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Giro Tack Rubber Shoes: Tracker, Deed and Latch

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Tack Rubber

Giro has been making good flat pedal shoes for years now. The Jacket II, while not North Shore grippy with its Vibram sole, is a min-max favourite. The Latch, with its sticky Tack rubber sole, will go toe-to-toe against any shoe on the market for grip, but the quality of the microfiber upper puts other high-end options to shame.

The Latch's success has spawned a rapid expansion of Tack rubber options. The Latch is now available in four colourways and the line has been expanded to add two more models. The first is the Tracker, available in BOA and Fastlace versions, also in four colourways. Second is the Deed, also available in four colours and it's fairly obvious from the marketing copy, which I'll get to, that even the folks at Giro aren't really certain when it exists.

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Folks looking for top traction and an upper featuring quality manufacturing and materials can't go wrong with Giro's line of Tack rubber footwear.

Full honesty: I took this review assignment because I love the Giro Latch shoes and mine were in a sorry state. Not the uppers, which have held up better than any flat pedal shoes I've used, but the soles are destroyed. I wish there was a good option to get them re-Tack-ed, as it seems a shame to toss them.

I've seen this same process play out so many times in the bike industry. If a company puts out a great product that sells through then they add a bunch of colours and a whole host of other similar products that are never as good as the original.

These are all high quality shoes, and the Tack rubber is awesome. But determining a use case for the Deed and Tracker is not as easy as the almost universally recommendable Latch.

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Thanks to Giro's Tack rubber, grip is identical on all three shoes assuming a ball-over-axle foot position.

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The fit is also the same with a generous toe-box, but the Tracker Fastlace is much less adjustable for narrower feet.

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They are very different-looking shoes. The Latch most fits my bias for how a flat pedal mountain bike shoe should look.

But Weight

The Tracker looks the part of a much lighter shoe, and it is the most breathable flat pedal shoe I've ever worn, but it's only 5 grams per foot lighter than the Latch. With its mix of abrasion-resistant textile and microfiber, the Deed looks much heavier than the all-microfiber upper of the Latch and weighs 68 grams more per shoe.

These are dry weights. While the Latch and Tracker are both impressively hydrophobic, the Deed soaked up more water and took significantly more time to dry on my boot dryer.

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The durability/protection-to weight ratio on the all-microfiber Latch is fantastic. 334 grams per shoe is excellent.

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The Deed uses the same microfiber material as the Latch for durability on the toe, but the textile side panels make it 402 grams a shoe, for a 68 gram/shoe bump.

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The Tracker is the lightest of the bunch, shaving 5 grams a shoe off the Latch. It has an airy feeling that comes down to amazing breathability.

Tracker Talk

Of the triumvirate, the Tracker is the easiest shoe for me to differentiate. If, like me, you use an arch-over-axle pedaling position then this shoe likely will not be a great fit. For what I can only assume are stylistic reasons, the sole taper from the ball of the foot leaving significantly less pedal contact at the arch.

This isn't something I could adjust for mountain biking but on my commuter, using concave pedals, I found a happy spot with a more ball-over-axle position and my saddle moved back a touch. I'd prefer if the sole matched the Latch and Deed, but maybe this matches the 'all-day adventure' tagline that Giro has attached to the Tracker?

I've started thinking about it as a flat-pedal gravel shoe, which makes the choice to use ultra-tacky rubber a bit strange. I will note here that the Tracker does not use the same Mute Foam mid-sole as the Latch and Deed, so expect a bit more trail-noise through the feet on rough trails.

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The Tracker's sole gets narrower by a centimeter where I need it wide. It doesn't sound like much, but I'd significantly prefer it if the dimensions matched the Deed and Latch shoes. Photo: Clairebarian

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From the aesthetic, flat-pedal gravel bikes and e-gravel bikes were Giro's target market here. But in that case, I'm not certain why they'd need a super-sticky rubber sole. Photo: Clairebarian

The Trackers are the most breathable flat pedal shoes I've used. How's the durability? I can't really say as they don't work for me on aggressive mountain bike trails, but I'll report back if I have any issues after putting commuter miles on themthis summer.

