Giro Riddance - Women's Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Durable, decent breathability
Cons: Very rigid, no grip, puts pressure on the top of foot
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Going into the testing process, we expected a similar caliber of grip to the Bontrager Flatlines because they both have Vibram rubber on the bottom. However, we quickly realized that is not the case; we found the Giro to be extremely slippery to the point where it is unsafe as a rider. When we first started climbing in these shoes, we noticed that our foot slipped around on the pedal pegs slightly. However, once we started putting our full weight on the pedals that stopped. When we started to go downhill and shifted our body weight between the pedals to maneuver the bike is when we started to see problems. One of our reviewers fell within the first 5 minutes of biking with these shoes because her foot slipped right after hitting a jump. When these shoes get wet, it gets even worse, making the shoes impossible to maneuver a bike.
The tread on the bottom is a hexagon pattern. However, the hexagons are very shallow (in comparison to the Ride Concepts Livewire), and they are also not well textured. The Bontrager tread has more surface area with tons of texture, which is why we think they have much more traction on the pedal despite using similar rubber.
Comfort and Protection
The tongue of the shoe is thin, and when we tightened up the laces before a ride, there was pressure on the top of our foot, resulting in numb toes. Nonetheless, we did find this shoe relatively comfortable as it is well padded on the sides and around the ankle. There is some protection, via reinforced synthetic material, around the toe and heel. Unfortunately, that material is only .3 inches thick, so it didn't do the best job protecting us.
Rigidity and Power Transfer
These were the most rigid shoes we tried, so much so that we could barely feel the pedal underfoot, making for some unnerving rides. When we decided to make little adjustments with our feet, unweighting just a little, we ran the risk of our foot completely slipping off the pedal. If you are looking for a shoe where you can make frequent small adjustments with your feet and be able to feel the pedal, we recommend the Bontrager Flatline. And if you are looking for something more flexible, we recommend Five Ten Freerider Pro.
The upper is constructed from a water-resistant micro-fiber and is perforated for better breathability. While the material itself is not very breathable, the holes on the side seem to help a lot with breathability.
Durability is where these shoes shine. The material is very thick, and everything is bound together extremely well. After rigorous testing, there was no visible scarring, and the waterproof material did not scratch. The laces are wide, so they are easily snagged, but the overall structure of the shoe is tough.
While these shoes are very durable, they are heavy, weighing 777 grams. Pretty hefty, considering there is not a lot of protection or grip.
While these shoes are slightly less expensive than many shoes we tested, we test we think you would be better off riding in your Vans or Nikes. The Ride Concepts Livewire (our Best Buy winner) makes a much better shoe for less dough.
The Giro Riddance does not have much to offer, as the rubber matched with shallow lugs made the grip far less than optimal. This shoe was extremely rigid, so it was difficult to feel when our foot was slipping off the pedal. The tongue of the shoe is thin and cut off the circulation by putting too much pressure on the top of our foot. Folks with high volume feet need not apply. The perforated synthetic material allowed our foot to breathe, but that is the only aspect we liked about this shoe.
— Bo Outland