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Speed and comfort -- together at last. The Factor is an impressive addition to Giro's shoe line, combining a luxurious fit with ultimate power transfer.

The first thing to mention is the Easton® EC90 SLX sole -- this is the same high modulus material used in Easton's most advanced carbon fiber bike parts. This means the Factor's sole is incredibly light yet amazingly stiff, providing instant power transfer to the pedals.

For the upper, Giro uses an ultra-light microfiber material called Teijin AG100, which is exceptionally breathable, and actually conforms to the specific shape of a rider's foot. The replaceable ratcheting buckle and two strap closure system is secure yet comfortable. An off-set "D-ring" at the center strap provides extra fit adjustment, while eliminating pressure points.

Giro's SuperNatural footbed also helps customize the fit, with a totally unique adjustable arch system to provide a precise fit and allow for fine-tuned adjustments. The footbed also features X-Static, an anti-microbial fiber which helps eliminate odor causing bacteria.

The Factor weighs 255 grams in size 42 . Compatible with standard three-bolt road cleats. Available colors: White (Red accents), Black (Red accents) and Black/Highlight Yellow.

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This size chart provides our best estimate for which European shoe size to choose based on your US shoe size. This will not necessarily match the US size shown on the product, but it is the best guidance we can provide for this particular brand.

If we've noticed that any particular model deviates from the standardized chart, we will list this information in the product description.

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Reviewed 12/30/2013
by Jagbenz62
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Rochester, ny
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Outstanding comfort, feel and quality

Since getting my Giro road shoes I have been thrilled with the comfort and feel of this shoe. I wear a 49 which is hard to find in a quality shoe. They slip on and off easily and are true to size. With the custom fit included, I was able to eliminate numbness and the hot burn I've gotten with other shoes, I.e. Sidi. Combined with the outstanding price, this is the shoe I'll be riding in for many seasons. Really is an outstanding value.

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Reviewed 12/30/2013
by Nick
So Cal
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The best shoe so comfortable I bought a 2nd pair

These cleats so good that I bought a second pair when they went on sale... The fit comfortably, snug easy to adjust with the right amount of tension when and where needed. I would highly recommend them.

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Reviewed 1/2/2014
by HoustonHills
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Camas Washington
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The real deal shoe!

The Giro fits true with shoe size along with offering three insert sizes to dial the perfect fit. The carbon sole is great for power transfer into each pedal stroke for climbing those steep hills. These are the best shoes I have use for their comfort, performance, and looks. The price is more than I have paid for any shoe before but worth it, especially if you can find them on sale! As with everything I have purchased from BikeTiresDirect, I am happy with this purchase and have recommended a different pair of Giro shoes for my riding buddy with the same feedback.

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Reviewed 1/2/2014
by South Bay Cyclist
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Redondo Beach CA
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Comfortable and lightweight. Great shoe.

This is actually my second pair of the same shoe. I ride 4-5 times a week. I prefer the fit of this model over the Giro Prolight SLX. It's very comfortable and I cannot ever recall being bothered by this shoe - even after a 120 mile day. I put in a lot of miles and the shoe has held up quite well. Some tell tale signs of wear appeared after about 6 months of riding - namely micro cracks across the top straps. They are probably more visible since the shoes are white. I'm keeping my old pair to use for rain days. Got a super great deal from Bike Tires Direct on my second pair([$]). Worth every penny.

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Reviewed 11/14/2013
by Leticia
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Pasadena, CA
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High Viz shoes fade over time

The shoe fits well, I got the High Viz for the color but it started to fade, the shoe is not even 1 year old. I am bummed.

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Reviewed 9/25/2013
by J Smith
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Orange County, CA
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Update to my July 12 2012 review - toes went suddenly awry

I've just experienced the same phenomenon described by the reviewer who gave them a single star the lining on the inside of the toe area buckles. This then rubbed on the tops of the toes making the shoe unwearable. I've had this pair for just over a year (14 months) and they were fine until about 2 weeks ago, when the toe box started feeling really strange. At this point I can still ride in them, but longer rides are out of the question - my toenails are suddenly getting pinched and sore. Switching back to Sidis now.

