Giro Cylin­der shoes £114.99

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

Giro’s new Cylin­ders are light­weight, se­cure and ef­fi­cient-ped­alling yet comfy shoes that tread a good bal­ance be­tween XC and trail per­for­mance, at a rea­son­able price. The stiff sole lets you put de­cent power down with­out caus­ing cramp or bruis­ing over longer dis­tances like ul­tra-rigid race shoes can. Boa’s lat­est mi­cro-ad­just L6 dial and a Vel­cro toe strap keep things se­cure and sup­port­ive for sprint­ing, with­out any ob­vi­ous hot spots. While the stan­dard fit worked well for our testers, there’s an HV (High Vol­ume) ver­sion in the same 40-48 range, and women’s sizes 36-42 are cov­ered too. The mixed mesh up­per keeps weight down to 750g (pair, size 44 with cleats) and keeps your feet cool when work­ing hard. You’ll need to tape them up or use over­shoes in win­ter though. The con­tin­ual tread blocks (not sep­a­rate lugs) work bet­ter in the dry than mud too, so it’s good that the cut­away toe sec­tions are de­signed to take studs for charg­ing up slip­pery climbs. Guy www.zy­rofisher.co.uk

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