Bontrager has pandered to the ever-growing demands of the gravel bike rider and released a dedicated off-road shoe dubbed the GR2. This gravel-specific model is a culmination of the company's extensive mountain biking and road shoe knowledge, packaged here in a distinct visage not quite unlike a hiking shoe/boot.
Built around a synthetic leather upper the GR2 utilises a lace-up retention system and comes with a compliant yet grippy sole, as well as a 'GnarGuard' coating on the toe and heel areas for added protection against scuffs, abrasions and debris. While it closely resembles the Foray mountain bike shoe, the GR2 comes in a choice of either black or old-style gold colourways - a nod to non-conformity and reckless abandon.
Bontrager claims the inForm Race sole offers lasting levels of comfort and performance, especially when long days in the saddle are the order of the day. With a stiffness index rating of 6 of 14, the nylon composite 'Bronze Series' sole - while stiff and aggressively moulded in Tachyon rubber tread - is still pliant enough to walk in.
In terms of pedal compatibility, the GR2 employs a two-bolt SPD-compatible cleat system meaning it can double up for duty as both a mountain bike- or cyclo-cross shoe.
The Bontrager GR2 will set you back $139.99 / £129.99 and is available in sizes ranging from EU 36-48.