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Claimed Weight: [size 42.5] 215 g
Upper Material: Evofiber
Recommended Use: cycling
The Empire is back for 2014, and this time around it makes its appearance even leaner and stiffer than the beloved
inaugural release. An updated sole composition and new upper material are responsible for the refined makeup, with this
specific version being released as a limited, collaborative project between Competitive Cyclist and Giro. So lace up a
pair of these beauties before it's too late, and let the head turning begin. Similar to the original Empires, this
edition draws inspiration from classic lace-up designs -- utilizing the versatile fit adjustment and low weight of laces
to provide the ultimate balance of comfort and power. When you think about it, no hook-and-loop or ratcheting buckle
closure system can match the mathematical possibilities for a lace's volume customization. Through varying lacing
patterns or tensions, you can customize the medial or lateral pull, or the tightness at the forefoot or instep, all at
the same time. But, if you're anything like us, your first nagging thought concerns the laces getting caught in the
drivetrain -- you're not alone. However, Giro's one step ahead of us, and accordingly, it incorporated a retaining lace
garage on the tongue of the shoes. So, the retention system provides a positive conformity with the foot at a fraction
of the typical weight. And while the Empire's laces are an obvious differentiator, so too are its other design features.
Starting at the uppers themselves, Giro wrapped the new Empires with its Evofiber microfiber. This material contributes
to the shoes' sleek profile, but it also reduces weight while the fabric selection increases breathability. That's
right, the new Evofiber fabric is even lighter and more breathable than before. Furthermore, Giro placed focused points
of perforation along the Empire's sides and tongue in order to increase airflow throughout the shoe. And in case it gets
a little sweaty inside, the Empire also features an X-Static footbed that's anti-microbial, anti-stink,...