Giro 2013 – Interbike 2012

by Brian Mullin on September 27, 2012

Giro Chamber
The Chamber is a Freeride and Downhill shoe that were developed with
ace biker Aaron Gwin. They tried to achieve three key things when
designing the shoe. The first was a better and more precise fit, which
maximizes control and power transfer, and the second was to reduce the
volume so it’s not big and chunky, and the third was to reduce weight
for comfort and less fatigue during longer days in the saddle.  They
partnered with Vibram to create a bike specific outsole, and its
dual-injected shank provides good pedaling stiffness with a touch of
flexibility, and it can be used in a flat or SPD-compatible pedal setup.
It has an EVA (Ethylene vinyl acetate) midsole for  lightness, and
inside the shoe they have an Aegis single density footbed for
anti-microbial, and Poron XRD heel cushioning, which provides good
energy absorption without a lot of excess material. The upper uses a non
stretching microfiber material that is easy to clean, durable and
breathable. It uses a Velcro closure strap which pulls from inside the
shoe to provide a snug and secure fit. The shoe retails for $150 and
will be available in February 2013.

  • MSRP: $150.00
  • Downhill shoe developed with Aaron Gwin
  • Aegis anti-microbial single density footbed
  • Dual density Vibram® rubber outsole
  • Molded SPD-compatible shank with increased cleat pushback location
  • Internal bootie retention system keeps mud and rocks out
  • Poron® XRD™ heel cushioning
  • New All-Mountain fit
  • 536 grams size 42
  • sizes 37 -48
  • relaxed fit last

GIRO JACKET
The Jacket was designed to focus as a pure flat pedal shoe interface.
It uses a Vibram outsole that is more of a wet compound, for good pedal
adherence in adverse conditions. It uses a microfiber upper, an Aegis
anti-microbial footbed, and Poron XRD heel cushioning, and the design
offers an improved fit and reduced weight. It retails for $120 and will
be available in December.

  • MSRP: $120.00
  • Flat pedal shoe for dirt jumpers and all-mountain/ downhill riders
  • Vibram® rubber outsole with pedal zone grip
  • Poron® XRD™ heel cushioning
  • New All-Mountain fit
  • 416 grams – size 42
  • Aegis anti-microbial
  • relaxed fit last

Giro Rumble and Petra
The Rumble is their opening price point shoe, and is more of a
recreational and hike-a-bike shoe. This is a well-thought-out shoe, and
as a second generation product, they have reduced the weight and
improved ventilation. They have separate men’s (Rumble) and women’s
(Petra) models, with a different last to ensure a good fit. They focused
on stability, and by utilizing a thin footbed, it offers adequate
cushioning for those short hiking forays, yet still gives good heel hold
and pedaling feel. It’s flat or SPD-compatible, and will retail for
$80.

  • MSRP: $80.00
  • Multi-Purpose shoe: combines high performance riding details with walkability of light hiking shoe
  • Designed to accommodate SPD but also work well with toe-clips/ straps
  • Injected nylon inner shank for good pedaling stiffness but flexible enough for walking
  • Non-slip laces with hidden lace holder

Giro Women’s Helmet Series

They
are offering a new line of helmets to complement their existing line of
footwear, gloves, caps and socks, and the product suite was designed by
and for women. The Xara and Feather mountain bike helmets are based on
the Xar and Feature, which are both unisex/men’s helmets. They use the
same headform between the helmets, since the female skull is shaped the
same anatomically, with the only difference being a smaller head
circumference. There is more attention to detail and color schemes in
the series, providing women with more relevant options.

Giro Women’s Series  line of helmets consists of six models:
Road Helmets:

  • Amare- compact and lightweight with top performance features, $180, 2 sizes
  • Sapphire – timeless design with great ventilation and versatility, $150, 2 sizes
  • Sonnet – performance and style that compare to helmets costing twice as much, $90, 2 sizes

Dirt Helmets:

  • Xara- low-profile, breathable design with enhanced coverage and durability, $175, 2 sizes
  • Feather – lightweight design with extended coverage for more rugged trails, $75, 2 sizes

Recreational Helmets:

  • Skyla – sporty, versatile design with easy adjustment makes it the #1 women’s helmet, $40, single size

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