Shimano showed up with an entire wall of new shoes and apparel this year.
Their top level $400 S-Phyre has been beefed up in the durability department while maintaining its true XC race pedigree. It’s really cool to see Shimano recognizing and responding to the demands of the more technical XC courses we’re seeing these days.
The $200 ME7 mountain shoe received a host of refinements and looks to be a solid contender for the clipped in enduro racer crowd. With a speed lace system, neoprene cuff, and what appears to be bomber, construction, they should get the job done.
Probably most interesting to me, Shimano was showing their new GR5 flat pedal shoe. This is really a clean looking execution of the classic skate style riding shoe. In hand they felt just beefy enough to keep you’re feet protected without being hot or bulky. Shimano has partnered with Michelin on the rubber compound to keep you connected to your favorite flats. Look for an upcoming full test of these shoes.
And finally, something that’s not a shoe! Shimano had a very neat-o pump on display they’re calling the Team Tubeless. What makes the Team Tubeless so cool is that it transitions seamlessly from a standard floor pump to a pressurized chamber for beading tubeless tires. If you’ve been carrying around a couple pumps just to make sure you’re covered in case of a tubeless swap while on the road, here’s a tool that combines all the functionality you need into a single package.
Interbike 2018 was sort of the year of the new helmet and Oakley was right on point with their new DRT5 helmet.
The DRT5 seems to have most of the expected boxes checked including MIPS, a goggle compatible, adjustable visor, several sweet looking color ways and an unusual sunglass carry system (shown below). Rather than just slot the glasses into a recessed channel, Oakley has engineered a system to firmly grasp your glasses to prevent them from getting knock off your head. Living and riding in the PNW where glasses off for the climb up is the norm, this seems like kind of a cool idea.
As you might have expected, Oakley has quite a range of interesting color ways to match any kit. This camo could be a pretty sweet match to one of the several desert tan colored frames that seem so popular right now.