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Giro launches Imperial top-end race shoes

New model is designed to be lightweight and highly breathable

Giro has announced the new high-end Imperial road cycling shoes which are light – with a claimed weight of just 430g per pair (Euro 42.5, UK 8) – and feature a Synchwire upper with a twin-Boa closure. 

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Synchwire? This means it uses a monofilament mesh reinforced with thermal-welded Teijin TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), the idea being to provide support and enhanced durability where it’s needed. You get dual Boa IP1 buckles featuring 1mm adjustment and incremental release, with soft lace guides that are designed to eliminate discomfort. 

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A high-modulus Easton EC90 SLX2 carbon-fibre plate is intended to deliver high stiffness-to-weight while the heel pads are replaceable. Giro uses its Super Natural Fit footbed system with a customisable arch support.

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The Imperials come in Giro's Men’s Performance Fit and cover European sizes 39-48 (UK sizes 5.5-12.5), including half-sizes from 42.5-45.5 (UK sizes 8-10.5).

The Giro Imperials are available now for £374 from retailers and direct from

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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