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Comfortable and flexible with plenty of grip – Giro Terraduros worked great.

Comfortable and flexible with plenty of grip – the Giro Terraduros worked great.

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.

The Terraduros provided ample traction and flex for big hike-a-bike sections.

The Terraduros provided ample traction and flex for hike-a-bike sections.

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.

erraduros feature great fit out of the box that didn’t even need a break-in period.

Terraduros feature great fit out of the box that didn’t need a break-in period.

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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About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.

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  • A J MacDonald Jr says:

    Nice gear. No sleeping bags or tents on this trip?

  • Angry Singlespeeder says:

    Nope, we packed minimally. Had the luxury of staying with friends and family every night along the way! It was awesome. Allowed us to carry just a backpack and shred gnar.

    – ASS

  • grant says:

    I crash a lot. Expensive helmet -sure. Insanely expensive jackets seem like a really poor gear choice for someone like me.

  • Donal Kern says:

    my good retired friend Harry says-“there’s no such thing as bad weather-just bad gear”.
    Having worked retail for many years in an outdoor shop- I can attest t this. I have used a $40 she’ll and a $ 300 shell. Both worked great. I have also driven a Suzuki Samurai off road- as well as a Land Rover Discovery. Both worked fine. I would take the Land Rover anyday.

  • Angry Singlespeeder says:

    There’s an old adage I always go by – “buy cheap, buy twice” – it has never failed. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get the expensive product on sale. That Mountain Hardwear jacket is 50% off right now on their website. Suddenly a $320 jacket is $160…seems like a bargain to me.

    – ASS

  • Highway68Hillbilly says:

    That Acre backpack is pretty sick. I really like their stuff. Acre is a youthful company that represents quality and craftsmanship. I like that.
    The rest is just a trip to REI and a swipe of the rewards card and voila, you will look bitchin. Like, Kurt.
    Too bad one can’t simply buy talent to write well and mash pedals too, or I’d swipe my REI card for that.

  • Tommy says:

    Haters Gonna Hate ASS. Wear whatever fancy jackets you want bro.

  • RM says:

    Kurt, it seems like it’s not just the Angry Single Speeder who’s Angry.
    I’m pretty sure that everyone buys the best gear they can given their personal budget. My motto has long been that good quality gear will always be worth the investment provided that you actually use it. I have no regrets about buying very expensive Arcteryx ski pants. If they don’t last a lifetime at least they have a life time warranty. Same with my Saris bike rack. If the Haters want to buy something no one else wants they should be able to get it pretty cheap!

  • scott says:

    I don’t get it, I can buy just as nice stuffs at kmart or walmart. I gots a bike at walmarts for $350 and it does has suspensions and parts just as goods as 1,000,000 bikes. you guys are soo stupid. why buy jackets for $350 when you cans wear 25 cent trash bag, stuff it with free newspapers and wrap feet with duct tape.

  • sean says:

    People. Never trust a guy who wears a disco ball on their head.

  • bob says:

    Good to have you back and great reviews rather than the A$$ments which are more like advertising. Agree with you about quality where every last ounce of performance needs to be considered; one can’t afford less. Where there’s more latitude Eddie Bauer satisfies me with about 90% of the performance for a third the price.

  • Joe says:

    Regarding the Terradurros: I got a pair about a year ago and they also delaminated within a month. Giro replaced mine within a week. Apparently they found that there was an issue with the glue being used and switched to a more durable formula. They issued a warranty replacement announcement on their website.
    My replacements have been without issue since. I’ve been riding and hike-a-biking them on many of the same trails as Kurt, and can attest to their traction and toe box protection, especially on granite and other rocks. But I wouldn’t call them light. They are also a little narrow for my foot. But now Giro offers a High Volume model (‘wish I had waited). Also, Giro’s arch fit kit works great in these shoes if you’ve got picky feet.

  • dbabuser says:

    I’ve had the same experience with the Terraduro’s as Joe, but my 2nd pair also delaminated. Apparently you need a pair built after the initial production run, with a date code on the inside of the sole. My 3rd pair has been flawless so far.

  • Taylor says:

    On the shoes I noticed you said the outsoles started delaminating after only a week. How bad was this? Not hatin’ but that seems like a reason to not buy them.

  • donjuan says:

    Can’t say enough about high quality equip from XTR to Arcteryx. I sent my 6 year old Sting Ray jacket in for repair and Arcteryx did 5 times the amount of repair I requested. Any stitch which looked worn, was re-stitched, small tares fixed, all under warrantee. Patagonia has always had a similar policy backing up their quality and product support.

  • Mike says:

    Always amused when a single brand/model of an item manufactured by a dozen companies in many variations is deemed “essential.” Hyperbole like this undermines credibility.

  • Peper says:

    The article makes it all sound good except those shoes. Many of the reviews on those shoes are finding the exact same shortcomings.

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