First published in Singletrack Magazine issue 97
Giro is a relative newcomer to the world of flat pedal shoes, but the Jacket shows no sign of having been rushed to market; instead it reflects a thoughtful approach to just what’s needed. With decidedly average size 42 feet I found the sizing to be spot on, with decent width to the shoe too. From the very first time I slipped them on the shoes felt comfortable, both walking and on the bike, with no need to break them in.
Looks-wise they’re neat enough to wear as an everyday sneaker, but with the added bonus of a Vibram sole that’ll hold onto a pedal when the need arises. While it’s not a particularly sticky rubber compound, it gripped pedal pins fine and provided a stiff enough platform for a bit of extended pedaling in comfort.
The low-profile design and synthetic upper helps add to the feeling of a non-bulky, light, and unobtrusive shoe. The only slight downside I could find was that the Jacket felt colder to wear than a 5.10 Freerider. I’d put this down to the laser cut venting on the toe box and it’s easily resolved with thicker socks in winter – however, come summer I’d imagine the additional ventilation is a firm plus side to the Jacket.
The Jacket is a good-looking shoe that doesn’t disappoint, with decent performance both on and off the bike.
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