Verdict from 5 experts and 22 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Giro Code Techlace is a comfortable MTB shoe, says almost every reviewer.
  • Many wearers praise the pair’s fastening system. According to them, it is efficient, comfortable, and easy to use.
  • This cycling shoe looks great and has excellent quality, asserts several purchasers.
  • The Code Techlace is relatively lightweight compared to other mountain cycling shoes, says a handful of users.
  • Some cyclists mention that the stiff sole provides high performance on the bike.
  • A couple of long-time testers claim that it is durable and fairly grippy.
  • The insole’s three levels of arch support have received compliments from a number of commenters.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of bikers gripe about how the cleat would touch the ground with every step, which makes walking a bit awkward.
  • A few reviewers claim that the shoe takes time to feel worn in and super comfortable.

Bottom line

A race-bred mountain bike shoe from Giro, the Code Techlace is designed to perform on any terrain. The shoe’s durability, efficient power transfer, comfort, and impressive retention system translates to extended, smooth, and dynamic mountain rides.

It, however, might pose problems to cyclists who are usually off the bike. In all, if you prioritize robust energy transfer and comfort on the bike, this shoe could be a worthwhile addition to your arsenal.

Tip: see the best mountain cycling shoes.

Good to know

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.


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