The two models of Giro Ventana shoes are looked on as being the spiritual successor to the Terraduro – a shoe whose rise to prominence seemed to parallel the enduro racing movement that inspired it. And despite some early quality issues, the Terraduro has gone on to be as synonymous with trail riding and enduro racing as strapping an inner tube and a banana to your downtube. The new Giro Ventana Fastlace has some big shoes to fill. No pressure then, Giro…
The Giro Ventana comes in two versions, the BOA dial shoe (at £159.99) and the Ventana Fastlace, as we have here. It uses a new fabric called ‘Synchwire’ which is a super tough woven fabric, almost like ripstop nylon in look, that can make the upper in one single piece, saving in seams that might otherwise rub, or bust open. To this fabric are bonded panels, determining where the vented panels go. There’s a an inner and outer bonded reinforced toe section and the heel cup has a nicely padded insert on a pretty stiff heel counter.
The ‘Fastlace’ bit of the Giro Ventana Fastlace means that there’s a single quick-pull cord to tension the shoe, complete with a locking tab. This is then topped with a Velcro strap for extra tension, and to keep the lace tab and string pull tidy, though there’s not really anywhere for the string pull to go, apart from into an elastic lace keeper on the tongue.
The sole of the Giro Ventana is a relatively mildly treaded ‘Sensor’ rubber sole. There’s a full rubber covering, including the instep, with slightly chunkier heel and forefoot tread. The toe tread is very minimal.
On The Trail
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