Giro has long been known for being a leader in the lightweight, aero, and safe categories of cycling helmets. Though what some don’t know is that with such complimentary partners as Easton, Bell and Blackburn they are able to combine many facets of cycling technology easily to create some of the most premium products in the industry. One area this is most evident in Giro’s line is the mid to upper level cycling shoes such as the Giro Trans and Giro Factor.
If you’ve seen the shoes before then you know right away these are eye catching, but they also combine the best materials from Giro’s other product lines. If you take a closer look at the Giro Trans you will notice a few key features that separate it from the bunch. One is an extremely durable, but supple microfiber upper to curve and shape over time to your own foot. Also, a very stiff sole which borrows technology from Easton’s EC70 line of carbon fiber, which by the way is made in a different mold per every full size of shoe they make (Unlike other companies which create molds only for every 2 full sizes). This small step greatly increases comfort and gets rid of that overlapping feel when an upper is too big for the sole of the shoe. Plus, you can find a semi-custom arch support insole that also combines technology from their helmets’ Aegis fibers. These fibers resist microbial build up and keep your shoes smelling good for many miles to come. At $225, the Giro Trans is one of the most affordable shoes we carry with this many features.
If you care to spend an extra $75 dollars and go to the Giro Factor you will be moved up to Giro’s second from the top performance road shoe which combines everything that’s great about the Giro Trans shoe, but takes it to the next level. First is the upper made of an Evofiber for an even better snug fit. Second, the sole of this shoe is now made out of Easton’s EC90 unidirectional carbon fiber to make it not only extremely thin (6mm) to give you an amazing amount of contact with the pedal, but it also increases stiffness and strength. The Factor also comes with the X-static level of insole which incorporates a silver lined thread to prevent a stinky, bacteria filled shoe. Both the Trans and Factor also include three different levels of included arch support as part of their Supernatural Fit System. These small inserts can make a big impact on overall comfort and fit. To top it all off, the Factor has a replaceable heel pad for ultimate longevity.
Together, these two shoes combine technology from leading brands we can all recognize and make them affordable without going to the Giro Empire or Prolight SLX line of shoes. After owning a pair I know there’s not a better shoe on the market for the money.
Check out the video below for more information on Giro Insoles.