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Giro Trans E70 shoes – review

Excellent mid-range shoes: light, stiff and comfortable

The Giro Trans E70 shoes perform very well for their mid-range price. They are incredibly comfortable, well ventilated and look good – making these an excellent set of shoes if you’ve got £160 to spend.

Giro have become well known for their shoes, not least thanks to the lace-up Empire (£229.99) and Empire SLX (£249.99) shoes. Those flagship models may steal the limelight but the Trans E70 shoes show Giro can certainly deliver on quality at lower price points.

The upper is made from a microfibre material called Evofibre, which has a slight shine to it (at least in the neon yellow version tested) and that makes it easy to wipe clean when required. The upper is perforated throughout, which creates a good level of ventilation and airflow through the shoe.

The Giro Trans E70 shoes are an excellent mid-range option

In terms of fit, the shoes come up relatively large compared to other brands. I generally am a size 43 in shoes and these are certainly larger than most others I have used and tested in the past. If that’s a concern, make sure you try before you buy.

Foot retention is taken care of by a buckle at the top and two large velcro straps lower down, rather than the much-debated laces of the Empire or Republic, or the laces/velcro ‘Techlace’ hybrid of the new Prolight, Factor and Sentrie shoes we saw at Eurobike. The Trans may not be the most innovative shoe in Giro’s range, but the buckle and velcro combination does a good job of holding the foot in place, whether cruising around, climbing or sprinting.

Alongside the good retention and ventilation, the shoes have a number of features which help further improve comfort. Chief among these is the adjustable arch support within the insole. You can choose from three level of support – high, medium or low – and this helps keep the foot well supported. There’s also a generous amount of padding around the ankle to provide further support.

As with most mid-level shoes, the Trans has a compound sole. Giro have opted for Easton’s E70 carbon composite sole and it’s a great choice because there’s barely any flex in the sole whatsoever, making for a strong base from which to transfer power into the pedals. Even when sprinting or pushing hard up a climb, I didn’t notice any kind of real flex at all. Also, unlike many other mid-level options, the heel buffers on the sole are replaceable, increasing the longevity of the shoes.

The shoes use Easton’s EC70 carbon composite sole

On the scales the shoes come in at 275g, which is a decent weight for this price category, especially when you consider that the similarly-designed Rapha Grand Tour shoes are 320g – and £140 more expensive.

The final thing to mention is that if the high-viz yellow of our test shoes isn’t to your liking, then don’t let that put you off as black and white options are also available.

Conclusion

The Giro Trans shoes are really good value for money is your in the market for a set of mid-range shoes. They’re lightweight, with a stiff sole, tried-and-tested retention system, excellent ventilation and an adjustable insole. Sure, they come up a little big, but we’re picking holes there – and that’s a testament to their quality.

Pros

  • Excellent fit
  • Well-ventilated
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Stiff sole

Cons

  • They come up a little large; but really there’s little to complain about

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