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Their powers combined.

Giro's Code VR70 Shoes are a redesign of the previous Code shoes that benefits from the respective expertise of three different manufacturers. First is Giro, whose ergonomic fit and use-inspired design have become almost as recognized as the simple elegance of its style. The other two are Easton, an industry leader in carbon fiber technology, and Vibram, an Italian giant in rubber outsoles. The result is not only lighter than the previous Code, but it's also got a cleaner look that you'll love to get dirty.

The Code VR70's closure system remains relatively unchanged, including a return of the middle, hook-and-loop strap that goes across the mid-foot and takes pride of place over the ratcheting buckle on the top strap. The middle strap essentially turns the entire panel of inner fabric into an extension of itself, eliminating pressure on the metatarsal bones by pulling equally from a large swath of fabric on the inside of the foot. As usual, the bottom strap is stuck hanging out with the toes, so the firm fit at the top of the shoe doesn't have to extend to the toe box.

The upper is made of Giro's proprietary Evofiber, which is exceptionally lightweight and highly breathable, featuring perforations for added cooling. This contributes not only to the sleek, minimalist profile, but it also reduces weight. The Evofiber is reinforced with high-frequency welded polyurethane in areas where your foot is likely to bash rocks or get bashed. The polyurethane makes the upper feel a bit stiffer than it would if it were 100% Evofiber, but as you ride, the poly will soften a bit and conform to your foot.

The sole is the main difference between the Code VR70 and the previous Code model, with the present iteration incorporating an Easton EC70 sole instead of EC90. The result is an equally efficient ride with a slight weight increase in the sole; however, this is remedied with lighter construction throughout the rest of the shoe for an ultimate claimed weight loss of 20 grams (size 42.5).

The new inclusion of a Vibram Mont outsole may have something to do with this. Vibram's Mont comprises a pair of complementary compounds, IdroGrip and Megagrip, which respectively lean toward grip and durability for the right qualities in the right parts of the shoe. The outsole's tread pattern also accommodates flat pedal riding while providing debris clearance for two-bolt clipless pedals, so they'll travel with you between disciplines.

  • Microfiber upper
  • EC70 carbon fiber sole
  • Vibram tread
  • SuperNatural Fit Kit

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
N-1 ratchet, hook-and-loop
SuperNatural Fit Kit, Aegis antimicrobial treatment
EC70 carbon fiber, Vibram Mont
Cleat Compatibility:
2-hole mountain
Recommended Use:
all mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year



Claimed Weight

Claimed weights are provided by the vendor.

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[size 42.5] 335

Size Chart


Cycling Shoes
36 4 5 3 22.5
37 5 6 4 23.5
37.5 5.5 6.5 4.5 24
38 6 7 5 24
38.5 6 7 5 24.5
39 6.5 7.5 5.5 25
39.5 7 8 6 25.5
40 7.5 8.5 6.5 25.5
40.5 8 9 7 26
41 8 9 7 26
41.5 8.5 9.5 7.5 26.5
42 9 10 8 27
42.5 9.5 10.5 8.5 27
43 9.5 10.5 8.5 27.5
43.5 10 11 9 28
44 10.5 11.5 9.5 28.5
44.5 11 12 10 28.5
45 11 12 10 29
45.5 11.5 12.5 10.5 29
46 12 13 11 29.5
46.5 12.5 13.5 11.5 30
47 13 14 12 30
48 13.5 14.5 12.5 31

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great shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

have had several pair of shoes by Giro now and never disappoint. very nice finish to them, hold up well over time and abuse. They do run a tad on the narrow side.

Fits smaller than Terraduro

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

I have been happily using a pair of Terraduros for several seasons now, and this seemed like a chance to get an ungraded version. I wear a men's U.S. 8 or 8.5 and my Terraduros are 41's. On my computer screen the uppers of these seemed pretty much the same as my Terraduros but in reality these fit smaller, narrower and are made of a stiffer material. In the same Euro. size, I find them to be unwearable. The sole/tread design is different too which is ok but not what I expected. Oh well, I can get another season out of my old shoes! If you're ordering a pair of these to replace your trusty old Terraduros, size up! Or just get another pair of Terraduros-they're great shoes. These do seem well made, no problems with construction as far as I can tell.

