You’ve seen knit technology in athletic footwear, but you haven’t seen it in cycling until now.
The new Giro Empire E70 Knit features new engineered Xnetic Knit upper, which offers unparalleled comfort and breathability, says the American company.
The shoes, which are modeled after Giro’s Empire and Republic models, feature the company’s now-familiar lace-up closures, various sole stiffnesses, and knit fabric uppers that are meant to feel as comfortable and breathable as your socks.
”Xnetic Knit technology was developed for the specific needs of performance cycling. An internal TPU skeletal system provides support where you need it, while the knit offers suppleness for superior sock-like comfort. The upper is DWR-treated for water repellency and easy cleaning, and a TPU- reinforced toe and heel add durability and abrasion resistance”, says Giro.
A women’s version of the new Empire E70 Knit with a specific last will be offered as well, and both will carry a retail price of US$200 / £199 / €229. Claimed weight is 250g for a size 42.5 shoe.
For cyclocross, there’s the new Empire VR70 Knit, which adds a fully treaded Vibram rubber outsole and additional armoring on the exterior for increased durability and protection, as well as a stretch knit cuff to help seal out dirt and debris. Retail price is US$250 / £219 / €249. Claimed weight is 380g for a size 42.5 shoe.
The Republic R Knit, aimed at commuters and touring riders, has reflective laces, a co-moulded rubber-and-nylon outsole and a mountain bike-style 2-bolt cleat mount. Giro claims 310g per shoe in size 42.5. Retail price is US$140 / £139 / €159.