Review: Giro Riddance Mid Shoes

Sep 11, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
Giro Riddance Mid review


The Riddance Mid is a relatively new addition to Giro's lineup, designed to be able to withstand the abuse dished out by riders like Kurt Sorge and Carson Storch. Even if there aren't any Rampage-sized hucks in your future, the extra protection that the taller cuff and reinforced toe provide can come in handy for those moments when a surprise stump or rock appears in the middle of the trail.

There aren't any fancy dials or ratchet straps to be seen here – the Riddance Mid uses a tried-and-true lace-up design, with a wide velcro strap to adjust the fit and keep everything in place.

Giro Riddance Mid Details
• Molded DH EVA footbed
• Vibram Megagrip ISR outsole
• Colors: Dark Shadow, red/black
• Rubber toe and heel reinforcements
• Weight: (549 grams per shoe, size 45)
• MSRP: $140 USD
www.giro.com

Giro chose Vibram's stickiest rubber, called Megagrip ISR, for the Riddance's sole, which is covered with dozens of tiny raised hexagons. Megagrip is also claimed to provide excellent vibration damping, a useful feature if you're spending any time bombing down trails full of high-speed brake bumps.

The Riddance Mid is available in either red or black, in sizes 35-50, for $140 USD. Not a fan of the mid-top look? There's also a low top version for $130.


Giro Riddance Mid review
The mid-top construction provides extra ankle support and protection.


Giro Riddance review
Vibram's Megagrip ISR sole didn't quite live up to its name.
Giro Riddance review
A reinforced toe cap helps prevent stubbed toes.

Performance

I have average width, slightly flat feet, and found the Riddance Mid shoes to be quite comfortable. They fit true to size, and I didn't run into any issues with unwanted heel lifting or hot spots. Of course, just like with any apparel, trying before you buy is always the best tactic. These shoes are on the bulkier side of the spectrum, especially around the ankle – the additional coverage is appreciated, but in this case, I think a touch less padding would help keep them from rubbing on crankarms and frames.

The true test of a flat pedal shoe is how much grip they provide, and I had high hopes after reading Giro's claims about that Vibram Megagrip ISR sole. Unfortunately, those claims didn't pan out, and the amount of traction on tap simply doesn't come close to matching that of Five Ten's Stealth rubber compound, especially in rough terrain. Even with big pedals with plenty of pins I had to make a conscious effort to keep my feet from getting knocked out of position. I know there are some riders out there who like that freedom of movement, but I'm not one of them – I want my shoes to be as grippy as possible; if there's too much traction I can always take out some pedal pins.

The lack of traction from the Vibram sole is also exacerbated by the shallow depth of the tread pattern. If those hexagons were a little taller, the sole would be more likely to grab onto a pedal pin, rather than skittering over the pedal's surface, but as it is they aren't doing much to help in the grip department. The sole's stiffness also has an impact in this equation, and the Riddance Mid is on the stiffer side of the spectrum, which makes it makes it harder for the shoe to conform to the shape of a pedal.


Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesThe Riddance Mid shoes are stiff and sturdy, but they lack one key ingredient: traction. They'll do the trick for mellower trail rides or for taking laps around the pumptrack, but on rougher trails the lack of grip is a letdown.  Mike Kazimer








