Description of Giro Empire SLX Road Shoe 2017 - white/black
At just 175 grams (size 42.5), the Empire™ SLX sets a standard for light weight cycling footwear. Yet it doesn't compromise the structure or stiffness needed to put full power to the pedals thanks to a combination of exceptional fit, the Evofiber™ SL one-piece upper, and the Easton® EC90™ SLX2 high-modulus outsole. And with replaceable heel pads, full titanium hardware and our adjustable SuperNatural Fit Kit, these are full-featured shoes built to win, and built to last.
The breathable and lightweight Evofiber™ SL microfiber upper is produced from one piece. Without seams, it provides maximum comfort and a unique style.
The Easton® EC90 SLX2 unidirectional carbon outsole is extremely lightweight and helps to optimize the power transmission. It features lightweight titanium thread inserts for the cleats and replaceable heel pads.
The ultalight X-Static® footbed with included SuperNatural X-Static® Fit Kit with adjustable arch support can be optimally adapted to the shape of the foot, to minimize fatigue.
The Giro SuperNatural Fit System combines a cycling-specific footbed with an adjustable arch support kit. By simply choosing from any of the Low, Medium and High arch support included in the kit, riders and fitters can independently adjust arch support to enhance fit and pedaling efficiency while reducing or eliminating common discomforts like hotspots, numbness and cramping. The system is available in men's and women's sizes, and incorporates X-Static® fibers in the footbed to fight odors and other bacteria.
Giro worked closely with the engineering staff at Easton® to develop proprietary outsoles that provide the most direct, powerfull connection to the pedals without compromising comfort. Using advanced modeling and proprietary fixturing in the extensive test lab, every outsole is engineered to provide ideal stiffness in 3 zones: Toe Arch and Heel, while maintaining the lowest possible weight and stack-height (as low as 6.5mm). Additionally, the flatter edges of Giro's outsoles allow the shoe upper material to conform to larger or wider feet (what Giro calla the "spillover" effect) without uncomfortable pinching or binding.
Giro footwear is built on proprietary cycling-specific lasts to create a fit that hugs the foot closely without binding, crowding or discomfort. The Precision Fit™ lasts are hand-crafted specifically for cycling footwear in whole and half-sizes that are differentiated between men's and women's shoes, in order to provide the most supportive and precise fit possible in a production shoe.
X-Static® fibers are made with layers of pure silver that are permanently bonded to the surface of the fabric. Siver offers natural anti-microbial performace that helps to reduce odor and regulate heat, so your feet stay fresh and comfortable, naturally.