Following up on my last post on Cycling Shoes, its now several months since I started using Sidi Genius 5 Pro Carbons and they are still superbly comfortable both for easy rides and long blasts under the kosh. I opted for white(!) but my intention was always to use these on drier days…
White shoes may look lovely but white is plainly not an ideal colour for cycling shoes on dirty, wet Scottish roads; nice shoes are best kept for brighter days or kept covered behind Belgian booties when run-off or rain is just around the corner. White may be easier to keep clean if the material were different and the white Vernici Sidi Ergos would have my vote for this, though they still use a white heal collar which will go grey unless groomed with something that can shift the dirt.
What then for the commute in our very transient bright spells this summer?
Something not white and easier to cope with some start stop at traffic lights than Look pedals and cleats. I’ve finally opted for SPDs and MTB shoes on the commute after 25 years of commuting using Look pedals. It is way easier and makes perfect sense in the cyclo-cross world so why not for the commute.
Sidi Eagle 5s – 2012
These are a very comfortable shoe but are without any heal-cup reinforcing which makes for a more relaxed fit. I opted for exactly the same size as their road shoe counterpart, the Sidi Genius 5 Pro road shoe. They diverge significantly in feel to road shoes, leaving a lot more room for thicker socks. When we add this to the aforementioned relaxed fit around the heal-cup they do feel less secure which requires more tension on the ratchet and velco straps to alleviate successfully. However, this extra-room is something that can only be of benefit to cooler days in spring and autumn where chilly mornings and evenings can be covered in comfort with just an extra thick pair of socks and Belgian booties.
Sidi Ergo 2 Vernici
The first thing noticeable about these is that the Vernici fabric is easier to clean, secondly that in terms of comfort, the Vernici fabric is maybe not the best thing out there as it feels quite stiff and not malleable like the fabric on the Sidi Genius 5 Pro Carbon road shoe which, incidentally, feels like a very secure fitting pair of leather gloves…lovely.
The carbon sole on these is immensely stiff and as has been said elsewhere, can take a bit of time to break in. So, these are not immediately as comfortable as the Sidi ‘5’ range but they are a Pro level road shoe.
In terms of fit, with a like-for-like shoe size, the last and upper is identical in fit to the Sidi Genius 5 Pro Carbon.
The security provided by the ratchet and dial is significant and you can quite easily squeeze the living daylights out of your feet. Making adjustments with the dial or ratchet whilst riding is a breeze compared to a full velcro strap where you have to look down to see you’ve positioned the strap correctly. The ease of adjustment is most noticeable when the intention is to go tighter for a prime or sprint; loosening off is a little more tricky but easily done whilst riding.
In terms of deciding on a favourite I’ve not used the Ergo 2’s enough yet but they are getting better with each ride. The Sidi ‘5’ range is certainly a good quality and comfortable product and the best shoes I’ve used so far….