Black on gum, great styling but also oodles of of functionality.

Black on gum, great styling but also oodles of of functionality.

By Seb Kemp

Giro Chamber shoe

Price: $140

The Giro Chamber shoe was designed with Aaron Gwin in mind. Downhill riders need many of the same features that are present on most SPD-compatible shoes – stiffness, support, solid pedal interface…. There are, however, additional design characteristics that Giro wanted to bring to the table, namely more coverage, durability, a grippier sole and more support on the sole while clipped in or riding foot out.

The Chamber has a skate-inspired, street shoe aesthetic which looks great but also functions extremely well. The design gives more support and protection to the foot, and also integrates a dual-density Vibram rubber outsole. The outer is tough and keeps muck and debris out. The sole provides a comfortable platform while on or off the bike. It’s also extremely grippy (ideal for hike-a-bike sections or moments of uncertainty) and yet doesn't foul with pedals, making entering and exiting clipped pedals easy and reliable, something not all skate-style clipped shoes have managed in the past.

But while these shoes were designed with Aaron Gwin's downhill needs in mind, it actually translates to a snug, dependable shoe that is well suited to all-terrain riding. The sole is stiff and transfers pedal input very efficiently, perhaps only just shy of full cross-country racing needs. It's a very comfortable shoe that can be worn all day long and not leave you with aching feet, desperate to get out of the shoes. Our only minor complaint would be that some testers found their heels would lift in the large-volume shoe. Of course, no two feet are the same, so this could be an isolated or individual issue.

Skate-style Uppers, Internal bootie retention system,
Dual-density Vibram rubber outsole, Molded SPD-compatible shank
Aegis single-density Footbed
White with black sole or black with gum sole.
536 grams (size 42)