SHIMANO XC5 Gear of the Day

It can seem like every pair of cycling shoes out there costs a minimum of $300. But building out your bike equipment for gravel doesn’t need to set you back nearly as much. At under $200, Shimano’s XC5 mid-range shoes deliver a serious amount of value. The mesh/TPU and synthetic leather upper balance comfort with low weight, while a single BOA dial closure secures the foot. Below, a glass-fiber reinforced midsole provides high power transfer. And because gravel means hike-a-bike and creek crossings, the ULTREAD XC rubber outsole delivers the grip you need, all in a durable package. 

$170; bike.shimano.com

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