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Giro Cycling: Sector Off-Road Shoe

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Giro Cycling: Sector Off-Road Shoe

Giro’s latest shoe, the Sector, takes up where the Ventana left off, solidifying the design, function, and fit into something more refined.

This shoe is suited for MTB or gravel riding and features a 3D Molded footbed with medium arch support, stainless hardware, a carbon-composite, 2-bolt plate formed to a dual-injected outsole, and an upper made with a dual Boa L6 dial, with both steel and soft lace guides.

The entire shoe is molded from a one-piece Synchwire and thermo-bonded exo structure. In short, it’s like the Ventana, but more advanced. The Sector is available in black or olive drab and retails for $225. Yes, there is a women’s version too! The Sector W. See more at Giro.

Specialized’s Recon 2.0 and 3.0 MTB Shoes

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Specialized’s Recon 2.0 and 3.0 MTB Shoes

MTB shoes don’t have to look like 1990’s era skate shoes. Case in point is Specialized’s Recon shoes, the pinnacle of the brand’s MTB footwear. The Recon utilizes a Body Geometry sole and footbed for comfort and power transfer. These shoes have a stiffness index of 10, thanks to the Carbon STRIDE toe-flex technology and the fully-welded upper body reduces seams, so you don’t have to worry as much about blisters. The Recon 2 ($160.00) features one BOA closure, while the Recon 3 ($225.00) features two. See more at Specialized.

Bontrager’s New GR2 Gravel Shoe

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Bontrager’s New GR2 Gravel Shoe

Bontrager just announced the newest addition to their footwear catalog, marketed towards gravel riding and bicycle touring. The GR2 is an off-road specific shoe, with lace closure, a grippy sole and visual cues to the outdoor industry. This vibrant mustard-yellow with red laces and a speckled sole is quite the looker, or there’s a more muted all-black model. A Tachyon rubber outsole gives the shoes plenty of grip, while the Gnarguard upper reduces wear and tear from hike-a-bikes. The GR2 retails for $139.99 and is in stock now at Bontrager stores.

Giro’s Ventana Shoes are the In-Between Shoe for Gravel and MTB

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Giro’s Ventana Shoes are the In-Between Shoe for Gravel and MTB

If you’re like me, you’re discontented with the mountain bike industry’s offerings when it comes to footwear. With most options looking like a mid 90’s skate shoe, they tend to feel bulky and heavy, which is not ideal if you’re the type that enjoys bigger backcountry loops with hiking usually involved.

The same can be said about gravel shoes, with most being adopted from ‘cross racing shoes. They’re narrow and not ideal for hike-a-bikes or long days in the saddle. This is all ATMO, of course, but I’m always on the hunt for the ideal in-between shoe for gravel riding and mountain biking.

Giro’s latest shoe, the Ventana seems to be the perfect in-between shoe for both activities. Can it replace your gravel and mountain shoes? Read on to find out.

Giro’s New Ventana All Mountain All Day Shoe

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Giro’s New Ventana All Mountain All Day Shoe

Giro’s newest shoe, dubbed the Ventana, was designed to be comfortable on and off the bike during day-long rides or multi-day trips. The shoe is based on a heavy-duty nylon shank, developed for the world DH World Cup racing, combined with an injected EVA cushioning midsole, as well as a Sensor® rubber outsole. The Ventana relies upon the BOA system for closure, to provide a secure fit and when biking turns to hiking, the reinforced heel and toe box offer protection from scrapes and impacts.

Oh and those colors!

A Summer of Riding in the Quoc Gran Tourer All-Terrain Gravel Bike Shoes

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A Summer of Riding in the Quoc Gran Tourer All-Terrain Gravel Bike Shoes

Now, I know it might sound silly to call a cycling shoe “gravel” specific but hear me out. Traditional ‘cross racing shoes have extra padding, extra stiffness and aside from deep treads to shed mud, are different than what you’d typically want for just riding dirt roads. Lots of companies have taken their ‘cross shoe line and expanded into less racing-oriented designs and while a lot of bigger companies have stout offerings, I wanted to shed some light on the Quoc Gran Tourer all-terrain gravel shoes here.

