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    15 Reviews


    Made for the mountains, stiff enough for the road.

    If you’re anything like us, your "mountain" shoes quickly take over as your ‘cross shoes, then your "gravel" shoes, and then, finally, your road shoes. Sure, there are benefits to a road-specific shoe, but as more and more of us use our road bikes on less and less well-maintained roads, a shoe with a little bit of tread on the bottom is nice to have.

    The Giro Code VR70s are ideal for this slow takeover of two-hole cleats. At their base is an EC70 sole with Vibram (yes, that Vibram) tread over it. You get the best of both worlds: a shoe that’s stiff and transfers power very well, and a shoe that allows you to walk around a bit without destroying your cleats, or slipping on rocks. They close with a classic buckle/hook-and-loop strap combo, and are quite easy to adjust on the fly. Giro’s also included the SuperNatural Fit Kit, an insole system designed to help you get the best fit possible from your shoes.

    • Microfiber upper
    • EC70 carbon fiber sole
    • Vibram tread
    • SuperNatural Fit Kit
    • Item #GIR005N

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    N-1 ratchet, hook-and-loop
    SuperNatural Fit Kit, Aegis antimicrobial treatment
    EC70 carbon fiber, Vibram Mont
    Cleat Compatibility
    2-hole mountain
    Claimed Weight
    [size 42.5] 335
    Recommended Use
    all mountain
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Super Comfortable!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 6'
    • Weight: 201lbs

    A great shoe means comfort whether you are in the saddle or hammering out of the saddle up a steep kicker. The stiff sole is great for transferring power to the pedals and doesn't affect the comfort of this shoe. I wear a 45 in just about every shoe I buy and these are true to size. The quality of the shoe is outstanding with 3 different arch supports included.

    rock maybe a problem`

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    Only negative is rocks tend to hit the buckle and that strap seems to always loosen. Of course have had similar problem with other brands with the same racket strap.

    Look Good, Time Will Tell Durability

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    The fit is snug which I like for cyclocross. Swapped the insoles for the "large" (tall) insole support but I am not sure if I will end up using that or medium.

    Gravel bike shoes.

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small

    Shoe is solid and has a great power transfer. Size seems to run slightly smaller than older Giro shoes from 5-6 years ago, 2011-2012. Size wasn't a deal breaker, changed out the insole with a heat molded style and it was business as usual.

    Great Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I bought these to replace my old Giro Code shoes from 2 seasons ago...they withstood lots of single track and CX races.

    These shoes are a great replacement. Stiff, light, super bright fluoro so those with ear buds on the trail can at least see me. The fit is true to size (if a tiny bit small) so 1/2 size up.

    Brilliant shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 6'
    • Weight: 175lbs

    It so happens that the Giro shoe width is exactly right for me. It is the only cycling shoe I have found that fits so well. (For example, Sidi is always way too narrow). I took a new pair to the Transylvania Epic this year and wore them every day. Apart from hours of riding, I had to walk, climb, cross rivers and clamber over rocks. The shoes stood up to it all. I highly recommend this shoe.

    Errday rider

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    I have used Northwave, and Shimano MTB shoes in the past. I have a longer, narrow foot, high arch, these seem to work well with my feet. some heel slip.
    Pros: lightweight, vibram sole for traction, buckle release is smooth, carbon plate adds awesome stiffness, leather holds up
    Cons: the rubber sole lacks traction near the cleat (mid sole) so stepping on rocks can lead to slippage and looking stupid, buckle is small and lightweight which is awesome, but if you're considering using these for off road tris it could become cumbersome in transition

    Reliable shoes

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I had a pair of Code HV from few years ago. They were fantastic. This one has some significant updates, the best of which is the vibram sole. No more slipping on rocks. Also, they have added some rubber pieces to genaral high wear areas such as the toe and then along specific places where the sole

    I seem to fall between the regular sizing and the HV (high volume) sizing with Giro. I have generally opted for the HV option for more comfort. I don't generally have a wide fit in other footwear. I do notice in Ski boots I generally benefit from a 100+ mm last.

