Giro has just announced its new Sector clip-in shoes. Lightweight, stiff, adjustable and with a dual BOA system to keep them tight, the look ideal for hard trail riding, racing and we’re not saying ‘gravel’ as that’s just bike riding, right? But yes – they’ll probably work for gravel too, cyclocross, commuting and full on BMX racing we don’t doubt.
The Giro Sector uses the company’s very clever and supple ‘Synchwire’ fabric thermo-bonded to an ‘exo skeleton’ for structure. Synchwire resembles finely woven sailcloth, using a super strong filament woven into small triangles to make it strong and then with a thin top layer fabric hot-bonded on top. This gives a very light and minimalist feel to the shoes. Added armour for the toe and heel gives some protection from trail errors.
Coming in at 342g for a size 42.5, they’re pretty light for a treaded off road shoe. Giro has already launched the Ventana, which is the modern successor to the Terraduro and the Giro Sector looks to be a racier sibling. The sole is a carbon composite, with in-moulded rubber tread and provision for toe studs, something the Terraduro doesn’t have.
The dual BOA dials on the Giro Sector offer very precise adjustment in tension – in 1mm increments. Loosening is an all or nothing affair though, Giro probably reasons that at the end of a hard ride or race, you just want to get out of your tight shoes. Not so good if you want to subtly adjust shoe tensions during your mega 200 miler.
“Whether riders are grinding out all-day gravel adventures, tackling their first 50-mile XC race, or just enjoying some quick laps on the trail after work, they need shoes that are comfortable, durable and provide a powerful connection to the pedals,” said Giro Footwear Product Manager Peter Curran. “The Giro Sector was specifically developed around the combination of Synchwire uppers, our new composite outsole and Boa’s most popular dial closure, to create a supportive fit with ease of adjustment on-the-fly.”
We have a pair of Giro Sector shoes coming in for review. Even if they’re going to do most of their miles on the trainer at the moment…
There are separate men’s and women’s versions of the Giro Sector. The men’s shoes range from 39–50 in whole sizes, and 42.5-45.5 half-sizes. (All depending on what importers ZyroFisher are bringing in).
The women’s Sector W goes from 36–43 in women’s whole sizes, and 37.5-42.5 half-sizes
The Giro Sector should be available about… now, from Giro retailers and www.giro.co.uk for $225 USD/ €229.95/ £219.99.