Beefs up the regular Terraduro for big mountain biking
The Giro Terraduro Mid is a good shoe, comfortable on and off the bike, efficient on the pedals and it’s definitely tough, but the lace flap niggles.
By Ben Smith
We’re big fans of the standard Terraduro shoe launched a couple of years ago, a great-fitting trail shoe that’s stiff enough for enduro racing, yet comfortable enough for all-day epics. The Terraduro Mid beefs up the standard shoe to make it more suitable to big mountain riding and winter bog-trotting.
Changes over the standard Terraduro include a lace-up closure instead of the Velcro strap/ratchet system, a tough, protective ‘Ariaprene’ asymmetric ankle cuff to fend off knocks and a large flap that covers the laces while providing extra protection from rock strikes or water ingress.
When hike-a-biking, a grippy Vibram sole provides decent grip and the mid-sole, despite being stiff enough for good power transfer, has enough flex at the front of the foot to make walking comfortable, with no heel lift at the back.
The fit seems slightly longer and narrower than the original Terraduro, so those of a fat-footed disposition are recommended to try before you buy, and the shoelace closure system, which in theory allows for a more infinitely adjustable fit, is actually quite tricky to get right as the flap cover is quite stiff and is always trying to close as you do up the laces. I’m sure there’s a knack to it but I’ve not got it yet…
So far the shoe has proved super-durable, rubber bumpers around the toes and heels add some extra abrasion resistance and the lace cover keeps the laces clean and damage free. On the old Terraduro, the out-sole started to peel away from the mid-sole after a while and thankfully this pair is showing no sign of doing similar.
The look of the Terraduro Mid can be a bit devisive, especially in this lairy orange colour scheme but it does a great job of keeping the outside outside and a subtle grey/black colour scheme is available if that’s more your thing.
It’s a good shoe, comfortable on and off the bike, efficient on the pedals and it’s definitely tough, but the niggles with the awkward lace flap and the subsequent difficulties in getting that perfect fit, stop it from matching our current favourite shoe in this sector, the Shimano ME7.