Full Review: Giro Terraduro Shoes
Wise mountain bikers know that one never races or does long rides in a brand new pair of shoes. Kicks that aren’t properly broken in can create all manner of foot problems. Of course I neglected that sage advice and slipped on a brand new pair of Giro Terraduro shoes the day before we embarked on The Commute.
As a testament to how comfortable the Terraduros are, not once in that seven-day ride did I suffer a blister, hot spot or any other kind of foot discomfort. Additionally, the agreeably flexible plastic midsole and grippy Vibram outsole were quite welcome on the numerous hike-a-bike sessions encountered on Western States Trail. A nice stout toebox also protected my toes after kicking numerous rocks.
Consumers nowadays get so caught up in their obsession for carbon fiber, especially with shoes. The Terraduros are a perfect example of why a plastic midsole is so much better for everyday riding. Unless you’re a hardcore XC racer, the stiffness of carbon fiber is overkill. The Terraduros provide a balance of on-bike pedaling stiffness and off-bike walking flexibility with generous traction for scrambling over rocks — and cost about half of what some carbon kicks run. And at 420 grams (size 42), they’re respectably light.
The only niggle I have with the Terraduros is a delamination issue that’s happening on the front-inside part of the shoe near the ball of my foot. It’s nothing that a liberal application of Shoe-Goo can’t solve, but after only a week of use, it was a little disheartening to see the tread already separating from the upper. Despite that issue, the fact remains – the Terraduros were as comfortable off the shelf as a perfectly worn-in pair of kicks, and to me that speaks volumes for their fit.
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