A new season should bring new shoes, and this year, for several of us around here, those new shoes have been Giros. As a longtime top-of-the-heap helmet and sunglasses company, Giro have recently branched out into both road and mountain bike shoes, and the results are pretty fantastic. Anyway, we like ‘em.
If you look closely at Jeremy Powers’ feet these days, you’ll notice he is one of the few top pros who isn’t wearing the magic yellow slippers. Instead, he’s wearing a traditional looking black shoe with a red liner. That shoe is the Giro “Code”, and it is awesome. It has a super light and stiff Easton EC 90 carbon sole, Giro’s extra comfy velcro and ratchet buckle combo, and comes with the “SuperNatural Fit Kit”, which consists of two different sets of exchangeable arch supports to meet most fit needs right out of the box. I have been riding and racing in these shoes for a few weeks now, myself, and I have to say I have been really impressed. It’s a light shoe with a fairly aggressive and grippy tread, which is great for running in ‘cross races, and the EC 90 carbon sole definitely feels firm on the pedals. Being fussy about my footwear, pressed for time, and generally kind of neurotic about changing anything having to do with my riding position, the thing I like most about these shoes is that they fit well right out of the box and felt good on the first ride.
Sometimes it’s nice to change things up, equipment-wise, when said equipment isn’t going to be raced any time soon, and you can therefore take a long time to get used to the new stuff. This, and a wife with a knack for just the right birthday present, had me setting up a new pair of road shoes in mid-September, just in time to not road race for six months. My new pair of Giro “Trans” are my favorite pair of shoes, ever, and my training rides and trainer rides have been remarkably more comfortable and efficient these days. Despite the allegedly somewhat less stiff EC 70 carbon sole from Easton, (as opposed to the EC 90 of the Code) the Trans is incredibly stiff, and also light. Once again, as with the Code, the shoes fit well out of the box, and they manage to provide a feeling of comfort and security at the same time: the shoe doesn’t wiggle around on your foot and the power transfer feels efficient, yet the toe box is roomy and your feet don’t feel pinched.
Now that we have been riding and racing on these for awhile and we’ve convinced ourselves they’re up to our standards, we’re ready to pass them along to our readers and customers, so look for a selection of Giro shoes here in the web store soon.