SIDI Ergo 2 Carbon Cycling Shoes Review
The fit is the best we’ve experienced so far. Comfort is worth paying for.
The fit is the best we've experienced so far. Comfort is worth paying for.
As I get older, I have a tendency to become confused. When I say I’ve owned SIDIs for years, I have to remind myself those are for my cycle with a motor. I have been wearing SIDI motorcycle boots for over a decade, and when you find something that fits, you stick with it. The bonus has been in the durability of the boot. Needless to say, I was enthusiastic to test SIDIs using my other cycle (without a motor).
I was intrigued by the buckles, dials, straps and screwdriver (yes, screwdriver) on the premier SIDI Ergo 2 Carbon cycling shoes. Normally, lashing three Velcro straps is my process of putting on and fitting my current road shoes. Don’t let SIDI’s features intimidate you. I was grateful for the nearly infinite adjustments to achieve the best fit ever.
Closest to the toe box is a lone Velcro strap, which SIDI calls the fastener security system. Within the hook and pile of the Velcro are red plastic strip inserts with teeth. When you connect the two halves, the teeth mesh and prevent the strap from slipping. It stays put!
The center adjustment on the SIDI Ergo 2 Carbon is called the Techno II System. It allows precise tension on the instep area of the foot. I have always fussed with my other shoes being either too loose or too tight in this area. With the SIDIs, you lift a half moon tab that becomes the handle and turn clockwise to tighten. At first, I had to look to see what I was doing, but after some practice, I could keep my eyes on the road while performing this adjustment. During a three-hour ride, I simply pressed the unlock button and readjusted the tension easily. I also appreciated the thin pad on the inside of the tongue. It was the first time I never developed a hot spot in this area. I was most thankful for this feature.
The main buckle was just as easy to use and adjust. One tab incrementally ratchets to tighten, and another ratchets to loosen. Lift both levers on the side of the buckle to completely loosen the strap. As with the Tecno II lever, it was easy to adjust the main buckle system while riding. I suspect there would be difficulties with these adjustments with full-fingered gloves. Perhaps SIDI should develop a replacement buckle for winter use.
Wait, there’s more! Not only is there an adjustment for your heel, but both sides are independent of each other. This is where the screwdriver is used. The sensation of this adjustment was like cupping you hand over the top of your heal. I started my ride with the retention system open and then tightened it for comparison. It made a significant difference. My foot was held firm even during some spirited leadout sprints. No more blisters! In addition, my heel didn’t lift during the upstroke.
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