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Reviewed 9/16/2013
by Anonymous
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southern california
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great shoegreat value

super light, very stiff bottom sole-great power transfer

flashy color makes you stand out in traffic-safety factor

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Reviewed 9/13/2013
by Anonymous
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LA
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Very nice shoe

I love this shoe. The inserts to adjust for your arch work well. My legs and feet are not exactly symmetrical, so I have different inserts for each foot, and it makes a huge difference in my overall comfort. It also evens out my pedal strokes. I also like the snug fit. It feels like my feet and by extension, the rest of my body are one with the bike.

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Reviewed 8/29/2013
by MPLS Biker
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Minneapolis
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Most comfortable show I have ever worn!

This shoe is lightweight, stiff, and extremely comfortable. I have ridden numerous 50-100 mile workouts, and my feet have never become sore...unlike other shoes I have purchased. The black and yellow have elicited many cool comments from fellow riders. I highly recommend the Factors!

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Reviewed 8/15/2013
by gtsbiker
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South Louisiana
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Love dem shoes....

Absolutely love these shoes, can't say enough about the stiffness of the base. It's a welcomed change for the old SIDI's I use to wear. The ratchet is absolute perfection. The fit with the different insoles makes them feel like they are custom made. Highly recommend these shoes.

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Reviewed 5/27/2013
by Mrblu
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Sacramento
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Love it and little or no hot spots

Remember to break it in before a long ride, lesson learn because I was too excited. I took it out the 3rd day to a 80 mile 8k feet climb and I was hurting. But afterwards, it fits like a glove and better than my old shoes. Great buy.

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Reviewed 2/23/2013
by Redlands Rider
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Redland, CA
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Great Shoes

With great shoes, come great responsibility! Nuff' said.

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Reviewed 2/21/2013
by Hi Viz Freak
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North Central Illinois
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Excellent shoes - stiff sole, good fit, light weight, good price, sharp looking

Bought these shoes over the winter so have only used them on the trainer. Never had a carbon sole before bc I was too cheap to spend the money. These were on sale and I had wanted to try Giro shoes, so I splurged. The Hi Viz color was a bonus. The size chart worked well for me, I ordered a size 48 which fits well - I normally take a size US 13 tennis shoe. In cycling shoes, I take a 48 Specialized and Diadora, but 49 in Pearl Izumi and Shimano. Now that I know what a difference carbon soles make, I will not buy anything else. I really like the Hi Viz color, the straps and ratchet fit system, and the overall feel. Can't wait to hit the road and be the envy of my cycling buds.

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Reviewed 2/21/2013
by Hi Viz Freak
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North Central Illinois
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Excellent shoes - stiff sole, good fit, light weight, good price, sharp looking

Bought these shoes over the winter so have only used them on the trainer. Never had a carbon sole before bc I was too cheap to spend the money. These were on sale and I had wanted to try Giro shoes, so I splurged. The Hi Viz color was a bonus. The size chart worked well for me, I ordered a size 48 which fits well - I normally take a size US 13 tennis shoe. In cycling shoes, I take a 48 Specialized and Diadora, but 49 in Pearl Izumi and Shimano. Now that I know what a difference carbon soles make, I will not buy anything else. I really like the Hi Viz color, the straps and ratchet fit system, and the overall feel. Can't wait to hit the road and be the envy of my cycling buds.

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Reviewed 10/18/2012
by Bushwacker
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Paducah, KY
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Great shoes!

I could not be happier with these shoes. Very comfortable...no numbness or hot spots.

Light and great looking.

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Reviewed 9/24/2012
by Anonymous
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Central Wisconsin
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Well-fitting Road Shoe that is nice and light.

