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Let no trail, road or cyclocross course stop you with the Giro Empire VR90 Cyclocross / Mountain Bike Shoes. Giro have sought to meld comfort, performance and style with this shoe, creating something that truly sets itself apart from the field.
You’ll be hard pushed to find a shoe that crams in more high-tech materials than the Empire VR90. First off is the remarkable one-piece upper. This is constructed from Evofibre, which takes the best attributes of mesh and microfibre and blends them together. The result is a water repellent and breathable fabric that is well suited to off-road riding.
By eliminating the extra seams and adhesives required to insert mesh panels, the durability, comfort and weight of this shoe can all be dramatically improved. The integration of laces helps to cut back on weight while also ensuring security, as the Empire Laces hold a knot exceptionally well.
For a mountain bike and cyclocross shoe such as this one, comfort both on the pedals and on the ground is essential. Giro have ensured this with their SuperNatural Fit kit with adjustable arch support. Coupled with this is the X-Static Anti-Microbial Fibre, which helps to keep any odour at bay while also reducing the threat of microbe and bacterial build up.
Finally, we come to the remarkable Easton EC90 carbon fibre outsole. This ultra-durable and lightweight material is the perfect base for a sole that needs to be stiff whilst pedalling but also comfortable for when you are off the bike.
Married with the carbon fibre sole is the Vibram® Mont Molded Rubber High Traction Lugged Outsole. This strategically designed tread pattern is formulated to do battle with the worst of terrain and the option of using the included steel toe spikes adds even more grip.