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GiroImperial Cycling Shoe - Men's

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Item # GIR00ML
Description

Imperial Cycling Shoe

Never one to kick back and rest on its laurels, Giro is back with some all-new flagship road kicks otherwise known as the Imperial Cycling Shoe. Here in the office, we've been big fans of its Empire model, bringing a resurgence to lace up shoes that reduce pressure points and improve fit thanks to its multiple anchor points throughout the shoe. As an added bonus, the design is lightweight and looks pretty cool. Our only complaint is not being able to adjust them on the fly, like right before a sprint. That all changes with the Imperial and its move to a dual BOA system.

Giro is able to keep an incredibly minimal design by constructing the Imperial of its own ultralight, monofilament, one-piece Synchwire mesh upper. It easily conforms to your foot and fits and feels like a second skin. Additionally, it's extremely well ventilated and breathable for incredible airflow so it keeps your feet cooler during warmer conditions. Synchwire's construction is stitchless and its advanced composites are what allows Giro to build the Imperials to such a high level. The thermo-bonded film provides overall durability, a non-woven internal sheet distributes the force from the BOA dials for direct power transfer, and the mono-filament mesh provides the ventilation. Additionally, thermal-welded Teijin TPU adds structural support to the upper where it's needed.

Speaking of BOAs, the closure system is what's new for Giro and really sets the Imperials apart from the rest of its lineup and it features dual BOA IP1 buckles reeling the cables in and out in 1mm increments through soft nylon lace guides. As such, it allows you to adjust the shoes quickly and easily on the fly with the turn of the dial while still reaping the benefits of ultra-lightweight shoes. The design also eliminates stretch and the instant macro release means getting out of the Imperials and into some podium shoes are even easier and faster.

Down below, Giro worked closely with the engineers at Easton to develop a proprietary sole for a direct connection to the pedals without compromising comfort. The high-modulus Easton EC90 SLX2 carbon fiber plate sole is engineered to provide next level stiffness and minimal weight and stack height for efficient power transfer.

One returning feature is Giro's adjustable Super Natural Fit cycling-specific footbed allowing you to customize arch support with its low, medium, and high supports right out of the box for comfort and optimal pedaling efficiency. Moreover, it can help eliminate hotspots, numbness, and cramping, and the X-Static fibers help fight odors and bacteria.

  • Giro's flagship road shoe, now even easy to adjust
  • One-piece Synchwire upper design is soft, light, and supportive
  • Nylon lace guides provide the support and distribution on traditional laces
  • Teijin welded SL monofilament mesh boosts ventilation
  • Twin Boa IP1 dials reel +/- 1 mm of cable and have a macro release
  • Easton's most advanced carbon sole is stiff and featherweight
  • Replaceable heel pads keep the shoes going season after season
  • SuperNatural Fit Kit has adjustable arch supports for custom fitting right out of the box

Tech Specs
Upper Material
one-piece Synchwire, Teijin welded SL monofilament mesh
Closure
dual BOA IP-1
Footbed
SuperNatural fir kit with adjustable arch support
Sole
Easton EC90 SLX2 high-modulus carbon
Cleat Compatibility
3-bolt road
Recommended Use
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
Size

Giro

Cycling Footwear
EUUS MENUS WOMENUKCM
36   5 3 23
36.5   5.5 3.5 23
37   6 4 23.5
37.5   6.5 4.5 24
38   6.5 4.5 24
38.5   7 5 24.5
39 6.5 7.5 5.5 25
39.5 7 8 6 25
40 7.5 8.5 6.5 25.5
40.5 7.5 8.5 6.5 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   9 28
44 10.5   9.5 28
44.5 11   10 28.5
45 11   10 29
45.5 11.5   10.5 29
46 12   11 29.5
46.5 12.5   11.5 30
47 13   12 30
47.5 13   12 30.5
48 13.5   12.5 31

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    >Rating: 5

    Amazing Shoe

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

    The double BOA creates a customized fit for each foot, and the mesh upper like wearing slipper is so comfortable. I've using S-works shoes for the past 12 years and this is an amazing change for me. The customized arch support inserts are really fantastic while putting the power down at 33 MPH, you feel like you're in house slippers, but with total confidence and security. The sizing is true to fit too, so just measure your foot in cm and buy that size, you'll save yourself a ton of time and headache. Also, a big shout out to the CC team for all their time for my 2000 questions and multiple returns of other shoes I tried that did not meet my expectations.