After reading a few other online shoe reviews for the Giro Factor, I found a good price at Biketiresdirect.com. My feet had developed a hot spot under the forefoot area from running, and my previous cycling shoes kind of made those flare up. So, I was looking for a new shoe, and came upon the Factor. What appealed to me was the Giro insole fit kit. Arch support is a big deal for me, and the inclusion of 3 different arch supports makes custom fitting these shoes pretty easy. For example, during the summer, I like to cycle without socks, so I used the medium support. As the weather gets colder, and i'm wearing socks, I can switch to the less supportive arch. The quality of the shoe, and it's appearance, are very good. The velcro front strap and mid-strap, make for a secure fit, without pressure spots. The price if not on sale is a bit high, but if you can find them on sale, go for it!

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Reviewed 8/27/2012
by ddehaes
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Dallas, TX
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Very comfortable shoe

Great shoe, good looking and comfortable. Previous shoes were Sidi's, thought I'd try these because of the weight and price and I like the arch supports in the insoles. Just rode 100 miles last Saturday, no foot issues.

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Reviewed 7/12/2012
by GCB
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Denver, CO
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Lightweightgreat ventilationfirm sole superb shoe!

This Giro road shoe had a lot of Sidi expectations to overcome. I've been a Sidi user for years and took a leap of faith on the Giro. After an intense spec comparison between the two brands, decided to try the Giro.

I made the right choice. With a super-firm carbon fiber sole, energy transfer from foot to pedal was solid. Ventilation through the mesh microfiber fabric was fantastic - actually felt cool ... on a hot day. The straps were of perfect length and positioning enabling a perfect custom fit. Comes with arch inserts for an even better fit. Dirtmud wipes off easily from the entire shoe - except the white microfiber - needs more effort to clean, but hey, you're not going to sloshing mud on then every day.

Superb shoe!

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Reviewed 7/12/2012
by J Smith
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Orange County, CA
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Very stiff soles, pretty comfortable - subtly different fit than Sidis

My Sidi 5's were worn out, so I bought a pair of these. Here are the more obvious differences - the Factor's sole is stiffer and thinner, the Factor is lighter, and the Factor's heel pocket holds my heel better the Sidis. It's not a perfect fit, though, a few comments after my first few weeks in the shoes

I have a pretty narrow foot, so I inserted a slightly thicker footbed (Specialized, blue) than the factory version, which helps take up a little space. I still have to tighten the velcro straps down just about as far as they'll go - and I still feel like if I wear a really thin sock there's just a bit too much room inside. But on the upside, the straps do have more range of adjustment than the Sidis, so it's manageable. Slightly thicker socks and all is well.

The heel, as I said, fits beautifully with no extra motion. This is true even when the buckled straps aren't completely ratcheted down - very nice for keeping the circulation going.

The toebox is a bit roomier than the Sidis, which is more comfortable on longer rides, but I do get just a little more lateral movement at the front of my foot when pedaling, which I think I just have to get used to. It's not a problem - just a different fit.

The soles are great - very stiff, very light, very thin. I had to drop my seatpost about 0.75 to 1 mm to compensate for the difference from my old shoes to these. I like the way the underside of the sole interfaces with the cleats - there's a nice anti-skid surface there.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with them. I didn't rate them 5 stars just because the fit isn't perfect - but my foot is actually kind of hard to fit perfectly.

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Reviewed 7/7/2012
by Anonymous
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I will never buy a Giro product again - Poor design in the toe area and still defective manufacturing

I have had three defective pairs of these shoes. They fit great and seemed like a reasonable deal. I got my first pair one year ago. Within a week, the lining on the inside of the toe area buckles. This then rubbed on the tops of the toes making the shoe unwearable. BTD immediately sent my a replacement. The second pair lasted a year and then formed this bubble inside the toe again almost over night. The shoes are taken care of and have never been wet. Last week, BTD said that Giro admitted that is a known defect and the problem was fixed. I got my third pair this week. I went on two rides and it buckled again.

BTD has been extremely helpful through this, but I am sure done with Giro!

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