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Giro Riddance - Women's Review

These shoes don't feel very grippy on our pedals. We hoped that Giro would make up for it by making a somewhat flexible shoe, but we were disappointed.
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Price:  $120 List | $119.95 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros:  Durable, decent breathability
Cons:  Very rigid, no grip, puts pressure on the top of foot
Manufacturer:   Giro
By Bo Outland ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 12, 2019
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  • Grip - 30% 2
  • Comfort and Protection - 25% 3
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer - 20% 2
  • Breathability - 10% 3
  • Durability - 10% 6
  • Weight - 5% 2

Our Verdict

The Giro Riddance has Vibram rubber in a small hexagon pattern. We found the grip on these shoes to be less than optimal. The hexagon pattern is comparatively shallow and didn't grip our pedals as well as other shoes with more pronounced lug patterns. The Bontanger Flatline did not score well in grip, but made up for it by having a good balance of support and flexibility. Balance is not the case with the Riddance, as it was the most rigid shoe we tried. This shoe is not a favorite among our testers, especially at the price point.


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Pros Durable, decent breathabilityGrip, protection, durabilityLightweight, balanced grip, great protectionInexpensive, offers a lot of protection, balanced gripInexpensive, breathable
Cons Very rigid, no grip, puts pressure on the top of footBulky, hot, not good for all mountain ridingExpensive, durabilityNot enough grip for very technical ridingLacks elastic strap for laces, longer break-in period, not the most durable
Bottom Line These shoes don't feel very grippy on our pedals. We hoped that Giro would make up for it by making a somewhat flexible shoe, but we were disappointed.The Impact Pros are great for a downhill-specific rider, as they provide tons of protection and grip.The Freerider Pros are a great mountain biking shoe for any type of riding. They have balance, grip and offer a ton of protection.This is an exceptional flat pedal shoe for someone just starting their mountain bike adventures, especially for the price.These are the least expensive shoe we tried, and we could tell. Compared to other Five Ten shoes these have nothing special.
Rating Categories Giro Riddance - Women's Five Ten Impact Pro - Women's Five Ten Freerider Pro Livewire Five Ten Freerider - Women's
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Specs Giro Riddance -... Five Ten Impact... Five Ten Freerider... Livewire Five Ten Freerider...
Measured Weight (g) 777 grams 986 grams 625 grams 754 grams 770 grams
Upper Material Water-resistant micro-fiber Synthetic Synthetic Synthetic, mesh Suede, mesh
Footbed EVA Ortholite Ortholite D30 High Impact Zone EVA
Sole EVA EVA EVA EVA EVA
Outsole Vibram MegaGrip ISR Stealth S1 Stealth Phantom Kinetics DST6.0 High Grip Stealth S1
Size Tested 7.5 8.5 8.5 9 8.5

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


These shoes didn't provide as much grip as we would like on the pedal and felt very rigid.
These shoes didn't provide as much grip as we would like on the pedal and felt very rigid.

Grip


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.

A few scrapes were had while testing these shoes.
A few scrapes were had while testing these shoes.

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.

These shoes are so rigid the toes do not bend. Pretty easy to get on point though...
These shoes are so rigid the toes do not bend. Pretty easy to get on point though...

Breathability


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


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.

Weight


While these shoes are very durable, they are heavy, weighing 777 grams. Pretty hefty, considering there is not a lot of protection or grip.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

Front and back of Giro Riddance. While they are very durable they do not have good grip on the pedal.
Front and back of Giro Riddance. While they are very durable they do not have good grip on the pedal.


Bo Outland