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For most riders, winter shoes are something best left to the fat bikers, but for those that live in the colder climates — they’re a necessity. One of my favorite winter shoes is the classic Shimano MW80; it saved me from hours on the trainer (before they were smart), and cold feet. So when I was offered a chance to check out Shimanos’ newest flagship winter shoes, the MW702, I jumped at the chance. All photos: Jordan Villella Shimano MW702 — What’s new?
The Shimano MW702 replaces the outgoing MW701 and expounds on some of the newer features that the MW701 brought to the Shimano winter shoe line. The MW702 features an improved BOA L6C enclosure system, fully sheltered by a Gore-Tex lined flap with a velcro neoprene fastener. The fit is slightly wider than the MW701, better accommodating winter-weight socks and toe warmers. Plus, the outer sole gets Shimano Ultread rubber and deeper lugs to offer a better grip in icy and wet conditions.
It’s cool to see that the design from the original and early versions of the shoe is present in the MW-DNA. You can see some similarites to the Shimano MW81 (below), my first introduction to winter cycling shoes, and a piece of kit I’ve used for years. The heel retention wasn’t the best, but the overall performance was unrivaled at the time. Key Features — Shimano MW702
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