Giro Terraduro review£130.00

Updated: Exceptional all-terrain shoe overcomes teething troubles

BikeRadar score5/5

Giro’s Terraduro is aimed squarely at the growing enduro race market, but you don’t have to have run a number plate on your trail bike to appreciate a shoe that balances on-the-bike performance with just enough flex to make it comfortable for the inevitable hike-a-bike sections that come with big mountain riding.

    The fit of the Terraduro is good; it’s neither notably wide nor too skinny for most. The toe box does have slightly more room than comparable Giro models such as the Code and Privateer, though not to the extent of the company’s HV (high volume) versions. There’s just enough breathing room to keep your little piggies protected when your shoe kisses a rock.    

    Two Velcro straps and a replaceable ratcheting buckle provide adjustments, while scuff-resistant panels on the toebox and sides have withstood numerous encounters with stubborn rocks that refused to yield the trail. The padded tongue is thick and comfortable, however it takes a long time to dry out, should you dunk your feet during creek crossings.

    The Terraduro uses a nylon shank that’s stiff through the midsole and has a built in flex zone in the forefoot that makes it significantly easier to walk in than carbon-soled shoes.

    The Vibram Mont rubber lugs are a welcome change from the hard plastic tread still found on too many clipless mountain bike shoes. This Vibram rubber provides ample traction when dabbing or scrambling up rocks and even holds its own on slimy roots.

    The sturdy upper and Vibram rubber outsole add a bit of weight — my test pair of size 41 Terraduros weighed in at 420g — when compare to carbon-soled race slippers such as Giro’s own 315g Empire VR 90. This is an acceptable trade-off for such a well-rounded shoe.

    The toebox and sides of the shoe are lightly armored: the toebox and sides of the shoe are lightly armored
    The toebox and sides of the shoe are lightly armored: the toebox and sides of the shoe are lightly armored

    While marketed at enduro racers, I found the Terraduro to be a great option for general trail riding as well as bike-packing. I was ready to wholeheartedly recommend it as the ultimate clipless mountain bike shoe for everything short of cross-country and downhill racing, until my first pair of Terraduros met an untimely demise.

    Early issues

    The Terraduro was designed for the rough and tumble world to enduro racing, so it should be exceedingly durable, right? Unfortunately, during one particularly long hike-a-bike section, the rubber outsoles on both shoes began to tear and pull away from the shank. To make sure this wasn’t just an anomaly, I picked up a second pair and experienced the same issue in short order.

    While we thought the terraduro's performance was excellent, we experienced delamination issues with two pairs : while we thought the terraduro's performance was excellent, we experienced delamination issues with two pairs
    While we thought the terraduro's performance was excellent, we experienced delamination issues with two pairs : while we thought the terraduro's performance was excellent, we experienced delamination issues with two pairs
    Delamination issues stopped me dead in my tracks. Giro has since fixed the problem and the replacement test shoes have held up extremely well

    According to Giro shoe product manager Simon Fisher, the problem began with the first production run. The wrong combination of primer and glue was used, which resulted in poor bonding between the Vibram rubber outsole and the nylon shank, causing the tread to separate from the rest of the shoe.

    This was a massive disappointment for what was shaping up to be an exceptional shoe. To Giro’s credit, the company did everything in its power to remedy the problem and take care of Terraduro owners.

    “We’ve redoubled out efforts to make sure this never happens again,” said Fisher.

    Giro has set up this web page to help Terraduro owners.

    Terraduro owners can check for a datestamp printed beneath the insole. if a datestamp is present, users shouldn't have to worry about delamination issues, giro claims: terraduro owners can check for a datestamp printed beneath the insole. if a datestamp is present, users shouldn't have to worry about delamination issues, giro claims
    Terraduro owners can check for a datestamp printed beneath the insole. if a datestamp is present, users shouldn't have to worry about delamination issues, giro claims: terraduro owners can check for a datestamp printed beneath the insole. if a datestamp is present, users shouldn't have to worry about delamination issues, giro claims

    According to Giro, if there is a date code, the shoes were produced to the correct manufacturing specifications. If there is no date code, the Terraduro shoes were not properly constructed and need to be warrantied. (The shoe shown here is a replacement shoe, in for a second round of testing.)

    Back on track

    We tested two additional pairs of terraduros and found that giro has, in fact, resolved the delamination issues we experienced with this otherwise outstanding trail shoe:
    We tested two additional pairs of terraduros and found that giro has, in fact, resolved the delamination issues we experienced with this otherwise outstanding trail shoe:

    BikeRadar tested two additional pairs of Terraduros and concluded that Giro has resolved the delamination issues myself and other riders experienced with this otherwise outstanding trail shoe

    Giro sent a another pair of Terraduros for test. BikeRadar purchased an additional pair just to make sure that Giro had, in fact, solved the delamination issues that plagued early production runs. I’m proud to report that after more than 250-miles of riding and hike-a-biking in two pairs of Terraduros that they have shrugged off everything I’ve thrown at them. There have been no delamination issues and they are holding up extremely well.

    Now that Giro has resolved its early production problems, I feel confident stating that the Terraduro is a class-leading trail shoe. It’s the type of shoe that most mountain bikers should be wearing and, as I wrote in my 2014 Editor’s Picks, the Terraduro has been my go-to shoe for nearly every ride that doesn't involve Lycra.

    Editor’s note: This is an amended review. BikeRadar initially gave the Terraduro a one-star rating due to delamination issues. Testing has proven that Giro has resolved our one — but very significant — complaint. 

    Josh Patterson

    Tech Editor, US
    Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
    • Age: 35
    • Height: 170cm / 5'7"
    • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
    • Waist: 72cm / 30in
    • Chest: 91cm / 36in
    • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
    • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
    • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
    • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
    • Beer of Choice: PBR
    • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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