Sidi's line of Dragon shoes has long been a favorite choice for riders across the world, and the latest iteration looks to continue the tradition with the much-loved Microfibre TechPro upper and four-pronged retention system that we've come to expect from Sidi's top-end shoes. The Men's Dragon 4 Mega Shoes feature 4mm of extra space across the forefoot compared to the standard version, with a higher instep and wider heel cup to better accommodate riders with a wider footprint.
At the back of the shoes, the molded plastic heel cup is reinforced with a Sidi's Heel Security System (HSS)—a rigid, adjustable plastic band that closes the shoe more securely around the back of your heel to anchor it in place around your Achilles no matter how much power you're pouring into the pedals. You'll get less heel slip, and it's a detail that allows you to cinch down the straps of your shoes less tightly—giving you more comfort, not just more security.
Sidi's Tecno 3 fit system starts with a BOA closure that allows you to micro-adjust strap pressure across the top of your foot. It's mated to a Soft Arch Compression Strap that spreads the upward stroke pedaling forces across the top of your foot. Another BOA closure spans the midfoot, with a dial that further allows you to control the pressure across the forefoot. Across the forefoot, a hook-and-loop strap is reinforced with integrated locking teeth to resist slippage. No other system so precisely and so gently provides a customized fit.
Sidi's fully replaceable SRS sole system is affixed to the outside of the carbon sole for times when dismounting is the only option. The Dragon 4 Mega Shoes can accept toe spikes as well. As with many Sidi shoes, all the small parts (SRS tread plates included) on the Dragon 4 Mega Shoes are fully replaceable. It's nice to know that you can wear your Sidis for a decade's worth of riding with confidence that when wear and tear (and accidental damage) happens, Sidi replacement parts will be there to nurse your shoes back to health.
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- Q & A
"Road" shoes for off-road riding.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought: 43 Mega
I've worn Sidi Genius Mega shoes almost exclusively for the past 15+ years on the road, and Dominators for off-road/cyclocross. Prior to that? I wore Sidi Genius/Dominator regular fit shoes ... essentially, I've been wearing Sidi shoes since the original buckles, the original soles, and since they only had one Velcro strap. Suffice it to say that I am well versed in Sidi.
Light, stiff, and form fitting, no shoe has ever fit my feet as well, which is why I keep replacing older Sidi shoes with newer ones ... until now.
For my most recent pair of shoes for 2017, I opted for the Ergo 4 Mega on the road, and Dragon Mega for CX. Same fit as the Genius shoes, but with a pair of Sidi's Tecno 3 dials instead of the buckle and one of the Velcro straps.
Initial impressions are that they fit exactly the same as my older Sidi shoes, but with a bit finer adjustability at the top of my foot. I'm also digging the Adjustable Heel Retention Device at the back of the shoe. It's not like heel slip was ever a problem in any of the Sidi shoes I've worn in the past, but it's even less of an issue in these.
I'm looking forward to spending a lot of hours in these shoes.
My only quibble? The insoles are almost nonexistent. As I've gotten older and my arches have collapsed, I need more a little more underfoot support inside the shoe, so I've had to start using aftermarket insoles.
That said, I've still never found another shoe with an upper that better conforms to the shape of my feet or that cups my heel as well with no slip than Sidi. Since the way a cycling shoe's upper fits is just as important what's underfoot, it's going to take something amazing to convince me to change.
Sidi Dragon 4 Mega comes in two size 11.5, a 46 and a 46.5. What is the difference?
The 11 is 45, the 12 is 47. The 11.5 is a 46 and a 46.5. Confused by the difference. Thank you.
You could think of it as 46 = 11 1/3 and 46.5 = 11 2/3; there is a difference in the sizes but it's not as big as you might think ... but Sidi sizing has never really correlated to US shoe sizing on an even 1:1 basis.