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Giro's new top-end shoes get a bit lighter and stiffer

As well as launching a brand new line of clothing this year, Giro has turned its attention to its road shoe range, ushering in a few changes to key models. It’s only been a few short years since the helmet manufacturer ventured forth with its first shoe, and since then they have garnered much praise, In fact, Stu was so impressed with the Factors last year that he gave them a 9/10 review 

The changes, which are concentrated on the top-end shoes, are subtle and focus on weight and stiffness. A new Easton ACC carbon sole is claimed to increase stiffness laterally and torsionally by up to 30%. On the top-end Prolight SLX II above, the lightest and dearest offering with a £299.99 price tag, the shoe is 15g lighter, now with a claimed 198g weight. Or 216g with their SuperNatural sole system. 

The shoe uses a three Velcro strap closure system. Giro said they could have used a buckle, but wanted to really go for the weight and like how the Velcro straps lets you tension the shoe, comfortably spreading pressure evenly across the top of the foot. The D-loops are made from titanium. A new Evofibre upper is used, a three layer material with the perforations offering ventilation but better at keeping the cold out then regular mesh vents. The shoe is available in three colours

There are replaceable toe and heel bumprs to increase the longevity of the sole, handy if you’re using the shoe for commuting and have a bit of walking either side of a bike ride. The new sole is also a claimed 30% stiffer, both laterally and torsionally.

Next in the range is the Factor ACC. It also sheds some weight, now 240g, due to the lighter Easton EC90 ACC carbon sole. It’s stiffer too. There is also the new MR1 buckle. This allows a two-way 2mm increment adjustments for fine-tuning the fit while you're riding. 

It also has a lower height than the previous MR2 buckle (now used lower down the shoe range) and a more open design so mud and dirt can pass through more easily, preventing it from clogging up. Available in two colour options and with the choice of a HV (high volume) model, the Factor ACC costs £249.99.

Taylor Phinney is something of a Giro ambassador - he’s a fan of the lace-up Empire shoe - and has been involved in the development of the shoes. The Empire ACC is now available in four new colour options which I think all look rather nice. I just can’t decided which I like the best.

Maybe the white? For further customisation, Giro also supply each shoe with a second set of laces in a contrasting colour. The updated carbon sole drops weight to a claimed 215g. The Empire costs £229.99.

The Republic is a shoe we really like the look of, and now it's available for women, this is the Civila. Both essentially take the lace-up upper of the Empire and partner it with 2-bolt compatible sole that has raised walking pads. This shoe has commuting written all over it, but also touring and Audax riding where we think the styling and ability to walk without skittering around on exposed cleats is a winner.

Granted, the new mountain bike enduro Terraduro isn’t a shoe you’d immediately think of as being at all relevant to road cyclists. That said, we do know a lot of road cyclists who prefer mountain bike shoes for cycling. They generally have a bit more flexibility in the sole and the grippy tread makes them ideal for walking in, no sliding across the floor on exposed Speedplay cleats when trying to get to your desk.

It has a breathable microfibre upper, Vibram sole, an anti-microbial treatment, two Velcro straps and a MR2 ratchet. Ir costs £129.99.

More at www.giro.com and UK distributor www.zyro.co.uk/giro 

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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alsothings [35 posts] 2 years ago
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The Republic is a shoe we really like the look of, and now it's available for women, this is the Civila. It essentially takes the lace-up upper of the Empire and partners it with 2-bolt compatible sole that has raised walking pads.

Wait so men use 3 bolt shoes and women use 2 bolt? I saw the empire and immediately thought I'd like to commute in that, but if the two bolt is only marketed to women (which is generally sexist and terrible) I'm sure it won't be in my size. I do like the look of that show, but I can't say I buy into the laces on a road shoe thing...

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alsothings [35 posts] 2 years ago
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alsothings wrote:

I saw the empire and immediately thought I'd like to commute in that

Okay, so this is not a Giro issue it's just the article. Some googling and the Men's equivelent of the Civila is not the Empire, it's the 'Rebuplic' which looks like a lovely shoe. Though they don't make the Empire in women's sizes it seems, which is unfortunate, they do make many 2 bolt lace ups, just not widely distributed in the UK.

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aslongasicycle [383 posts] 2 years ago
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*Rubs thighs vigorously. Tries to forget about jacket similarities.*

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David Arthur @d... [683 posts] 2 years ago
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alsothings wrote:

The Republic is a shoe we really like the look of, and now it's available for women, this is the Civila. It essentially takes the lace-up upper of the Empire and partners it with 2-bolt compatible sole that has raised walking pads.

Wait so men use 3 bolt shoes and women use 2 bolt? I saw the empire and immediately thought I'd like to commute in that, but if the two bolt is only marketed to women (which is generally sexist and terrible) I'm sure it won't be in my size. I do like the look of that show, but I can't say I buy into the laces on a road shoe thing...

