Shimano SH-M180 Shoes

2.5/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $140.00


Product Description

The SH-M180 is a new off-road sport/competition shoe from Shimano. It uses a sophisticated buckle and two strap closure, plus a top of the line sole with toe spike compatibility for aggressive terrain.


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Stinky Wiz a Weekend Warrior from Santa Barbara

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2006

Strengths:    Awesome looks, good walking traction.

Weaknesses:    Wore out the leather & mesh around the toebox. Fit not perfect. Breakage of buckle is an issue (get an spare set).

Bottom Line:   
Good shoe for the money, but I've had pairs of Skimano shoes last longer. The leather and mesh around the toebox is completely sheared away, the rubber around the heel is gone. I did like these shoes and have only retired them due to the condition of the toebox. I have a size 11.5 foot, but the 46 was painfully small and the 47 is just a tad too long, but the straps & ratchet work well to cinch them down. Good traction on just about every terrain while hiking.

The shoes looked great & held up as long as I needed them to, although I'd still be wearing them if they held up a bit better. As for the buckle issue, yeah I broke two buckles but I invested in a replacement set from the higher end model and they popped right on. Even when one failed, I didn't lose the tension in the rachet for some reason.

Got a set of Sidi Bullet 2 Mega's in a 46 now, they look similar but I will miss the ratchet.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Velopro

Similar Products Used:   Many Shimano MTB shoes, many Nike models, Specialized, etc.

Bike Setup:   Heckler, Coiler & Stumpjumper HT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve a Downhiller from Denver Colorado

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2006

Strengths:    Good fit and finish. Comfy

Weaknesses:    Cheap buckle breaks FAR TOO easily.

Bottom Line:   
While I have had great luck with Shimano in the past, I would stay away until they get the buckle problem fixed. Very disappointing for a Shimano fan. This would be fine for a road bike but rocks kill it easily.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   115

Bike Setup:   Dual suspension Joshua

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Michael a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2005

Strengths:    Look nice

Weaknesses:    My feet hate these shoes after 30 minutes of riding time. Have tried size 42 which was too small and 43 which was too big. Both sizes felt like I was riding with my foot wrapped in plastic and caused my feet to ache no end.

Bottom Line:   
Stay away from these gastly shoes.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $140.00

Similar Products Used:   Time, Northwave


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Toronto

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2005

Strengths:    Grip is suprisingly good,
I like the buckles,


Weaknesses:    Too tight toe box

Bottom Line:   
My feet hate me for these shoes. I have normal shaped feet, but these shoes squeeze my toes together something terrible. Just not the right shape. I'll buy non-Shimano next time.

I've not had any problems withe the buckle, yet...

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Jensons

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale lace ups

Bike Setup:   05 XTC1

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bret Barel a Weekend Warrior from Livonia, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2005

Strengths:    Nice looking

Weaknesses:    Cheap crappy junk buckle

Bottom Line:   
The crappy plastic joke of a buckle easily breaks off if you fall or if it gets jammed with mud. They are $20 to replace plus shipping/tax but the real kicker is that NOBODY stocks them, so then you are SOL. I suggest you go with something else!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   na

Bike Setup:   Tomac 98 Special comp

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jaco from costa rica

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2005

Strengths:    snugg fit, soles havent come off

Weaknesses:    buckles snap off, mesh around toe area and padding on heel dessintegrated

Bottom Line:   
decent shoe but way expensive for the way its dessintegrated on me. hope my new 225s fare better and at the same price

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Favorite Trail:   el filo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   specialized comp 00, pearl izumi vaper (terrible shoe)

Bike Setup:   HH

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Martin a Cross Country Rider from Washington, DC

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2005

Strengths:    Price if you get a deal.

Weaknesses:    Plastic buckle.

Bottom Line:   
I bought these shoes on e-bay for $69. Unfortunatelly it was wrong fit for me and to my bad luck the ass.... who sold it to me forget to say that buckle is broken, but it's different story. Anyway if you buy any shimano shoes with buckle, start praying that the cheap piece of plastic will last. If not, it's very hard to get replacement buckle. I called 7 different stores, no luck. Even called Shimano cust. service, they don't deal with customers, everything has to be thru authorized dealer (shimano cust. service sucks). Save your money, frustration and buy different brand. Or if you decide buy these in store, ask them if they have replacement buckel (just in case) and be sure it will happen.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Specialized for $20 (much better than those)

Bike Setup:   Trek fuel

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Steve Struble a Weekend Warrior from LA, CA

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2004

Strengths:    Good snug fit, ultra stiff sole for cranking hard

Weaknesses:    Road shoe 'adapted' to off-road use. Already broke a buckle just tightening it down! Replacements run $20 for two. Better stock up on them. Water runs right through the sole where cleats attach

Bottom Line:   
Really good fit, but you pay the price with the flimsy buckles. Stock up on replacements, although they're hard to find and expensive. Fill the cleat slots in the sole with silicone rubber to keep your feet dry.

