Giro have introduced a range of shoes utilising the American firm’s new Techlace closure system, which combines laces with Velcro straps and, on two of the three-strong Techlace line-up, a BOA dial. The flagship Prolight Techlace is staggeringly light, coming in at less than 150g per shoe.
All in all, three new shoes adopt the Techlace system, with the Factor Techlace and Sentrie Techlace completing the collection beneath the Prolight Techlace. But what is Techlace? First, a bit of history. Giro delved into the footwear market five years ago and, in 2012, launched the Empire: a modern take on the classic cycling shoe, combining an up-to-date carbon sole and lightweight upper with old-school laces.
Giro’s thinking was – and many riders seemingly agree, given the subsequent popularity of the Empire – that laces distribute pressure evenly across the shoe, providing a secure fit and helping to eliminate the pinch points which some riders may experience from modern closure systems. And they look cool, too. Taylor Phinney was a fan, wearing the Empires for the first time at the 2012 Giro d’Italia, and Sir Bradley Wiggins is also an Empire user.