Giro Alpineduro - Review

Mar 23, 2015
by Paul Aston  
Giro Alpineduro boots

Giro's take on the ultimate winter, riding boot. The Alpineduro offers a comfy sole and fully waterproof upper.



Giro's Alpineduro boot is designed to help you through the winter months, with a maximum degree of comfort and dryness. To achieve this Giro have constructed the boot from a waterproof, microfibre upper filled with a Primaloft insulator. The sole is said to be stiff enough for pedalling efficiency, yet flexible towards the toes to ease walking. A rubberized heel and toe reinforcement is there to keep your feet safe and sound, while protecting from scuffing. The insole is treated with an X-Static anti-microbial formula to keep things fresh. The sole design is shared with the Terraduro that Pinkbike reviewed last year, but utilizes Vibram Icetrek rubber, which is specifically engineered for low temperatures. Using a compound that grips in the California heat, then heading out into the French Alps in November is going to leave you with a harder sole as the degrees drop, the Icetrek rubber should leave you with the desired grip level in low temperatures. With no straps, ratchets or buckles in sight, fitting duties are left to laces, and there is a handy lace retainer to keep them tidy. The Alpineduro is offered in sizes 37 up to 48, and in black only. 440 grams is the stated weight for a 42.5 (my 43's weighed 491g with a Crank Brothers brass cleat) and the MSRP is $199.99 USD or £149.99 GBP. Giro Alpineduro / @GiroSportDesign


Giro Alpineduro
The rounded sole isn't particularly aggressive for biting into mud and snow.
Giro Alpineduro boots
The Vibram Icetrek rubber compound grips in a variety of conditions.

Pinkbike's Take:

bigquotesI'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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56 Comments

  • 71 3
 Just in time for Wint... nevermind
  • 30 5
 you do realize the world has two hemispheres?
  • 22 1
 And I can tell you've never been to that other hemisphere if you think they are going to need these.
  • 2 1
 (I lived in Australia for 2 years) /CSB
  • 8 0
 well i dont have that unfreezable canadian blood so probably you will call it mild weather but when I went to the south of chile a couple years ago my biggest regret was my choice of shoes.
  • 4 1
 Lol. yea, when I go south and it's their winter, the locals are wearing sweaters and bundled up and I'm in shorts and sandals ready to go swimming. Adaptation I guess.
  • 4 1
 I disagree-I can find snow 45 minutes from my house to ride in. Plus Chile and Tassie get decent snow all winter.
  • 5 0
 Trick question @fercho25-- there are 3! northern, southern, and North Korean hemisphere
  • 12 1
 Maybe I missed it, but it would be useful to state what temperature range the shoes were tested in. Consider that winter weather varies quite a bit from place to place, and shoes that are found to be suitable for a Vancouver or UK winter for example, may be completely unsuitable for someone living in Calgary or Ottawa.
  • 4 1
 This was my thought as well. Also, if you don't ride in under ten degree weather, I don't take your opinion on winter boots as much. Good to know that the toe box felt tight though, that's important when ordering winter riding shoes.
  • 3 0
 Read the review fellas. He just said he feels the cold under ten degrees, not that he doesn't ride. I, like this chap, also get chilly extremities when it's a bit nippy out, likely due to my height and therefore probable poor circulation at said extremities.

Also, if you click on the chaps name, it takes you to his PB profile, where you will see that he is UK based, just like me! That may give you some indication as to test temperatures Wink This winter has been a fairly snowy one, so think anywhere between -10C and +5C

