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Giro Empire VR90 MTB Shoe
Giro Empire VR90 MTB Shoe
Giro Empire VR90 MTB Shoe

Giro Empire VR90 MTB Shoe

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Giro brings the ultimate in mountain bike shoes with their lightweight, high performance Empire VR90 MTB shoe. Taking cues from their lauded lace-up Empire road shoes, the VR90 features a stiff and featherlight Easton® EC90™ outsole and a supple and breathable Teijin® Evofiber™ synthetic upper. The lace up design allows for seven-points of adjustability for unparalleled comfort, and the sport laces are light, durable, and tuck safely away into a built in retainer on the tongue. Traction is ample with a lugged sole that uses Vibram®'s supremely grippy and durable rubber compound. In addition to the lugs, there's also a Vibram® mid-foot scuff guard to provide traction and protection during treks and dismounts in rocky terrain. Similar protection from rocks and other debris is found on the upper with reinforced rubber layers around the toe box and lower heel cup. Inside, the foot is supported with Giro's SuperNatural fine-tuneable footbed that includes different arch support options for the best fit and to ensure optimum pedaling efficiency. Incorporated X-static® fabric is antimicrobial for a shoe that stays fresh.

Includes a travel bag, toe spikes, an additional set of laces, and SuperNatural Fit arch supports. Claimed weight is 315 g per shoe. (Size 42.5). Compatible with two-bolt mountain cleats.

Note: These shoes are covered by Giro's 60 Days to Decide Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied with the fit or feel of this product, please return it cleaned and in good condition within 60 days of purchase for an exchange or full refund. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us.

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 10/1/2017
by Pablo
Competitive Racer
MD
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Most comfortable MTB shoes I own

I've owned several pairs of Giro MTB shoes over the past 5 years, and the ratchet system models have an upper seam that often irritates the topoutside of my feet. In contrast, the seamless-upper Empires create no friction points on my feet. The laces also do a better job adjusting fit, though you can't easily fine tune this while riding (which is one advantage of ratchets)...The Empire sole is super stiff and great for power transfer. I haven't used these long enough to comment on durability.

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Reviewed 1/9/2017
by Mark956
Cycling Enthusiast
Davis, CA
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This is a nice stiff comfortable shoe.

I use this SPD shoe on my road bike. For me SPD shoes are just as fast as regular road shoes and I like being able to walk around in them The Giro shoes are very stiff, which is great on the bike, but makes them a little stiffs to walk around in. Overall I really like these shoe.

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Reviewed 11/28/2016
by XC-VCUSA
Competitive Racer
Vancouver, WA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Fits similar to other shoe brands

There are a few reviews around the web suggesting these shoes are unusually narrow. As one who normally wears Sidi I wanted to put another data point out there to say these are no more narrow than a standard SIDI shoe. So if you think that's too narrow then fine, but this shoe is billed more a racing shoe than a CX shoe. It's light weight so if you need a trekking shoe you might consider something else.

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Reviewed 6/8/2015
by Lunchrider
Portland, OR
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Love them

Love these shoes very comfortable

The laces really work for me

These are my go to shoes for tandem rides

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Reviewed 5/28/2015
by lint6
Cycling Enthusiast
Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Great feel, not very durable

I've had these shoes for a month and a half and have used them for both off-road riding and commuting. I normally wear size 11.5 gym shoes and ordered these in 45.5. The fit felt very snug at first but after a few weeks felt perfect. The carbon soles are very stiff and provide a great feel when pedaling. Plus, they look way more presentable than regular bike shoes. When clipped in, I'd give these shoes 5 stars.

But, after only weeks of use, the Vibram sole on my shoes is starting to break apart. The rubber used here is very hard and brittle, and rather than wearing normally, parts of the sole break off in large chunks. And, you can't get replacement pads for these shoes. For as much as I like wearing these shoes, it sucks that they probably won't last 6 months.

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Reviewed 3/9/2015
by seattleleaf
Cycling Enthusiast
Seattle, WA
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0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Initial Toughts

I only have a couple rides in with these shoes, but so far I am very impressed. As a long-time Sidi fan boy, I wasn't sure about the laces or the brand, but for some reason I was drawn to at least try these. The initial lace was like slipping on a pair of running shoes. A very good fit, and totally customization to avoid pressure points. The laces slip into a little elastic thingy on the tongue to keep them out of the cranks. My first ride was a 15 mile mtb romp on single and double track...nothing too techy but at over an hour in the saddle it was a good test. With the carbon sole you can really feel the power transfer to the pedals. It's much more like a road shoe in that regard. The vibram sole was great for the little bits of walking. If these babies hold up, I will be a long-term convert. The price is in line with most other high-end shoes. I like the laces, the look, and the light weight of these shoes, and love the feeling of power transfer.

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Reviewed 1/27/2017
by MTRyno
Competitive Racer
Missoula, MT
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A Return to Laces

I really like this shoe. On my old shoes with buckles, I was never able to get them to fit snugly enough without fear of over-tightening and breaking the plastic strap. This lead to issues with the shoe feeling like it was going to slip off during cyclocross run-ups. Not an issue with these babies, as you can tighten the laces in just the right spots to get a snug fit. These are great shoes.

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Reviewed 4/3/2015
by DasHaugen
Cycling Enthusiast
Salt Lake City, UT
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Great shoe, super comfortable, good looking.

The shoes are the most comfortable cycling shoe I've ever had by far. My guess is it's due to two things the lacing system provides a much better fit than the usual buckle and velcro and the upper is really supple. I'd love to switch over to the SLX for road shoes if they ever go on sale.

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Reviewed 1/22/2015
by dbnm
Albuquerque
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awesome!

I saw these shoes last summer and was dying to get them.

The shoes are super comfy and true to size. I ride them all the time now.

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