£219 > Style-heavy gravel shoes

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QUOC’S GRAN TOURER SHOES STAND out in a crowded mar­ket, the clean, retro-in­spired de­sign be­ing about as stylish as it gets. Aside from the su­per-sub­tle toned grey cam­ou­flage colour­way, there are lots of tech­ni­cal de­tails in this gravel-rid­ing shoe.

The up­per is con­structed without us­ing stitch­ing and, be­ing seam­less, it’s su­perbly com­fort­able and highly water re­sis­tant. The bonded-in padded tongue sec­tion is also con­structed without any gaps, mak­ing these shoes welle­quipped to deal with the el­e­ments. Inside, the shoe has a soft-touch tex­tured liner, which sand­wiches a water­proof mem­brane be­tween it and the outer. The nat­u­ral fit footbeds are well shaped and sup­port­ive without be­ing overly sculpted.

The sole is ex­tremely well put to­gether; it’s SPD com­pat­i­ble, so that’s moun­tain bike-style ped­als; and fully sealed. The spe­cial rub­ber com­pound, which looks like nat­u­ral rub­ber, is bonded to a car­bon­com­pos­ite mid­sole for im­pres­sive power trans­fer. The deep rub­ber

WE SAY Stylish shoes built for head­ing off the beaten track

out­sole has also been de­signed to pro­tect your cleats while walk­ing, and pro­vides plenty of trac­tion off-road. It’s good to see a sole that was de­signed specif­i­cally for the needs of the gravel rider and tourist, or bikepacker for the hip­sters, and not just one that’s been bor­rowed from an ex­ist­ing moun­tain-bike race shoe. The beau­ti­ful fin­ish trans­lates into a su­perb feel when on the bike. The fit is spot on and flat laces, with their zig-zag lac­ing holes, al­low for am­ple ad­just­ment. The slick heel lin­ing did mean that when run­ning up an in­cline car­ry­ing the bike, our heel tended to pop out, but as these aren’t de­signed as a cy­clo-cross rac­ing shoe it shouldn’t oc­cur of­ten when you’re just out trekking or rid­ing. Our size 45s weigh 372.9g each, so cer­tainly aren’t lightweights when com­pared to road shoes, but they com­pare well to most cross-coun­try shoes. They’re beau­ti­fully pack­aged with a cloth carry bag and some se­ri­ously lux­u­ri­ous merino/tech wool socks that make the ideal com­pan­ion to the GT shoes.

STITCH FREE 1 The smooth ‘no-sew’ up­per means great weath­er­proof­ing and com­fort from the Gran Tour­ers LACE UPS 2 The flat laces al­low for am­ple and easy ad­just­ment to get a sup­port­ive and com­fort­able fit SPD CLEATS 3 If you want to ride cli­p­less, the GTs are com­pat­i­ble with moun­tain bike-style SPD ped­als

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