Sure-footed stability and tenacious grip.
Building off the successful design of the original Chamber used by professional enduro and downhill racers, the Giro Men's Chamber II Cycling Shoe provides a stable pedaling platform with plentiful grip that comes in handy when you're placing a foot down over sketchy terrain. It takes the form of a skate shoe, but it's reinforced with a Vibram sole and rubberized heel and toe overlays. Traditional laces sit alongside an ankle strap that stabilizes these shoes when you're pedaling swiftly down the trail and hitting the jump line in the bike park.
The Vibram Megagrip sole is a favorite for all-mountain, enduro, and downhill pursuits, seeing it's extremely grippy and works with both flats and clipless-style pedals. Instead of the traditional cleat placement, Giro uses a 10-millimeter setback that's tailored to the needs of enduro and downhill racers. If you're not aware, many gravity and all-mountain riders use a cleat setback to conserve energy by using your quads instead of your calves, as well as stabilize your foot on the middle of the pedal. This way, you can conserve precious energy and retain a secure, well-balanced feel while pummeling over technical terrain with sudden drop offs, rock rolls, and loose rocks strewn across the trail.
- Inspired by the needs of enduro and downhill racers
- Skate shoe-inspired aesthetic with entirely flat sole
- Traditional laces with ankle strap for extra security
- Vibram Megagrip sole works with flats and clipless pedals
- Rubberized lugs grip onto rocks, roots, and slick surfaces
- 10mm cleat setback conserves energy, increases stability
- DH EVA footbed with arch support for a comfortable fit
- Item #GIR00I8
- Q & A
Not trail shoes
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These are definitely not trail shoes. They are very comfortable and of good materials, but not made for 2-3 hour rides. They have very thick/hard soles which is good for power transfer but doesn't give you the feedback/feel you need for trail riding. It also adds quite a bit of stack (so you may have to raise your saddle). While ventilated, the faux-leather uppers are probably best for sub 80 degree weather. They are also very heavy. If you do rides of less than 90 minutes, I'm sure these are great. But for all-mountain longer days, something lighter, more flexible (but not flexy), and ventilated will be the better choice. I'd like to see Giro come out with a trail version of this shoe (kind of like the Shimano AM7) that had a lighter-duty sole, more open venting, and shaved a 100g off the weight...because otherwise these are super comfortable shoes. I really appreciate that they did put some soft-touch materials on the inside.
Be like Gwin
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 43
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 185lbs
Got these shoes to ride with my new Time Speciale pedals. I have been riding flats for the last few years and wanted to switch it up a bit with the longer more flow trails of SLC compared to the steeper rougher trails of the WA and BC where I came from. I haven't ridden Giro shoes in a handful of years but was impressed with the quality and finish of the shoes. they do fit a little narrow for me so had to return the 1st pair (42) and opt for a 43 - normally am a straight across the board 42 or US 9 in five tens.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are my favorite clipless mountain bike shoes I've used. I previously owned a pair of Giro Terradura which run narrow and use a buckle enclosure system. I thought I'd hate the laces, but with the strap up top these work out great. I also like how these have been revised from the older version of this shoe to allow the cleat to sit further back (more under the middle of the foot).
This shoe is awesome
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these last week and they are incredibly comfortable, stiff sole for DH but still flexible for walking, clip in great, and just an all-around great shoe. I tried these and their predecessor Chamber shoes, but the originals felt wider (for me, that meant more sloppy riding and clipping in and out), and - most importantly - the cleat placement was too high on the originals. The new design allows the cleat to sit farther back, towards the center of the foot, which is better to me for more control when riding downhill.
The shoes are significantly hotter than my dying Terraduros, but I do like the soles, grip, protection, and comfort for riding laps at Deer Valley (or wherever). If I were to do a long pedally ride, I'd still wear these, but if it was hot out, I'd choose a lighter shoe.
Step up your shoe game
I've been riding in these for about a month, and really like them. The soles provide enough support for pedaling efficiently, but they're still comfortable enough for hike-a-bikes. The uppers are somewhat light and breathable, especially for this style of shoe. The additional cleat setback allows you to position the pedal farther back on your foot, which is ideal for long descents.
I wear an 8.5-9 street shoe, and vary between 41-42 in cycling shoes. I opted to get these in a 41 in the fit is perfect.
Is this shoe available in a EU size 50?