The Giro Savix is a good mid-range shoe with a plastic sole and Boa dial closure
The Giro Savix sits just above the brand’s slightly more affordable Treble II shoes. The main difference between the two is that the Treble II features three Velcro straps, whereas the Savix shoes have a more sophisticated Boa dial closure system that allows you to really tune the fit and is more commonly associated with high-end shoes. If you want more information on road shoes and the different features, you can click on our buyer’s guide here.
The Boa dial allows you to make 1mm incremental adjustments and is easy to use when riding too, should you wish to adjust the fit on the fly or tighten your shoes heading into a sprint. There is also a single Velcro strap at the front of the shoe, although I found this a little redundant. It didn’t seem to contribute much to the fit.
The soles of the Giro Savix shoes are plastic, but unless you are pumping out the power of a Chris Hoy sprint, they shouldn’t hold you back. High-end carbon shoes are undoubtedly stiffer, but surplus to the requirements of most of us.
A very useful feature is the cleat compatibility of the soles too. The Savix shoes can accommodate both two and three-bolt cleats making them a very versatile option and ideal for beginners, or less serious roadies who may wish to use an SPD, mountain bike-style cleat for commuting.
The soles have plastic pads front and rear to assist walking, but these are not replaceable. Unfortunately I found them to be quite soft, wearing out faster than I would have liked.
I really like the way the Giro Savix shoes look, with a quality of finish that appears more expensive than it is and very clean styling. However, the uppers are not the easiest to keep clean, meaning that if you choose the white option I would suggest you budget for some overshoes or covers to keep them clean on wet days. There is also a black colour option, however.
The Savix shoes do an excellent job of keeping your feet cool – breathability is excellent and up there with the best I have encountered. Weighing 312g per shoe they are commendably light for the price too.
Overall comfort is good and I found the Savix to be true to size. There is plenty of width in the forefoot, but we would always urge you to try before you buy anyway.
The Giro Savix are excellent mid-level shoes that look great and are really comfortable. The Boa dial offers great adjustment and the cleat compatibility is useful. Highly recommended and there's a women's version too.