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Eurobike 2017: Giro Cycling

Knits, kits and lids

Giro rarely comes to Eurobike without a product to get the crowds talking, and this year it was Empire VR 70 Knit—the "shoe of the show," according Giro PR guy Peter Nicholson. That's because the latest iteration of the Empire eschews traditional upper materials for knit (insert Grandma knitting joke here).

The only mountain bike knit offering comes in an ankle-cuff style.

Giro opted for the running-shoe-inspired material—topped with a TPU skeleton for abrasion resistance—as an alternative to leather or microfiber because it's ultra-breathable, comfortable, and the manufacturing process requires far less waste as it doesn't necessitate cutouts of large sheets where leftovers are tossed. The shoe sports a Vibram sole and a DWR coating so it dries quickly should you cross a creek.

The Empire VR 70 Knit mountain bike model, with an ankle cuff, runs $250 and is only available in men's sizing right now.

While it was the knit that lured people in, there was plenty of other note-worthy gear at the Giro booth this year.

Here's a sampling:

The new Code Techlace VR 70 is Giro’s updated XC shoe, with a carbon outsole, Vibram sole and a Boa closure.

For $65 with the MIPS liner or $45 without, the Fixture is a superbly priced entry-level helmet. It comes in a universal fit, with adult, children or XL sizing options.

Though it would be at home in a lifestyle collection, the Roust Boardshort is every bit a mountain biking tool. This surf-inspired short has a drawstring closure and is made of super lightweight material for comfort both on the bike and at the beach.

The Venture jersey comes in men’s and women’s silhouettes. No splashy logos or complicated materials—these riding shirts are simple and casual.

The men’s bib, which is priced at $80, gets deeper pockets this year for cargo storage and breathable mesh panels in the back and on the sides.