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Giro Terraduro Shoes: Reviewed

Don't be a slave to your tribe

Words by Pete Roggeman. Photos by Kaz Yamamura.
July 29th, 2014

Before mountain biking became EnduroTM mountain biking all over again, your shoe choice used to betray the tribe to which you belonged. Skate shoes said “I can’t be bothered to pedal to the top (because I’m too lazy / my bike is too heavy)”, and stiff-soled XC shoes meant that “Thursdays are for shaving legs, Fridays I go to bed early, Saturday I pedal all day, and if it’s Sunday I must be dialing in my new burr grinder”.

Flats really aren’t great to pedal in relative to a proper XC shoe, but navigating a wet log crossing in slippers can be scarier than expressing an opinion about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict on Reddit. As a long time flat pedal/skate shoe guy, I have rediscovered riding clipped in (for the third time) and now go back and forth – clipped in 90% of the time, flats for DH or super scary stuff where getting the hell away from the bike trumps pedaling efficiency.

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The Giro Terraduro skirts the line between low-profile XC and reinforced low-cut DH. This angle shows the sole’s rocker, some of the many ventilation holes in the microfiber upper, and the mid foot strap which sticks up a bit but doesn’t get in the way.

Giro recognized the middle ground wasn’t being catered to so they dialed up the Terraduro, and chances are you’ve seen a bunch of them on the trails this Spring. Mostly you can’t miss the bright orange but it’s also because in typical Giro fashion, they fit, they work, they look good, and they’re not priced like a wallet from the Ferrari store. Seriously, if you have a Ferrari you don’t need the wallet, and if you have a Ferrari wallet but don’t have a sexy red four-wheeled prancing pony car…why. the. F?

Features

The Giro Terraduro’s purpose-built AM design starts with a microfiber upper that keeps your ugly hammer-toes in place with a micro-adjustable buckle and two hook and loop straps. The nylon shank is sufficiently stiff for pedaling (let me never write or say “sufficiently stiff” again), but the forefoot is more flexible and has a slightly rockered shape. Marry that with a Vibram lugged custom rubber outsole and you have a shoe fit for walking. Two-bolt clipless cleats have a nice fore-aft range so you can run your cleats up for XC-style pedal feel or back for more of a DH pedal-under-the-midfoot feeling.

A reinforced rubber toebox, offset D-ring strap for the mid foot strap (this is the one part of the shoe that could use slight refinement in my opinion – there are a few companies that have lower-profile, more comfortable options – see Shimano’s X-Strap for example), average quality insole with above average cushioning and arch support plus an anti-microbial treatment (I took a whiff – they don’t reek), and uhhhh, they’re Orange. Which is great if you’re Dutch, or into colour. I like ‘em, but if you don’t, they also come in a really stealthy looking black that looks matte.

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The buckles are easy to tighten or loosen while pedaling and offer good micro-adjustability. They’re also replaceable in case you manage to rip one off.

Fit

As usual, you need to cinch down the buckle to hold your heel in place. The mid foot strap definitely works but pull it too tight and it’ll feel tight on your arch. The forefoot strap had minimal impact on fit for me – not bad, but not incredible, either. They’ve been great on long rides with hour-long hike-a-bikes or three hour non-stop pedal fests. No sore feet or hot spots to speak of. And a big bonus is that they’re easy to drive in. This is actually a criteria for me – I prefer to wear flip flops before and after a ride, but if a shoe is easy to drive in, it means one less thing to worry about when I’m five minutes late getting out the door.

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Despite having decent reinforcement both front and back, the Terraduros are by no means bulky. The heel cup is comfortable holds you in place nicely provided you cinch down the buckle enough.

Performance

So often, a product that tries to fit between two categories just feels like a compromise, but the Terraduro is exactly what it claims to be: a bridge between XC performance and hiking shoe utility – without harmful trade-offs in either case. If you’re a dedicated XC racer, get race shoes. Otherwise, for AM/Enduro/ Mountain Biking, meaning a variety of conditions, ride lengths, time on and off the bike, dabbling in racing (not just the “E” kind), and yes – driving home or running the shuttle truck – the Terraduro is a great choice in an emerging category.

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Vibram provided a custom rubber sole for the Terraduro. It’s grippy and easy to walk in. There is plenty of range for your cleats – seeing this photo reminds me to try mine set further back for better descending performance.

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The Giro Terraduro is available in whole and half sizes from 39 through 47 as well as 48 (US 6.5 – 13.5) and in two colors: Glowing Red/Black (it’s orange, though) or Black.
The women’s version is called the Terradura and comes in Black with teal trim, and is available in sizes 36-43 including half sizes 37.5 – 42.5.

They weigh 420 grams (each – size 43) and retail for $180 USD.


Can you handle these bright orange kicks?

 

  • Giro

    Shoes have been recalled by Giro as the sole is defected

    • Kyle

      Word, they’re falling off around the cleat interface for me.

      • Peter Nicholson

        Kyle, please contact your retailer, who can easily arrange a warranty remedy. Sorry for the hassle – we’ll get you back on the trail ASAP.

    • http://nsmb.com Pete Roggeman

      You are misinformed. They have had some issues, however there is no recall on these shoes.

    • M_Irwin

      ‘defective’.

  • Peter Nicholson

    Peter Nicholson here, Giro Sport Design official spokesman. The false comment below posted by someone logged in as “Giro” is not true, and that poster does not represent Giro. The Terraduro has not been recalled. An extremely limited number of shoes (less than 1%) from the first production run had a problem with adhesives used on the sole – this has since been addressed at the factory. We’ve added an additional inspection at the warehouse to triple-check this issue before shipping to retailers. As with all Giro products, any manufacturing defects on the Terraduro is covered by warranty, easily handled by your local Giro dealer.

  • GiroCycling

    It’s frustrating to hear that you’re having issues with your Terraduro shoes, but we’re here to make it right. There was a limited manufacturing issue with some Terraduro
    shoes in an early production run, but luckily we identified what happened in the factory and were
    able to remedy it. The good news is that since addressing the assembly
    error, we have had no issues. However, some of you still have Terraduro
    shoes from an early production run that had a manufacturing issue.
    Giro has a great warranty policy
    that will repair or replace Terraduro shoes that are experiencing quality issues, subject to certain conditions. There is an easy way to determine
    if your Terraduro shoes need replacement, so check out this link for all the information: http://www.giro.com/us_en/statement-…-delamination/. In short, lift the insole to see if your shoes are marked with a date code (see photo). If they aren’t, please contact us for a replacement. Thanks for your understanding, and we really appreciate your continued support as we work through this!
    If you have any questions, just give us a call at 800-456-2355 or email us at giro-consumersupport@giro.com.