For riders in warmer places who want all the traction and pedal with a ball-over-axle foot position, I'd say that the Tracker is your unicorn. Consider the BOA model if you have narrower feet since the Fastlace closure setup doesn't suck the shoe in as well as the laces on the Latch and Deed.

The Tracker Fastlace sells for 110 USD and the BOA-equipped Tracker runs for 130 USD. There is also a women's Tracker BOA at 130 USD.

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I've been riding all three pairs of shoes with the same Esker 'The Approach' insoles rather than the stock footbeds. I have a few pairs of these Canadian-made, (Canadian) wool insoles, which have good support and good moisture management. These ones look a bit roached but they still work great.

In Deed

I'm not 100% certain what to say about the Deed shoes and neither is Giro. In fact, Giro is so uncertain why the Deed model even exists that they call it "our quiver-killer flat pedal shoe" but never make any effort to define what part of the quiver has been left for dead that the lighter Latch couldn't assassinate.

For my first couple of rides, the Deed shoes were notably stiffer than the Latch and this clearly came down to the upper since they share the same sole. It turns out these shoes just take a couple of rides to break in at which point the performance is a match for the Latch.

In terms of said sole, it consists of the highly elastic Tack outer rubber for pedal grip and the Mute Foam mid-sole to help keep my feet on the pedals by damping vibration. This is subtle and not something that can be tested without back-to-back riding, and I notice it much more riding my hardtails, but Giro's claims about Mute Foam cutting trail noise are legitimate.

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On a dry day, the Giro Deed matches the performance of the Latch shoe for a bit more weight and a bit less money. Photos: JacAttack

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They will not feel the same when trying them on in a shop. The Deed uppers took a couple of rides to break in.

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Traction is awesome, as with the Latch, but when they are wet they get heavy and take much longer to dry.

At 125 USD the Deed shoes add 136 grams, dry, over a pair of Latch shoes for a 25 USD savings.

Within a couple of rides, the performance and fit of the Deed and Latch were essentially indistinguishable, so for someone that loves how they look, can't justify the extra bones, or finds a pair on sale, the Deed fits the bill.

The Giro Deed shoes sell for 125 USD. There is also a women's Deed at the same price.

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My Dissent Labs Nano Pro Ski socks are somehow still kicking despite a seemingly magnetic attraction and abusive relationship with flat pedal pins. In terms of recovering from my Achilles injury, they're still worth every penny. Photo: JacAttack

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Speaking of worth every penny, value is a personal calculation. The Tack rubber soles last just as long as any other super-sticky option and, locally at least, most flat pedal riders agree that there's no such as thing as too much grip.


I'd be keen to try a Tracker Fastlace shoe with the wider mid-foot of the Latch & Deed, but I certainly don't need to. I'd also be keen to try a Giro Latch with the same Mute Foam midsole but an outer with a similar (less grippy) sole to my Crankbrothers Match rubber shoes. I like a shoe that lets me move my feet around a bit more and wears a bit longer.

All that aside, I think the Giro Latch could be most flat-pedal riders' unicorn. The quality of manufacturing and materials is excellent, and grip is on par with any other brand. The cherry on the sundae would be if the Tack rubber soles could be purchased separately and installed at my local shoe repair place - since I think the uppers would easily last through a few lowers - but that's just me daydreaming.

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I reserved my previous pair of Latch shoes for wet days and the most aggressive riding. They saw a lot of hours on the trails and I was happy with their longevity.

