As a professional rider for one of the biggest importers in the cycling industry, I am quite fortunate to get my hands on products as soon as they land in the country. Giro are widely known for their helmets, but over the past few years they have quietly been expanding their product line up into glasses, gloves, and their latest addition, shoes.
It has been over a year since I had heard they were designing shoes, and it was well worth the wait. I got my hands on a pair of Giro Gauge shoes, which is their second from the top in their MTB shoe line up. The shoe features a full carbon Easton EC 70(Easton Carbon) sole with robust tread on the bottom should you need to get off and walk. On top the shoe closes with a simple ratchet system followed by two robust Velcro straps. The microfiber upper has been nicely finished off with rugged scuff guards to stop the shoes getting scratched through rough terrain.
On the first ride I was surprised at what a great fit these shoes have, especially on my very narrow feet. Apparently Giro has done a lot of research and testing to get the sole shape just right. The arch support inside was also great and can be adjusted with different arch support kits to suite the individual.
I have had these shoes for over a month now and have done a lot of tough riding in them, including a Sani2c. I am pleased to say that they feel and look just as good as new, and cleaning them between stages of Sani2c was no hassle as they always came clean pretty easily. The Velcro is still in top notch even after all the river crossings as Sani2c.
So whether you are a serious cyclist, or just like riding trails over the weekend, this is a shoe that fits all purposes with its stiffness, durability, and great fit.
RRP R 1895