Giro's take on the ultimate trail shoe has a performance-oriented profile, moderated for walking by a more flexible area ahead of the cleat and a grippy Vibram sole.
Terraduro shoes use long-wearing Vibram rubber soles, molded with a tread pattern that doesn't hang up on the pedal's engagement mechanism.
|Five Ten skate-style shoes have become the Harley-Davidson 'Hitler helmet' of the high-volume mountain bike crowd, and while there are some good reasons to ride with flexible, flat-soled, heavy hunks of rubberized cloth strapped to your feet (flat pedals, for instance, are good reasons), much of the popularity of flat-soled DH type shoes is just bro-fashion. The Giro Terraduro offers clipped in riders a more efficiently shaped shoe for pedaling, without sacrificing the essential foot-dabbing and drifting capability of a skate-style shoe. It looks pretty good, it is scented to repel spandex and it is easy enough to walk on that pushing uphill to session descents is an experience comparable to bro-fashion footwear. The Terraduro can be used with flat pedals in a pinch too, as its Vibram sole is very grippy material, molded flat over a large enough area to ensure that you contact the pedal squarely - most of the time. All this means is that you can still sprint out of corner should you miss the engagement after dropping a foot. On the subject of comfort, it took a couple of rides for the shoe to conform the feet, after which, the Terraduros became daily drivers. There is more room in the toe-box than a traditional racing shoe - which is a must for serious dirt work, and the shoe is just flexible enough to feel like the feet are comfortably planted on the pedals when jumping. Having a good deal of experience riding roadie-boy man pumps, as well as skate-style DH slippers, I would give Giro two thumbs up for making a true performance cycling shoe that handily bridges the chasm between the two. If you ride AM/trail or (dare I say the word?) race ENDURO events, and you ride clipped in, you will appreciate Giro's take on the ultimate trail shoe. - RC|
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