Rolling out under looming clouds and precipitous weather forecasts usually means battening down the mental hatches and resigning yourself to hours of soggy socks and sloshy shoes, even if you've got the rest of the rain kit dialed in. Sidi steps in to save your toes from a pruny fate with its Men's Avast Rain Cycling Shoe. Made with a durable Politex upper and a water- and windproof Rain-Tex membrane, this shoe fends off the elements to keep toes happy and dry over the miles.
The Avast Rain incorporates a traditional ratcheting buckle at the top and hook-and-loop straps across the mid- and forefoot for a customized, comfortable fit that's easily adjustable on the fly. Sidi adds an extended ankle cuff with a hook-and-loop closure for extra protection from errant precipitation.
The outsole is a nylon matrix shot through with carbon fiber, blending weight, stiffness, and price in a sole that's responsive enough for intervals or long training miles. It also resists warping caused by humidity, heat, and age, so you'll be wearing the Avast Rain long after you've worn out and replaced the bolt-on heel pad. If you've ever lost a buckle to a crash, then you'll also be happy to know that the fastening hardware is also replaceable.
- Italian style and quality for rainy days in the saddle
- Waterproof and windproof Rain-Tex membrane
- Durable Politex upper for all-weather abuse
- Millenium 4 Carbon Composite outsole
- Extended ankle coverage for more weather protection
- Ratcheting buckle and hook-and-loop straps dial in the fit
- Item #SID005A
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 42
So, I've had these shoes with the cleats on for about a month now, and ridden with them around 12 times. First, let me start by saying that I always buy SIDI and I know my size in SIDI perfectly-- 41.5. I trust the worksmanship and aside from replacing pads and stuff, I have nothing bad to say about SIDI, at all. However, my 41.5 (summer) shoes that I wear have really sucked in the winter. They are too vented, and the fit is very snug, so if I wear warm thick socks my feet are so crammed into the shoe that in fact I end up colder (no trapped air). Last winter I kept messing around with saran wrap on my insoles, plastic bags, and of course shoe covers. But my feet (and the serious pain of the severe cold where I was living) were my ride limiting factor (45 minutes to 1 hour and I had to stop and massage them and warm them up). So I decided to buy a 42 in the Avast because I wanted room for air and thick socks. However, instead of feeling like a small increase in size, it feels like the different between 41.5 and 43 or something like that. I mean, I am SWIMMING in these shoes (not swimming front to back, the difference there is what I'd expect with .5 increase in size). I have every one of the straps at maximum tightness except the ratcheting one. It's true my feet are normal width and have no extra fat on them, but... this is just weird. Further, as I pedal the extra material of the overly roomy fit of the shoes rubs on the crank arm! It's that roomy that it bulbously sticks out and rubs! Already there is a patch of the leather that looks quite different there. Also, with some zippers on some of my full legged items I get irritation due to the zipper and high top of the shoe meeting as I pedal (*again this is because the shoes are, at the maximum tightness of the straps, loose). The good news is that my feet are much warmer, and I can wiggle my toes, even with heavy socks-- it's not as cold where I am this winter, but i think I should be able to just ride through the winter. I'm thinking of adding extra insoles and other fixes, but overall it feels like the cut, esp. of the upper part of the shoes, is just too roomy to have been planned correctly. I've been out on several wet days with these shoes, but so far, no REAL downpours, so I am not sure how they'll stand up in the rain, with or without shoe covers. My rec would be to consider buying these if you have extra meat on your feet, but not if you have skin covering bone and sinew (like me).
Two rides both ended with wet feet!
First ride was seriously heavy rain with no mud guards on bike and I don't think any shoe would hold up to. Today's ride was moderate rain on my winter bike with full mudguards so less water coming off the front wheel and my feet were still wet at the end.