Push your pedals with the high-performance Giro Gauge Shoe. Featuring a carbon sole for maximum efficiency, and a breathable, ergonomic upper designed to hug your foot, you'll cover miles quickly and comfortably.
Carbon composite sole offers rigidity for a direct connection to the pedal, optimal power transfer, and wind-cheating aerodynamics
Molded EVA footbeds with medium arch support mitigate fatigue and enhance comfort
Supple synthetic leather uppers are breathable to keep your feet from overheating
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Ordered these for my new MTB, figured I'd be doing more XC/trail riding and didn't figure I'd have to hike it too much and since I wasn't going to use platform pedals. They've got the great Giro fit as usual, comes with all the goodies to adjust your arch, I was impressed with the style, weight, fit and stiffness. Great shoe, really delivers power to the pedals.
Only gripe I have with these: I've had to to hike a bit more than I had anticipated, and doing so has lead to tons of wear beneath the shoes. Since it's my first pair of off-road cycling shoes, I can't honestly say if they wear well or not, but I would've expected the tread below to not wear out so quick after about 9 rides. My hikes have been over rocks, gravel and sand, and I've noticed tons of scratches below, screw for spikes went missing on first ride, and the yellow hard plastic tread is wearing out. I've slipped on a few rocks too. I was expecting that Giro had a hard rubber below and not plastic (at least it seems like plastic) but so far they've been great. Top shoe material is still holding up great, carbon is all scratched up, but that's no biggie.
They work great over dirt compared to gravel/sand/rocks.
This shoe is great for me, I have medium wide feet and these don't fit too tightly or too loosely. They are easy on, easy off shoes and comfortable throughout my rides. These shoes have lasted for a long time and continue to perform well.
Working at a bicycle store, Giro's shoes always impress me because 90% of people who try one on love it and buy it. And what's not to love? They are the most comfortable, best looking, and user-friendly shoes on the market in my opinion. You get basically the same caliber shoe as the Code in a cheaper package. Same customizable fit and darn good looks, and as the other reviewer said, the EC70 carbon is great and stiff. My heel never slips in these, you can really feel the arch support, and the tread lugs are big and durable. Some mtb shoes look like space-age rockets. The gauge rocks a badass style that might even outweigh its tech specs!
After having Sidi Dominator 5's, Shimano 315 and 240L's, and various other Time and Northwave shoes over the last 10 years, I can easily say that these are the best. My Sidi's weren't stiff enough, and the Shimano's lacked in traction and buckle quality.
I have a regular to wide size, 9.5 and these fit very true to size. Don't go with the High Volume model unless you have E+ width feet, the regular model has plenty of room in the toe box. The fit kit is pretty nice too. I run the high arch in the left, and low in the right, and they feel custom to my messed up feet.
I tried these head to head with the Code's, and I see no reason to get Codes. The Gauge is lighter, all leather, and doesn't have the cheap looking plastic parts. They are very plain in all black, but that is my style. I can't comment on the grey. Also, even though they have different EC70 and EC90 soles, I can't feel the difference, and neither can you. I walked and rode them blind, and pushed in my hands, and both will not bend. They are both ungodly stiff. I also tried the Privateer and Carbine, and they lack the "Board" stiffness of the carbon Giro models.
The price is what you would expect for a top of the line XC/Race shoe, and way lower than some other models.
I couldn't be happier. After 2 months and 1000 real offroad miles, they are hardly showing wear. I'll add a pic later.
I bought Specialized comp and I have to returned it. To narrow, to firm and "body geometry" not for me. Giro Gauge is different class at least for me. Moore expensive, true. Bud my foot is now like in cotton wool :-) Huh I am glad that the shop was really good to me and let mi exchange the Specialized for Giro Gauge. It was worth to pay $75 moore.