Giro Privateer Lace Shoes review

A mega tough, do-it-all shoe that gravel riders will love

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Privateer still exists with Giro because of its solid standing as a tough do-everything shoe, an ideal solution for those looking to take their first steps with SPDs or a solid option for even the most hardened multi day excursionists. Think of this as a discounted VR90 at your peril, the Privateer exists in a different league.

Reasons to buy
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    Seriously tough

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    All year use

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Reasons to avoid
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    One size fits all insole

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When Giro takes one of the bombproof staples from the middle of its mtb shoe range – the Privateer – and mashes it into the once flagship Empire VR90, which remains the choice in comfort and performance for many professional athletes, what do you get? A super-performance RoboCop shoe that nobody wants or needs? Or a well engineered and comfortable middle-range piece of footwear that takes the very best of both models and fuses them? Thankfully for us all RoboCop will have to wait for another day.

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