I really love my limited edition Giro Empire MTB shoes, but like all of my current shoes, when compared to the Vibram Terraduros, I wish they had more grip for walking over slippery rocks and loose roots.
Giro’s really going for it with the Vibram soles on their forthcoming shoe line and included in the bunch are the new Empire VR90 shoes. Shown here in a limited edition blaze orange.
I’ve been putting in some trail time with these and all I can really say is so far, so good. See a few more photos and more words below.
Man, I love the injection of Vibram technology in MTB shoes. Giro’s new Alpineduro™ boot looks perfect for the approaching winter time shred sessions and even just around town, cold weather jaunts. Here are the specs:
Breathable microfiber and waterproof liner, PrimaLoft Insulation, Lace closure with lace holder, Rubber tow and heel reinforcement, Reflective details
Molded SPD-compatible shank with optimized stout cleat zone, Vibram® wet weather high traction lugged outsole, Optional cleat cover for flat pedal use, Flexible forefoot zone for walking
Brushed EVA Footbed with X-Static anti-microbial treatment
440 grams (size 42.5)
In stock now at Giro!
Wait a second, what’s this? That’s not a cross shoe?!
“Continuing the partnership in footwear with Giro, Rapha are launching our first cyclocross-specific shoe. Built on the EC90 carbon outsole used by Giro’s current range of MTB/Cross footwear, the upper of the shoe has been developed for the rigors of racing with a rubberized heel and toe-cap and aggressive outsole cleats for getting through the mud. Aesthetically clean and refined, the colors of Rapha Super Cross are woven into the shoe’s upper.”
Don’t miss out on the Rapha Cross Collection and see more of the actual shoes below!
Look, helmets are cool and all – they do save your life – but I still can’t get over how rad Giro’s new Empire VR90 shoes look. It’s like someone plucked my ideal MTB shoe from my brain and hit the print button.
Check out more color options and factoids at Giro. While you’re there. Poke around for more fall / winter 2014 releases…
A few years back, I posted about these shoes, which I still have in my possession (obviously). While they’re no longer NOS – after a few rides on the track bike – they are in still pristine condition. As a matter of face, I have all three of these shoes in the “Related” sidebar, all sitting in my office now after living in storage containers for years. I’m not sure what sparked this particular Merckx Mondays, other than seeing Golden Saddle Cyclery using their Merckx Adidas shoe box to hold limes when I was in LA last week…
Nothing wrong with that!
I’m telling you, the more I ride buckles and straps, the more I wish they were laces. Giro has now expanded their Empire platform to include the SLX model.
Read the press-release and see more photos below. Loving that color!
The Color Dipped Collection continues at Specialized, with a bright, neon blue treatment. Last month’s Chartreuse came and went, leaving this blue and what appears to be a neon red for June and July.
See June’s offerings below and head to your local Specialized store for ordering.
To keep your summer bright for the next three months, Specialized will be offering a “Color Dipped Collection“, featuring three products, all washed with the same color. The first month being chartreuse and I’m guessing a blue and a bright red or orange will follow.
See the full offering below and head to your local Specialized shop to order this limited edition set.
These look awesome. I kinda wonder if I could squeeeeeeze into a pair? Head over to Giro’s Facebook to buy a pair, or to buy a pair for your lady!
Last year, Giro introduced their new Terraduro shoe at Eurobike. This was a heavy nod to the growing enduro crowd, salivating for “enduro specific” products. For the rest of us, who don’t enduro, bro – these shoes offered a new Vibram sole to a tried and true MTB platform.