Giro Terraduro shoes $180

Tip-top enduro footwear

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

Giro’s all-new enduro shoe goes straight in at the top of our ratings with a great mix of performance characteristics for all-round technical riding. The thing all our testers noticed straight away was that the very low sole height gives you a really ‘connected to the bike’ feel even with smaller, uncaged pedals.

The low-profile Vibram sole doesn’t catch on bigger platform pedals but still grips well on rocks and roots (but not wet mud) when you’re off the bike. Giro has built the same toe flex into the shank as on the Chamber for comfortable walking and running too. From the cleat back, though, the shank is much stiffer so the Terraduro drives power through to the bike almost as well as a carbon shoe.

The upper is based on the ‘performance fit’ of Giro’s Code carbon race shoes, with a moulded semi-formed insole for underfoot support. This gives a snug but not overtight feel that cradles the foot really securely from toe to heel. That means you don’t need to overtighten the two Velcro and replaceable ratchet straps so there are no obvious pressure points even on long or rocky rides.

The toe, outer edge and heel are lightly armoured without adding excess weight. While it’s not waterproof, the perforated synthetic leather upper is a lot more wind- and splashproof than mesh panels. It cleans up easily and repeatedly, and the shoe dries quickly too.

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

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