Sea Otter 2018: Found! New Giro Shoes Hidden In Plain Sight

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The Giro booth at the Sea Otter is always a good source of news and gossip. Not usually because of the products on show (only because we’ve often already seen them, as worn by this beautiful model below…) but because everyone seems to drift by for a chat – influenced no doubt by the booth’s central location and perhaps due to having picnic benches and the occasional adult beverage available to those who ask nicely.

Looking good
Wear it like you stole it…

However, as well as showing off some handpicked highlights from the world to see, Giro was also promoting the Grinduro events. The California-based event went on sale at the end of the Sea Otter and sold out within a few short hours. However, the Scottish event, in the middle of July still has places available. To commemorate the launch of the events, Giro usually makes some gloves, socks and shoes in Grinduro purple and it was the shoes that caught our eye.

Mmm purple. But what are the shoes?

Dazzled by the display of purple, it was easy to overlook what the shoes actually were. Usually, Giro makes some limited-edition Grinduro purple Empire shoes, Giro’s lace-up race shoes, but these were definitely different. A bit of quizzing of the Giro folks and it was revealed that these purple perils are going to be a brand new model for Giro, the Privateer Lace.

The Privateer is Giro’s less-bonkers-stiff, privateer race shoe. Or trail shoe for people who want a slightly less trainer-style shoe for racing and training and just riding around in. The Lace version obviously has the (infinitely adjustable!) addition of laces instead of the Velcro and ratchet strap of the regular Privateer. And they’re not going to come in purple. But there should be two or three two-tone colours that should look pretty smart – like a grey/grey and a green/green.


Chunky sole, but less punishingly stiff compared to the Empire.
The Privateer Lace will be available through Zyro later this year

If you’re debating about entering Grinduro Scotland, have a look at the writeup on Grit.CX over here and watch this rather natty film that seems to sum up the event quite nicely.

Can’t see the film? Click here.


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Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (3)

    Is it my monitor/eyes or do those shoes look more pink than purple in the images above?

    The shoes are lovely, but a couple of rides in Bolton mud will ruin the colour. Do they have no mud in California?

    They’re kind of ‘black cherry yoghurt’ colour I’d reckon.

    The purple is a one-off colour. They’ll be doing them in two-tone grey, just for Bolton.

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