Jake Burbywrote a review of Sidi Cape Shoe - Men's on July 6, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I rode with Northwave. I rode with Mavic, and I rode with the Sidi Drako, all carbon soles, high-end, and pricey, stiff, race cleats, used for CX.
Problem is, the carbon was just too stiff for cyclocross. They were great for power transfer yes, and not 'horrible' when running (never had heel lift probs really, except in the Mavic's just a bit-lower volume shoes IMO) but getting back into the pedals when your in the red zone and flexing that stiff stiff stiff carbon sole filled with mud and grass and sweat and blood and sand was killing me....I spent all last season fighting with that, and then tried a slightly softer sole, something with a bit of flex to it: nylon rather than carbon.
Thought it would be a step down, but these are BRILLIANT!!!
Not too stiff, not too soft...but just right.
Plenty of cleat space (I use Crank Bros.) for grass and mud clearance, and add a pair of Sidi toe cleats (the Sidi stock steel spikes are big suckers..) and they grip just about anything.
The Lorica finish wipes clean and sheds water and mud wonderfully leaving these looking brand new ride after ride after ride.
I was skeptical of just one Sidi wire fastener, but didn't want velcro (water and mud and sand and flex ate my velcro at Cross Vegas) and this seems to be again...just right.
Only interesting (bad?) thing, they run a bit larger than other Sidi's I've worn (road) over the past couple decades, but maybe only a 1/2-1 size? But they are a dream to run in.
Well done Sidi.
Perfect Cross shoe. Just enough bling, just enough stiffness, and not a bad price.