Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Almost all Giro Riela R II owners mention that they are pleased with the pair's quality.
  • According to a number of consumers, this is a stylish mountain bike shoe.
  • Some wearers swear by this pair's comfortable feel.
  • The Riela R II can withstand rough rides, say a handful of testers.
  • It yields enough rigidity for power transfer, according to a number of cyclists.
  • A few users find it to be relatively lightweight compared to other MTB footwear.
  • This footgear has excellent value for its price, mention a couple of buyers.

1 reason not to buy

  • A commenter claims that the tongue digs into her foot.

Bottom line

The ladies can treat themselves in a day of trail riding with the women's exclusive Giro Riela R II. Built with durable uppers, rugged and adequately stiff outsoles, and cushioned footbeds, this Giro MTB shoe could be an excellent companion for backcountry adventures.

If the tongue digs into the foot, simply cut through the provided markers on the edge of the tongue. This is meant to alleviate the condition.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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


  • 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.

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


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