Owner review: Shimano MT71 Gore-Tex SPD MTB/Touring cycle shoe
During my research for a good all-round touring and commuting shoe I was generally thinking of something that had the following features:
- They look low-key enough to sneak into the pub or wear around town off the bike
- Had recessed SPD cleats so it was easy to walk it
- Good grip so it was possible to do some light hiking which cycle touring (one less pair of extra shoes to carry)
- Brown/black color so didn’t show dirt
After a few weeks of searching and reading reviews I decided to get the Shimano MT71 which was also conveniently on sale at the time, costing me about AUD $120 with free shipping from the good folk over at Evans Cycles.
After using these shoes for commuting, cycle touring, hiking and general wear for the past few months I feel I am in a position to make some comments on them. Let’s keep it simple.
- Vibram sole is very sturdy on the ground with good grip on loose surfaces
- Gore-Tex lining makes these shoes puddle/splash proof (but no good in downpours)
- Durable construction, the grip has barely any signs of wear even after using them for a few months and doing quite a bit of walking in them while touring
- Good price and widely available online from all good stores
- Easy to fit custom orthotics/inserts
- Wider fit, I usually take EE width shoes and have no issues with these shoes (had to skip the lowest lace eyelets though to give it a bit of extra width)
- A little bit hot during summer due to the Gore-Tex lining, thin summer socks help a lot!
- Heavy and a bit bulky (however this reflects how sturdy they are)
- Look a bit dorky IMO. That said however, I’ve received only compliments from both cyclists and non-cyclists for these shoes, so maybe I am just being too critical?
- Doesn’t stop water from running down your leg and filling your shoes (tip: plastic bag and tape, looks strange but works a treat!)
- Sizing slightly on the small side (e.g. my shoes were advertised as US 10, but actually US 9.7 so slightly too small for hiking/walking for more than a couple of hours)
Excellent value and well featured shoes that are both durable and functional. You might look like your Gore-Tex hiking shoe wearing uncle at Bunnings on a Saturday, but at least you’ll be ready for action on and off the bike. Suitable for cycle touring, especially if you want to have a pair of shoes for short hiking etc, as long as you don’t mind the weight. Remember to watch for the sizing too; order a size up. A solid 9/10 rating from me.