The Giro Sentrie Techlace is the third-tier shoe in the American firm’s family of Techlace footwear, sitting beneath the Prolight Techlace and Factor Techlace, and offers some of the best elements of Giro’s more expensive footwear in a (relatively speaking) more affordable package.
The Sentrie Techlace definitely has a unique look and that’s down to the velcro/lacing system that gives the shoe its family name. Having enjoyed a lot of success with the lace-up Empire shoe, Giro introduced the Techlace closure system last year. By combining laces and velcro, Techlace is supposed to combine the comfort of the former with the convenience of the latter.
And, by and large, it’s a pretty positive experience. It certainly gives a firm hold across the front of the foot but, rather than needing to tie bows and knots when putting the shoe on, the velcro straps keep everything in place, meaning you get a uniform fit with increased adjustability on the fly. Some riders love the completely customisable fit you can get with a proper lace-up shoe, like the Empire, but the Sentrie Techlace is designed to offer some kind of middle ground.