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Peter

Peter

Peter

Peterwrote a review of on May 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shoes strike a great balance between stiffness, comfort, and walkability. They fit my 275mm long / 105mm wide average volume feet well in size 44. The Boa system on this version does not dig into the top of the foot like the newer version of the XC7. The heel gripper material works pretty well, but the heel grip is not quite as secure as shoes with Sidi's Heel Security System or Specialized's S-Works shoes, but the wider forefoot of the Shimano shoes is (in my opinion) more valuable.

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Peter

Peterwrote a review of on May 30, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Lake's competition last shoes have a wider forefoot that supports the metatarsals of wider feet (mine measure 105mm across, measuring per the instructions on Lake's website--which I highly recommend doing), which is great. However, the heel of these shoes will be very loose for people with average volume feet or narrower heels. The heel in the Lake race last shoes (e.g. MX332) is narrower, and you can still get a wide version with appropriate room for wider forefeet.

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Peter

Peterwrote a review of on May 30, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoes fit my average volume, wide forefoot (105mm) feet well. They have more width across the metatarsals than Specialized or Sidi and are close in width to Shimano, with what feels to me like a narrower (but not excessively narrow) heel. I have not had the lace eyelet issue described in other reviews, but I also don't have 1000 miles on them yet.

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Peter

Peterwrote a review of on May 30, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These shoes are 4mm wider across the metatarsals than regular Sidi shoes, which is great for people with average to wide feet (mine measure 105mm wide). However, Sidi also add a lot of volume to the Mega version of their shoes. For someone with a wider forefoot but overall average volume foot, these shoes will have too much volume.

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Peter

Peterwrote a review of on May 30, 2019

4 5

These shoes fit my 275mm long, 105mm wide, average volume feet very well in size 44 regular. The heel hold is not as good as Specialized S-Works shoes, but the width of the Shimano shoes across the metatarsals is wider than Specialized and Sidi (regular) and better for most people's feet. However, the placement of the rear Boa cable did not work for me. In order to get it tight enough to keep my heel in place, I had to tighten it to the point where it would cause problems farther up my foot. Disappointed that these otherwise excellent feeling shoes had to go back.

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Peter

Peterwrote a review of on May 30, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This version of the RC7 has the same excellent shape/last as the pre-2019 XC7--wider across the metatarsals than Specialized and Sidi but not crazy high volume like a Sidi Mega. The key difference is that the RC7 does not have the essential heel gripping material of the XC7, and therefore heel slippage is likely unless you have a higher volume ankle. My feet measure 271mm long and 105mm wide. Size 44 regular fits well in these shoes.

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