In the world of cycling, roadies are known for harboring passionate concerns about weight, but that's not to say saving grams doesn't matter to their dirt chasing compatriots. Finding a lightweight XC race shoe that's rugged enough to handle the demands a race course may bring while still feeling light and responsive on your feet is a fine balance, but it's one that Shimano's SH XC61 Shoes are able to achieve. Even better, they're available in a wide width, allowing riders not blessed with the slimmest feet to enjoy wearing comfortable cycling shoes. Constructed with a synthetic leather upper, this version of the SH XC61 is exactly the same as the medium width version, just built on a wider last. Two hook and loop straps work with a wide top ratcheting buckle strap to provide a contoured, secure fit across the top of the foot to ensure you get consistent power transfer from your feet to your pedals, while limiting the likelihood of hot spots and pressure points along your instep. Measuring a relatively rigid 7 out of 12 on Shimano's stiffness index, the SH XC61 features a fiberglass reinforced midsole paired with a carbon reinforced cleat plate to provide the responsiveness you'll need for XC. The midsole is then backed by a lightweight polyurethane outsole, complete with lugs tasked with shedding mud and giving you enough traction to run through dicey sections of trail if needed, without adding unnecessary weight.