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Initial thoughts on the SIDI Dominator 5 MTB shoes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by  
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August
28
2013

In Saturday’s blog I posted a photograph of my tired Pearl iZUMi MTB shoes, which are literally falling apart. I knew I was heading to Santos on Sunday for the 42-mile IMBA “EPIC” ride, and I thought that would be a perfect ride on which to test a new pair of shoes before the Black Bear Rampage.

My road cycling shoe is the 2013 SIDI Genius 5 Pro Carbon, and I absolutely love it. I decided to head over to my LBS and check out the MTB counterpart to the Genius, the 2013 SIDI Dominator 5.

The Genius and the Dominator have identical uppers. The only differences between the two shoes are the soles and cleat mounting systems. Because I love my Genius shoes so much, I figured the Dominator would be the perfect MTB shoe.

The only differences between the Genius  and the Dominator shoes are the soles and cleats. The uppers are 100% identical.

The only differences between the Genius and the Dominator shoes are the soles and cleats. The uppers are 100% identical.

 

Sure enough, when I tried on the Dominator (I wear size 45 EU), they felt exactly the same as the Genius. Sold!

The only issue I had on Sunday’s 42-mile MTB ride was some hot spotting on one of my big toes deep into the ride, around mile 37. I think I had that shoe ratcheted a little too tightly, as a quick ratchet adjustment immediately solved the problem. The Dominators were noticeably stiffer than my old hike-a-bike Pearl iZUMis, and I felt like I was getting more power to the pedals.

SIDI Genius 5 Pro Carbon Road Cycling shoe on left, SIDI Dominator 5 MTB shoe on right.

SIDI Genius 5 Pro Carbon Road Cycling shoe on left, SIDI Dominator 5 MTB shoe on right.

 

SIDI is known for making high quality cycling shoes that fit well, look good and really last. While these shoes are a little on the expensive side (and they are not even SIDI’s top of the line models!), I expect they will provide me with many years of reliable service.

One happy SIDI family. I'm going to have to be careful to not grab the wrong pair when I'm heading out for a ride!

One happy SIDI family. I’m going to have to be careful to not grab the wrong pair when I’m heading out for a ride!

John Stone Fitness Comments

4 Responses to “Initial thoughts on the SIDI Dominator 5 MTB shoes”
  1. I can only imagine the morning blog and the fire you’d spit the day after you drive an hour to mountain bike only to have grabbed your road shoes on accident. Oh the horror!

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    • The larger surface area of SPD-SL cleats are much better for road cycling (power, comfort) than the smaller MTB SPD cleats–especially on high mileage rides. Also, I like having separate shoes for MTB and road. Finally, I already have a dedicated pair of cycling shoes for trainer rides, and they are SPD-SL.

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