Who should buy the Giro Empire VR90

The Giro Empire VR90 is a mountain cycling shoe specifically designed for cross-country racing. It is basically the off-road version of the Empire model. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that highlights a lightweight construct that consists of a one-piece upper and full-carbon Easton EC90 outsole. 
  • Need a shoe that is equipped with grippy Vibram soles and stud mounts for relentless traction.
  • Prefer a shoe that looks simple yet classic aesthetic.

Giro Empire VR90 the Giro Empire VR90

Pro-level stiffness

The Empire VR90 employs a full carbon Easton EC90 sole. Giro worked together with Easton to develop this sole type. It was created using an exclusive model last. It is engineered to provide stiffness in three areas: toe, arch, and heel. This rigidity translates to impeccable power transfer to the pedals hence no energy is wasted.

Giro Empire VR90 Outsole

Empire VR90 features Vibram rubber

Bonded with the sole is molded Vibram rubber. Vibram is known for excellently high traction rubber.  It provides comfort and grip when you mount off the bike. 

Giro Empire VR90 Vibram rubber

Accommodates steel toe spikes

There are two stud mounts at the front of the sole. They offer users the option to add toe spikes which help enhance grip, especially in muddy trails. Note that studs are also included upon purchase.

Giro Empire VR90 Accommodates steel toe spikes

2-bolt cleat mount

The Empire VR90 features a 2-bolt cleat mount. This cleat design is often seen in mountain cycling shoes as it is easier to clip in and out compared to the three-bolt version. This shoe works perfectly with small platform clipless pedals or no platform pedals like the Shimano XTR M9100 Race pedals.

Giro Empire VR90 2-bolt cleat mount

Breathable, lightweight, and easy to clean

Crafted with a technology called Evofiber, the shoe combines the best attributes of mesh and microfiber. This fusion aims to provide water-repellency and a breathable fit at the same time. It is also easy to clean. Moreover, the one-piece upper eliminates seams and adhesives, which prevents hotspots and unnecessary weight.

Giro Empire VR90 Upper

A rubber toe cap protects the wearer’s foot from impact and provides added structure to the shoe overall.

Giro's SuperNatural fit kit

This shoe employs the brand’s signature SuperNatural Fit Kit. This insole set comes with an interchangeable arch support system. It consists of three levels of arch support foams labeled as S, M and L. Users can attach and detach the foams according to what they feel best via Velcro.

Giro Empire VR90  SuperNatural Fit Kit

This model’s inner lining is treated with the XT2 anti-microbial technology. This innovation incorporates silver into yarns for a long-lasting odor fix. It restricts bacterial and fungi growth, which causes odor. 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 11.1oz / Women 10.8oz
Base model: Giro Empire
Use: Mountain, Cyclocross
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Lace
Features: Reflective, Breathable, Lace Tucks, SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Synthetic upper, Unidirectional carbon sole

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