By Nicole Formosa
This fall marks four years since Giro entered the mountain-bike shoe market, and although it's been successful, there was one area the company felt like it had neglected. That changes now with the introduction of its Terraduro (Terradura for women) all-mountain shoe, made for big epics and enduro racing.
"Traditional XC shoes are horrible for walking on rocks and roots," said Dain Zaffke, product manager for Giro, as he unveiled the Terraduro during a press launch at the recent Crankworx event. "This is a real mountain-bike shoe. We feel like we finally nailed it."
Designed with the help of pro rider Adam Craig as he embarked on a season of enduro racing, the Terraduro sports a durable Vibram Mont rubber sole, handy for burly rides that require a hike-a-bike or creek crossing, and a full interior shank for maximum power transfer while pedaling. The upper is made from a breathable microfiber and has a micro ratcheting buckle closure, anti-microbial treated footbed and a rubber-reinforced toebox.
At 420 grams, the extra toughness of the Terraduro doesn't require a major weight sacrifice. Because it expects the Terraduro to appeal to the meat of the market, Giro is offering a wide range of sizes, from 36 to 48 and half sizes up to 46.5 A pair will cost you $180 and the shoes will be available in shops in October.
With Specialized and Mavic also marketing enduro-style shoes, expect this to be style of shoe you'll hear a lot more about in the coming months. For its part, Giro says this introduction is just the tip of the iceberg.
"We've been talking about the need to grow this category. There are plans to have a while family of Terraduro [shoes] before too long," Zaffke said.