I dig them

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I was on xc race shoes(shimano xc90) I really liked the stiff sole, but they were terrible for any walking whatsoever. I picked these Giros up and am very satisfied, they are much more walkable and very stiff. Pretty narrow and not a ton of room in the toe box which works okay for me. size 11 shoe gets me a 45 in these.

So far so good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 45

I wear a 44 in my SIDI's and required a 45 in this shoe. Does that constitute running small? I guess if you compare it to SIDI, yes. I normally wear a size 11 in street shoes/running shoes. Regardless they seems like a solid pair of shoes, and I do like them. I have them set up with SPD cleats, and to click in without any interference it needed to have the spacer under the cleat to raise it up. This allowed the for the outside lugs on the shoe to clear the pedal. The pedals are Shimano XT. I just got these shoes for Christmas so I've only ridden them a couple times.

Giro Code VR70 Shoes

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

These shoes look and feel very nice. I found the fit to be true to size.

Super Comfortable!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 45

A great shoe means comfort whether you are in the saddle or hammering out of the saddle up a steep kicker. The stiff sole is great for transferring power to the pedals and doesn't affect the comfort of this shoe. I wear a 45 in just about every shoe I buy and these are true to size. The quality of the shoe is outstanding with 3 different arch supports included.

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Avg. ride time: 11h 29m per week
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How do these size compared to the road Empires?

Avg. ride time: 6h 7m per week
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rock maybe a problem`

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 43

Only negative is rocks tend to hit the buckle and that strap seems to always loosen. Of course have had similar problem with other brands with the same racket strap.

Look Good, Time Will Tell Durability

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

The fit is snug which I like for cyclocross. Swapped the insoles for the "large" (tall) insole support but I am not sure if I will end up using that or medium.

Gravel bike shoes.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs small

Shoe is solid and has a great power transfer. Size seems to run slightly smaller than older Giro shoes from 5-6 years ago, 2011-2012. Size wasn't a deal breaker, changed out the insole with a heat molded style and it was business as usual.

Great Shoe!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I bought these to replace my old Giro Code shoes from 2 seasons ago...they withstood lots of single track and CX races.

These shoes are a great replacement. Stiff, light, super bright fluoro so those with ear buds on the trail can at least see me. The fit is true to size (if a tiny bit small) so 1/2 size up.

Brilliant shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10

It so happens that the Giro shoe width is exactly right for me. It is the only cycling shoe I have found that fits so well. (For example, Sidi is always way too narrow). I took a new pair to the Transylvania Epic this year and wore them every day. Apart from hours of riding, I had to walk, climb, cross rivers and clamber over rocks. The shoes stood up to it all. I highly recommend this shoe.

Errday rider

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 42

I have used Northwave, and Shimano MTB shoes in the past. I have a longer, narrow foot, high arch, these seem to work well with my feet. some heel slip.
Pros: lightweight, vibram sole for traction, buckle release is smooth, carbon plate adds awesome stiffness, leather holds up
Cons: the rubber sole lacks traction near the cleat (mid sole) so stepping on rocks can lead to slippage and looking stupid, buckle is small and lightweight which is awesome, but if you're considering using these for off road tris it could become cumbersome in transition

Reliable shoes

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 45

I had a pair of Code HV from few years ago. They were fantastic. This one has some significant updates, the best of which is the vibram sole. No more slipping on rocks. Also, they have added some rubber pieces to genaral high wear areas such as the toe and then along specific places where the sole

I seem to fall between the regular sizing and the HV (high volume) sizing with Giro. I have generally opted for the HV option for more comfort. I don't generally have a wide fit in other footwear. I do notice in Ski boots I generally benefit from a 100+ mm last.

