Shimano is launching its new Explorer Collection of clothing, shoes, packs, bags and accessories that should appeal to you non-Spandex, non-neon types.
The styling is subtle with plenty of grey and brown colors. Clothing fabrics are moisture-wicking, quick-drying and feature an anti-bacterial treatment for less funk plus reflective accents. Many garments also feature UPF+ and UV protection. Bottoms are stretchy and water-repellant with deep pockets and reflectivity. Gloves are touch-screen compatible.
Two new shoes (RT5/RT5W and RT4/RT4W; above left) feature classic styling with perforated synthetic leather uppers designed for walking comfort and SPD-compatibility. The RT5 has Velcro straps while the RT4 is laced; each retails for $120 and is available for both men and women.
On the utility side, the MT series of off-road shoes for men and women have SPD compatibility and a more rugged sole still designed for walking comfort. MT shoes range from $100-$120 (above right).
Pair these new shoes with Shimano’s new PD-T8000 dual-sided pedal. Flip over the SPD clip side to find an improved platform with protruding pins for extra grip. The pedal set retails for $120.
And, yes indeed, the Shimano SPD sandal still lives! It has been updated for 2017 with a two-strap closure. The sandal features unisex sizing and retails for $120.
Shimano also has new and updated backpacks. The Tokyo packs come in 23 liters or (new for 2017) 17 liters. Bag features include padded laptop pocket, document organizers, tons of accessory pockets, high-viz rain cover, reflective details, water-resistant bottom, helmet/lock straps and a roll-top closure. Get the 17 for $140 or the 23 for $160.
The new Hotaka is a serious adventure pack designed to ergonomically distribute gear loads for big rides or multi-day tours. It features a sculpted mesh back panel, ventilated straps and included rain cover. Get a 20 liter for $120 or a 26 liter for $130.