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As a fan of their prior Alpenduro winter MTB shoes, I’m happy to report that the new (and completely different) Giro Blaze winter mountain biking shoes are excellent. With a lighter, thinner upper that doesn’t give up warmth to a cleaner, smoother exterior, there’s a lot to like about this shoe…so much so that I really wish they made a road-going version, too!
Thus far, I’ve ridden the Blaze on both gravel and mountain bike rides, from all-day epics to 3-hour trail adventures. Temps have ranged from low 40ºs into mid- to upper- 50ºs (Fahrenheit). I suspect they could handle into the upper 30ºs, too, especially with slightly thicker socks.
Speaking of, I’ve worn them with thinner wool socks on every occasion, and it’s been a killer combo of wicking and warmth, without ever overheating.
Definitely, when temps get into the upper 50ºs, you don’t need a shoe like this, but when the forecast led me astray and the sun came down harder than anticipated, I never felt like my feet got too hot. In fact, I never really noticed them at all, despite a 15º swing on a single ride.
I suspect thicker socks would make them a bit snug, so I’m glad they insulate and protect well with a standard (thin) cycling sock. The padded, insulated tongue sits taller than the rest of the upper, helping buffer against cold air as you’re pedaling through it.
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