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Shimano SH-MW81 Gore-Tex Cold/Wet Weather Mountain Shoe

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Shimano SH-MW81
Shimano SH-MW81 Gore-Tex Cold/Wet Weather Mountain Shoe
Shimano SH-MW81 Gore-Tex Cold/Wet Weather Mountain Shoe
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Shimano's cold and wet weather mountain shoe has been updated for even better traction on wet surfaces.

Like its predecessor, the MW81 winter shoe features a Gore-Tex exterior and a Thermal lining to provide warmth and fight off the rain. A water resistant neoprene bootie covers ankles to protect foot from debris, and help keep feet warm. Off-set straps prevent pressure points and high visibility reflectors on rear and side of shoes help you to be seen. Lightweight glass fiber reinforced polyamide sole, SPD cleat compatible. Black.

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Reviewed 1/25/2014
by Wisconsin Jim
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Wisconsin
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Awesome Cold Weather Riding Shoe

I commute year-round and the winters were always challenging with traditional riding shoes until now. I just put these shoes on with a warm pair of socks and I'm good down to -5, really! Colder than that I'll add a second pair of socks. When it is really, really cold I'll put on a pair of riding booties (like -15 with a pretty good wind chill). Those that had reviewed this shoe before me recommended going up 1-2 sizes and that was awesome advice. I sized up 2 sizes and am very happy. The shoes are pretty decent for walking too (like if the snow is too deep on certain parts of my route). If these shoes needed to be replaced, I definitely buy another pair!!!

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Reviewed 11/28/2013
by solorider
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ann arbor mi
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25 F, & thick wool socks & plenty warm, & dry,

Tested these mountain biking with 2 pairs of socks- a thin base sock & a thick wool sock over it. 25 F out for 2 hours in snow, & was just starting to feel a little cold at the end. bought them 1 size larger than my regular cycling shoes & the sizing seems fine- should have room to use a foot warmer/hot hands insert if needed.

comfortable fit- lots of overlap on the closure seems like it will keep out wet weather- but havent tested this yet.

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Reviewed 11/8/2013
by Anonymous
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Boston, MA
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Great shoe. Very comfortable. Does the job.

I've got about a dozen commutes on these now. Low temperature is 24F so far. They are too warm beyond the upper 30s. Very comfortable and warm. Haven't been sweaty so far, so the GoreTex seems to be doing it's job. I don't have any snow or heavy rain rides in yet, so I can't comment on the waterproofness.

Easy to get on (although you need to reach inside once on and flatten down the flap going up to the collar on the top).

I bought a size up from my normal size and they are a bit roomy as expected so size seems about right.

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Reviewed 10/2/2013
by Biker2Worker
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Seattle
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Warm and Dry

Great all winter commuting boot. Warm. Dry in all but the wettest weather. No need for those pesky shoe covers. The weak spot is where the neoprene sleeve attaches to the lower shoe. Treat it gently, don't pull too hard. I did have one separate from the lower shoe, because the threads wore through from friction on the inside. David Page, cobbler, in Seattle reattached it and glued a nice leather patch inside to prevent recurrence.

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Reviewed 11/25/2013
by WinterRiderish
Michigan
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Nice winter riding shoe!

Use these shoes for cold riding, they are nice! Alittle roomy in toe box but I can wear two pair of socks if needed! Glad I bought them.

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Reviewed 4/11/2013
by Anonymous
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Chicago, IL
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Great winter boot

Ride year round in Chicago and these boots really keep my feet warm during the fall and winter. Throw in some toe warmers and even the low 20's are fine. They do not keep your feet dry in the rain. Not a big negative since I really try to stay away from rain riding. Sizing allows for extra socks. I wear a 47 in Sidi's with thin socks and bought 47's in these. Without two pairs of socks my feet would be swimming in these boots.

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Reviewed 3/13/2013
by bjm21866
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Boston
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Great Winter Shoe for Long Commutes... actually keeps out wet and cold like it should.

