Giro Sport Design has today announced the official release of a new line of XneticTM Knit cycling footwear. Taking inspiration from knit shoes that we see in the world of athletics. With this new design, Giro say they are providing cyclists with innovative choices for comfort, fit, and performance on the road, dirt, and in the city.

Simon Fisher, Giro Footwear Product Manager talks about the innovative new design: “We have a tradition of leading the cycling industry through innovation and choice. From flipping the script with laces on the Empire to smashing the 150g weight barrier with the Prolight Techlace, we are known for staying one step ahead of the rest in cycling footwear. Xnetic Knit allows us to continue this tradition and deliver a unique blend of comfort, performance, and style for the kind of rider who charts their own course.”

Giro Empire E70 Knit and Empire E70 W Knit: €229

Taking the style of the original Empire, the E70 Knit is described as having sock-like comfort and breathability, with a TPU skeletal system providing added structure to the engineered XneticTM Knit upper. Pro-level pedalling efficiency is served up by an Easton EC70 carbon outsole with replaceable heel walking pad. The shoes weighs in at 250g size for a 42.5.

Giro Empire Knit VR70: €249

A bonded TPU exoskeletal system provides support for the XneticTM Knit upper, which is DWR-treated for water repellency and easy cleaning. A closed stretch-knit ankle cuff provides superior comfort, additional support and protection from skree out on the trail. A Easton® EC70 carbon fiber sole offers pro-level stiffness and is paired with a tough, molded Vibram® rubber outsole that provides protection and grip for off the bike. The shoe weighs in at 380g for a size 42.5.

Giro Republic R Knit: €159

The Giro Republic has been a favourite choice for commuters and touring riders alike, and the Republic R Knit provides another option for those unwilling to sacrifice style on their adventures. Featuring an engineered XneticTM Knit upper, reflective Empire laces, and a co-molded rubber-and-nylon outsole with a mid-foot scuff guard and 2-bolt cleat mount. The shoe weighs in at 310g for a size 42.5

The Giro Empire E70, Empire E70 W Knit (EU-Price € 230), Empire VR70 (EU-Price €250) and the Republic R Knit (EU-Preis €160) will be available this autumn from and authorized Giro dealers. We can’t wait to put them to the test!

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