CYCLING PLUS4 OUT OF 5
The original Empire started the mini revival for laces, but Giro's taken things a step further with the E70 Knit. The laces remain but the upper is now a running shoe-like Xnetic knit fabric bonded to a lightweight skin, which is then treated with a Durable Water Repellent coating.
We had reservations with the E70 Knit. Past experience with knitted running shoes found that even though they felt brilliant in optimal conditions – airy and comfortable – when introduced to rain, they became slack and sloppy. This wasn’t the case with the E70s. The knitted upper is bonded to a supportive thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) structure, making them feel more rigid than traditional uppers. They don’t feel quite as supportive as the Pearl Izumis, but the proportions, shape, insole and infinite adjustment offered by the laces add up to a great feeling shoe. The cleat bolt position is fixed, but the alignment graphics are prominent and easy to see.
Lighten up on Stiffness
At 580g (pair, size 45.5.) these are light, the EC70 Easton carbon sole is stiff enough, but not quite as stiff feeling as the leader V4’s. The combination of stiffness and an incredibly breathable upper make these ideal for warmer weather. On colder days, they did feel a little chilly and pulling overshoes over the knitted surface isn’t easy. The stack height is low, and the E70s come with Gior’s own bolts, which are 2mm shorter than standard Shimano ones.
Luxurious fit, incredibly airy, great looking.