This is the only rain proof, snow proof, cold proof, wind proof solution that I have found for my Boston 26 mile round trip winter commute. Its very comfortable and very easy to put on and take off. The ankle gaiter is great.I rode 13 miles home last night in a constant downpour and only the tops of my socks were a bit damp. My feet were the only dry part of me when I arrived home. Good traction in snow and ice and I haven't installed the optional spikes.....just be careful on wooden bridges in winter....plastic treads do little in this case, but I doubt anything aside from spikes would.

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Reviewed 2/21/2013
by Michael D
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Rogue Valley, OR
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A worthy winter shoe

I am a year round bike commuter. Even though I live in a relatively mild climate, I suffer from cold toes. I have tried double sock plus neoprene booties over my summer biking shoes, but still had painfully cold toes. These shoes are comfortable, and with lightweight wool socks, they kept my feet comfortable. Not warm, but comfortable.

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Reviewed 2/19/2013
by Mark
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Seattle, WA
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Not perfect, but still very good

My first ride with these had steady rain for the first 25 miles or so. The shoes are not waterproof. They take a while to soak through but eventually do. The temperature hovered around 40F the entire day. Although I could feel a little puddle of water in each toe, my feet were never uncomfortably cold. I was wearing fairly lightweight Smartwool socks. I'm going to try spraying them with Scotchgard to see if that will repel more of the water. In spite of the fact that they did soak through I still have to give them two thumbs up, since they kept me warm. I doubt that there is anything better available. As shoes go, they are quite comfortable.

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Reviewed 1/11/2013
by jb
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Boston, MA
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Good warm winter riding

I use this shoe for winter riding in Boston, both commutes and morning routine rides. Definitely keeps me dry and warm, so far down to high 20s (winter hasn't gotten very cold yet). Needed a shoe that walks well off the bike, and this is fine in that respect as well. Could use a small finger loop or pull in the rear to make it easier to pull on, but that's a quibble.

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Reviewed 12/31/2012
by sushibarb
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Loveland CO
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Don't let the cold weather keep you inside!

I have used these at least 15 times the last two months. Love them! You can use them in 45 degree weather with thin socks and 10 degree weather with a pair of Woolie Boolie socks plus toe warmers! I ordered up a size from my regular shimano Mountain bike shoes which fit me on the snug side. Well worth the money. They will last you for many years. My last pair of shimano winter shoes are 5 years old and a friend rides with them now. I needed the next size up so I purchased them again.

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Reviewed 12/18/2012
by Anonymous
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Portland, OR
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Most awesome winter shoes out there

In the winter, I'm wearing these shoes nearly every day back and forth to work about 4 days a week and on the weekends usually at least one day. They are fabulous. They're easy to put on and take off, easy to wear, totally comfortable. As advertised, they're not waterproof, but water resistant. You will get wet if it's raining hard and you're out for more than, say, half an hour. If it's just damp or not raining too hard, your feet will stay dry and toasty. I love how warm these are. I sometimes wear a gore sock over a regular wool sock. My feet are almost too warm, even when it's at or near freezing.

Minor knock on these would be the difficulty in actually feeling where the shoe meets the pedal. Takes a bit of getting used to. Obviously, the price is another, but for good shoes is pretty normal. They're definitely worth it as far as I'm concerned.

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Reviewed 11/12/2012
by Dark Knight
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Vashon Island - Seattle
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Happy Feet!

I've been using neoprene shoe covers for years on my winter commute. No more! These shoes are terrific! I've been using them the past month in wet and cold (near freezing) early morning and late evening commutes. Not only are these shoes warm, they do a nice job of keeping moisture out. They are fully lined with a sealed Gore-Tex membrane. The only moisture getting in is what might trickle down my pants and inside the neoprene cuff. I no longer have to put wet shoes on at the end of the day for my homeward commute! If I have a concern, it is how well long the neoprene cuff will last before tearing away from the boot. I'm trying to be very careful when pulling them on (there is a pull-tab at the back of the cuff) in order to avoid excess wear and tear. My feet are happy!

