Words by Sam Stockwell | Images by Flow

The not-so-minor details

Product

Giant Flow MES Composite

Contact

Giant Bicycles
www.giant-bicycles.com

Price

AUD299.00

Positives

Lightweight.
Sturdy straps and ratchet.
Stiff sole

Negatives

None yet.

A part of their new footwear offerings for this year, is Giant’s Flow MES Composite Off-Road shoes. Aimed at cracking the mainstream off road market of enduro trail riders after a light, stiff, yet protective and reliable pair of kicks – they feature a full rubber sole, toe protection and a Velcro and ratchet system for a better and quicker fit.

A ratchet strap for a securely fastened fit.

A ratchet strap for a securely fastened fit.

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  • Three shots - Big on top
  • Two shots - vertically stacked, both landscape
  • Three shots - Big landscape, two small squares
  • Mobile (new)
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Fresh to our shores, they will come in a blue/black, matte black, and a limited edition orange/black in small quantities. We got our hands on the blue, which is clean and well balanced; nicely designed and good looking.

The seamless rubbery, plasticky upper feels tough and protective.

The seamless rubbery, plasticky upper feels tough and protective.

The Motion Efficency System (MES) sole is designed to combine a stiff pedalling platform with torsional flex to allow for natural foot movements while pedalling.

The Motion Efficency System (MES) sole is designed to combine a stiff pedalling platform with torsional flex to allow for natural foot movements while pedalling.

After a quick wear around they are feeling nice and snug, with quite solid adjustability from the ratchet strap and a stiff but comfortable feel from the thick rubber soles. The tread on the sole looks thick and aggressive with tacky rubber over the composite section, which we hope will give it some superior traction in slippery or steep conditions.

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With this fresh pair on long term review, we are interested to see how they fare on and off the bike.


 

  • Motion Efficency System (MES) combines a stiff and highly efficient pedaling platform with just enough torsional flex to allow for natural foot, ankle and knee movements during the pedal stroke
  • ExoFlex built-in flex zone allows the toe area of the shoe to move independently of the main sole to optimize the natural flex of the toes, reduce heel slip, and improve overall traction
  • Stiff composite ExoBeam outsole is protected by a full-cover rubber tread to provide outstanding traction
  • Seamless upper provides protection and ventilation while the toe box area helps protect against obstacles on the trail
  • QuickFit upper with a single ratchet buckle system and two hook-and-loop straps for simple on-the-fly adjustments

 

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