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Favorite Trail:   JPL

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Scalpel 900

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Travis a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2004

Strengths:    Kinda Stiff

Weaknesses:    2 design flaws carried over from the M-152 (previous model) and a new design flaw chucked in for good measure.

Bottom Line:   
Look. I had the previous model for many a year (M152) did many MTB kms on it and even used it on the Road bike probably covered 12,000-15,000 kms. Three velcro straps on the old model and so when the they wore out, I sewed new ones on, (until the sole snapped).

Bought the replacements M180-B as replacements. I don't think they are good hardcore MTB shoes for the reasons listed below. Admitidly they have a nice sole plateform when you crank, they are as stiff as a non-carbon sole can be. Considering the M152 were so reliable I was looking for to a durable shoe here.

WRONG!!!

3rd ride in, the rachet bucket snapped off!!!! I used my old shoe (the one that hadn't snapped) for this foot while I waited on a replacement buckle (1.5 months and waiting, Thanks Shimano Australia).

Then the rachet on the other shoe went! Unbelivable. A all plastic unit, hardly any wear and they failed. I even missed a chance to take them offroad and race em, I was just breaking them it!

A perfect example how shimano takes something from there road range and puts it into a mountain biking application. Look at the plastic closure/ rachet unit. See how far it sits out? Compare it to Sidi's or even a Pearl Izumu buckles and you will see the difference. Glance a rock/tree/stump with the shimano buckle and it will detonate. (mine never lasted long enough to do that).

The other 2 flaws with this shoe is:
1 Why must shimano persist with having a oval space with no tread, right through to the sole around the arch? If you ever ride anything technical and place your sole back on the pedal for a quick dab or to remont the pedal before dropping the next section it is alarminly easy to get the SPD hooked here between the rubber tread and sole, catching your shoe in the pedal. Once it's happen once it creates a space and it's more likely to happen again. I've had several really bad crashes directly as a result of this on my old M152s.

Secound other companies have screw in cleats that are compatiable with anything you pick up at the sports store. Not Shimano. They've designed a sprig that is thinner and shorter, forcing you to buy replacement shimano parts (if the distributor bothers to stock it). I got these shoes cheap. I would only recomend them to people who don't ride anything challenging. Next time, despite the bargain I'm passing crappy shimano shoes and saving for some Sidi's

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Favorite Trail:   a new one

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Body Geometry Comps, M-152, Bunch of older Shimano shoes, Lake casuals

Bike Setup:   Which one?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark a Cross Country Rider from central va.

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2004

Strengths:    fit,stiffness,custom fit

Weaknesses:    I am not used to paying this much for a pair of shoes but they were just as good as some at twice the price

Bottom Line:   
when I saw the price on these shoes I was "IM gonna stick with platform pedals" but then I tried them on,clipped into my new ATACS and I was sold. being new I have fallen many times and they are doing very well even when the bike falls and I get all twisted up(admit it you did it too so enjoy the laugh)under me and they scrape the ground. its taking some getting used to having a shoe fit this well instead of Sketchers while riding but its sure nice. if you want a shoe that will be as good as you are when you get better than you are go for this shoe. as far as longevity, time will tell

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Favorite Trail:   pocahontas

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Cobblestone Bikes

Similar Products Used:   new to clipless

Bike Setup:   XTS-3 with mods

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Danny Ball a Weekend Warrior from O'Fallon

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2004

Strengths:    Nice looking, comfortable shoe.

Weaknesses:    The Buckle. First time out, I wiped out and broke the buckle. I didn't really think about it when I bought it but I will never again buy shoes with a buckle. It is right on the side and sticks out about half an inch. Just waiting for anything to hit, or grab it.

Bottom Line:   
Nice shoe but loose the buckles.

