There are now so many disciplines and subdisciplines of off-road cycling that it’s almost impossible to design one shoe to suit all purposes. However, the Bontrager GR2 comes close to that happy medium.
Highlights: Balance of durability and comfort for all-day gravel and bikepacking adventures
Well thought-out details (lace holders, heel loop, heavy-duty scuff guards on toes and heel).
Toe studs compatible for CX.
Considerations: Very roomy and high toe box.
Thick material & minimalist holes may make things heated in summer.
Overall: A highly versatile and well thought-out shoe that can be used for most off-road uses. One’s idea for an ideal off-road shoe varies greatly depending on your intended use for the shoe. Are you gunning for CX or MTB XC racing needing stiffness and the capability for toe studs? Are you a bikepacker looking for all-day comfort and potentially a lot of hike-a-bike? Are you a gravel racer wanting a combination of stiffness and comfort?That’s not to say that one shoe can’t do it all, but it always helps to have an idea for your intended use before you go shopping, and to keep these uses in mind as you get bedazzled by all the shiny new kicks on the shelves or online.The Bontrager GR2 is certainly a shoe that can do it all, but I would characterize it as leaning towards the gravel and bikepacking segment of the off-road market. GR2 Features The GR2 has a really simple and effective lace holder system built into […]