Is it a low-cut hiking boot you can bike in, or a lace-up biking shoe you can hike in? Giro's new waterproof Alpineduro shoe blends the lace-up style the brand has pushed on the road with Empire models with a design that could work on the mountain bike or the winter commute.
Giro has yet to publish any information on its site, but here is the information we have gleaned about the US$180/€180 shoe (UK and AU pricing have not been announced.)
For starters, a size 45 weighs 555g. The soft, grippy Vibram Icetrek sole undoubtedly adds walking comfort and subtantial traction, with some heft to go along with it.
As with the Empire road shoes, the laces come with an elastic band at the center of the tongue for securing excess length after tying.
In addition to five loops with reflective elements on the lower foot, the ankle features two metal loops per side, reminiscent of Vasque hiking boots.
The synthetic upper has a waterproof liner with PrimaLoft insulation. The toe and heel have scuff guards.
A stiff shank makes the shoe pedaling-friendly, and the front of the shoe is a bit more flexible for walking.
The footbed has an X-Static anti-microbial treatment with a heat-retaining foil layer.
The Giro Alpineduro comes in whole sizes only, from 37-48.