    >Rating: 3

    Nice looking but flimsy

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    42
    Height
    5` 11"
    Weight
    170 lbs

    I love the look and the quality of these shoes, but the upper is too low and too lightweight. They don't keep my feet as solidly connected to the pedals as my old Sidi's did. Going back to Sidi.

    >Rating: 5

    Seamless switch from SiDi

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    43
    Height
    5` 10"
    Weight
    142 lbs

    My arches have been falling in my 50s and so after 26 years on SiDi Genius models, I got the Imperials thinking they would have a lower stack height to allow arch-support insoles without messing up my position on the bike. So a few notes on the comparison: SIZING: exactly the same in my size 43. Feels like they are identical, down to the millimeter. WEIGHT: Genius 5 with nylon sole ad SPD-Sl cleats 352g each, the Imperial 262g. STACK HEIGHT: even with the insoles it feels a bit shorter than the old SiDi with no insoles (that stack height was about 10mm). HEEL RETENTION: reviews mentioned this as a mild negative with the Imperial, but I found if anything that it was better than the SiDI when the Boa wires were snug. (I didn't find the wires stuck to the tongue either.) SOLES: the carbon soles here actually seemed to give about as much as the old thick nylon SiDis -- which is to say, a tiny bit, but not much. the CLEAT HOLES seem to be possibly about 1mm further back than the SiDi holes .... All in all, an almost seamless transition. between brands, which was very surprising to me. The arch support inserts are terrific, they sit *under* the liner so they're fairly unobtrusive, and they seem to be helping a lot. My first pair of SiDis lasted 65,000 miles and it does seem like there's absolutely no way the Giros will last as long, the Teijin outer material is thin and it does scrape up pretty easily. BTW the mesh part is see-thru (see photo), so choose your socks well, but the ventilation is terrific in the heat. Comes with a nice zip bag to pack them up in. ... Mild irritations: the red color is far less saturated in daylight than it appears in the product shots. The Boa dials work in opposite directions on the left and right feet, kind of like prewar bathroom sink faucets. ... All in all, a terrific, thoughtfully designed product.

    My
    >Rating: 5

    Seamless switch from SiDi

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    43
    Height
    5` 10"
    Weight
    142 lbs

    My arches have been falling in my 50s and so after 26 years on SiDi Genius models, I got the Imperials thinking they would have a lower stack height to allow arch-support insoles without messing up my position on the bike. So a few notes on the comparison: SIZING: exactly the same in my size 43. Feels like they are identical, down to the millimeter. WEIGHT: Genius 5 with nylon sole ad SPD-Sl cleats 352g each, the Imperial 262g. STACK HEIGHT: even with the insoles it feels a bit shorter than the old SiDi with no insoles (that stack height was about 10mm). HEEL RETENTION: reviews mentioned this as a mild negative with the Imperial, but I found if anything that it was better than the SiDI when the Boa wires were snug. (I didn't find the wires stuck to the tongue either.) SOLES: the carbon soles here actually seemed to give about as much as the old thick nylon SiDis -- which is to say, a tiny bit, but not much. the CLEAT HOLES seem to be possibly about 1mm further back than the SiDi holes .... All in all, an almost seamless transition. between brands, which was very surprising to me. The arch support inserts are terrific, they sit *under* the liner so they're fairly unobtrusive, and they seem to be helping a lot. My first pair of SiDis lasted 65,000 miles and it does seem like there's absolutely no way the Giros will last as long, the Teijin outer material is thin and it does scrape up pretty easily. BTW the mesh part is see-thru (see photo), so choose your socks well, but the ventilation is terrific in the heat. Comes with a nice zip bag to pack them up in. ... Mild irritations: the red color is far less saturated in daylight than it appears in the product shots. The Boa dials work in opposite directions on the left and right feet, kind of like prewar bathroom sink faucets. ... All in all, a terrific, thoughtfully designed product.

    My
    >Rating: 4

    Great, BUT

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    41
    Height
    5` 9"
    Weight
    128 lbs

    Light, breathable, stiff, insanely comfortable with a few issues. The upper gives more than I would like and the tongue material causes the boa cables to hang up. Overall a good shoe, but it’s far from perfect and could use additional refinement.