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This fresh pair have been swapping trail duties with the Deeds when it's dry, and my Crankbrothers Stamps. But they're doing the majority of the heavy lifting these days. Photo: Steve & Megs

If I was Giro I would have skipped out on making the Tracker and Deed shoes and put out a few more colours of the Latch. Maybe add some more interesting colours like Highlighter Yellow and, I don't know, Cosmic Lilac. If they really wanted to add SKUs then, as generous as the toe box is for me, I'm certain an extra-wide option wouldn't have gone amiss.

Beyond that, I don't really have anything to add to my review in 2021. The shoes are fantastic for feel and grip, and these particular stretchy laces are still hands down the most brilliant shoe retention device on the market. I didn't write any poems about them though, as they still don't seem to be available separately.

For lovers of sticky-soled mountain bike shoes who are looking for a high-quality, lightweight, excellent riding option you really cannot go wrong with the Giro Latch, and there is also a women's Latch, at 150 USD.

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+2 Andrew Major Kerry Williams

Thanks for the great review! You definitely put the Latches on my radar for when current kicks have kicked the bucket.

How do you like those wool insoles on a hot day? I imagine they're somewhat breathable and anti-odour, but do they feel hot, sweaty or itchy? Are they a 3 season thing or comfy to wear through the hottest parts of summer?



I wear them all year round. The moisture management is awesome as is the odour control. I don’t notice them being any hotter than stick synthetic inserts or the SuperFeet inserts I was using.


0 Andrew Major Kristian Øvrum

The Latch sounds like my kind of shoe. I may give them a try in the future. These dang Freerider pro are so good though!


0 4Runner1 Kristian Øvrum

Climbing over the Five Ten wall has long proven a difficult task. Some companies like Crankbrothers and Leatt have taken a different tact, but if you’re going to compete on absolute grip like RC and Giro are doing the shoe has to really be special.

I think the Latch is that shoe. I’ve seen plenty of quality issues with Giro clip-in shoes in the past. And their previous flat pedal shoes didn’t match their marketing, but both pairs of the Latch I’ve had have been tops on quality of manufacturing and materials. Plus, those dang stretchy laces I want in every pair of shoes. 

Anyway, if you do check them out please let me know what you think! I generally hedge more cautiously on recommend gear, but for riders seeking sticky soles these are rad.


+2 4Runner1 Andy Eunson

If you like the Freerider Pros, the Specialized 2fo roosts are a much stickier and more durable version.  I was going through sets of pros every 4 months.  It was ridiculous. The specs are at 8 months with very little noticeable wear on the soles and they are objectively grippier.


+1 Zombo

yep, way better. once you turn specialized you won’t look back. i have the dh version, with the extra stiff sole.


+1 Zombo

I've got some Freerider Prime Blues that I got resoled (Cheshire Shoe Repairs) and they have new holes.  I was looking at Impacts but may try the Specs.



I see a lot of pin wear on my Freerider Pro shoes too. I also have some RC Powerline shoes. More durable soles so far but not as sticky. I may try the Specialized once the Freeriders are toast.



Was interested in the Latch after the reviews. I was able to try on in a store, and glad I did. Giro have always run so narrow and no way they could work for my foot shape :( 

Would say I have only moderately wide feet, 5/10 and specialized fit me fine.



Best practice is always to try shoes on, so glad you did. Interesting the Latch doesn’t work for you though, I find them much more generous in width than other Giro shoes I’ve worn - all relative of course.

Which models of FiveTen work for you? Was just talking with a friend the other day about how differently the Freerider and Freerider Pro fit (which is great - more choice; more better).



Re-soling does little to remediate midsole wear--heavier and/or violent riders, beware.

Current gen RC Livewire is a successor to 5.10 Freerider Contact, and similar in volume to Fr. Pro.

SOLE Active come in three thicknesses with met pads, should last five years plus, are designed in Van, made in S. Korea, and hyperactively marketed in Calgary



Re-soling does little to remediate midsole wear

That’s true, but I’d think with Giro’s Mute mid-sole most riders would find it’s still good-to-go for at least one re-soling. It’s all academic as it’s not an option, but in the case of my first pair of Latch shoes they’re in great shape other than the soles being chewed up. I still use them - but I’d get them re-soled now if it was an option.


