Giant’s Phase 2 shoe packs an impressive array of features into a very affordable package. Not only does Giant make some of the most consistently good bikes on the planet, but its component and apparel range has really begun to challenge the established players.
My pair of size 45 shoes weigh 674g, which is very competitive, and look smart in Giant’s black and blue colourway.
They’re built around Giant’s ForceDrive nylon Airstream sole, which has a broad rubber bumper at the front, and generously large heel bumper too.
It accepts both two-bolt SPD and three-bolt cleats, with a textured surround for cleat grip and minimal positioning markers.
The Airstream cooling system comprises two mesh-covered vents at the toe, and two larger ones in the midsole, allowing cool air to enter the shoe and heat to escape. Inside is an antibacterial, slim EVA footbed, with central metatarsal button.
The uppers are mainly microfibre, which is heavily perforated on the front half of the shoe, while the heel cup combines a rigid base with a soft, well-padded top.
The tongue is thickly padded mesh, with two opposing Velcro straps, and a ratchet buckle-fastened strap above.
They maintain a low profile thanks to the thin, woven, stretch-free and extremely pliable fabric used on each strap, and around the heel cup.
Each heel features two reflective elements for visibility.
With the two upper straps open, the tongue folds out, making the shoes easy to put on. The toe strap adjusts volume, and once correct can generally be left alone.
On-bike strap adjustment takes a little longer than with a good rotary dial, and their localised tightening could mean you can’t keep the uppers as snug as with a Boa-style system.
But foot retention is great, with no heel slippage, and there’s plenty of room in the toe box for slightly wider feet.
Sole rigidity and upper integrity are very good, with no serious flex when stomping up climbs or sprinting, and the level of all-round ventilation is impressive, noticeably wafting through the uppers, sole and tongue.
Overall, the Phase 2 is an ideal daily-use starter or intermediate road cycling shoe, with a quality fit, feel and finish.
|Weight||674g (45) – as tested for pair|
|Features||Sizes: EU 39-48 (full sizes only)
Tread: Streamlined tread, anti-slip studs in front and rear
Foot bed: TransTextura Plus™ antibacterial foot bed
Ventilation: Airstream™ 4-vent cooling system
Upper: Quick fit vented mesh upper
|Cleat fitting||2-bolt spd type and 3-bolt look type|
|Shoe closure||Buckle and velcro|
|Sole||ForceDrive™ nylon Airstream™ outsole|