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Giro Terraduro review

Giro’s Terraduro is aimed squarely at the growing enduro race market, but you don’t have to have run a number plate on your trail bike to appreciate a shoe that balances on-the-bike performance with just enough flex to make it comfortable for the inevitable hike-a-bike sections that come with big mountain riding.

  • Highs: Comfortable on and off the bike; excellent traction in most conditions
  • Lows: Vibram rubber outsole delaminates from the shank; not the quickest drying shoe due to a thick, padded tongue

The good

The fit of the Terraduro good; it’s neither notably wide nor too skinny for most. The toe box does have slightly more room than comparable Giro models such as the Code and Privateer, though not to the extent as the company’s HV (high volume) versions. There’s just enough breathing room to keep your little piggies protected when your shoes kisses a rock.? ??

Two Velcro straps and a replaceable ratcheting buckle provide adjustments, while scuff-resistant panels on the toebox and sides have withstood numerous encounters with stubborn rocks that refused to yield the trail. The padded tongue is thick and comfortable, however it takes a long time to dry out, should you dunk your feet during creek crossings.

The Terraduro uses a nylon shank that’s stiff through the midsole and has a built in flex zone in the forefoot that make it significantly easier to walk it than carbon-soled shoes.

The Vibram Mont rubber lugs are a welcome change from the hard plastic tread still found on many clipless mountain bike shoes. This tread provides ample traction when dabbing or scrambling up rocks. The rubber even holds its own on slimy roots.

The sturdy upper and Vibram rubber outsole add a bit of weight — our size 41 Terraduros weighed in at 420g — when compare to carbon-soled race slippers such as Giro’s own 315g Empire VR 90. This is an acceptable trade-off for such a well-rounded shoe.

The toebox and sides of the shoe are lightly armored: the toebox and sides of the shoe are lightly armored

While marketed at enduro racers, we found the Terraduro to be a great option for general trail riding as well as bike-packing. We would wholeheartedly recommend it as the ultimate clipless mountain bike shoe for everything short of cross-country and downhill racing had our Terraduros not met such an untimely demise.

The bad

The Terraduro was designed for the rough and tumble world to enduro racing, so it should be exceedingly durable, right? Unfortunately, during one particularly long hike-a-bike section, the rubber outsoles on both shoes began to tear and pull away from the shank. To make sure this wasn’t just an anomaly, we picked up a second pair and experienced the same issue in short order.

While we thought the terraduro's performance was excellent, we experienced delamination issues with two pairs : while we thought the terraduro's performance was excellent, we experienced delamination issues with two pairs Delamination issues stopped us dead in our tracks

According to Giro shoe product manager Simon Fisher, the problem began with the first production run. The wrong combination of primer and glue was used, which resulted in poor bonding between the Vibram rubber outsole and the nylon shank, causing the tread to separate from the rest of the shoe.

This is a massive disappointment for an otherwise outstanding shoe. To Giro’s credit, the company is doing its best to get out ahead of the problem and take care of Terraduro owners.

“We’ve redoubled out efforts to make sure this never happens again,” said Fisher.

Giro has set up this web page to help Terraduro owners.

Terraduro owners can check for a datestamp printed beneath the insole. if a datestamp is present, users shouldn't have to worry about delamination issues, giro claims: terraduro owners can check for a datestamp printed beneath the insole. if a datestamp is present, users shouldn't have to worry about delamination issues, giro claims

According to Giro, if there is a date code, the shoes were produced to the correct manufacturing specifications. If there is no date code, the Terraduro shoes were not properly constructed and need to be warrantied


Giro has sent us a new pair of Terraduros. We will amend this review if they pass muster.?

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