No. The Republic and Civila are both based on the Empire, with the same lace upper, but both use the same 2-bolt sole. Which makes them both ideal for commuting. Course that was all in the article already...

Taylor Phinney seems to like laces on a road shoe. Once upon a time all road shoes were laces.

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alsothings [35 posts] 2 years ago
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So it was. gah. sorry. my pre coffee reading skills really coming out.

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Jones The Steam [36 posts] 2 years ago
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Shame they choose to exclude those of us with larger feet!

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Megacountax [17 posts] 2 years ago
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Any ideas on likely pricing for the Empire ACC?

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midschool [48 posts] 2 years ago
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Jones The Steam wrote:

Shame they choose to exclude those of us with larger feet!

How big are your feet? Their shoes go up to 48, and they also do High Volume on top of that. I wouldn't consider sizing that broad to be excluding people with large feet. If anything they make shoes for people with very large feet indeed.

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Ush [669 posts] 2 years ago
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midschool wrote:
Jones The Steam wrote:

Shame they choose to exclude those of us with larger feet!

How big are your feet? Their shoes go up to 48, and they also do High Volume on top of that. I wouldn't consider sizing that broad to be excluding people with large feet. If anything they make shoes for people with very large feet indeed.

Does the High Volume mean extra wide? I wear a 10.5 ~= 46, but usually I have an unwanted inch at the front.

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David Arthur @d... [683 posts] 2 years ago
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Megacountax wrote:

Any ideas on likely pricing for the Empire ACC?

£229.99 Megacountax, added that to the article now, should have been there in the first place

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David Arthur @d... [683 posts] 2 years ago
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Ush wrote:
midschool wrote:
Jones The Steam wrote:

Shame they choose to exclude those of us with larger feet!

How big are your feet? Their shoes go up to 48, and they also do High Volume on top of that. I wouldn't consider sizing that broad to be excluding people with large feet. If anything they make shoes for people with very large feet indeed.

Does the High Volume mean extra wide? I wear a 10.5 ~= 46, but usually I have an unwanted inch at the front.

Yes, pretty much. Giro describe it as "for riders with a wide foot or high instep". Hope that helps

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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Uh oh my shoes are now hopelessly out of date from last Christmas and must be replaced immediately!!!

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brackley88 [145 posts] 2 years ago
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Is it just me or do the new Factors look remarkbly like the Rapha Grand Tour shoe, on which they are based?

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bendertherobot [962 posts] 2 years ago
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brackley88 wrote:

Is it just me or do the new Factors look remarkbly like the Rapha Grand Tour shoe, on which they are based?

On which which are based?

But yes, the Factors now look like the Rapha ones, the Rapha ones being based on the Factors  4

And it's hard to see why you'd buy the Rapha ones now, the Factors now have a wow factor visually (they always had this to wear).

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sm [376 posts] 2 years ago
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Is there no issue with laces getting caught in pedals in anything like that? Hard to see from pics exactly how they lace up. Then again, I cycled in lace up trainers for years and never had an issue so maybe there's my answer!

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brackley88 [145 posts] 2 years ago
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bendertherobot wrote:
brackley88 wrote:

Is it just me or do the new Factors look remarkbly like the Rapha Grand Tour shoe, on which they are based?

On which which are based?

But yes, the Factors now look like the Rapha ones, the Rapha ones being based on the Factors  4

And it's hard to see why you'd buy the Rapha ones now, the Factors now have a wow factor visually (they always had this to wear).

...completely agree...I actually think they look nicer...

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ajmarshal1 [411 posts] 2 years ago
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sm wrote:

Is there no issue with laces getting caught in pedals in anything like that? Hard to see from pics exactly how they lace up. Then again, I cycled in lace up trainers for years and never had an issue so maybe there's my answer!

The Empires have a little tab on the tongue half way down for the laces to be tucked into. A riding pal has the silver ones from last year and they're a really nice shoe. I'm strongly considering the white ones for 2014.

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Ham-planet [112 posts] 2 years ago
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sm wrote:

Is there no issue with laces getting caught in pedals in anything like that? Hard to see from pics exactly how they lace up. Then again, I cycled in lace up trainers for years and never had an issue so maybe there's my answer!

They have a lace garage

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sm [376 posts] 2 years ago
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Ham-planet wrote:

They have a lace garage

I'm liking that phrase, a lace garage. Guess I can't afford a house with a garage so Ill have to settle for a lace garage (he says gasping at the price of the shoe!).

I hope them shoes come with a cheese fridge too, my other half would be grateful.

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wunnspeed [8 posts] 1 year ago
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FYI - I'm a singlespeeder and bikepacker and managed to completely destroy a 3 month old pair of Terraduros. Well, the tread delaminated on about 40% of the shoe. I just returned them and I'm hoping to get my money back. Something else to be aware of us that they're pretty wide as well.

It's too bad as I was really hoping that the Terraduros would be my 'go to' bikepacking shoe for a couple of years but apparently, Giro needs to work on their sole adhesion process some more.  2