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Gravel-specific GR2 shoes released by Bontrager

Bontrager GR2 gravel shoes
(Image credit: Bontrager)

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 GR2 gravel shoes

The two-bolt SPD-compatible cleat system means the GR2 can double up as a mountain bike shoe option (Image credit: Bontrager)

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.