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Giro's Regime Women's Road Cycling Shoes are sleek looking, seriously comfortable and performance orientated. There's very little to fault, though some might not be happy with white, and if you want bigger than size 42 you'll need to look at the men's version.
I frequently opt for men's shoes as they seem to fit my wider-than-average feet better than female-specific ones. I was impressed with the Regimes, though: they haven't caused any discomfort or hotspots whatsoever, even on five-hour-plus rides.
Much of this comfort comes from the Synchwire upper design, which Giro describes as an ultralight mono-filament mesh to which it has added thermal-welded TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) for structural support and resistance to grit and grime. It's manufactured in a single piece, so it's free of potentially irritating seams, and it really does fit and feel like a second skin (another Giro claim).
The cable guides are made of fabric, rather than the plastic that many manufacturers opt for, further removing potential causes of irritation or hotspots.
All of this, teamed with two Boa L6 dials, which tighten in 1mm increments, creates a fully compliant upper that makes your feet feel snugly secure for even the most aggressive of riding.
There's thick padding in the heel cup, too, which reaches forward to the edge under the ankle bone; I'm sure it adds a few grams but the comfort is most definitely worth it.
The carbon sole delivers as you would expect. It's noticeably better than the nylon/glass fibre composite of Scott's Road Team Boas. In fact I've only ever ridden with one that I would say feels stiffer – Liv's Macha Pros – which felt stiffer for all-out sprints and hills. The Giro's would be my preference for longer rides where comfort is more important, though.
The TPU heel pad works well to prevent slips, while at the toe the TPU gripper is flush with the sole but still surprisingly effective – and the surrounding sole doesn't seem to be wearing despite the pad not protruding.
The three-bolt plate has plenty of markings and 5mm of fore/aft adjustment.
The perforations in the upper provide sufficient ventilation for riding in milder conditions, but without vents in the sole, the Regimes might not be as breathable as some. I haven't had a chance to test these in very warm weather. On the flip side, my feet haven't suffered in temperatures between 10 and 12°C – conditions when I'd normally be donning an oversock to keep warm but didn't feel the need with the Regimes.
Inside the shoe, Giro provides an insole with moderate arch support. I've removed this for a custom orthotic, without compromising the comfort.
The uppers wipe clean very easily. Without seams or fabric panels, they can be restored to bright white in very little time. The fabric cable guides aren't quite so easy to clean, but since they are so small, they don't 'spoil' the look.
They are only available in white, too, and in sizes 36-42. By comparison, the men's version is available in three different colours – white, black, and black/copper – and in sizes 40-48.
While £229.99 is a sizeable amount to spend on a pair of shoes, it's not unexpected for a carbon sole. DMT's KR3s are similarly priced at £235.99. They have a completely different upper, focusing on breathability, with a single Boa dial.
You get a carbon sole with Quoc's Mono IIs, whose uppers are very similar to the Regimes, but they cost £270. And those Liv Macha Pros I mentioned earlier are £274.99.
However, it's not difficult to get a carbon sole these days for less than £200: Van Rysel's Road R900 Carbon Shoes have two Boa closures and a carbon sole, and are £100 less than the Giros. They are pretty weighty, though.
For me, the fit, comfort and performance of the Giro Regimes were all flawless. With durability and style to boot, these are now my favourite shoes. They may not be the cheapest, but given how hard it can be to find shoes that fit perfectly, it's a price I'd be very willing to pay.
Excellent shoes that deliver on comfort, performance and style to justify the price tag
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Giro Regime Women's Road Cycling Shoes
Size tested: 42
Tell us what the product is for
Giro says, 'The Regime™ W gives you the power and the control to reach your goals. To make a full-featured shoe that can handle extended miles and hard roads, we started with an ultralight monofilament mesh Synchwire™ upper that fits and feels like a second skin, then added thermal-welded TPU for added structural support and resistance to grit and grime.
Fast, intuitive fit adjustment is guaranteed with dual BOA® L6 dials, steel laces and soft lace guides that allow you to get a precise fit with even pressure distribution to ensure comfort with every turn of the pedals. And finally, the advanced carbon-composite plate ensures efficient power transfer and responsive feel at the pedals, while allowing 5mm of adjustment for optimal cleat positioning. '
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
One-piece Synchwire™ upper design with thermo-bonded exo-structure
Reflective heel tab and details
Dual BOA® L6 dials featuring 1mm adjustment and macro release, with steel lace and soft lace guides
Carbon-composite 3-bolt plate
Dual-injected TPU walking pads
Stainless steel hardware with 5mm fore/aft adjustment
3D Molded footbed with medium arch support
250 grams (size 39)
Look and feel solid, with no obvious weak points.
Stay true to size. I'm a 42 and my foot is wider than average. These fit perfectly – the upper has give to accommodate and mould to any foot shape.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Inevitably get grubby very quickly, but they do wipe clean easily and the lack of fabric panels means virtually the whole shoe can glow again.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Great for those who take performance seriously... comfortable, durable, stylish, with decent power transfer.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fit and how easily they wiped clean. And the looks.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Superior comfort, durability and style with an efficient sole – they're excellent.
About the tester
I usually ride: Road My best bike is: Carbon road.
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, Getting to grips with off roading too!
Emma’s first encounters with a road bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling.
After a couple of half decent UK road seasons racing for Leisure Lakes, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there and spent two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, then a new Belgian team of primarily developing riders, where there was less pressure, an opportunity to share her experience and help build a whole new team; a nice way to spend her final years of professional racing.
Since retiring Emma has returned to teaching. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. In addition to the daily commute, Emma still enjoys getting out on her road bike and having her legs ripped off on the local club rides and chain gangs. She has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been rare sightings of Emma off-road on a mountain bike…