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104 Comments

  • + 27
 Have read a couple of reviews now which have all mentioned the lack of grip in the sole. Not a good idea calling your sole "mega grip" if thats the one thing it doesn't do well.
  • + 27
 Vibram politic to deny the right for bike shoe maker to use their climbing rubber tech is the worst mistake ever and they keep this line for years now while every review state a lack of grip when the shoe is using vibram. And believe me, Vibram climbing rubber is as least as good if not much better (imo) than what 5.10 has to offer. For that reason Vaude steered clear from vibram for their new Moab range and that's a welcome change. Vibram really should rethink their bike strategy.
  • + 2
 I (heart) irony
  • + 3
 @Balgaroth: You're right! Vibram do a sole rubber called New Boulder that's at least as grippy as Stealth, also in a dotty pattern. I have had 2 pairs of riding shoes resoled by the same guy - on with New Boulder, one with Stealth, and there's no discernible difference. But it seems very hard to find anyone who'll do a resole, and it's even crazier that they have a rubber ready to go but won't use it.
  • + 1
 @andyrm @Balgaroth : I wonder if they're afraid it won't wear well - people would bitch that the rubber didn't last a season. I'm amazed no one else seems to offer a decent compound...
  • + 3
 @Balgaroth: 5.10. climbing rubber is not the same as their bike shoe rubber (Stealth C4 vs. Stealth S1) !
C4 is very similar to Vibram but too hard and brittle for pedals
  • + 6
 @andyrm: when i talkes to vibram at sea otter, they stated that MTB shoemakers decide which rubber to use. Vibram makes recommendations, but iltimately pearl izumi, bontragger, giro, and others choose the tubber and tread they want. Vibram was just as frustrated as i was that nobody was choosing sticky rubber for the sole. Im betting if a shoe manufacturer wanted the sticky rubber, then vibram would sell it. It seems like none of these show manufacturers have actually ridden a flat pedal shoe before. I jave a pair of pearl izumi flat pedal shows and they have anput as much grip as cowboy boots.
  • + 3
 @sixstringsteve: I'm guessing it has something to do with costs/margins/profit/loss. 5.10 doesn't have to buy it's stealth rubber from anyone. Giro has to buy it's rubber from Vibram who needs to make a profit. I'll bet their stickiest rubber costs more... enough that the shoe wouldn't be able to compete price-wise against 5.10.


It's a double edged sword. Competitive pricing + crappy sole = no sales or high price + good sole = no sales.
  • + 6
 so, would ya call it good riddance, mike?
  • + 1
 @jzPV: LOLOLOLOL, C4 is way softer than Megagrip. Seen the actual testing numbers on that. That's actually one of the reasons C4 is "stickier" than Megagrip.

Megagrip overall is a pretty good compound (not as "sticky" as stealth C4, probably about the same/ slightly better than S1). I'd guess a lot of the traction issues with the sole is the lug depth/ design paired with a stiff midsole.

Example:
I've ridden protos of DZR's Sense that had a MUCH deeper lug design than the final design. The difference was pretty pronounced from final design. Side to side the proto felt almost like a clipless (laterally) since the lugs really surrounded and captured the pins (like the old Nike 6.0 soles, RIP). Versus the final that had a good balance of good lateral traction and being able to still pivot your foot.

The second half of that is having a stiffer midsole that doesn't allow the outsole to conform around the pins as much. Just like how a high pressure tire is rougher and has less traction than a low pressure tire.
  • + 2
 @NorCalNomad: I'm not talking about megagrip, I'm talking about the classic Vibram rubber from alpine boots.
And my 5.10 Guide Tennie's with C4 have definitely a harder compound than my Freerider Pro's with S1, my Spitfire's or Sleuth's with Stealth Phantom or my Freerider Contact's with Mi6. That's why Five Ten use C4 on their outdoor shoes as softer Stealth compounds wouldn't be durable enough.
  • + 1
 @Balgaroth: How are Vaude MTB shoes?
  • + 2
 @motard5: I'd say pretty good but I'd be biaised. The current Moab shoes is good and ofering good grip but the more recent one is better IMO since they now use Sup traction rubber.
@sixstringsteve One of the reason why they left Vibram is because they wouldn't provide them anything better than Megagrip which is pale in comparaison to the rubbers 5.10 use that are resin based coumpounds.
@jzPV if you're a climber you will know that pretty much any rubber on the market, even self branded rubbers are way supperior to anything you could find on the shoe market and this because it is a resin rubber. Even the entry level climbing shoes (not the cheap shit with bouncy rubber found for 5€ in Decathlon and such) that offer resin rubber would give you mad grip on flat pedals while being deemed way too hard for decent climbing, this type of rubber would be insane for bike riding given you give it a thread patern. Like somebody else said, approach shoes use C4 (I have a pair of Tennie Guide for climbing approach) and they wear out decently, considering how much more miles I put in them walking compared to if I was biking with them, I don't see any possible wear-out issues. So all together Vivram could release a resin based hard rubber, even if harder than C4 and would allow many brands to compete with Adidas and not let the MTB world being dominated by such a brand (because 5.10 name is just a name now and will be phased out within 2/3 season).
  • + 1
 Amazing that 130 American dollars is considered to be a competitive price! f*cking joke is what it is! Aside from the fact that they literally cost $4.56 to make, they're a luxury item that maybe sees a couple of hours' use a week. Really, $130. Ha! No special tech, no special materials or safety features. Literally just a pair of shoes made from synthetics, and they are charging that ridiculous price!
  • + 2
 @jaame: jaame you clearly don't know what you're talking about at all if you think the FOB of those shoes are less than $5. The midsole and Vibram outsole alone probably cost more than $5.