If he's anything like me, he's probably tried Five Ten's choices and Seal skins and not had much luck. On that basis, I might give these a whirl next winter, if I'm feeling flush.
  • 1 0
 @sam264… I think that's their complaint, those temps are what much of the northern hemisphere call Spring , not Winter (-10C was the highest temp we saw jan - mar this year. And no, not near the arctic circle, I'm talking Toronto.
  • 1 0
 Are the trails even ridable then? Surely they would be covered in snow?
  • 1 0
 Not all trails, but many are rideable. There are shared access trails that get a lot of foot traffic and the explosion of fat bikes helped keep trails rideable for most of the snow season. And we didn't get snow to speak of until February, so the first few months of winter were just blistering cold with light snow…
  • 12 0
 Those look like hiking boots
  • 10 3
 ..from 1864
  • 4 0
 Obviously zorba doesn't have a nice pair of hiking boots Razz
  • 13 2
 #enShoero
  • 16 6
 KILL THEM BEFORE THEY LAY EGGS!!
  • 6 2
 I've always wanted a pair of $199.99 low cut rubber boots... No, wait - I meant a pair of $130 Five Ten's that looks like regular "sane person" footwear! Wait! WAAAIT!... DAMN IT!
  • 2 1
 Love mine too. Kept my feet warm though some snowy cold winter commutes And more recently dry in the wet muddy spring shredding. Awsome waterproof boot that will hold its own in any hipster coffee shop. Like the reviewer said size up. I do wish they did half sizes in these as a half size up would be ideal from my terraduros.
  • 5 0
 Winter is coming... or not
  • 1 0
 Aside from the kitchy name, these are nice shoes. The usual tricks you do when lacing a hiking boot work with these too. Of course it's not as straight-forward as with shoe that have other systems.
With merino and goretex socks, these keep feet warm at least down to -5 degrees centigrade (that's what i've tested them with for a 70km trailride), propably works in colder too. Don't know yet when they will get too warm. Not an issue in Finland for at least a couple of months i guess.
The fit is a bit narrow so I ordered one size up from my normal.
  • 5 1
 Well they certainly look waterproof
  • 4 4
 Another shoe with shoe laces showing with a "thing" to hold them in place. Why you keep making things stylish instead of technical and efficient? I mean these are supposed to be used in the woods, not in the city to impress girls and look cool.
  • 9 1
 Uh.... the "thing" is to keep your laces out of your chainrings. And it doesn't look remotely stylish.
  • 4 2
 Yes, true, but wouldn't it be better to have a flap or something more efficient on these nearly 200 euro shoe?
  • 6 0
 Why is a flap better? What's inefficient about a loop that holds your laces down? If it works, it works.
  • 2 0
 Dude...always gotta impress the ladies.
  • 4 0
 this will be great for the hot summer days
  • 2 0
 I was excited until I saw cleat only. Other than the 45 north wolvhammers there aren't many options for winter riding, let alone on flats. The search continues.
  • 1 0
 You would probably have a better chance with approach and hiking shoes. I'm using Salewa Firetail Evo Gtx with flat pedals and I'm quite happy, but I doubt we have the same definition of winter.
  • 1 0
 They've got a grippy rubber sole, so any reason why they wouldn't work with flats using the included insert? Would be nice to have a single pair of bike shoes that could work with both types of pedals.
  • 1 0
 Do you like your bike tires? Do you are confident about the grip they provide? So do you know what thread pattern your mountain shoes have to be similar. Thats a good start point for most.
  • 6 3
 hashtag sticking to flat pedals.
  • 5 2
 Looks better than FiveTen shoes cos i had 7 pairs died already Dead Horse
  • 6 0
 you hate horses ?
  • 1 0
 Yes lol my wife got 3 horses Wink
  • 2 0
 Just a thought: Maybe have a winter boot reviewed by someone who lives where they have a proper winter?
  • 2 0
 tried to find a pair locally but no luck maybe in the fall
  • 2 0
 Those damn laces... Tension not equal...damn damn damn
  • 2 1
 Can't imagine I'd ever want to wear a pair of shoes like that while biking, look liek they'd prevent ankle movement
  • 3 0
 the back looks cut low to give some movement and with a proper seat height you shouldn't have much need for ankle movement
  • 2 0
 Pack your red socks, sandwiches and a compass...
#rambling.
  • 1 1
 I just clicked to come in & comment about how perfect they look for stepping in dog shit, 'cuz they uglier than dog shit. That's all.
  • 4 2
 Shoeduro!
  • 2 1
 so ugly you mean, They just tried to copy the 5.10 Impact High
  • 2 1
 Gosh darn those are some ugly, alien looking shoes.
  • 1 0
 Boots yo
  • 3 3
 Has "duro" in it, so that means you must buy it...
  • 2 2
 Alpineduro? Why not go all the way and call it Alpinenduro?
  • 2 1
 cycling boots
  • 3 3
 ugliest pair of objets on earth
  • 1 0
 For flats, please
  • 1 1
 BOA. Heard of it?
  • 1 1
 just no MTB AINT FISHING

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