While the BOA dial system has been the direction most high end cycling shoes have been heading in over the last few years, there have been a handful of hold-outs that have reverted back to the lace-up style of old.
In part, you can call it a case of nostalgia amongst cycling’s hepcats, but there are also quite a few cyclists who truly prefer the simplicity and feel of the old school lace design.
Apparently, Giro feels there are virtues to both designs, enough to combine them for its new Factor Techlace road shoe in fact.
The new Techlace design combines the precision of a BOA dial for adjusting the upper portion of the shoe, while a hybrid lace/Velcro strap system (Giro calls them aglets) handles the lower part.
According to Giro, their new design not only gives cyclists a greater range of adjustability on the fly, but only allows them to swap out different length laces for an even greater custom fit.
The new range consists of four models, two men’s and two women’s (women’s version is called Factress), which are differentiated by quality of hardware and either Easton’s EC90 SLX2 or EC70 carbon soles.
Prices range for $350 to $250 depending on the models, with a color selection of orange, black and white.
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REVOLUTION OF THE SPECIES
THE TECHLACE SYSTEM
The Factor Techlace™ is a race-bred cycling shoe that features our revolutionary Techlace system and the Boa® Closure System, plus the performance you expect from Giro—all at an impressively low weight of 210 grams (size 42.5). This extraordinary design is driven by our patent-pending Techlace system, which couples the benefits of laces with the convenience of a strap for superb fit and easy adjustment on-the-fly. By replacing D-rings and other hardware with laces, the Techlace system provides a more supple feel across the forefoot. Plus, the laces can be easily replaced if damaged. In addition to the adjustability of two straps, we’ve utilized the Boa Closure System to achieve precise adjustment and a secure feel at the top of the instep with their premium IP1 dial. Boa’s dial interface offers fast, intuitive adjustment in 1-millimeter increments when tightening or loosening.
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