@jzPV It's not that S1 is not softer, it's the "midsole" bit of the cup soles of the freeride, sleuth, and spitfire are softer than the guide tennie midsole. So you're perceiving it as softer. And Phantom is way less sticky than C4 or S1.

Now if we are talking Mi6, yes that is significantly softer than C4. One of the reasons Mi6 outsoles get a slab of rubber rather than lugs in the pedal area is because the lugs would too easily wear or sheer off. If 5.10 really wanted to use a more durable rubber for approach or hiking shoes they use S1, like they do in the Camp 4.

I've worked with the guy who MADE 5.10's for decades and helped with Stealth development. I'm not talking out my ass.
  • + 0
 @NorCalNomad: I am talking "out my ass", but I once walked down shoe street in Hanoi wearing a pair of Levi's shoes that cost me $100 a couple of months previously, and I saw the exact same shoes for an asking price of $6, which I probably could have got for $4 if I wanted to haggle.
Also I know a guy who works for a Taiwanese shoe company in China who makes a lot of the top shoes for Nike among others. I can't remember any specifics off the top of my head but he told me the price of a pair of air max or whatever is something ridiculously low. Certainly a small fraction of the asking price. So I stand by what I said. $130 for a pair of shoes made in an Asian sweatshop out of synthetics with no craftsmanship, fancy materials or tech is a joke!
  • + 4
 @jaame: Yeah what you saw was possibly one of a few things.
1. Third Shift Goods (google it if you don't know what it is)
2. A factory offloading legit goods onto the grey market when the purchase order was way lower than was promised or reneged on.
3. Straight counterfeits.

Your $100 shoe probably cost somewhere in the teens to make and account for duty.

