by Brian Mullin
Giro has gone old school with lots of new lace up shoes including the xc Empire VR90 and full season Alpineduro. They have added MIPS to quite a few helmets, including the mtb Feature and urban Sutton, and brought out the affordable and durable BMX Quarter helmet.
These mid-topped shoes utilize a grippy Vibram rubber outsole, insulated construction and a clip-in nylon shank. They come in sizes from EU 37 to 48 and retail for $200. These should be an excellent cross seasonal shoe, adept at hiking up rocky and wooded terrain, and keeping your feet warm and dry in wet and colder weather. The ability to tune fit with the laces makes for a more comfortable shoe, and they should provide grip and comfort for walking with enough power to crank the pedals up the steepest routes. They have all the appearances and construction of a hiking boot design melded to a biking shoe.