Giro Chamber II MTB shoes review$150.00

A tough pair to beat

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Giro’s evolved Chambers combine a rearward cleat position with efficient pedalling performance and a secure, protective fit to make them standout hardcore shoes. 

The shallow hex-tread Vibram sole has been spaced out on these second-generation shoes and they’re now surefooted in all but the sloppiest conditions. 

Unclipped grip on platform-style pedals is good too, thanks to the wide forefoot. Guide slopes give easy clipless exit/entry, and the cleat slots are further in and back than on most shoes. This mimics the more centralised, further outboard foot position of flat pedals for better balance in hectic situations. 

It also improves chainstay clearance on bikes with wider Boost back ends. There’s just enough adjustment to get a conventional cleat position if it feels weird biomechanically too. 

The shoes are efficiently rigid for sprinting out of corners or tapping out long climbs

The sole is thin enough for a well-connected feel but the shoes are efficiently rigid for sprinting out of corners or tapping out long climbs. Updated versions will be appearing in shops soon, which will be stiffer still and will also have a longer wrap-over strap to improve the already secure fit.

The wide camo-print sole and toe bumper fend off knocks nicely, and the collar is well padded. There are fewer seams on the upper to let water in or clog up with muck. However, be warned, if you had the previous Chambers, you’ll need to go up a size due to the snugger fit.

  • Weight: 1,122g
  • Sizes: 36–48

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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