Giro's take on the ultimate winter, riding boot. The Alpineduro offers a comfy sole and fully waterproof upper.
|I'm a bit of a pansy when it comes to winter, I abhor the cold and generally have icy hands and feet when the temperature heads anywhere below 10 degrees Celsius. For the first winter in years, I have enjoyed the experience of warm feet for the duration of all my rides despite the slightly tight toe box of the Alpineduro, meaning I have been wearing thin summer socks. Potential buyers might need to size up from their usual size to allow space for winter socks.|
I am not a fan of the 'floating on tip-toes' feel of many clip pedal and shoe combos. This wasn't the case with the Giro shoe as the cleat shank is set quite deep in the sole, which meant for my CB Mallet pedals, that the sole would sit nicely on the platform to offer support and grip, and a good base for putting the power down. Some shoes I have been using recently still don't contact the pedal pins on the Mallet's even with them wound out to 5mm. People using other pedal systems may need to use spacers under the cleats to gain enough clearance for easy entry/exit from the pedals.
When walking or hiking around, I think that the sole could have a more aggressive shape towards the front of the boot, I'm not talking screw-in, rugby stud extreme here, just more of a square edge, the rounded shape doesn't offer much bite when kicking into muddy camber. That said, the rubber compound and lugged base gives great grip on rock, root and walking around the car park or mid-ride cafe is many times more comfortable than with some disco slippers. Judging by comments from riding compatriots, they are easy on the eye, and actually look like a boot that a human might wear, instead of a multicoloured, buckle bound, child's plastic spaceship hanging off your leg ends. The smooth and understated exterior could probably manage a trip to your local pub without a sn*gger and, you could certainly hold your own in a Chamonix bar.
My only bugbear with the Alpineduro was the laces. I don't dislike laces in general, but I found they tended to bunch up around the top pair of eyelets. It was hard to get an even spread of tension across the entirety of the shoe. They have worn well over the winter, as to be expected with the price tag.- Paul Aston
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