2012 Sidi Mountain Shoes Video and Dragon 3 Review

Pro Reviews Shoes

Dominator 5

• 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
• High Security Velcro® won’t shift or slip
• Breathable, supple and durable vented Lorica® microfiber upper with cooling mesh panels
Sizes 38-52 Standard, half-sizes 38.5-46.540-52 Mega, half-sizes 40.5-46.540-52 Narrow, half-sizes 40.5-46.5

Diablo GTX

• Insulated, waterproof Gore-Tex® upper keeps feet warm and dry
• Slightly roomier fit accommodates thicker winter socks
• Competition MTB Sole®
• Four Velcro® straps
• Optional toe spikes

The Downsides:

Of course, no shoe line is perfect for everyone. Some of the downsides are:

  • the heel retention system is only available in the $459 Dragon 3
  • the Dragon 3 is pricey and not ultralight
  • Sidi does not have a $150 shoe
  • No platform shoes are available

The Pitch:

At the end of the day, Sidi is an aspirational purchase. It is what many cyclists aspire to own when they have attained an enthusiast level in mountain biking. It is a brand like Chris King that attracts buyers with quality and reputation in the high end of the market.  The good news is Sidi continues to innovate as we see in this new mountain bike line.

Sidi says their average customer owns their Sidi shoes for ten years. So in the grand scheme of things, the shoes are not cheap but they offer good value when amortized over many years of riding with a good fitting shoe.

On the Mtbr forums, a user named Gus started a thread titled ‘2001-2011’.  When we viewed it, we saw a photo of 10 year old Sidis so beat up that they were zip tied and duct taped together.  Beside it was a pair of brand new Sidis that he just bought. We asked him if he considered another brand of shoes and he said: “Are you kidding? Of course not.”


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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