jcbeyerwrote a review of Sidi Dominator 7 Shoe - Men's on April 15, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I purchased my first pair of Dominators about 15 years ago for mountain biking and piloting a tandem bike. They quickly went from this intended purpose to being used anytime or anywhere I rode, dirt or pavement. When I retired the shoes in completely functional shape they literally had tens of thousands of on and off road miles under them. I just finally had to stop wearing them because they had become too narrow to wear comfortably due to foot changes we all have in the passing years. A couple years ago I purchased a pair of Sidi Five Mega road shoes and they were easily the most comfortable cycling shoe I'd ever worn. I previously reviewed these shoes on this website. However, after wearing the Dominator for all types of riding for so long I didn't like the off the bike feel of the Fives and also wasn't able to adjust SPD-SL cleats far enough rearward to be optimal. I recently purchased a pair of the Dominator Fit Mega and love the shoes. They are every bit as comfortable as the Five Mega (they are essentially the same shoe). Like the Fives the Dominator Mega shoes are very wide which allows a comfortable fit for wide feet and also allows the use of high quality footbeds without compromising space in the toe box. Stiffness - Sidi has definitely improved the stiffness of the soles both lengthwise and rotationally from the first pair I owned. On the bike the Dominators feel every bit as stiff as the carbon soled Fives. Weight - I wear a size 42 and the difference in weight between the pairs of shoes is exactly 100 grams. My old pair of Dominators? Considering they've gone with me on so many incredible rides over the years including Independence Pass, Trail Ridge Road, Tour of the Unknown Coast and numerous other century rides I think I'll just retire them to the back of the closet.