Dominator 7 SR Mega Mountain Bike Shoe
Sidi's Dominator line of shoes have proven themselves to be worthy companions for everything from navigating backcountry singletrack to grinding out miles on gravel roads or hopping barriers at your local cross race. The Dominator 7 SR Mega Mountain Bike Shoe retains that versatility, as well as Sidi's renowned fit and quality, but features a redesigned sole as well as a new Stealth Black color scheme that omits flashy colors in favor of a more subdued style. This particular shoe is the Mega version, which is 4mm wider across the ball of the foot and has more volume, a higher instep, and a wider heel cup in order to accommodate cyclists with larger feet.
Sidi reports that the new MTB RS17 sole is lighter and better performing, constructed of a stiff nylon composite that efficiently puts power to the pedals. The tread inserts provide grip on a variety of surfaces and also facilitate mud dispersion. If you need some extra traction in particularly sloppy conditions, the sole is compatible with toe spikes. For those times when you miss a clip-in, the central insert works as a traction pad to help prevent slipping a pedal. Perhaps the most exciting update to the sole is that the toe insert is now replaceable via screws. Considering this area is subjected to more wear, especially when walking, this is a simple and inexpensive way to prolong the life of these already durable shoes.
The uppers are made of a composite microfiber Sidi calls Microfibra Microtech. These incredibly fine fibers act like a natural leather skin, but have advantages of increased strength, soft texture, and light weight. Being water-repellent, quick-drying, breathable, and permeable to water vapor, it's an ideal material for shoe uppers, and easier to clean than leather. Additionally, this material is resistant to stretching and deterioration from atmospheric agents. And to keep your feet from getting too warm, mesh inserts were added throughout the uppers. To cap it all off, the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly, using only water-based products instead of solvents.
The retention system is built around Sidi's signature Caliper Buckle, a two-way ratchet that lets you micro-adjust the strap pressure in order to ensure that the fit of your upper won't be too loose or too tight. It's paired with the Soft Instep 2 Closure strap that evenly spreads the upward-stroke pedaling forces across the top of your foot. The buckle provides four-clicks per uptake along with half-click releases. Essentially, this means that you're able to precisely tension the pressure of the strap. No other system provides more of a gentle and precise customizable fit. You also get the precision of two High Security hook-and-loop straps for volume adjustability. Its padded tongue with fit "relievers" is one final small detail that helps deliver unparalleled comfort.
- Updated Sidi Dominator for MTB, gravel, and cross
- Higher volume Mega last fits cyclists with larger feet
- Redesigned sole saves weight and improves power transfer
- Toe inserts are now replaceable to extend the life of the soles
- Proven Caliper Buckle lets you precisely adjust strap pressure
- Soft closure strap applies even tension across the foot
- Durable microfiber uppers resist stretching and abrasion
- Reinforced heel maintains optimal foot position and prevents shoe deformation
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- Q & A
for big feet
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 52M
- Height: 6'4"
- Weight: 225lbs
These are the only cycling shoes I can get in my size (17) so I can't compare them to anything else, however, they certainly seem to live up to there reputation. They are comfortable and have held up extremely well under all sorts of conditions. I own 3 pair, 1 for riding, 1 for my trainer and the recent one simply so I have a spare pair.
What happened to Sidi quality
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I was excited to purchase a new pair of Sidi's after my 10yo Dragon's finally gave up. I order the Dominators and was extremely disappointed with the quality of the shoes. The material felt like $29.99 shoes from payless - not $239 MTB shoes from what used to be a premier manufacturer. The material felt like plastic, was stiff and uncomfortable. There was an indentation at the bottom of the tongue that would rub the top of the foot raw on both shoes (others have also mentioned this). The buckles were not the same quality of the older shoes and the soles were hard plastic, likely unable to grip anything, particularly wet rocks when hiking a bike. Overall this was a huge disappointment and I will never purchase another SIDI product again.