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Giro Empire ACC
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Pros Unique style, super lightweight, stiff carbon composite soleSexy, breathable, great adjustability, great power transfer, fits like a gloveAwesome power transfer, comfy upper, stylish, great adjustabilityExtremely lightweight, very comfortable, rigid, vents keep cool in summerExtremely light weight, very stiff, great adjustability, super comfortable
Cons Limited adjustability, narrow toe box, heel slipsPricey, sole scuffs, may be narrow for some feetPricey, stiff upper might rubMay scuff and show wear, fastening can be a hassle, vents are very cold in winterHeel may be loose, lacing could be easier to cinch up
Bottom Line A surprisingly light shoe that will delight the eye and perform on the road.A high-performance premium road shoe without the gimmicks.The ultimate in power transfer and pro performance.Awesome pro-level performance for a reasonable price.A premium road shoe without the premium price tag.
Rating Categories Giro Empire ACC Fizik R1 Infinito Scott Road RC SL Shimano S-Phyre RC9 Course Air Lite II
Comfort (25%)
5
9
7
9
9
Weight (15%)
9
9
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9
Power Transfer (25%)
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Adjustability (20%)
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Durability (15%)
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Specs Giro Empire ACC Fizik R1 Infinito Scott Road RC SL Shimano S-Phyre RC9 Course Air Lite II
Measured Weight 18.8 oz 20 oz 18.4 oz 19 oz 18.7 oz
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Closure Laces BOA BOA BOA BOA IP1 micro-adjustment
Upper Material Synthetic Evofiber microfiber Laser-perforated 1.2mm microtex Carbitex Synthetic leather High-density microfiber
Size Tested 44 44 44 45 44
Outsole Easton EC90 ACC carbon fiber Carbon HMX Carbon Carbon Carbon Air Lite
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