Giro 2013

Helmets Interbike Shoes

Giro has a handful of new products for 2013, including the Chamber, Jacket and Rumble shoes, and a new Women’s helmet series. There is not any real change in the helmet lineup, except for a couple of models that come in a XL sizing for big noggins.

Giro Chamber
The Chamber is a Freeride and Downhill shoe that were developed with ace biker Aaron Gwin. They tried to achieve three key things when designing the shoe. The first was a better and more precise fit, which maximizes control and power transfer, and the second was to reduce the volume so it’s not big and chunky, and the third was to reduce weight for comfort and less fatigue during longer days in the saddle. They partnered with Vibram to create a bike specific outsole, and its dual-injected shank provides good pedaling stiffness with a touch of flexibility, and it can be used in a flat or SPD-compatible pedal setup. It has an EVA (Ethylene vinyl acetate) midsole for lightness, and inside the shoe they have an Aegis single density footbed for anti-microbial, and Poron XRD heel cushioning, which provides good energy absorption without a lot of excess material. The upper uses a non stretching microfiber material that is easy to clean, durable and breathable. It uses a Velcro closure strap which pulls from inside the shoe to provide a snug and secure fit. The shoe retails for $150 and will be available in February 2013.

  • MSRP: $150.00
  • Downhill shoe developed with Aaron Gwin
  • Aegis anti-microbial single density footbed
  • Dual density Vibram® rubber outsole
  • Molded SPD-compatible shank with increased cleat pushback location
  • Internal bootie retention system keeps mud and rocks out
  • Poron® XRD™ heel cushioning
  • New All-Mountain fit
  • 536 grams size 42
  • sizes 37 -48
  • relaxed fit last

The Jacket was designed to focus as a pure flat pedal shoe interface. It uses a Vibram outsole that is more of a wet compound, for good pedal adherence in adverse conditions. It uses a microfiber upper, an Aegis anti-microbial footbed, and Poron XRD heel cushioning, and the design offers an improved fit and reduced weight. It retails for $120 and will be available in December.

  • MSRP: $120.00
  • Flat pedal shoe for dirt jumpers and all-mountain/ downhill riders
  • Vibram® rubber outsole with pedal zone grip
  • Poron® XRD™ heel cushioning
  • New All-Mountain fit
  • 416 grams – size 42
  • Aegis anti-microbial
  • relaxed fit last

Giro Rumble and Petra
The Rumble is their opening price point shoe, and is more of a recreational and hike-a-bike shoe. This is a well-thought-out shoe, and as a second generation product, they have reduced the weight and improved ventilation. They have separate men’s (Rumble) and women’s (Petra) models, with a different last to ensure a good fit. They focused on stability, and by utilizing a thin footbed, it offers adequate cushioning for those short hiking forays, yet still gives good heel hold and pedaling feel. It’s flat or SPD-compatible, and will retail for $80.

  • MSRP: $80.00
  • Multi-Purpose shoe: combines high performance riding details with walkability of light hiking shoe
  • Designed to accommodate SPD but also work well with toe-clips/ straps
  • Injected nylon inner shank for good pedaling stiffness but flexible enough for walking
  • Non-slip laces with hidden lace holder

Giro Women’s Helmet Series
They are offering a new line of helmets to complement their existing line of footwear, gloves, caps and socks, and the product suite was designed by and for women. The Xara and Feather mountain bike helmets are based on the Xar and Feature, which are both unisex/men’s helmets. They use the same headform between the helmets, since the female skull is shaped the same anatomically, with the only difference being a smaller head circumference. There is more attention to detail and color schemes in the series, providing women with more relevant options.

Giro Women’s Series line of helmets consists of six models:
Road Helmets:

  • Amare- compact and lightweight with top performance features, $180, 2 sizes
  • Sapphire – timeless design with great ventilation and versatility, $150, 2 sizes
  • Sonnet – performance and style that compare to helmets costing twice as much, $90, 2 sizes

Dirt Helmets:

  • Xara- low-profile, breathable design with enhanced coverage and durability, $175, 2 sizes
  • Feather – lightweight design with extended coverage for more rugged trails, $75, 2 sizes

Recreational Helmets:

  • Skyla – sporty, versatile design with easy adjustment makes it the #1 women’s helmet, $40, single size

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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