A Few Rides in With the Fizik Terra Ergolace X2 Shoes

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A Few Rides in With the Fizik Terra Ergolace X2 Shoes

Products like this intrigue me. They pique my interest and pull at my heartstrings. Oftentimes, I find the cycling industry’s apparel offerings to be too wrapped up in the supergraphic, the superhero, the loud, obnoxious, and ostentatiously-designed garb most of us are forced to wear due to brand simply one-upping, building off of and straight biting-off of other’s designs. Personally, I want my cycling gear to emulate my outdoor gear. I want my cycling shoes to look like boots and honestly, most of the time while I tour and bikepack, I wear just that.

Fizik’s Terra lineup – their dirt-focused shoes – has trapesed about the tundra that is earth tones and laces for some time now but it wasn’t until their Ergolace X2 model dropped earlier this year that I was intrigued enough to reach out to the brand to review a pair. So, aside from a rugged aesthetic, how do they really feel in person?

Fizik’s Terra Powerstrap X4 Gravel Shoes

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Fizik’s Terra Powerstrap X4 Gravel Shoes

Fizik’s newest shoes are marketed to gravel riding and are a part of the Terra off-road series. The Terra Powerstrap X4 is designed to have a close fit, with the quick and easy Powerstrap Velcro closure system to give your feet a secure fit.

These shoes have a walkable sole, touting a stiffness index of 6. They weigh 292g (size 42- 1/2 pair) and retail for $149. See more information at Fizik.

5.10 Kestrel Boa Pro Review

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5.10 Kestrel Boa Pro Review

A few years ago, I rode the Kokopelli trail with some friends. I decided to take a single pair of shoes to lighten my load on my Knolly Endorphin (which is decidedly not a “bikepacking” bike). That pair of shoes was the 5.10 Kestrel Boa. I spent a few years riding in those shoes. They were stiff, durable, stylish, and sleek. More recently, I’ve given up the power of clipless shoes for the comfort and nuanced control of flat pedals. After a long term review of a carbon hardtail with very large, very sharp flat pedals (the Kona Wah Wah 2), I took a long, hard look at my shins. They are covered in scars and the tops of my socks stained with blood. It was time to see how the skills that flat pedals have shown me translated to clipless riding. I dug around my parts bin and found my old pedals, and then began to look for my old Kestrels. They were gone. I racked my brain and realized I had left them in Mammoth last summer. A week later, I got an email asking me to review the new version of the shoe. I was stoked, to say the least.

Fizik’s Tempo Powerstrap R5

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Fizik’s Tempo Powerstrap R5

I must say, this time of year is one of my favorites in the cycling industry. Summer is nearly over and brands begin to push out their new products, eagerly awaiting the consumers’ reactions. When I saw the new Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5 hit their webshop, I suddenly was excited for road shoes, since forever ago. At only 499 grams for a size 42, a sleek silhouette, easy to adjust velcro straps and a price of $119, these shoes hit a lot of marks, including an all-black design. See more at Fizik and holler at your local dealer for ordering.

45nrth’s Ragnarök All Weather, Reflective Cycling Shoe

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45nrth’s Ragnarök All Weather, Reflective Cycling Shoe

Norse mythology is rich with tales of gods and wars, including Ragnarök, the final battle which finds the Earth battling with various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water. Not that your winter commute will signify the end of the world as we know it through submersion but that doesn’t mean your feet have to get wet and cold during your training, racing, and riding. The Ragnarök cycling shoe is an all-weather ally in the war against the elements, designed to keep your feet comfortable in 25ºF+ / -3ºC+ weather. Check out more details at 45nrth!

DZR’s New S24O Limited Edition

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DZR’s New S24O Limited Edition

As part of its limited edition releases, DZR just launched their S24O clipless compatible sneaker. Pulling inspiration from outdoor hiking boots, the S24O is clad in a tan lightweight leather, utilizes lacing hooks at the ankle cuff, features a plaid liner, grippy gum sole, and offers on or off the bike comfort. The S24O is in stock for $149 at DZR.

Vans Looks to its Legacy with the BMX Checkerboard Pack

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Vans Looks to its Legacy with the BMX Checkerboard Pack

Vans is sitting on a 40-year legacy in action sports and that gives its designers a lot to look to for inspiration. This includes colorways first worn and sported by its own BMX team riders in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The BMX Checkerboard pack highlights the Era and Sk8-Hi, which are each outfitted in a two-tone color scheme and checkerboard printed sidewalls. These two models include throwback color references to the inception of the BMX and skate scene.

Look for the BMX Checkerboard Pack in June online at Vans and in select retailers.