Who should buy the Giro Privateer R

Despite a few setbacks, budget-conscious riders find Giro Privateer R to have an extraordinary value considering its looks, performance, and features. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that employs a new nylon and rubber outsole for enhanced durability and grip.
  • Need a shoe that has a reinforced toe box that boasts toe protection and added structure, while two straps and a ratchet buckle deliver excellent lockdown.
  • Prefer a shoe that includes a stiff and efficient nylon outsole, aggressive lugs, toe spike accommodations, and a supportive EVA footbed. 

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Privateer R offers excellent traction and stability

The Privateer R incorporates a co-molded nylon outsole to deliver adequate energy transfer to your cadence. On top of the sole are rubber lugs for excellent traction and stability. These lugs also act as scuff guards to the sole.

Giro Privateer R outsole

Walkable sole and steel toe spike slots

This shoe’s relatively flexible sole construct allows the rider to walk comfortably whenever needed. The outsole also includes slots for the installment of steel toe spikes. This added feature allows the rider to add toe spikes for next-level grip in muddy and slippery trails.

Giro Privateer R outsole 1.0

2-bolt cleat mount

The Privateer R employs a 2-bolt design but also works well with all clipless pedal types. The shoe could fit three-bolt pedals by incorporating an adapter. However, the shoe is, by design, engineered to suit 2-bolt cleat pedals. Try the following pedals: Look X-Track, Shimano A600, Wellgo RC713, Speedplay Frogs, and plenty more. Apart from being suitable with most clipless pedals, the Privateer R outsole’s tread pattern also fits flat pedal designs perfectly.

Giro Privateer R Cleat system

Durable and breathable

The shoe's upper is welded and stitched. The microfiber material used is well-ventilated and enduring.

Giro Privateer R Midsole

Secure fit of Giro Privateer R

Equipped with the N-1 ratchet buckle along with an N-2 strap, this model allows precise adjustment. The buckle could be tightened in 3 mm increments while a lever can be pressed for the quick release function. Its lifespan is improved thanks to the replaceable feature. Moreover, mid-foot and lower straps provide a pressure-relieving yet secure fit.

Giro Privateer R laces

Excellent toe protection

A reinforced toe box combined with a rubber toe guard not only increases the shoe’s lifespan but also protects the foot from rock strikes and impacts.

Giro Privateer R Upper

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.2oz
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro, Ratchet
Features: SPD
Material: Synthetic, Nylon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Giro

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Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.