2012 Sidi Mountain Shoes Video and Dragon 3 Review

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Another nice touch are the new insoles. Unlike the ultra-thin insoles on my old Sidis, these have dual-density material and seem to offer more firmness on the cleat area. They offer more support than the old ones and seem to keep my feet more comfortable and secure.

The Retention System

Aside from the heel retention system, Sidi has three straps and buckles in the front and they have pretty much been perfected over the years. The first velco strap  now has teeth to prevent the velcro from wearing out as this shoe is expected to last about a decade. The middle buckle is called a Techno II Buckle and it a precise way of adjusting the fit using a filament line.  The last  has a big pad that can be centered and it features the Sidi ratchet system that can be tightened and release in increments. It is now more intuitive to use than before.  These three work in concert with each other to give the rider the perfect fit. Most riders ride Sidi  for that perfect ‘glove-like’ fit and it certainly present here.

The Line-up

Of course not everyone can afford the Dragon 3 carbon shoe. The good news is the mountain line has four choices that exhibit the same qualities and share some features.

Dragon 3 Carbon SRS®


• Carbon SRS Sole® with grippy, replaceable tread
• NEW Integrated Rubber Toe Guard®
• Redesigned Adjustable Heel Retention Device®: The best heel closure available gets better, with a wider design, ventilated lower cut, and softer, more compliant material for improved comfort and efficiency.
• Caliper Buckle two-way ratchet for easy on-bike adjustment with incremental tightening and loosening
• Soft Instep Closure System® and padded tongue eliminate pressure points
• Patented Techno II Buckle System precision ratchet monofilament closure
• Dual Density Insoles
$449.99

Spider SRS Lorica®

• All-Lorica® upper provides feet with breathable protection from the elements
• Patented SIDI Sole Replacement System® (SRS®) for increased shoe life and optimal traction
• Integrated Rubber Toe Guard®• Caliper Buckle two-way ratchet for easy on-bike adjustment with incremental tightening and loosening
• Soft Instep Closure System® and padded tongue eliminate pressure points
Sizes 39-48 Standard, half-sizes 39.5-46.5
Black Vernice
$359.99

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Matt says:

    You say, “In the grand scheme of things, these are not cheap.”. I disagree. It is especially in the grand scheme of things that these become cheap. Most shoes last about 3 years. If the average shoe purchase is $150 dollars and lasts for that 3 years you’re paying $50 a year. One pair of Dragons at $450 over that 10 years is $45 a year. It’s an even better deal if you buy a Spider or Dominator as they’ll last that long, too and are cheaper.

  • Doug says:

    I’ve used Dom 5″s for 3 years and Spiders for 3 also. I got a pair of Dragon 2 but didn’t like the fit, as much as the Spiders or Dom 5. Sidi’s feel better great but pick the right model for you. The SRS is not cheap but gives better grip than the Dom 5

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