As if it wasn’t enough to revive the use of laces in cycling footwear with the development of the Empire a few years ago, Giro have introduced another exciting technical development to the road cycling shoe world, in the form of the brand’s new Techlace system. The Techlace system combines the comfort and fine-tunability of laces with the ease of adjustment of velcro straps and then tops it all off with a Boa dial for adjusting the upper strap.
Initial reviews suggest this combination will offer a winning formula, particularly because it solves the problem of not being able to easily adjust laces mid ride (a recognised downside of a fully lace-based system). In addition to its potentially game changing fixture system, the Factor Techlace is also a really nicely specced shoe for elite level riding. The Easton EC90 SLX2 sole is one of the best, thinnest, lightest and stiffest soles available, and the Evofiber one-piece upper (used on many of Giro’s other high end shoes) is reliably breathable and durable. Adjustable arch support allows for an additional level of fit customisation and an antimicrobial footbed helps keep things fresh.