I don't work for Giro, and have only ever had coworkers who were ever direct competitors to Giro, I do though work for a company that makes highly technical and casual shoes in China, Vietnam, and Europe. You trying to shit on $130 dollar shoe that is only slightly more expensive than your Levi example is so missinformed. That $100 Levi's shoe probably had a higher margin, less stringent QC and environmental standards, and way less tech, than what Giro deals in. Even just having the Vibram on there means they have to live up to a certain standard of quality for the entire shoe.
  • - 1
 @NorCalNomad: Whatever Trevor. Tony told me the difference in materials cost between a low end and a high end shoe is minimal. The difference is that the workers have to make sixty pairs an hour of the cheap ones but only ten pairs for the expensive ones. The different materials actually cost about the same but branding and exclusivity mean they sell for more.
Don't get me wrong, if you want to spend that kind of cash on a pair of shoes and you think it's a good deal then go right ahead. I will continue to say it's a rip off.
Those Levi's shoes I had, I believe they were real shoes being sold illegally out of the same factory that exports them. Logic tells me that factory boss would not be selling them at under cost price. Then there is the distribution and retailer overheads, still coming to just $6 a pair. How much did that factory actually lay out to manufacture that pair? I don't think it was over $6.
  • + 1
 Vibram should stick to making condoms and leave sticky rubbers to the professional's.
  • + 1
 @ShempHoward: what are you talking about mate ? Vibram his the best sole rubber maker and has nothing to prove with a crazy history of climbing and mountaineering succes. Because for some reason they don't want to give their good rubbers to the Mtb world is weird but doesn't make them a bad rubber maker.
  • + 1
 @Balgaroth: I was joking obviously and going by terrible reviews. I have Vibram on my ski boots so very aware of there multiple applications.
  • + 10
 I wanted to like these. Wanted to change it up from free riders so I bought a pair. They are very comfortable, seem to be well made. Good toe protection and I really like how stiff they are. Just not enough grip. If they had Five Ten rubber these would be a grand slam home run
  • + 10
 Had the riddance as a trade test. Fit was great and felt more robust than 510s so my hopes were high. Grip was literally none. Feet just bounced directly off the pedals even on Surrey single track. Avoid.
  • + 1
 Sucks man. I was going to buy a pair. I've got 4 or 5 pairs of Jackets and Chambers. I love them. The new rubber is nice on the new shoes but it's just not deep enough. Maybe the Riddance 2 will get it right.
  • + 7
 I just bought a pair for a 2 week trip to whistler. I must say I do disagree with this review. Yes they are very stiff. But even on the rowdiest trails that Whistler provided, I never found myself replacing my feet from being Mis-placed or bounced off.
I was also impressed with the grip on wet rock when we were scouting some of the more hairy lines and blind roll-ins. They replaced a pair of 7 y/o Sombrio Loam mid-boots and they bring a welcome refresh and suitable water repellency even when puddle splashing and dragging the back foot. Overall, I was happy with the purchase.
  • + 6
 Mine grip great also and are far more durable than 5-10's.
  • + 4
 @FearlessFly: I am hoping mine do too. My Sombrio's are STILL all in one piece after 7 years of neglect, so I will use them on the crap weather days, but if the Giros are even 1/2 as good as that, i'll be happy. My partners 5-10's have lost all structural stiffness and they are barely 12months old.
  • + 2
 @FearlessFly: I also feel they grip just fine. Had my pair for about 4 months no issues. Wet, dry they grip fine. Don’t know what all the fuss is about...
  • + 4
 The fact that you came off sombrios gives your review a seal of approval in my book. Going to buy a pair today. Sorry Kazimer.
  • + 3
 I'm with you: My personal review, having owned 3 sets of 510's and 3 sets of Giro Jackets/Riddance, I'll take the Giro's every time. We're in Utah where we do a lot of big mountain freeride, and the giros have a more stable platform, significantly more comfortable sole, and just as good of grip as a 510s for long days hiking rampage ridge lines. Oh, and I haven't had to warranty any of my Giro's, unlike my 510s.
  • + 2
 @steviestokes: I need a new pair of mid top sombrios, great shoes!
  • + 6
 been riding the mids for a few months now, including a 6 day trip to whistler... love the fit/comfort/construction compared to my 5.10s, i think giro is quite a bit better in that aspect, but yeah the grip is just not good in comparison. I've started wearing my ratty 5.10s again and will be buying a new pair shortly.

size 46 for sale!
  • + 4
 I really liked my last pair of Giros, the only thing was the inner heal area collapsed after a few months. Grip was good , not 5ten good but fine for me but more importantly they felt comfier than my freeriders (before the heel collapsed). Unsure about the name of these though , isn't riddance the action of getting rid of something you couldn't stand?
  • + 3
 On my chamber’s my heel effectively folds in on itself unless I go as far as using a shoe horn to put them on, a bit disappointing in that regard but great shoes once you get the heel pulled out.
  • + 4
 Since I finally exhausted eBay's supply of Karvers in my size, I've been riding these all season.

I had high hopes, but rapidly discovered that the poor grip of the Riddance is on the verge of dangerous. I'll bet Giro could have saved a lot of money on licensing the Vibram compound by putting virtually anything on the bottom to accomplish at least the same grip. On the bright side, the sole is still 100% on the shoe, where I would have had to repair a 5-10 twice by now.

What really confounds me is how they made the hex pattern SHALLOWER where you need the most pin interface! If I walked around in these for any length of time post-ride, they'd wear smooth at the point of pedal contact. What was the goal here?

The uppers are holding up better than most shoes, but the foot opening really tends to gape wide during the pedal stroke to hit the crankarms and collect roost.

One more point on fit: These would be more comfortable to me if they were built on a more curved "last" (i.e. frame). They're too straight for my feet (which is never a problem in other shoes), so I can't walk in them due to a lot of big toe side-rub.

