Sidi let us try their 2012 Dragon 3 shoe at their press camp in Monterey and sent us home with it. The shoe has been so good that I’ve done every ride with them including my road rides! As a user of seven year old Dragons and a couple Dominators, I was able to appreciate the familiar Sidi quality and the innovations that have gone into their latest iteration.
First, it retails for $449 and comes in either blue/white or black. For me, black is the hands down winner. It is a gloss black but it seems to be the right blend of shiny, graphics and texture. It seems to all flow together but a closer look reveals grey, gold stripes that complement the buckles, straps and textures that are functional as well.
The front of the shoe now sports a rubber armor to protect the shoe and the foot from impacts with rocks or other trail obstacles. The rear of the shoe sports what looks like a rear spoiler on a ferrari but it is actually a heel retention device. It is functional and innovative and it is designed to look good as well.
The sole of the shoe is beautiful carbon fiber so it’s unfortunate that its pointed at the ground. The replaceable SRS sole is red and it feels softer than my old Dragon and definitely softer than any of the Sidi Dominator soles I’ve used before. The logic here is they’re able to go with softer materials since the sole can be replaced a couple of times now to match the longevity of the upper shoe.