Hard to fault
With a mid-stiffness shank, giving just the right amount of flex, a practical speed lace system, perfectly covered by a single large protective flap, and effective waterproofing and insulation, the Shimano just worked.
It was supremely comfortable, on and off the bike, gripping both muddy slopes and greasy rocks with an excellent sole. It was also easy to pull on and off — a big consideration when it was generally left minging after a winter ride.
The Dryshield lining probably saved a few quid on price over a Gore equivalent — the MW5 is billed as entry-level — but we really couldn’t see a difference in our day-to-day riding.
When testers found it was up to £50 cheaper than its rivals, it usually sealed the deal. We found it hard to fault this shoe — warm, perfect stiffness and cheap — a worthy winner.