Giro CODE Review

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They’re an impressive shoe, being comfortable, supportive and offering superb power, and plenty of useful and innovative features, such as the adjustable arch insole kit. The upper’s have a combination of a leather like synthetic fabric and scuff guards for fit, protection and durability, and the stiff carbon sole has a hint of flex for walking, and it’s finished off with thick aggressive lugs for grip. The Code uses unique offset Velcro straps, and a ratchet buckle system that was the easiest I have ever used, using a downward pressure to release, instead of the usual up.

Code Green – Pros

  • Insole – Adjustable Arch Kit
  • Stiff, Powerful and great feel
  • Ratchet system
  • Protective Scuff and toe bash guards

Code Red – Cons

  • Not the best hiker
  • Premature wear on toe section
  • Slight heel lift
  • Expensive

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme 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 and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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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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