Giro CODE Review

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Bottom Line
The Giro CODE is a supremely powerful and supportive shoe when spinning and performing technical maneuvers, and the synergy of the stiff carbon sole and wafer thinness, and snug fit, give it impressive qualities on the bike. The well made and solid shoe has many excellent features, including the protective welded scuff guards and a toe bumper, the insoles SuperNatural Fit Kit adjustable arch system, and the offset Velcro straps and easy to use ratchet. I really liked how simple it was to adjust the ratchet on the fly, to give the shoe more comfort or to extract more power. The wrap around protection was a nice safety additive, and kept you feet from getting injured from trail and terrain obstacles.

The shoe is a decent but not great hiker, has some slight heel lift and the tread life is only average. The big ding mark for me was that the toe bumper and front lugs had premature wear.


  • SuperNatural Fit Kit
  • Stiff
  • Powerful
  • Tactile and Responsive
  • Offset top straps
  • Easy to use ratchet system
  • Scuff and toe bash guards protect shoe and feet


  • Front lugs and toe guard wear prematurely
  • Average tread life
  • Below average hiker
  • Ratchet can release accidentally
  • Slight heel lift
  • Expensive

MSRP - $279.99

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Giro CODE Specs:

  • Visit the Giro CODE website at
  • Upper – Teijin lightweight microfiber shapes to your foot; Welded scuff guards provide enhanced durability; Strong and secure ratcheting buckle closure (replaceable); Offset “D-ring” at mid-foot strap helps to prevent pressure points
  • Outsole – Easton EC90 unidirectional carbon is optimized for stiffness and power transfer; High traction lugged outsole is optimized for grip and durability; Mid-foot scuff guard enhances grip when not clipped-in, and protects carbon sole
  • Footbed – SuperNatural Fit Kit with adjustable arch support system and X-Static anti-microbial fiber
  • Compatible with standard two-bolt MTB cleats
  • Colors – White/Black (Red accents), Black (Red accents) and Magnesium/Black.
  • Weight – 355 grams in size 42
  • MSRP – $279.99

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • Would stick with Sidi says:

    First ride about 30 miles broke buckle at strap. My foot hit the hillside and broke the plastic strap which attaches at shoe. Response from Giro is pretty slow.

  • Bob says:

    I have the road version of these and like them although I did get some pain on the outside of my left ankle as you mentioned. They do seem like they would be hot for mountain biking here in the steamy south as there is not much ventilation.

  • Bryan says:

    A shoe this expensive and hyped by the press should not have heel lift, and spontaneous ratchet release problems are a formula for disaster (maybe you cinched them ungodly tight, but I doubt that). My specialized road shoes are half the cost of these, stiffer and very comfortable, and none of these glaring issues. These giros supposedly went through lots and lots of redesign and testing but I guess they released them before they were ready. I’m glad I couldn’t find any when I went mtb shoe shopping the other day.

  • matt says:

    i’m a die hard shimano rider…but am always looking for a cheaper buckle-type shoe…can you give me a price im too lazy to google right now…typical lower end shimano runs like $80…anything lower and i might give these a try

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