Giro Factor Techlace Shoe - Men's
GiroFactor Techlace Shoe - Men's


In an ever more contentious world, Giro proves that erstwhile foes can become valuable allies if they simply work together. The Factor Techlace Men's Shoes combine three of the most common fastening systems—Boa's IP1 dial, laces, and hook-and-loop straps—allowing them to peacefully coexist as joint headliners. The result blends the minimalist profile and customizable fit of the lace-up Empire with the user-friendly convenience of the original Factor. We think that it's also just cool as hell.

The Factor Techlace is the first Giro shoe to feature a Boa dial, and Giro uses it to anchor the shoe at the top, which is where the IP1's single millimeter adjustment will come the most in handy. The rest of the shoe is secured by hook-and-loop straps that are in turn anchored by laces. Fit-wise, they feel similar to the original Factor once the straps are tightened and the dial is dialed, but replacing the full straps with laces involves a reduction in material and a corresponding loss of weight.

Giro credits the Factor Techlace with a tidy 40g weight loss per shoe when compared to the plain ol' Factor. There will undoubtedly be a chorus of retro-grouches lamenting the combination as unnecessary ostentation, but we heard the same critique of laces when the Empire fist launched, and now it's impossible to imagine a group ride or race without at least one pair in the bunch.

The Easton EC90SLX2 sole is an upgrade over the Factor's ACC model, and its use of lighter carbon fiber also contributes to the weight loss. Despite shedding grams, the sole remains stiffly efficient and features a full complement of steel hardware for mounting cleats and replacing the heel pad. As with all of Giro's race shoes, stack height is kept to a minimum in order to eliminate as many barriers between your watts and the pedals as possible.

The sole is mated to a single-piece upper made of the same Teijin Evofiber SL Giro uses for its other top-tier race shoes, so the Factor Techlace is similar to shoes like the Empire SLX in that it breaks in over the course of a couple of weeks. Fit is further customizable with Giro's Super Natural Fit Kit, which allows three different levels of arch support to help alleviate hot spots and discomfort caused by metatarsal pressure. The insole itself is made of odor-resistant microfiber, and the shoes are packaged with a zippered bag for travel and storage.

  • A road cycling shoe for racing and serious training
  • Combines a Boa dial with laces and hook-and-loop straps
  • The material experts at Easton provide the carbon sole
  • Synthetic microfiber upper breathes and breaks in
  • Features Giro's classically understated aesthetics
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Perfect right out of the box!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 48

I normally don't ride long rides the first time I wear a cycling shoe, but these felt so good when I tried them on I knocked out 68 miles. They felt like I had already put 500 miles on them. Great shoes!!!!

First new road shoes in years

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Have worn SIDI shoes forever but needed something new. I wanted the Techlace pro but didn't know how durable they would be so I went with the factor. I had SIDI 43.5 mega shoes in the past and my toes always slammed into the front of the shoe. My running shoes are size 44-45 so I went with 44.5. Fit great all but the laces are a little short for me but still worked. Giro is a little behind the ball on getting laces available. The dial is awesome how it adjust at 1mm increments. The insole adjustment is nice to. I used the high arch peace. My Grearheads was Nick and he did an awesome job. If you are going to buy from backcountry try one of the Gearheads it will be worth your time.


    These shoes are rad. Super light weight and really comfortable. They have quite a bit ventilation, unlike the Giro Empires, where I have always felt they were a bit hot in the summer.

    Now these shoes are light! Like might below away on you in the wind light! The Boa gives a pretty secure and comfortable fit that is easy to adjust along with the two straps. They will also fit like any other Giro shoe.

    I highly recommend them, you wont be disappointed!

    Unanswered Question

    Is the Giro Factor sizing the same as for the Giro Code? I have a pair of Giro Codes that fit perfectly. Although I know sometimes road shoes run a bit smaller. For example, I used a Specialized 42.5 for MTB, but use a 42 for the road.

    Excellent fit - super comfortable but...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46

    THEY ARE NOT DURABLE!!!. I love everything (else) about these shoes. They fit perfect. Light weight, true to size, the laces were big surprise in how well the snug up the forefoot area. My big problem is that whatever material the outer is made of, it's VERY FRAGILE. On my first ride, I put a huge gouge in the white outer just from hitting the toe of the shoe on my tire when unclipping (something I'm prone to do). I have lots of other shoes, including white, and none of them show any damage from this happening, but this shoe was damaged the very first ride. SO ANNOYING!

    Great Buy

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    Lightweight, stiff-soled, easy to adjust on the go, easy to clean, reliable closure system, comes with multiple shim options for optimal customization on the sole of the foot. The Boa dial provides the adjustability that laces simply can't offer and provide even pressure on the upper part of the foot keeping it from sliding around. Laces of different length and color can be swapped out but is a bit of a process. Overall I'd say this is a solid choice when trying to find a shoe that has the ability to fit a wide range of foot shapes.

    Great Buy


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    Coming from a pair of Prolight SLX shoes, I am loving the adjust-ability of the Factor Tech Laces without the loss in performance. The Prolights are super light, but made it tough to fine tune the fit during my ride. The Boa makes quick, mid-ride adjustments really easy. While the lower tech lace straps are tough to adjust mid-ride, they don't hold any preset setting like traditional velcro straps can do. As far as volume, I find these to fit the exact same as other Giro shoes I've had. If you're looking for a comfortable, highly adjustable shoe with an efficient sole, these are the shoes for you.


    Felt bigger than my Empires

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large

    I bought these hoping they'd fit just like my size 45 Empire SLXes. Unfortunately they feel roomier all around and I had to winch down the Boa dial to the point where barely any wire was showing to lock down my heel. I'm not sure sizing down to a 44.5 would have helped either. Otherwise the Factor Techlace seem like well made shoes with a novelty that mostly works as advertised. My only question is where does one buy replacement or shorter techlaces? I haven't seen listings for them anywhere.

    Shorter, and colored, laces will be available in July!

    What's your normal shoe size? I'm an 11.5 and am trying to decide bw the 45 or the 45.5...

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      Fit is spot on to sizing. Super stiff and light. Very comfortable.

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