You see a mountain; you must go up it. You see rocky, inhospitable terrain; you must crush it. Somewhere up there past the tree line is a lone, scraggly shrub, and only its sparse leaves can sate your Alpine hunger. You fancy yourself a mountain goat, and the Giro Alpineduro shoes are your hooves.
Like your hircine inspiration, the Alpineduro presents a cloven, two-part sole to the ground. The area under your metatarsal bones is stiffened up in order to keep power transfer efficient and diffuse pressure from your pedals. The forefoot is engineered with a bit of flex that hinges on a nylon shank. The shank adds support across the middle of your foot, taking stress off of your calves and arches while also adding an element of additional armor to protect against the debris of rough mountain paths favored by goats.
Like many of Giro's other mountain shoes, the Alpineduro includes Vibram's Mont outsole. Mont comprises a pair of complementary compounds, IdroGrip and Megagrip, which respectively lean toward grip and durability for the right qualities in the right parts of the shoe. The outsole's tread pattern also provides debris clearance for two-bolt clipless pedals or accommodates flat pedal riding with optional cleat plate covers.
The upper is equally protective of your delicate hooves. It's made of the same breathable microfiber found throughout Giro's shoe line, but its construction — including the two D-rings used to reinforce the top two lace holes — is more akin to the upper you'd expect from a mountaineering boot than a cycling shoe. While it is breathable, it leans more toward shielding you from the elements, so there aren't any perforations or vents. This protection is increased by a waterproof liner and PrimaLoft insulation. The red laces, reminiscent of 550 paracord in looks and durability, tuck under a strap on the tongue to stay out of the way.
- Mountain bike hooves for the alpine adventurer
- Waterproof, insulated lining keeps the elements at bay
- Sole is engineered for pedaling efficiency and walking flex
- Finished with Vibram's Mont outsole for traction while hoofing it
- Optional cleat plate covers for platform pedals
- Styled in the tradition of classic mountaineering boots
- Item #GIR008R
- Q & A
Super shoulder season shoe
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Size Bought: 43
These are great for cool and wet riding. The design and material does a good job keeping out moisture and the Vibram sole has nice grip. While I wouldn't suggest using them much below the mid 20's without some serious sock or toe warmer game they're great shoes for the shoulder seasons or mild winter weather. I did find the sizing to run just a little small, even compared to other Giros. SPD compatibility is good and has generous channels, though they can get a little clogged up in serious snow or mud.
Winter Trails are Calling
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
These are great for cold and wet riding, particularly with the matching gaiters Giro makes specifically for these boots. I ordered them in the same size as my Giro Empires, and found them to fit small I went up a size, and got a good fir with thick socks.
Great mid-weight bad weather shoe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Quite warm (warmer than Sidi GTX), water proof (heavy rain will leak down your ankles into the wide cuffs and soak your feet eventually so not a good choice for long downpours but worked well for 1 1/2 hours of rain/sleet/heavy slush), reasonably stiff but still walkable. Looks like a hiking boot (and feels like a hiking boot) so unobtrusive for post-ride coffee. Sole does have pretty good wet traction. Jack of all trades but master of none, which in this case means a very good value and a highly usuable shoe, esp. for wet/snowy conditions down to high 20's depending on how easily your feet freeze. Just does not make a great full-on MTB shoe so if your only need is for 4 hour epics or if you like a really stiff sole, this might not be perfect. Also a little heavy/bulky so I would not use for warmer temps. All in all, have been very satisfied for my 30'-45' riding, and that has included a lot of rain snow and sleet. Seemed to fit true to sizing. I normally wear 41 Sidi's in road shoes and a 42 gave me room for heavy socks.