+1 Andrew Major

Are those your first pair of Latch shoes pictured above with the pristine soles (aside from pin wear)?  If so, I'd still wear those as well - unless/or until water gets in those pin holes!

You describe the uppers of the new Latch's as "microfibre" - they look plastic in the photos (to me at least). Do they breath okay?

And I agree with your advice to always try shoes on first (helmets too!).

I currently have Freerider Pro's and Trailcross GTX and the fit of these two 5.10 shoes couldn't be more different.  I'd say the toebox on the Freerider Pro is wider than typical (like a double EE width), and the toebox on the Trailcorss is narrow than a typical D width sneaker of the same size.

Which is to say the Freerider Pro's fit my wide-ish feet true to size and with the Trailcross I had to go up 1 full size and even so they were uncomfortably tight the first half dozen rides.



Ha, no. That photo is from my first review - after ~ one month of exclusive use. 

Breathability is as good as any flat pedal shoes I’ve used other than the Tracker, which are a cut above. 

Yeah, I get a fair number of “how does this fit compared to this?” and I know by now that my feet are weird and sizing scales differently with different brands - what’s true of a 43 may not be true of a 41 or 45. I find the Latch is on the generous side compared to the other shoes I’ve been wearing regularly - Crankbrothers Stamp and Leatt DBX 2 (RIP, I just retired these after a few years).



Not necessarily fit-wise, but how would you compare the tracker speedlace to the old gr9? (I seem to recall these were a shoe you also quite liked)

I've sadly worn out the last pair I had hoarded from when they had speed laces and a lace cover, new ones are neutered. 

Looking for a replacement for those. 

I tried crankbros stamp with speed lace and they are not quite grippy enough for me and all of the excess foam around the ankle balls up, soaks up water, and overall drives me crazy. 

Thanks in advance dude!



I love the Stamp shoes - have a pair of speed-lace ones and prefer the regular laces but either way Match sole works well more me with most pedals.

That said, these TACK soles are significantly grippier. I’d put them ahead of the Shimano/Michelin rubber too, but it has been years since I was on a pair of the Shimano shoes - did very much like them.


Follow up after about a dozen rides on the trackers - they're basically toast. 

It's a shame, so close to good but I just don't understand the under-built, extremely narrow heel section of the sole. 

Too much force gets focused on too small of an area and it just gets murdered. As Andrew mentioned maybe these are meant for gravel riding and not MTB. 

It's hard to photograph but you get the idea (it looks worse in real life) - where the rearward edge of the pedal sits with a fairly mid-foot riding position, the sole is toast. 

I love the fit, the construction of the upper, and even the grip is fine, but the actual sole itself is a fail for any type of aggressive riding. 



I had a set of giro clipless shoes that i ripped the eyelet out of in two weeks. They exchanged them. The next pair lasted six months before the same issue. 

I tried a pair of 5.10s but the padding around the heelcup disappeared in less than five rides. 

Presently destroying a pair of RCs. I'm enjoying them. I may need a new pair this summer so I'll give the giros a second look.



In my own experience and in the shop I’ve had very mixed Giro experiences build-quality wise when it comes to clip in shoes. Either great or poor. With flat pedal shoes the spokes have g always been as grippy as even I like, but quality has been solid.



Anyone know anything about the Giro Formula? (basically the clip version of these) They advertised them for a little while then they disappeared.



I wanted to respond to the question of why you would want super sticky rubber on a gravel shoe. I ride flats on my gravel bike, hurt my knee using clips, and I absolutely want that stickiest rubber on my shoes! I want that locked in feeling and with the grip on the pins you get that bit of backsweep at the bottom of the pedal stroke. 

For me the question is why would you want less sticky rubber? Why would you want less secure foot placement on your pedals because you're on a gravel bike? Doesn't make sense to me!


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