I bought these about a month ago after my GR9's finally gave up. These aren't what I wanted, but they were the only shoes I could find in my size.
These have more grip, and a bit more bulk. The extra bulk is noticeable on long or technical climbs, but it's also a really solid feeling on descents - a lot more so than the GR9's.
I agree with everything in this review. They were a bit stiff initially, and it took a few rides to find the sweet spot for the laces and strap, but once I had that figured out, I'm quite enjoying them.