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To sum up, the Giro Code Techlace shoes tick a lot of boxes. The closure system is comfortable, adaptable, and secure. The arch support is equally versatile, and further improves the fit. The uppers are flexible and comfortable; while the sole is stiff, powerful, and provides superb off-the-bike traction.
The construction quality on our review pair was spot-on, and the tried-and-true Easton EC70 carbon sole paired with the Vibram outsole gives the wearer high performance no matter the conditions.
Taking style cues from another Giro MTB shoe, the Code Techlace shares most of its design elements with the Empire VR90. Both shoes employ microfiber uppers and Easton-made soles. The main difference lies in the retention system.
The Code Techlace has stepped its closure system up a notch via the combination of the Techlace system and BOA dial. This offers a much more precise and comfortable fit. Meanwhile, down below, the power transfer and grip are respectively governed by Easton EC70 soles and Vibram rubber.
Rigid yet comfortable. The Giro Code Techlace’s sole is crafted from Easton EC70 carbon composite. It provides the wearer with pro-level stiffness for power transfer while remaining suitable for hike-a-bike portions of the trail.
Moreover, the EC70’s 6.5 mm stack height cuts down the material between foot and pedal for direct connection to the bike.
Grippy and protective. Equipped with Vibram rubber lugs, this pair provides traction and protection against impacts.
Accommodates toe spikes. Slots for installing toe spikes are provided. These spikes help heighten traction for slippery trails. They are sold separately.
The Giro Code Techlace features a two-bolt cleat design. The following clipless pedals should work well with this shoe: Funn Ripper, DMR V-Twin, and Nukeproof Horizon CS.
Due to its recessed cleat areas, cyclists can also use this footwear with flat MTB pedals such as Superstar Nano-x EVO, Pedaling Innovations Catalyst, and HT Supreme ANS10.
Easy to clean and comfy construction. Featuring the brand’s proprietary one-piece microfiber material, the Code Techlace offers a fit that comfortably conforms to the foot without hotspots.
Precise and easy to use adjustability. The Giro Code Techlace is the first off-road shoe of the brand that sports the proprietary Techlace system. This system replaces hardware with Velcro and laces for a suppler and lighter feel. It governs the forefoot and midfoot sections.
The BOA L6 dial, on the other hand, is responsible for the ankle area. The dial can be tightened in 1 mm increments and features macro release for instant loosening.
This footwear utilizes Giro’s SuperNatural Fit Kit for its insoles. It focuses on internal comfort by letting the wearer fine-tune the level of arch support via three foams. Labeled as S, M, or L, these foams can be attached and detached to the insole by Velcro.
Anti-microbial. The insole’s top-most layer is applied with Aegis anti-microbial solution to help keep your shoes fresh longer.
- The tip of the tongue can be cut. The aim of this design is to be able to let the tongue shape after the top of the foot, enhancing overall comfort.
- Both the Techlace system and BOA dial are replaceable.