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Favorite Trail:   Castlewood

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Pearl Izumi

Bike Setup:   Shimano 505 pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ernest Lam a Cross Country Rider from Hong Kong SAR

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2004

Strengths:    Replaceable buckle + 2 strap = Secure custom fit and comfortable. Reasonabily vented. Stiff fiberglass sole, great balance with just the right amount of flex for walking and leg movement while pedalling.

Weaknesses:    The hole for installing the cleats go all the way to your feet, so when you step onto a pond of water... The buckle strap is hard and close enough to let your ankle "feel" it when you point your toe and feet upwards, but this doesn't bother any movement of the feet though...

Bottom Line:   
Just got them for one day and have a ride with them for around 30km of fire road in 2 hrs. Will come back again with a more detailed review next month.

First, start with the outlook, the shoes looks cool when compare to my previous 661 Attack, the attack has a "sharp" shape on the toe and was a little weird, and this pair were closer to the shape of a Sidi Dom.4, just a little fatter. Love this because it shape and the buckle looks more "pro".

I don't think the $140 MSRP was reasonable, but the average deal here in HK, which is around $80 - 100USD is. I really don't know why, for $140 here in HK, you can easily find yourself a pair of the "overpriced" Sidi, but I will still pick these instead of the Sidi, I've gave the Sidi a look and found the shoe was very very "thin", hit it to a nice piece of sharp rock and I'm sure you'll be riding bare foot if you bought them.

The buckle was very easy to operate and provide a very good custom fit for my "wider than normal" foot. It can be replaced with unscrewing a single screw and this is important, because everyone knows, even if the buckle is made of Ti, a nice sharp piece of rock is all it need to make it fail, either break it or "removeing" the whole buckle away, so if you want a buckle, make sure it's easily replaceable and the replacement's price is acceptable. The shop I bought it promise me a 2year free warranty including the buckle, so it wins the Sidi on this issue (A sidi replacement buckle is $30USD here in HK).

The performance I notice in my first and yet only ride with this shoes was positive with some minor drawback. These shoes fit well and was very secure, so you can push, pull, twist or whatever your pedal as if the cleats is on your feet, the sole is stiff enough to deliever a great power transfer, yet can flex a little bit, so it's very comfortable when you're either pedaling or hiking. But the strap connected to the buckle was a little bit "oversized", it would come into the "folding line" between your feet and ankle, so when you point your feet upward, you can feel there is a hard piece of leather there, but that doesn't bother the feet's movement though.

The "hole" for installing the cleats is open all the way thorough the sole to your feet, so when you step on a pond of water, you feet will get wet, but that's not a big deal to me, this will not be happening more than 2 times a year.

Overall, I give 5 for the great value, for the deal everyone can enjoy here in HK. 4 right now for everything's great except the oversized strap problem. I really don't understand who will buy the Sidi when they have seen these 180 and knowing that it cost half of the Sidis...

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Flying Ball

Similar Products Used:   SixSixOne 2003 Attack, great value and performance.

Bike Setup:   Shimano SPD pedals. 2004 Blur with 03/04 XT comp. Hayes HFX-9XC brake. Fox F100X. DT 240s with DT competition on XM819.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix, Az. USA

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2004

Strengths:    Nice double stitching, all black color, easy to adjust and fit my wide foot well.

Weaknesses:    None so far, Seem to be a good shoe for the money.

Bottom Line:   
I have fell over due to not being able to clip out and fell right on this so called flimsy plastic ratchet and it didn't break. I remember way back when the ratchet buckles first made it to the market, no one liked them. Yes they can break, but hey I'll deal with the problem when it arrives. @ 140.00 bucks this shoe is priced very well considering I don't think the 210 dollar Italian brand is superior. If you buy this shoe, I don't think you will be unhappy..4 flaming turds on value because I think all the shoes in this world are way over priced.....

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Favorite Trail:   Trail-100 or Western Express

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Older shimano triple velcro strap shoes

Bike Setup:   2000 K2 disco Monkey W/'04 Marzocchi Z1 Drop offs and a few other mods,2000 Rocky Mountain element Race with way to much to list.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bill McMillan a Cross Country Rider from BC

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2004

Strengths:    stiff, fits well, looks good

Weaknesses:    buckle closure is made of brittle plastic, and one of them fell to pieces the first time I tightened it. Jenson sent out a new set from Shimano

Bottom Line:   
great shoe if they improve the buckle. Buy an extra set of buckles to have on the trail, cause the shoe doesnt work very well if the buckle fails

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   older shimano velcro closure shoes

Bike Setup:   blur with egg beaters

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