Product Test: Giro Terraduro Shoes

As riding styles and bikes evolve, so must the gear. Long-travel bikes with incredible climbing capabilities have riders out on trails for longer periods of time, tackling technical terrain that was previously inaccessible to all but the most aggressive riders. These technical rides often have us walking our bikes through sections of rock that we’re positive nobody has ever cleaned. Shoes with tough, plastic soles have left us slipping off slick mossy rocks into streams, and the lack of cushioning has left us with feet that are more sore than our quads after an adventurous ride. Giro has addressed these problems, creating a shoe that provides all-day comfort with a rugged sole that can stand up to the rigors of modern all-mountain trail riding. Designed for anything and everything you could possibly throw at it, the Terraduro reflects the evolution of all-mountain riding.

Tech Features:

Durability was top priority for Giro when designing the Terraduro. The upper is constructed out of a breathable microfiber to provide plenty of ventilation and easily shed mud. Two “D-ring” straps secure the lower section of the shoe, while a slim MR-2 ratcheting buckle is used to secure the upper section. The buckles are easily replaceable with the removal of one screw, and the Terraduro protects the foot from rocks with a rubber toe cap. The dual-injected nylon shank creates a solid platform above the pedal while also allowing for a flexible forefoot area, and the aggressive Vibram sole offers grip worth writing home about. Costing $180, our pair of size-43.5 shoes weighed 2.2 pounds with SPD cleats installed. For all you ladies out there, Giro’s got you covered. The Terradura model has all the features of the Terraduro but caters to the shape of the female foot. Better yet, the Terradura color scheme is accented by a refreshing Dynasty Green.

Field Test Results:

We approached this test with high expectations. We were excited to finally ratchet down a pair of shoes that matched our riding style. The Terraduros did not disappoint. The beauty of the shoe is how it really does bridge the gap between downhill and cross-country needs. It retains the slimness and minimal weight of a cross-country shoe without compromising protection and durability. These shoes provided a fit that was free of hot spots, regardless of how tightly we secured them. At the pedal, the nylon shank was very stiff for optimal power transfer but provided the level of forgiveness we look for in a shoe that isn’t meant to shave off seconds. We knew the toe cap was doing its job when we didn’t notice a single rock smashing our toes during testing. Though we’d like to think it was our rock-evading skills, it’s more likely the Terraduros did a great job of easing the hits. Our one issue during testing was the vulnerability of the buckles.

These shoes are made for untamed trails, so that’s exactly where we took them. We explored the backcountry of British Columbia as well as local trials, and these shoes felt as good off the bike as they did on. Hike-a-bikes were considerably easier, and more important, comfortable, due to the noticeably flexible forefoot area of the shank. It enabled us to avoid the awkward toe-spiking we normally have to engage in to gain traction on steep climbs. In all conditions, the Vibram sole performed like a boss. Across rocky stream crossings, it held its grip as if on sandpaper, unaffected by the amount of slick algae. On rides where we were unable to finish on the bike, the Terraduros enabled us to run the rest of the trail.

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