Race like the Shark.
While it might not give you the racing abilities of Lo Squalo, the Sidi Men's Shot Team Bahrain Limited Edition Road Shoe is the very latest performance race offering from the Italian powerhouses at Sidi, and is a step in the right direction if you're aspiring to ride like Vincenzo Nabali. Its identical to the team-issue shoes worn by Team Bahrain-Merida and regaled in their red, gold and white colours, so you can power on with the same performance benefits that see the pro teams forge to the front.
The Shot stands alone as the only shoe in Sidi's line to embrace the symmetrical closure system of central dials rather than dials offset on the outside of the foot. And this effect pulls the upper from both sides, wrapping the foot in a cocoon of Microfibra Techpro rather than pulling the material over the top from the instep. The closure system also makes the Shot Sidi's cleanest shoe, both in style and when it comes to aerodynamics. Fewer bulky protrusions make for a more minimalist silhouette than what we're used to from Sidi, and less protrusion also means less transitional ridges to catch the air and slow you down.
While the center-mounted dial is a common enough sight across the industry now, Sidi uses a proprietary buckle in place of the ubiquitous third-party model used by most shoe manufacturers. Usually, we'd be leery of brands trying to replace proven tech with something new just for the sake of another branding opportunity. But this is Sidi, and the brand is so commonly described as "venerable" for a reason. Sidi's Tecno-3 Push buckles aren't some fly-by-night knock-off; they're the original. The brand first produced them back in the '90s, and the fact that the industry has only now caught on is proof of Sidi's innovative nous. The Tecno-3 Push represents generation 3.5 of the brand's wire buckle, with the half generation owing to the Push's inclusion of a red release button.
No shoe with a shoddy sole or fit is worth squat on the road, though, and those are the two areas that have kept Sidi on top and promise to make the Shot into yet another classic. Sidi's last is legendary, and the Vent Carbon sole it's fixed atop is just as much a staple of the cycling landscape as l'Alpe's 21 switchbacks. The sole is a stiff carbon platform that incorporates a closeable vent for cooling airflow or to keep out the autumn chill during late-season maintenance miles. As with most of Sidi's top-end offerings, the carbon is protected by low-profile toe and heel pads, but of which are replaceable to ensure that the shoes last for as many seasons as you want them to.
- Team Bahrain's version of a legendary cycling classic
- Carbon Sole offers low weight and high responsiveness
- Center-mounted wire buckles securely wrap the foot
- Proprietary dial technology first pioneered in the '90s
- Heel cup and retention band prevent slipping
- Vent in sole can be adjusted for three-season comfort
- Replaceable hardware makes the shoes an investment