I'm sure these as great as the HV. If you have issues with these feeling tight or narrow give the HV a shot.

Great for CX and cold weather

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 44

I use these primarily for cyclocross racing and some single track. At the end of the day, I would probably give these a 4.5 for a couple of quirks, but all in all the shoe is fantastic and are a damn pleasure to wear.

- The EC70 carbon sole gives you the responsiveness you need for putting power on the pedal but isn't so stiff that you feel like you are running on a couple of wooden planks, which is pretty important for cross racing. This has been a huge upgrade from my Giro Privateers.
- The shoe handles cold weather well.
- The materials are clearly high quality and the shoe is well constructed
- The Vibram tread feels solid
- The break in period was fairly short

- This shoe does not play very nice with SPD pedals and cleats. It has a somewhat tight fit and has been a hassle at times. Getting cleat wedges and easing the tension on the pedals has helped quite a bit, but be warned. Also I have had some trouble with the shoe not clearing mud or other debris very well. The Giro Privateers seemed to do a lot better with this.

Even with the one caveat, I still think this is a great shoe. Sizing is a bit off. I wear a 9.5 US typically but a 44 in Giro (which they claim is a 10.5 US). It would be wise to try on some Giro shoes before you buy to make sure they fit the way you want them to.

Great shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shoes are more comfortable than any of my daily sneakers besides the fact they don't bend much, but that is a good thing for clip in shoes. Easy entry and exit. Good support. I love the different arch supports that they come with. They look like they will hold up for years. I notice my feet getting pretty warm in there, but I just switched over to thin socks. Good latching system.

Not bad, not awesome for me

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 47

I really like the design of the shoes first off, the sole is great, and there's a ton of traction when hikeabiking and the sole is nice and stiff.

What I'm not really wild about is the fit. The toe box is really narrow in these shoes, and I had to go up a half a size larger than I would've otherwise. If you like a roomy toebox, look elsewhere. In terms of sizing, I wear a size 12 dress shoe or boot, a 12.5 running shoe, and the last two pairs of specialized cycling shoes I've owned had been 46's. In the Giros, a 47 is what I ended up with.

i like the HV version if width is a problem. 👍🏾

stiff and light

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

granted i was coming from a relatively cheap shoe, so maybe it is nothing special relative to similarly priced shoes, but i like them!

one thing that went wrong with mine. the foam inside the outer on the heel detached and sort of bunched up towards the bottom of the heel. this occurred because i was too lazy to properly loosen them before putting them on.

Awesome Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 44.5

I love these shoes, just got my first long ride with them yesterday and they are fantastic. The vibram sole is a very nice touch, and on the bike the easton carbon sole is as stiff as you would hope. Not much more to ask for really.

I struggle finding the right size though. Historically with other brands I've been a consistent 45.5. However, I am a 10.5-11.0 street shoe. Looking at their size chart it said I should get a 45.0 or even a 44.5, but I was skeptical because the last pair of 45.0 shoes I used my toes were curled up and it was painful.

Long story short... the size chart is right. At least it was for me, so I would recommend starting with what it suggests and not what you think based on experience with other shoes.

Update, been riding these for a while now and still love them. They are holding up well. They broke in a little bit and got more comfy, but definitely didn't stretch out or get significantly bigger.

These Rock!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 44.5

I replaced a pair of Northwave shoes with these and can't believe the difference! My old shoes fit great after messing around with them was just time to go.

The VR70's fit perfect out of the box with the medium insert. I tried several inserts (custom/other shoes/smartfeet/etc) but kept coming back to the Giro included ones - that is super rare for me. They are also super easy to adjust on the fly while riding. The top buckle feels super sold & can be replaced and the velcro straps seem bomber.

I am amazed by how much power gets transferred into the drivetrain, maybe my old shoes were just too worn out but these feel like I'm getting 10% more per crank!

I'm a solid 10.5 medium width low volume - ordered the 44.5