We here at MBT often have an opportunity to test out all sorts of interesting and exotic gear but a few items come along through our well-used foyer that just dazzle. Garneau's Monte Rosa is precisely such a product.

When the time came for our resident RN (and Biomechanics author) Amanda to upgrade to a new pair of mountain biking kicks she must have considered half a dozen brands and styles before deciding to go with Garneau's woman-specific Monte Rosa. Was it a worthy decision? Here's what she has to say:

Absolutely! Cycling shoes are very user-specific item. It's almost like trying to recommend underwear; one person's bliss can be another's bane. However I really can't say enough positive about the Monte Rosa. Garneau offers this particular model in two material options: Synthetic leather and suede (as well as in two color variations). I opted for the suede material in the black/ cyan scheme and have logged probably about a hundred miles of riding in them so far.

The fit and finish is top notch all the way with three Velcro closures that offer excellent support and don't let go even when soaking wet. The shoe breathes far better than I expected- due in no small part to a nylon mesh upper. The show stealer however belongs to the patent pending high-density nylon Ergo Grip outsole. This thing is just incredible!

It works basically by providing a first layer that is firm- as in flex-free style whether you rock platforms, clipless or metal spiked pedals. But rather than just mold grippers into the shoe's stiff base, Garneau bonds a spiky nylon section. This not only increases the already-amazing stiffness, it provides off-road traction potential in earnest. I'm not kidding when I say you could probably play soccer in these shoes! But unlike real spikes, the fact that these points are made of hardened nylon, walking on floors, rocks, pavement and so on is nowhere near as sketchy.

Finally they are SPD cleat compatible and I was able to use them both with Shimano PD-M770s as well as Wellgo platform pedals without hitch.

If you're in the market for a new pair of mountain bike shoes, I can state with authority that Garneau is the perfect place to begin (and end) your search.


- Women specific
- Patent pending high-density nylon Ergo Grip outsole
- Fastener with 3 Velcro tabs
- Synthetic leather or suede
- Nylon mesh upper
- Visual display of cleat position compatible with SPD cleats
- Approximate weight (size 38 shoe): 340 grams/ 12 oz


The Garneau Monte Rosa is available between sizes 36-44 for $99.99