Just In – Giro Alpineduro Shoe

by Brian Mullin on February 20, 2015

The Alpineduro is a lace-up mountain bike shoe that seems to have more in common with a typical hiking boot. It utilizes a sticky Vibram rubber outsole, an insulated construction and includes clip-in pedal compatibility. The nylon shank good provides pedaling performance and stiffness with enough flex for walking, hiking and comfort. It has great all-weather protection by using a waterproof microfiber upper to repel wetness and cold, making it an ideal candidate for the winter, late fall and early spring.

Specifications

  • Upper – Breathable
    microfiber and waterproof liner, PrimaLoft Insulation, Lace closure with
    lace holder, Rubber toe and heel reinforcement, Reflective details
  • Outsole
    – Molded SPD-compatible shank with optimized stout cleat zone, VibramĀ®
    wet weather high traction lugged outsole, Optional cleat cover for flat
    pedal use, Flexible forefoot zone for walking
  • Footbed – Brushed EVA Footbed with X-Static anti-microbial treatment
  • Weight – 440 grams (size 42.5)
  • MSRP – $200

First Impressions

I have worn the Alpineduro for a handful of rides now, and I’m pretty happy with the comfort and foot and weather protection and pedaling performance of the shoe. I have used it in a variety of conditions and temperatures, including a below freezing day and a couple of 40-60 degree ones. They have been through sloppy snow, deep powder and wet sand and mud, and have always kept my feet warm and dry. I did notice that the loose cuff and downward angled rear section of the top of the shoe meant it sometimes trapped debris, such as sand and pebbles and snow. If I was
going to be riding in sloppy and deep snow conditions, a short gaiter might be a good idea. I used some nice Wigwam wool socks, that helped kept my feet warm and dry even when snow drifted into the shoe. Of course, that down sloping rear design and u-shaped cutout at the back meant the shoe performed better for walking purposes.

The nylon shank is decently stiff for pedaling and does have enough flexibility for hiking longer distances. The height of the shoe provided additional support that helped increase the amount of torque and power you could apply to the pedals. When I was walking on rocks and roots and logs, the Vibram outsole provided great grip and made it easy to venture on most anything. The tread pattern wasn’t very deep, so the lugs did tend to hold mud sometimes, but it was easy to dislodge it with a quick stomp or kick of the foot. The front toe section provided excellent protection when bashing into rock and other obstacles, and along with the insulated padding of the shoe it gave great overall foot protection. The lugs at the front of the shoe didn’t do so well when trying to walk up through the snow, and it tended to make the shoe slip out from underneath you when climbing.

Measured weight (size 44): 998 grams

Conclusions

Overall these are a great pair of shoes that provide comfort, warmth, and all-weather protection during the off season riding and inclement weather conditions. The shoes are plenty stiff for pedaling performance with enough flex for hiking, and the sticky Vibram soles work great on rocks and roots. The toe and heel cap and tough microfiber upper provide excellent foot protection and abrasion resistance.

 

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