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Reviewed 3/8/2012
by ACG
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Portland, OR
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Great Winter Shoe and Excellent Service!!!

The adage you get what you pay for holds true with this shoe! It may be a little pricey, but this has been a great shoe for my 18-mile (one way) commutes in the wet and cold Portland winters. Thanks to the BikeTiresDirect sales staff for your kind advice when I was trying out different winter shoes (e.g., Mavic, Giro and Sidi).

I typically wear a size 44 road shoe (Sidi Megas) or mountain shoe (Shimano). I bought this size one size larger to accomodate a wool sock. I sometime pair it up with another windstopper sock during windy days. I recommend that you get one to two size larger to accomodate one or two extra layers of socks.

The shoe is very well made and very comfortable even with my wide feet profile. My winter commutes are in 30 to 40 degree weather and it is not necessary to put on an outer shoe cover layer. The shoe is very soft and I have no encountered any feet numbness or hot spots. The four velcro straps and Goretex layer create a great seal against any wind or water instrusion. The dirt and mud can be easily wiped off after each ride with a wet towel.

This is a great bang for the buck! Plus you cannot go wrong with an additional 10% credit back from BikeTiresDirect as a returning VIP buyer.

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Reviewed 3/11/2012
by Hill-Pumper
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Willamette Valley OR
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Dry, Dry, Dry

I bought these shoes because I was tired of using the neoprene booties that I had. They never really kept my feet warm, and also allowed water to seep in on longer rides. These shoes have been the answer for me. I have ridden in temps in the mid 30's with nothing more then a pair of Defeet Woolie Boolie socks. The main reason I love the shoes though, is that my feet stay dry. I have had these on several very wet rides and they never have failed to keep my feet from getting wet. I use them for every type of riding during the winter, including training rides on my road bike, commuting and of course mountain bike rides. The only weakness is they are not the stiffest or lightest shoe for road riding, but I don't use them for that to often anyway. I will also mention, that are the easiest bike shoes that I have ever walked in. Another plus when commuting or mountain biking. As others have said, these are not the cheapest shoes out there, but dry warm feet are worth it for me. When you catch these on sale here at Bike Tires Direct and get your VIP points, there is not a better deal to be found!

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Reviewed 3/8/2012
by rpm
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plymouth ma
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didn't think about cold feet...not once, during this mild new england winter

cyclocross in mostly off road conditions down to 15 degrees this season. these shoes handled snow rain sleet! always warm and dry. great for all training conditions. wouldn't race in em.

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Reviewed 2/2/2012
by Anonymous
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Chicago, IL
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Not as warm as I was hoping for but very well made and really comfortable. Go at least 2-3 sizes up from your normal riding shoes

First, biketiresdirect is great. Easy to buy from & great customer service. I had to return the 1st pair, too small, and the process could not have been easier. I wear a 46 MTB shoe and ended yup with a 48. If they made a 49 I would have gotten those. So 2 or 3 sizes on these.

Everything I read about trying to keep your feet warm lead me to buy a dedicated winter riding shoe. I have ridden with these 3 times now. When it is above 35 they are great. On one ride it was 25 and my feet were pretty cold. Not numb or anything but colder than I had hoped for. I had thin wool socks under a pair of thicker wool socks so that may have messed things up. With the extra socks on the fit was snug where maybe there needs to be some room in there? I'm still trying to figure that out.

These shoes are really well made. They wipe clean with ease. They go on and off easily. Clipping in is a little tougher due to the thicker soles around the clips but no big deal. I can still clip in pretty quick. Walking in them is pretty comfortable if you have to walk anywhere. With the amount of money we spend on our bikes I would say these shoes are worth the $230. Hopefully the right socks will keep my feet comfortable into the 20's.

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Reviewed 1/17/2012
by Surly Steve
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Vancouver, Wa
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Cold winter riding with Some Rain!!! These do the job

I am on my second pair after two good winter seasons. Make sure to be careful puting these on wih a coule pair socks especially. I ripes the Gortex ankle material. Otherwise these are the Portland winter shoe for me

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