I've adapted enough to get by with them this season, but I won't be buying them again.
  • + 1
 I feel like them making it the contact area shallower follows 5.10 when they had the straight up bald contact areas. It worked well for that Stealth rubber - for like a week until it delaminated. I just wonder if anyone developing these shoes actually rides flat pedals or if Aggy and whatever other athletes had any input or even ride them?
  • + 2
 Having owned two pairs of 5.10s and now trying to go Giro, I agree with @mikekazimer

Good fit and yes, bulky. Does collect roost in the shoe. Traction is so-so. My main gripe is the sole rubber is thin. The hexagonal pattern is not deep enough, and I find that after just one summer of use, it appears that the sole has holes into the foot bed. Going into winter, I know it will surely allow water in if I step in a puddle, which is highly likely given I live in the PNW.

The only thing that I like about the shoe is the stiffness and the elastic loop on the tongue that holds the loose shoe-strings and loops so they don't get caught in the chain ring.

My next purchase will likely be back to 5.10. Sorry I strayed away...
  • + 1
 I wanted to circle back on my previous comment for any future readers considering these shoes. Contrary to my comment "I won't be buying them again," I bought another pair. Two reasons: 1) the grip actually improved into the "very acceptable" range once the sole was torn up and, more importantly to me, 2) I can't find any other reasonably-priced MTB shoe with inboard ankle protection. I must have very bony ankles or I use my feet for leverage in atypical ways, because I can't ride without ankle injury if I don't have good ankle coverage, and I prefer this to come from the shoe rather than some sort of ankle guard.
  • + 6
 I get more traction with my airwalk than I do with the giro shoes I bought (510's don't fit my feet) with DMR vaults.

would not recommend those shoes to anyone
  • + 3
 Running this shoe for dh trail and all mountain. Way more support than my 510’s. rubber not as tacky but still plenty of grip. Used with race face atlas and Kona jack shit pedals. I will continue to use these shoes for the foreseeable future
  • + 2
 Wanted to like these. Wanted to like the new 5.10 Impact Pros and they're both coming up pretty short in terms of both grip and fit. I have an early version of the Ride Concepts Hellions and they take the cake hands down. These Riddance Mid's will make good digging shoes.
  • + 1
 I have the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch flat pedals which use the same Vibram MegaGrip sole. True. it doesn't have the same amount of grip as the 5-10s. But since I use the grippiest pedals for sale like the DMR Vault and Nukeproof Horizon Pro, this is plenty grippy for me. I had a pair of Freerider Pros and within a month, the sole started delaminating and the inner ankle part started falling apart from pedal rub. Within 2 months, the soles had holes from the pedal pins. In 4 months, they were toast. Looked like hobo shoes. Ever since adidas bought out 5-10 the quality just went down significantly. I will say that the Freerider Pros were very comfortable. I have a set of pre-adidas Freerider Contacts that has lasted about 2 years of 3-7 days a week of use.
  • + 1
 Love these shoes and I loved the Giro Jacket Mid before them. Comfortable and fantastic durability. I agree that the rubber may not be as grippy as some like for trail use, but for dirt jumping I absolutely love them. That being said I've had a couple bike park days wearing these this year and had no issues myself.
  • + 1
 the traction issue reminds me of my giro jacket shoes...nice fit but even with t-mac peddles my feet bounce around in rock gardens and tall roots. they require extreme finesse when pumping suspension thru rock gardens or down ledges. my old 661 filters actually do a better job
  • + 1
 I have been using a pair of Riddance 2 for the past few weeks. I cannot be sure that the rubber that is on review here is the exact same as mine. Someone else can geek out on that. I've ridden multiple pairs of 510s over the years and would still be on them if not for their poor durability - at least in this tropical climate. Yes. My Giros are not as sticky as 5-10s and they have a pretty stiff feel. The grip for me is acceptable. The fit is acceptable as is the comfort level. How this plays out in time remains to be seen. What i am sure of is that they will not require a stitch job in a few months to keep the edges of the sole from flapping or a tube of rubber glue into the sole delamination hole left by the Stealth logo letter falling out. I'm tired of that.
  • + 1
 I bought a pair a for a week long trip in the mountains. Lets just say they barely survived. The sole is tearing apart, they had crappy grip, and I tore a hole in the side of them. I should have just bought another pair of freeriders.
  • + 1
 The jacket 2 is solid. Love how it is only shoe out there to have toe traction for hiking a bicycle. Like wth, why does no one make traction at the toe and heel for a MTB specific shoe. Its there on the jacket just wish it was a little more. The sole is great. Sticking enough, the pins on my pedal get caught in the grid pattern which is a good thing. ITs not sticky though which is okay i suppose. It allows me to re-adjust when needed which is real nice. I have been looking for a mid-top MTB specific shoe to help ankle injuries. Will shoe makers just listen to what we want if they want to make a shoe that will sell FOREVER
PLEASE MAKE A MTB SPECIFIC SHOE WITH
1. flat pedal design with traction in the toe and heel for "hike-a-bike" (good job giro!)
happens all the time and i'm slipping all over on loose stuff carrying a bike.
2. toe box or reinforced toe and heel. (good job giro!)
3. slightly sticky sole but not too sticky. mostly keeping the pedals in place from the grid pattern on the bottom. (jacket 2 had great pattern)
4. mid-top or high-top versions because it helps protect the ankle from rocks and injuries. (good job giro!)
  • + 1
 I wanted to like mine, but they tore open on my third ride. Managed to send them back & get Shimano GR900's.
The Shimanos are such grippier without being locked in the wrong spot.
The Giros were pretty water proof where the Shimanos are a cold in the winter.
Will just have to keep gluing my Freerider Elements back together for the winter.
  • + 5
 Narrow, expensive, not 5.10's. No thank you!
  • - 2
 My last five tens are falling apart at every seam. sole rubber is barely worn. I wear Teva Pinner every day (just in the office) and they are holding up with not a single stitch missing after 3 years. I have replaced insoles a few times.

