Shimano RP9 Cycling Shoe
If you are serious about cycling and choosing the right performance wear to take your workout to the next level, step up to proven performance with the Shimano RP9 footwear. The fit and feel are designed for the long haul, with several endurance-boosting features that will keep you ready for a full day in the saddle. The perfect option for any cyclist who just wants to strap on and go, the RP9 is a clean, minimalist shoe. While still including all of the top features that make Shimano's road racing shoes amongst the best in the world, the RP9s have been geared towards the everyday rider who wants to invest in the footwear that will keep them riding for longer.
Part of Shimano’s road performance line, the Japanese firm’s RP9s offer premium comfort, innovative support and high-end performance at a mid-level price. If you are looking to discover more about these great value shoes, and why we consider them to be a premium option, check out our in-depth review for a breakdown of everything that you need to know.
- Exceptional levels of comfort
- Stiff soles
- Easy to take on and off
- Cold feet in cold weather
- May take some getting used to
One of the most significant changes to the newest version of the RP9s has to be the use of the BOA® IP1 dial, which replaced the previous ratchet closure system. This change has been celebrated amongst fans, with many online reviews noting the manner in which the shoes can be tightened and loosened by even a fraction, allowing the wearer to discover the perfect level of comfort for them. To change up the fit even further, Shimano has also gone from two hook and loop fastenings to one.
The Shimano RP9 is ideal cycling footwear if you plan on traveling long distances. If you often hit the road for several hours at a time, you will be more than impressed by the RP9s and the manner in which they reduce, or even eliminate, foot fatigue. This is due to how they have been ergonomically designed to relieve pressure and to promote endurance. Due to the design of the shoe, they are also super easy to put on and take off, making them the perfect cycling shoes if you are doing a triathlon. Shimano has also added reinforced rubber to the heels and toes of the RP9 to make it easier to walk on the road in these shoes. However, the stiffness of the soles and design of the road shoe still means that you will not be able to walk far.
Throughout the research and design process for the Shimano RP9s, there has been a clear focus on creating a cycling shoe that boosts endurance. The combination between the padded heel and tongue, which is part of the upper’s singular construction, helps to reduce or eliminate foot fatigue. Additionally, the Dynalast footbed helps to ensure that your foot feels supported throughout continuous pedaling. The 3D anatomic design on these shoes conforms to the foot, offering support and stability. The heel of the shoe supported with an external cup and the newest version of the RP9s include interchangeable arch supports, which are easily removed and replaced. The heel of the RP9 keeps your foot locked in place, where the rest of the shoe feels relatively roomy. This may take some getting used to, particularly if you are used to a more supportive cycling shoe. However, the ability to fine-tune your fit with micro-adjustments also boosts comfort.
The upper of the shoe is made from microfiber synthetic leather that features laser-cut MicroVent perorations. There is also a vent hole underneath the toes, to keep the air flowing throughout the shoe. Although the vast majority of online review stated that breathability on the RP9s was top quality, there was one complaint. If anything the ventilation may be considered to effective, with some cyclists saying that these shoes resulted in cold feet on chilly winter morning rides.
The shoes also feature an anti-microbial insole, which will help to prevent the build-up of bacteria and reduce the likelihood of funky aromas; with several reviews noting that these shoes always smelt fresh. Underneath the liner, you will see the hook and loop fastenings for the interchangeable arch support wedge. You will get two different size wedges with your purchase, or you could just remove them if it is more comfortable.
There are clear markings on the sole to line up your cleats, and you are able to adjust, offering each ride the opportunity to suit the shoes to their needs. Although the sole is drilled for three-bolt cleats, you can also use an adaptor if you prefer 2-bolts. Shimano has also added a sizeable heel cover and reinforcement on the toes, which makes it easier to walk in these shoes on the road.
Perforated with MicroVent holes, the upper of the shoes has also been treated with ‘Silvadur’ which is anti-bacterial and will help to keep your feet smelling fresh; the success of which was echoed in several reviews. The manner in which the tongue is part of the padded upper is also noted, and it is suggested that this makes it much easier to put on and take off these shoes.
Size & Fit
Upgrading from the previous ratchet system, the RP9s now features a single BOA IP1 dial which allows for exceptional adjustability. BOA dials have become an increasingly popular choice for cycling shoes, as they offer excellent closing force, and fully secure when locked in place, and are easy to adjust on the go. Immobilizing your feet and locking in support, the dial pulls and releases the tension wires around the shoe. This is the lightest system available, and it will help the wearer to avoid uncomfortable hot spots and contact points.
Overall, wearers have certainly welcomed the adjustability. Although there is a small strap of Velcro, several reviews have noted that they have not had any need to adjust this; proposing that the Boa dial does an excellent job. However, if you are used to a tighter-fitted cycling shoe, it may take some time to get used to the lack of locked in feeling as the fit is more relaxed than other models.
The normal rule for choosing cycling shoes is that you get what you pay for, with higher priced models being more lightweight and having the latest features. However, the RP9s are slightly different, providing great value for money when compared to similar models. Although, it is noted that there have been a few issues raised regarding cold feet in winter and some difficulty in getting used to the fit and feel of the shoe. Overall, the Shimano RP9 cycling shoes are a great value and you will no longer have to sacrifice power transmission and performance.