Giro Privateer

Priced: $134.99 - $150.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 6 reviews.
Giro Privateer
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Giro Privateer - Ditch the city and hit the dusty trails for an earth-crushing ride! Power through the singletrack's twists and turns in the Privateer from Giro®.
Cleats not included.
High-quality, breathable microfiber uppers.
Strong ratcheting top buckle promotes a precise fit.
Ratchet buckle is replaceable.
Offset D-ring at mid-foot strap helps prevent pressure points.
Two adjustable hook-and-loop lower straps.
Molded EVA footbed offers medium arch support. Features Aegis® antimicrobial treatment for a healthier in-shoe environment.
DuPont™ Zytel® nylon outsole offers greater fatigue resistance than traditional nylon soles.
Aggressive dual-density lugs deliver optimal traction.
Mid-foot scrub guard.
Accommodates steel toe spikes.
SPD (two-hole design) compatible.


  • A supportive EVA footbed enhances fit and comfort
  • 2 rip-and-stick closure straps provide a solid, secure fit; offset D-ring closure at mid-foot relieves pressure points


  • Injected nylon High traction lugged outsole Mid-foot scuff guard
  • Dupont Zytel® nylon soles efficiently transfer power to the pedals and provide greater fatigue resistance than traditional nylon soles
  • Supple microfiber uppers (with nylon mesh inserts) give a glovelike fit with excellent breathability

Support and Cushioning:

  • Molded EVA footbeds with medium arch supports; EVA footbeds feature an antimicrobial treatment to help control odor


  • High-quality, breathable synthetic fiber. Classic 3-strap closure

Traction and Grip:

  • Aggressive, dual-density lugs give excellent traction. Strong and secure ratcheting buckle closure. Offset strap "D-ring" at mid-foot
  • Lugged outsoles offer traction on trails even when you’re off the bike


  • Adjustable via the classic combination of a micro-ratcheting buckle and two straps


  • Giro Privateer mountain bike shoes are compatible with SPD pedals (pedals typically include cleats; cleats are also available for separate purchase)
  • Strong and secure ratcheting buckle (replaceable) allows precise on-the-fly adjustability; make microadjustments to match the ride's intensity
  • Aegis anti-microbial treatment keeps shoes smelling fresh
  • Built with the same performance last as the top Giro Mountain Bike shoes

Slide the planks into Giro's light and rugged Privateer Shoe and spin your mountain cranks with the support needed for long-ride comfort and race-leading efficiency.

The Privateer™ combines a supple microfiber upper with a stiffest-in-class DuPont™ Zytel® nylon outsole that rivals the performance of premium composite outsoles. Great shoe for mountain biking, touring or spin class.


With a supportive fit, supple uppers and stiff, lugged soles, these Giro Privateer mountain bike shoes are built for jumping stumps and riding up those gravelly fire roads.

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Activity:Mountain biking
Average footwear weight (pair):1 lb. 8.9 oz.
Avg. Weight (Pair):1 lb. 9 oz.
Footwear closure:Buckle
Look compatible:No
Outsole:Dupont Zytel nylon
SPD compatible:Yes
SPD-SL compatible:No
Speedplay compatible:No
Time compatible:Yes
Traction tread:Yes
Upper:Polyester microfiber
Weight:1 lb. 9 oz. (650 g)
crankbrothers compatible:Yes
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Giro Privateer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Will increase your performance

Two years ago I got serious about mountain biking and picked up a pair of used Lake lace up shoes that were probably 7 years old. While worn out, they fit amazingly well and I rode better than ever before. The soles finally wore out so completely that I needed to get new ones. These seemed to fit the bill. I tried them on and they fit like a glove (though while I usually wear a 9-9.5 the ones that fit were a 10). Out on the trails they are extremely stiff and light as a feather. I live in Boulder and use them for everything from epic long xc rides to technical trail riding. The added power I'm getting is incredible. On hard uphill climbs I can really feel the difference in stiffness. It translates into climbs that feel at least 10% easier. It really gives you the feeling that the bike ends not at your foot, but at your ankle if that makes any sense.

The black on black with gum soles looks great, and will stay looking great for years to come I'm sure, scratches seem to just disappear.

My only complaint so far is toe numbness on both feet. No matter how tight or loose I have the straps, I'm still getting some. It's not that bad, most of the time I hardly notice it. It does seem to be getting better with time so it could just be that they aren't as broken in yet as they could be. This is a problem I never had with the lace-up Lakes, so it might also be to the fact that with straps, you will never get as perfect a fit as with laces. Something else I noticed is that while the toe box looks small, it is actually very spacious! The back and middle of the foot feels nice and snug, but the toes have some room to move. Is this contributing to numbness? It seems like it would be the opposite. I'm not sure at this point.

In conclusion, I'm really loving this shoe. If you are at the point where your fitness and bike aren't making you any faster, maybe look to upgrading to a really good upper-mid-level shoe like this. I don't race, but if I did I'm sure these would work great. For a serious "weekend-warrior" rider like me though, the price point is perfect. I really don't think I could have justified spending an extra $100 for a carbon base.
Boulder Jordan at REI on 05/05/2012
First of all, I ordered these shoes on a Friday evening and I got them Monday before noon, really awesome service from Zappos. I had been doing research about this type of shoes since last winter and tried several brands but these shoes are very comfortable. I spin 2-3 days a week and ride the bike over the weekend (50-70 miles) and I can feel the difference from my old shoes. I'm a size 41 (10-10.5) women but I'm wearing a size 43 men and they fit just fine. I think these shoes are great and overall they're worth the money.
Anonymous - customer at on 09/14/2012

Very sturdy and comfortable

These are great shoes that are really comfortable, but the sizing seems to be a little off. I had a buy a half size bigger than usual to get a comfortable, but still very snug fit. The soles are quite stiff, but not as stiff as a road shoe. The grip is good but chunky enough to not trap little rocks etc. I use these as a general commuting shoe as well as a mountain shoe.
Baz at REI on 03/03/2013

Comfortable, nice and stiff.

These are far more comfortable than my last pair and fit far better than the many pairs I tried on. So far, on the trail they work great, though at the very beginning were a little finicky to get clipped in, but are breaking in nicely.
Nate2281 at REI on 08/08/2013

I wear an 11.5 in all Nike and Vans shoes. I ordered the 45 in these and it was a tiny bit too tight (and I wear them pretty tight). In terms of construction and quality, they seemed solid.

Rocky Thompson at on 03/01/2012

Negative Reviews:

I usually wear a 43 in euro sizes. I ordered a 44.5 because I wanted a bigger fit for winter socks. These fit more like a 41. I couldn't cram my toes in even with thin summer socks. Good looking shoes, but returning them.

thop485659 at on 04/10/2013