    I'm sure these as great as the HV. If you have issues with these feeling tight or narrow give the HV a shot.

    Great for CX and cold weather

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 44
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I use these primarily for cyclocross racing and some single track. At the end of the day, I would probably give these a 4.5 for a couple of quirks, but all in all the shoe is fantastic and are a damn pleasure to wear.

    - The EC70 carbon sole gives you the responsiveness you need for putting power on the pedal but isn't so stiff that you feel like you are running on a couple of wooden planks, which is pretty important for cross racing. This has been a huge upgrade from my Giro Privateers.
    - The shoe handles cold weather well.
    - The materials are clearly high quality and the shoe is well constructed
    - The Vibram tread feels solid
    - The break in period was fairly short

    - This shoe does not play very nice with SPD pedals and cleats. It has a somewhat tight fit and has been a hassle at times. Getting cleat wedges and easing the tension on the pedals has helped quite a bit, but be warned. Also I have had some trouble with the shoe not clearing mud or other debris very well. The Giro Privateers seemed to do a lot better with this.

    Even with the one caveat, I still think this is a great shoe. Sizing is a bit off. I wear a 9.5 US typically but a 44 in Giro (which they claim is a 10.5 US). It would be wise to try on some Giro shoes before you buy to make sure they fit the way you want them to.

    Great shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These shoes are more comfortable than any of my daily sneakers besides the fact they don't bend much, but that is a good thing for clip in shoes. Easy entry and exit. Good support. I love the different arch supports that they come with. They look like they will hold up for years. I notice my feet getting pretty warm in there, but I just switched over to thin socks. Good latching system.

    Not bad, not awesome for me

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 47
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    I really like the design of the shoes first off, the sole is great, and there's a ton of traction when hikeabiking and the sole is nice and stiff.

    What I'm not really wild about is the fit. The toe box is really narrow in these shoes, and I had to go up a half a size larger than I would've otherwise. If you like a roomy toebox, look elsewhere. In terms of sizing, I wear a size 12 dress shoe or boot, a 12.5 running shoe, and the last two pairs of specialized cycling shoes I've owned had been 46's. In the Giros, a 47 is what I ended up with.

    stiff and light

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    granted i was coming from a relatively cheap shoe, so maybe it is nothing special relative to similarly priced shoes, but i like them!

    one thing that went wrong with mine. the foam inside the outer on the heel detached and sort of bunched up towards the bottom of the heel. this occurred because i was too lazy to properly loosen them before putting them on.

    Awesome Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    I love these shoes, just got my first long ride with them yesterday and they are fantastic. The vibram sole is a very nice touch, and on the bike the easton carbon sole is as stiff as you would hope. Not much more to ask for really.

    I struggle finding the right size though. Historically with other brands I've been a consistent 45.5. However, I am a 10.5-11.0 street shoe. Looking at their size chart it said I should get a 45.0 or even a 44.5, but I was skeptical because the last pair of 45.0 shoes I used my toes were curled up and it was painful.

    Long story short... the size chart is right. At least it was for me, so I would recommend starting with what it suggests and not what you think based on experience with other shoes.

    These Rock!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I replaced a pair of Northwave shoes with these and can't believe the difference! My old shoes fit great after messing around with them was just time to go.

    The VR70's fit perfect out of the box with the medium insert. I tried several inserts (custom/other shoes/smartfeet/etc) but kept coming back to the Giro included ones - that is super rare for me. They are also super easy to adjust on the fly while riding. The top buckle feels super sold & can be replaced and the velcro straps seem bomber.

    I am amazed by how much power gets transferred into the drivetrain, maybe my old shoes were just too worn out but these feel like I'm getting 10% more per crank!

    I'm a solid 10.5 medium width low volume - ordered the 44.5