to get into the toe box, although the low ankle means it's nowhere near as dry as a boot. On the bike the sole is plenty stiff enough to get the power down, and they're comfy off the bike too, a bit clumpy as stiff-soled shoes tend to be but easily accommodating enough to spend a few hours in without even noticing, save for the odd clack of the cleats on the ground; they're recessed, but not very far.

I've been wearing these for commuting and off-road duties for the last month or so, along with some longer road rides, and they've been excellent. They're the kind of shoe you could pack for a tour and not need any others, save for maybe a pair of flip flops. Styling-wise they're, well, inoffensive. They're not the most cutting edge in terms of fashion, but that's not really the point of a shoe like this. They're durable, too, with the full leather upper putting up with the scuffs and knocks of daily use with nary a whisper of complaint. £100 is a fair wedge for a pair of commuting shoes but they should last for ages; my original MT90s are in their sixth year now.

Sizing wise they're at the small end of the spectrum; I'm either a 47 or a 48 depending on make and I need the bigger size in these. If you get a chance, try before you buy.

Verdict

Very good all-round commuting, touring and MTBing footwear that's comfy and waterproof

road.cc test report

Make and model: Shimano MT60 shoe

Size tested: 48

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Trail and adventure off-road SPD shoe with Gore-Tex upper

* Complete seam-sealed construction for optimal weather protection

* Shimano developed lightweight trail sole with recessed cleat design enables easy walking with excellent traction if off the bike

* Gusseted tongue helps to prevent water, dust, gravel, and other foreign objects from getting inside the shoe

* Lace up closure system with lace holder ensures a secure and snug fit

* Reflective detailing on the heel help keep you more visible in low light conditions

* Weight: 930 g for a pair of size 40

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Very well made and holding up well

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Good on and off the bike

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

Excellent, full leather upper is very hardy

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10

Not the lightest shoe you'll ever buy

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10

Good rather than excellent but no issues on longer rides

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

£100 ain't cheap, but they'll last

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Everything, more or less

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

If only the cleats could be recessed a bit further

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 190cm  Weight: 98kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

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