Shimano RX8R Gravel Racing Shoes review - a race-oriented shoe with extra protection from debris

A lightweight, warm gravel-specific with a streamlined design

Image shows a rider wearing the Shimano RX8R gravel shoes
(Image credit: Tyler Boucher)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The “Rally Edition” of Shimano’s gravel race shoe line features a knitted ankle cuff to keep debris out and a lightweight chassis designed for race performance. The interface between the cuff and tongue of the shoe can cause issues, and the lack of women’s sizing means it won’t fit everyone.

Reasons to buy
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    Very good at keeping dust and debris out of your shoes

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    Great for keeping feet warm

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Reasons to avoid
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    Perhaps too warm for hot days

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    No women’s sizing

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    Single BOA design/cuff interface can cause discomfort

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Gravel is a big world these days. What exactly the word means seems to be a little different for everyone, but as each separate niche finds its footing, so to speak, we’re seeing more refined products that cater to specific sectors within the gravel sphere.

For fast riding and racing on non-technical unpaved terrain, road bikes and clothing may often be capable, but can be pushed beyond their limits. Mountain bike gear, however, is overkill—too bulky and overbuilt to fit quite the right blend of speed and capability.

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