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Two for Today: Giro & Bontrager

Gravel shoes that don't break the bank

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GIRO SECTOR

The latest off-road shoe from Giro takes the ultrabreathable and supple Synchwire upper found on its top-end Imperial road shoe and pairs it with a dualinjected rubber outsole and a carbon-composite plate. Take on gravel roads with confidence knowing that your shoes deliver top-tier comfort with plenty of durability. And because sweaty feet lead to smelly shoes, Giro hits the 3D molded footbed with an Aegis anti-microbial treatment. Two Boas complete the package, keeping everything securely in place. 

$225; 342g per shoe (size 42.5); 2 colors; giro.com

BONTRAGER GR2 GRAVEL SHOES

bontrager gr2 gravel shoes

Bontrager is out to prove that bike shoes can perform at a high level without a $200-plus price tag. With a classic laced closure, the GR2 features a synthetic leather upper for a breathable yet durable shoe, while a GnarGuard rubberized coating on the toe cap and heel adds further protection against trail debris. With a nylon-composite Bronze Series sole measuring in at a six out of 14 on Bontrager’s stiffness index, and a Tachyon rubber outsole, these gravel shoes strike a nice balance between power transfer and walkability. 

$140; 2 colors; trekbikes.com