My love affair for 5.adidas shoes is OVER.
  • + 1
 I don’t normally do this but I have to say that this was a poorly done review at best, and completely gives all viewers the wrong impression of the shoes detailed characteristics. “A wide Velcro strap to adjust the fit.” This is actually a lateral support strap, and for those wanting to have more ankle protection this works extremely well. “Bulky around the ankle.” This was done on the inside of the ankle to help with catching tail-whips and other foot tricks, everyone on the team had asked for this. If rubbing in the cranks is an issue maybe look at the pedals and the gap between crank and pedal platform. Many different options out there for this, and is always the riders preference. “Unfortunately the claims of Megagrip ISR sole didn’t pan out, and simply doesn’t come close to five ten. The lack of grip was let down.” If you currently ride five tens as your daily driver and then switch to the Riddance, for sure you will notice the difference in traction. But if you come from riding Vans or other skate shoes you will notice the major upgrade in performance. Considering this is labelled as a Freeride shoe, and built for the team riders in mind. With Vibram we’ve tested countless various compounds of different stiffness/ stickiness and as a Team the end product is what we wanted. We’re just the 1% I guess.
  • + 8
 @aggy, I appreciate the input, but I tried to provide the pros and cons of these shoes as clearly as possible.

As I mentioned, I like the extra coverage, but it sticks out pretty far around the ankle, enough that I even hooked my chain on that upper cuff in one instance, something that I haven't had happen with other shoes. As for the grip, it just wasn't what I was hoping for, and I think that potential customers will want to know that this isn't the stickiest shoe out there.

