Drawing inspiration from the dessert landscape, Shimano has given its RX8 gravel shoe a limited edition colorway for 2020 called Cactus Berry.
“The inspiration for this colorful design came from a gravel ride near my house where I was blown away by the beauty of a Santa Rita Prickly Pear Cactus on the side of the trail,” explains Jessie Gascon, Shimano’s Lifestyle Gear Product Manager.
Like the standard RX8, the limited edition model also features a super-stiff full-length carbon outsole (Shimano gives a stiffness rating of 10 out of 11) and an equally rigid heel stabilizer, while minimal TPU lugs, micro toe armor and an anti-slip pad provide walkability and protection.
Additionally, the cleat-pedal interface features a wider contact point that’s optimized to fit with Shimano’s XTR PD-M9100 pedals.
All of this comes in a lightweight package at 265g (size 42), which is significantly lighter than Shimano’s premium S-PHYRE XC9 mountain bike shoes.
The RX8 sells for $250.00, and the limited edition Cactus Berry will be available in September.
If you’re after something a little less inconspicuous, the RX8 will still be available in black and silver, as well as navy for the women’s version.
You can learn more about the RX8 by visiting Shimano’s website here.
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