Profile of the Giro Riela R II

Who is it for? The Giro Riela R II MTB Shoes are a women's exclusive model. Its last is specifically designed to comfortably hug the ladies' naturally narrower foot shape.

Fit-wise, the women who have reviewed this pair said that it is more for lady mountain riders with slim feet.

What is it for? This Giro shoe is engineered for cross-country cycling. A lot of its owners also use it for spin classes in their local fitness club.

Outsole

Stiff. Employing nylon injected outsoles, the Giro Riela R II provides adequate rigidity for power transfer. This helps the rider not waste any energy in every pedal stroke.

Grip. Full-length rubber lugs cover the outsole for traction in slippery surfaces. If the trails are extra tricky, additional toe spike slots are also provided. The owner can purchase toe spikes and install them in the grooves for enhanced traction.

Cleat System

The Giro Riela R II employs a 2-bolt cleat system. Some of the pedals that are suitable for this pair are Crank Brothers Mallet E LS, Shimano XT M8120 Trail and Time ATAC XC 6.

The cleat area is recessed for easy and comfortable time off the bike.

Upper

Breathable comfort. Uppers crafted from synthetic fiber with mesh inserts, the Riela R II provides a snug, breathable and secure fit.

Lockdown. Triple Velcro straps govern this pair's retention system. They are easily adjustable even while riding.

Insole

Comfortable EVA footbeds yield support and cushioning for all-day rides.

Updates from its predecessor

The Giro Riela R II is the younger sibling of the Riela R. If you want to know the similarities and differences between these two shoes, continue reading.

Similarities

  • Both models are women's exclusive MTB designs.
  • Same triple Velcro straps for the retention system
  • Same sole design and materials
  • Same overall shape

Differences

  • The only main difference is that the upper now features mesh panels throughout for enhanced breathability. This comes after reviews said that the Riela R became too toasty in warm weather.

Nice to know

  • The 'R' in the shoe's official name means rubber.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 10.8oz
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro
Features: SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Synthetic/Mesh upper, Nylon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Giro

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