You're certainly in the 1% as far as riding talent goes, there's no denying that, but that doesn't change what I think about the Riddance.
  • + 3
 @mikekazimer, I see you mentioned all your personal cons but you clearly failed to highlight all if not any of the pros. This is very unfortunate and is the only reason why I chose to say anything in the first place. This no doubt makes the review inaccurate and overall poorly executed. I’ve seen this with other product reviews in the past, and I think that is not only unfair to the Brands products being reviewed but most of all to the people reading the reviews. Now they have a mislead understanding of the this product, because of one persons opinion. Which through PB carries a lot of weight, so don’t abuse your power. From a 1%er to another.
  • + 7
 @aggy, we could go back and forth on this endlessly, but I don't think anything I said in the review is inaccurate. I said they're comfortable, stiff, and sturdy, but they simply miss the mark in the most important area - grip. Sure, I could have listed off more pros, but that would be like going on and on about the nice paint job on a bike that handles poorly - it doesn't make sense.
  • + 11
 @aggy: i'm sorry, aren't you sponsored by giro?
  • + 11
 @thisspock: Yes he is, and Mike is not.
  • + 2
 @aggy when I first saw the press release for the Riddance shoe, I was super stoked. I thought to myself "finally a proper mid top shoe with lots of ankle padding for tailwhips, but it has a Vibram..". I love using Five Tens for any trail/dh riding, but always found them too grippy for dirt jumping. Vans has lately been my go to shoe for overall feel with jumping. But my god, if you look at them wrong, they fall apart. When the Riddance Mid popped on to Pinkbike, I knew it was the ticket. It was perfect; all the protection and durability, with not as much grip as Five Ten. I personally wasn't prepared for how they ended up being.

When I got my new set on for their first ride, I felt how protective the shoe is of your foot and ankle. As soon as I went for the first lap through the jumps, I knew right away that they had zero grip, plus with how firm they are, you can barely feel the pedal. I thought that with time, the soles would soften up and and they would break in a little bit, but they stayed dam firm, and grip barely changed. I realize that if you are going as big as you or Carson go, and you gotta hit the eject button, these are going to be the best shoes you could have on your feet protection and damping wise. I just can't get over how lacking the grip is (and I went in wanting/knowing they wouldn't be as grippy). I rode with them for a total of 4 weeks (3-5 rides a week), and had three, pretty stupid, but shitty crashes just because my foot slipped doing routine things that I've been doing for years. I have since put them away, and ordered new Vans.

From someone who works in a shop and gets to try a lot of products, and has been riding for the last 11 years, I think that @mikekazimer 's review is totally accurate and completely fair on the Riddance shoe. If I had to pay normal price for these shoes and be stuck with them, I would not be a happy customer. I also think that through this criticism, Giro knows what they need to change for the next model. For what it's worth, I really do hope they knock it out of the park.
  • + 1
 Just to write a comment of my seeing of Giro Riddance.
Very disapointed, very!
When I compare it to 5.10s there is no compare in any aspect, oh sorry there is.. just in visual aspect (its good looking)!!
Comfort - bad
Grip - very bad
Durability - hm.. also very bad. After just few rides there is scars on Vibram sole.
All in all they are very disapointing to me. I've had 2 pairs of freeriders and in every aspect the beats Giro. Took Giros just to try something else and boy, what a mistake.
Sad to say but Giro's are not even close to 5.10s and I'll threw money with buying them.
  • + 4
 Can we all agree we want a Review on the new Etnies Semenuk shoes ASAP
  • + 1
 Adidas/5.0 singlehandedly keeping flat pedals alive. What will we do if they stop making them? They could go down to a single model, the 5.10 Ronald, big yellow clown shoes, and we'd all wear them.
  • + 2
 Every shoe review: "Blah blah blah, a few good features, grip doesn't match 5.10, blah blah blah." How hard can it possibly be to match the stickiness?!!!!
  • + 4
 Apparently very hard, given how so many companies get it wrong.
  • + 4
 The shoes looks nice. But I leave the place when I see "vibram" on it
  • + 4
 funny because it's true and meanwhile Vibram is the best climbing rubber out there. Why don't they allow bike shoe companies to use them ? No clue maybe they really want to miss that market completely and leave it to 5.10 and now Sup traction or Michelin. Ridiculous like.
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 The unfortunate thing is as a climber I use exclusively Lasportiva climbing boots with Vibram XSEdge rubber and I feel it is better than the comparable 5.10 rubber... I think that Vibram hasnt been given enough space from the manufacturers of the shoes to properly configure sticky rubber like climbing shoes or approach shoes for the mtb market. I generally go for Vibram soles for most other applications such as hiking or even trail running shoes.
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 @sethnolan: man I go Vibram for all my shoes, and resole those that aren't with Vibram so I'm sold to it ... yet they refuse to provide anything like a climbing rubber to manufacturers. I work for Vaude and our Moab range had to move from vibram to SupTraction because Vibram didn't allow us to access anything decent (Megagrip is ok but not good enough to fight with 5.10/Adidas). Their argument being that anything better than Megagrip is gonna wear too fast, which is dumb because I have some 5.10 Tennie Guide which are using Stealth C4, an actual climbing rubber) and wear out just fine despite many many miles of approach hiking done with them, way more than a life time of hiking during mountainbiking.
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 @Balgaroth: I am a downhiller.


