Who should buy Giro Empire VR70 Knit

The Giro Empire VR70 Knit is one of the brand’s few shoes meant for cross-country and mountain cycling. It is a contemporary approach to off-road cycling footwear and is regarded as a unique mountain bike shoe. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a shoe that employs Giro’s engineered Xnetic Knit upper for breathable comfort and performance.
  • Prefer a shoe that is recognized as one of the cycling industry’s top-performing products. It has won the 2018 Designs and Innovation Award.

Giro Empire VR70 Knit logo

Easton EC70 carbon fiber soles

Built with Easton EC70 carbon fiber soles, the shoe provides unrelenting power transfer thanks to the sole’s efficient rigidity. For the same reason, climbing up steep terrain and accelerating becomes easier.

Giro Empire VR70 Knit Easton EC70 carbon fiber soles

Laid down on top of the EC70 carbon fiber sole are Vibram rubber lugs. Known for their durability and traction, they will keep you upright when you need to walk up or down a sketchy part of the trail.

Accommodates steel toe spikes

This shoe provides slots for attaching toe spikes. Toe spikes enhance traction. They are great for mountain racers who know they will encounter muddy and difficult course conditions.

Giro Empire VR70 Knit Accommodates steel toe spikes

Standard 2-bolt mounts 

The Empire VR70 Knit employs the standard 2-bolt mounts in mountain bike shoes. The shoe goes with the following bike pedals: Look X-Track, Shimano PD-A530, Crank Brothers Doubleshot, Crank Brothers Eggbeater 3, and many more.

Giro Empire VR70 Knit Standard 2-bolt mounts

Unique sock-like upper

A fresh concept for cycling shoes, the Empire VR70 Knit leads the pack by utilizing the brand’s new Xnetic Knit material. This upper technology hugs the wearer’s foot while providing a supportive, lightweight, and breathable fit. It helps keep rocks and dirt out.

Giro Empire VR70 Knit Sock-like upper

The shoe’s upper features a TPU exoskeleton, a rubber toe guard and a TPU heel guard. All these work in unison to provide support, protect against impact and abrasion, and enhance durability.

Water-repellent and easy to clean

The DWR-treated upper keeps moisture and dust from permeating the knit material. It is also easy to wipe off dirt or mud from it.

Giro Empire VR70 Knit Water-repellent and easy to clean

Anti-bacterial and adjustable arch support

Equipped with Giro’s SuperNatural Fit Kit, this shoe offers a detachable footbed with interchangeable arch support foams. The foams come in three variations: S, M, and L. These foams provide different support depending on the level of the individual’s foot arch. Velcro attaches it.

Giro Empire VR70 Knit  Adjustable arch support

Treated with the Aegis anti-bacterial fabric enhancement, this shoe can control odor-causing bacterial growth. It helps to keep the shoe feeling and smelling fresh.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 380g
Base model: Giro Empire
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Lace
Features: Water-resistant, Breathable, Lace Tucks, SPD
Material: Knit, Unidirectional carbon sole

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