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Ben McGraw

Ben McGrawwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden Specialized S-works for years but will NEVER go back to them after riding Sidi. These shoes fit well and the fit/finish is amazing. I noticed, though, they began to loosen while riding after the first couple of months using them. Now, after using them 9 months, the right one begins to loosen when I reach down to grab my water bottle. Even the slightest of twist of your leg and the upper Techno 3 loosens up. When training or even in a road race it's not too much trouble to reach down and tighten them a bit. (Although it is a little tricky with the little button on the Techno 3 closure.......especially with full fingered gloves. And impossible if you're wearing shoe covers on a cold ride.) Crit season starts soon and tightening your shoes up during a crit is a recipe for disaster. And you shouldn't have to wonder if the shoes you put on and snugged up at the beginning of a race are going to stay on your feet in the final sprint. Sidi shoes are as fine as they come and these are really nice. If you're a casual rider and just want an amazing shoe and don't mind having to snug them up over a ride, these are hard to beat. If you want to put your shoes on and forget about them, these aren't the best choice in my opinion. Hoping the ratchet closure Sidi's will be the answer to my problems.

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Ben McGraw

Ben McGrawwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had two pair of these. The first for 7 months or so and the second for 4 months. CC warranteed the first pair because they wouldn't stay tight. Turns out the same is true for the second pair. The Techno 3 closures stay snug and tight out of the box but within a few weeks/months, they just won't stay where you set them. If you're a casual rider and just want a top notch shoe, then you should get these. They're super comfortable and the fit/finish is amazing. But if you race, you'll get frustrated as you begin to wonder whether your shoes are going to stay on......when you should be thinking over your strategy for finishing strong. I LOVE Sidi shoes......I'll NEVER go back to years of riding S-works shoes after riding Sidi. But until they figure out how to make the Techno closures more durable, I'll have to go the cheaper/ heavier ratchet closure route.

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Ben McGraw

Ben McGrawwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I LOVE the fit, feel and finish of these. But I found once I started sweating the sweat from my eyebrows dropped down the inside of the lens. Maybe a little better airflow at the top would prevent this, but I just couldn't enjoy them beyond the first 30 minutes of a ride. Going back to my Jawbones.

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