PS : on va pas se mentir, j'en ai eut des vibram, et c'est clairement pas les meilleurs pour le grip sur pédale. C'est trop dur comme gomme.
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 @rismo68: Idem mais je roule 98% de mon temps en auto, Dh ou Enduro. Faisant pas mal de grimpe à coté du bike quand 5.10 est arrivé à l'époque c'était une évidence que prendre de la gomme de grimpe ferait une grosse diff, et la ou je pensais que Vibram leur emboiterai le pas, il ne l'ont jamais fait ... Et je te garanti que si Vibram laissait des fabricants utiliser leurs bonne gommes, 5.10 aurait du souci à se faire. Surtout maintenant que 5.10 va disparaitre dans 2/3ans max au profit de Adidas qui les a acheté il y a 2/3 ans, en tant que rider il est hors de questions que je m'associe à Adidas, comme Nike et autre. (car 5.10 fait de bonne godasse SPD ou leur gomme offre une super tenue une fois déclipé).
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 www.pinkbike.com/photo/16298049 only 2 weeks of riding at the sole looks like this!
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 Yeah sadly the shoes had noticable wear after 4 days in Saalbach. My Sam Hill 3 had none after triple the amount. But they look good and a strap.... Pleeeeaaassse Fiveten
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 I've got the clippy low-top version and it sounds like they developed that first (stiff insole) and then just took the clip out. Makes a great SPD shoe as the vibram sole does grip when off the bike
  • + 3
 Are they wide? Giro jacket is narrow for me
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 Good looking shoe but the lack of grip is not good. Who calls a sole Megagrip when it can’t even stay on the pedals? This is why I’m a die heart Five Ten fan
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 Sombrio shoes are awesome and less money. I ride a metric tonne and have been on my Shazam's for 4 seasons....they look barely used and the soles are still in great shape.
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 Bad Riddance!
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 Thank you for such an honest review!
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 They reviewed these, then don't even mention Brendon Semenuk's new personally designed Etnies shoes!?
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 Vibram soles are always terrible, on any style of shoe. I wish five ten made there rubber more readily available
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 Does anyone see the title and read it as good riddance shoe?
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 They look interesting...BUT.....nothing compares to 5.10 Contact sole shoes for grip on flats!
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 540g per one shoe and Vibram is a recipe for disaster.... IMO
  • + 1
 i wouldn't want to hike a bike in those, especially if its wet out. So, these are for park riding only?
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 No grip? Well, good riddance then...
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 Why would anyone use anything else than 5ten for flats?
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 Five tens appear to not make size 14 anymore. That is going to be the reason I have to ride something else when my current pair runs out.
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 Poor quality?
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 5:10 shoes themselves aren't that nice. I'm hoping that now that Adidas owns them they'll improve a bit. I actually like Adidas's own offerings more, but they aren't as sticky.
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 Cos they fall apart. thats why.
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 In 2018 there are still people buying overpriced/good-looks/poor-quality giro stuff?
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 I ride in vans and theyre amazing. end of discussion.
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 not Sam Hills
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 When are we going to have a flat pedal shoe that anyone is happy with?
  • + 1
 Too bad I ordered a pair of these last week. Frown
  • + 0
 Yayyyy... a review that doesn't suck up to the company and feature their ad slapped across the top of the page.
  • + 1
 for once and honest review.. was really hyped on these but will be avoiding based on the review and comments section
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 just wear vans and stop fucking with these stupid ass mtb specific shoes.
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 Have you tried clip-less pedals? I hear they help you stick to your pedals...
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