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The new Shimano RX8 cycling shoes are the ultimate gravel warriors

Daubed in eye-catching colours with stand-out flamboyance, the Shimano RX8 just might be your ultimate gravel warrior, able to battle any surface you can throw at it. The RX8 colour scheme, from Shimano, draws its inspiration from the Santa Rita Prickly Pear Cactus, native to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and is designed to support your adventures on the path less travelled, wherever in the world they might be.

The original RX8 cycling shoe, released in black and silver in 2019, boasted an impressively svelte physique, and of course the new purple and green variation follows this characteristic, shedding traditional off-road shoe features to create a very lightweight  265g (size 42) construction with foot-cushioning holding power and a stiff race-orientated carbon composite sole.

Comfort is a big consideration for gravel adventurers and the Shimano RX8 doesn’t skimp here. It features an adjustable Boa IP1 dual micro adjustment dial, Silvadur Stay-Fresh treatment on the insole material, a snug heel cup and adjustable arch supports so riders will feel equally comfortable in dry arid landscapes or cool forested wildernesses.

And for all the racing acumen and comfort features that went into the development, the abrasion-resistant TPU lugs, rubber toe and heel bumpers and durable synthetic leather outer means that these shoes can take a beating too.

Whether you choose the new Shimano RX8 or the original version you still get the best of both worlds, proven road racing technology with adventurous ruggedness that can help you ride further, faster.

The Shimano RX8 is available in its new purple and green fade from September 2020. The original silver, black or women’s navy blue are available whilst stocks last. Size options include standard fitting EU sizes 38-50 or wide fitting sizes 38-48.

Source: Shimano Europe

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