TITO AROSIO | Gravity: a test for a special MTB use
The last time we met our athlete and tester Tito Arosio it was May, when he and Rosa Morotti established a new mixed route on the Piz Buin.
This time Tito engaged another kind of activity: Mountain Biking. Fond of MTB enduro, Tito decided to test our Gravity shoes for special MTB use, here is what he thinks about it.
Except for higher levels of MTB, where you need clip in pedals (also called “clipless pedals”) and cleats to improve the performance, many riders prefer flat pedals (also called “platform pedals”), that is without cleats, combined with light mountain bike shoes. The reason of this choice is security, especially for downhill, because you need freedom of movement for your feet and more safety in case of a fall, of a restart or of cornering.
Furthermore, mountain biking on rocky and technical terrain often includes hike-a-bike sections: that’s the reason why a light trekking shoe is the best solution.
Gravity is a low-cut approach shoe designed for technical approach and fixed-aid climbing routes, but its features fit perfectly into MTB enduro.
Gravity’s flat sole recalls the shape of the popular flat pedal mountain bike shoe, generally used for enduro and downhill. Unlike this kind of smooth sole shoes, Gravity has a special Vibram outsole which combines two different compounds, Megagrip and Idrogrip, an ideal solution for two purposes: improving the grip of the pins on the sole and providing maximum grip and traction in all conditions for technical hike-a-bike sections.
Ekso Tech technology guarantees a stable profile thanks to the injected skeleton on surface that both reduces the torsion of the foot and provides freedom of movement.
Furthermore, the model Gravity GTX has a Gore-Tex® Extended Comfort membrane, an unusual feature for mountain bike shoes: this makes it more suitable also for winter conditions.
In conclusion, the MTB enduro rider, both climbing or downhill oriented, will appreciate Gravity or Gravity GTX, especially on technical and rocky terrains.
Now then, talking about Tito’s projects, we know that he loves to improvise but he gave us a little preview: we might find him climbing in Jordan in a couple of months… we’re looking forward to follow him on a new adventure!