Giro Chamber Mid shoes £124.99

DH-friendly shoes, everyday looks

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

This clipless-compatible shoe from Giro has the look of a skate shoe but the performance of dedicated cycling footwear.

The fairly stiff shank offers a good compromise between feel and efficiency, and the Vibram outsole offers lots of grip despite its minimal tread.

The mid-height cut finishes higher up the leg on the crank side to protect the ankle bone, and offers great support, especially combined with the lace-saving Velcro strap. A tough heel cup holds the foot secure, while the toe box wards off most rock strikes.

Unlike some other downhill biased bike shoes, the Chamber looks like a decent everyday skate shoe with its gum coloured sole and tidy black upper. The lace-up design is very comfortable, though a more water-resistant full-length lace flap – as found on shoes like the Shimano AM45 – would be a nice addition.

We’ve been living in the Chambers since we first tried them on. The decent-length cleat slots made it easy to get the cleats in our preferred rearward position, and support even on non-caged clipless pedals is excellent. An added bonus is the anti-bacterial lining – despite having worn these shoes most days for two months straight, they still don’t stink the office out.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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