The Giro Privateers are impressive. The plush insole gives immediate comfort, the offset lower straps clinch your foot tightly, and the shoes still encase you with box-fresh tenacity.
The wide upper buckle has two positions, while the clicky ratchet is easy to adjust on the ﬂy – it’s also got a little protector tab to stop pesky seeds getting in there. Stiffness is very impressive for a non-carbon shoe, but as with many racy offerings the tread is overly hard and slippery when wet.
Still, it’s very hard wearing. The uppers are wearing well too – even a huge hike-a-bike up a Welsh mountain barely scratched the toe bumper.