Posted by Miles Arbour
It just so happens that earlier this summer I published long-term review of my Giro Terraduro shoes, which provoked a lot of discussion in the comments section. In short, the early production Terraduros had a bad case of delamination, and resulted in a lot of unhappy riders. It seems these issues were addressed with more recent models however, and my pair are going on their third year of frequent trail riding and bikepacking. Alas, Giro appears to be phasing out the Terraduro altogether for 2020, launching a new shoe in its stead. The Terraduro still appears on Giro’s website and we confirmed they will be available until the stock runs out, but they aren’t likely to be around for long.
The new Giro Ventana, the Terraduro’s replacement, is being marketed as an “all-mountain and all-day trail riding” shoe, blending comfort and confidence both on and off the bike. That’s not a bad sales pitch for bikepacking. The Ventana is available in two different models, in both men- and women-specific designs. The standard Ventana uses a BOA dial and forefoot velcro strap, while the Ventana Fastlace replaces the BOA dial with a high friction cord lock and the velcro strap moves further up the bridge of the foot. Otherwise, both models share identical specs. The one-piece upper achieves ventilation through PU bonded mesh, and the toe and heel of the shoes are reinforced with rubber. The new Ventana uses Giro’s ‘Sensor Rubber’ on the outsole, which is said to be both durable and grippy. The Fastlace model will save you a bit of weight, coming in at 408g (size 42.5), while the standard Ventana is 417g (size 42.5). Both are definitely on the heavier side of things, so let’s hope that translates over to good durability.
The Giro Ventana is priced at $180 and comes in olive or black in mens, or just black in the womens. The Ventana Fastlace retails for $130 and is available in olive or black in the mens, and a grey/black in the womens. Ask your local dealer or head over to Giro.com to learn more. If they don’t show up, type ‘Ventana’ in the search box.