As others have reviewed, if you are looking for an ultra-stiff, competition-ready shoe, this is not it. It's a high performance, quality all around shoe that is comfortable, competent and durable that is a good value. Fits to size and I expect this shoe to last long as other Shimano road and MTB shoes I have owned. The comfort of these shoes on and off the bike are their greatest feature IMO, having owned and ridden the high end as well I don't think I am missing much on the power transfer side. For their intended use they are a solid 5 star in my book.
I ordered these sandals at a friend's recommendation. We cycled together for 2 weeks in 100+ temperatures. While my feet were miserably stuffed into cycling shoes, hers were happily open to the breeze. For my next trip, I was equipped with these sandals. What a difference! Instead of being constricted in a hard shoe, my feet had room to breathe. And yes, I probably gave up a little in performance, but the trade-off for comfort was well worth it!
I was having pain in my toed due to small toe box on much more expensive Bontrager shoes, and these completely relieved that issue. The shoe fits like a glove on the top and sides, but leaves toes free to move and doesn't compress in the toe box like so many others. Only knock is the shoe can be harder to get on than others, but once on, it feels great; very good stiffness in sole, while also providing good walking surface and doesn't get mucked up in the dirt! Good value vs others as well.
The Shimano Ultegra R8000 Front Derailleur is great. Performance is smooth, fast, and reliable. Most important: it is affordable. Paired with a well maintained chain and chainrings, the FD-R8000 never misses any up & downs. It moves flawlessly and quietly. Compared to its new electronic version, it is half the price. I was glad BTD had it in stock during the worst times of supply chain issues, the price was better than other stores, shipping was fast and trackable, and I could earn points for future purchases.