Really cannot be faulted
MBR Editor’s Choice 2019: Giro Terraduro shoes, £149.99
The Giro Terraduro manages to tread the fine line between trail and race, comfort and power transfer, pedalling and walking. In other words it’s comfortable enough for an all-day ride, but efficient enough to wear for a cross-country race. It’s light enough for long-distance pedalling, but durable enough to cope with mud-plugging through winter. You can wear it off the bike without skating around like Bambi on ice, shoulder your bike and climb a mountain pass, and even walk into a pub without looking like a clown. It’s a shoe that does it all, and does it all well. Call it a Jack of all trades if you want, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a master of none.
Giro Terraduro shoe review
If we were to categorise the Giro Terraduro shoe, it would be as a Jack of all trades. But does that make it the master of none? Absolutely not.
It manages to look sleek and technical without resembling a road bike ballet shoe that only works when you’re wearing Lycra. The upper uses a ratchet buckle and two offset Velcro straps to keep it in place. I’m not normally a fan of buckles as they forgo the ability to make minute adjustments to tension, in order to maximise comfort as your foot expands and contracts during a ride. However the position of the Terraduro’s strap and the thickly padded tongue works well in this regard.
The upper has a healthy layer of protection around the toe and heel, something I was grateful for on numerous occasions, as I have a habit of smashing my feet into rocks, a lot. What makes the Terraduro really stand out is the level of comfort on all-day epics. The nylon sole is plenty stiff enough to impart excellent pedalling efficiency but still boasts sufficient flex in the toe to make walking a pleasant experience. The full Vibram outsole also provides plenty of sure-footed grip for hike-a-bikes.
The fit is a little narrower than many endure-oriented shoes, so it’s worth trying before you buy, especially if you have a broader foot shape. It has proved to be a highly durable shoe and even after hundreds of miles of abuse they still look almost as good as new.
Over the last few months the Terraduro has become a firm favourite of mine, whatever form of riding I’m doing, and it has to be one of the comfiest shoes both on and off the bike I have ever used. It’s converted me back to the simplicity and security of Velcro and buckles and really cannot be faulted.