Diadora Habanero Shoes

3.56/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $150.00

Product Description

Diadora Habanero

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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Randy a Weekend Warrior from Denton, TX

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2003

Strengths:    Excellent fit for my wide feet, durability, cleat/pedal compatability.

Weaknesses:    A little expensive, but no more so than it's competitors.

Bottom Line:   
Great shoe. Color (silver) may be a little flashy, but the ratchet buckles work great, it fits great, and mine don't even have the slightest sign of coming apart anywhere, and I weigh 185#.

I have used them with Egg beaters, Shimano SPD's, and Ritchey logic pedals, and had no compatability issues.

I would buy another pair today if I had to. After one year of use, the cost comes out to less than a penny a ride-and that is hard to beat!

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Favorite Trail:   Troy Bilt, Fruita, CO

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Nike

Bike Setup:   Egg beaters

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by simon a Racer from nottingham, uk

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2003

Strengths:    very, very comfortable - lightweight, reasonably waterproof, snug fit

Weaknesses:    not keen on silver

Bottom Line:   
i was lucky enoough to get to a store where they simply let you try on everything for as long as you want. the diadora range was just much more comfortable than Nike in particular, but also the Sidis, shimanos and adidas they had in (and they had some top end stuff). i note that others on the site are wonderning about durability - so far so good, but then I'm not hammering them as others might. But if you get em cheap i can't see how you're going to go wrong.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   specialist shop

Bike Setup:   specialised sirrus atb

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Valence Henry a Weekend Warrior from St. Michael, Barbados

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2002

Strengths:    Good Fit and Looks Great

Weaknesses:    Heel Cup cracks and seperates from shoe after a couple of rides. Poor value per dollar. Material for heel seems brittle.

Bottom Line:   
They are comfortable and look great but unless you are an easy going road rider who does little trail I would not suggest this shoe. Ideal for riders who do not mind having to replace shoes often.

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Favorite Trail:   East Coast to Bath Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $79.00

Purchased At:   Bike Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   Shamano M-220

Bike Setup:   Haro 7601

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Robert Banas a Cross Country Rider from Austin, TX, USA

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2002

Strengths:    None that I can think of as it stands right now!

Weaknesses:    The Toe Box on the shoe is completely coming apart! The most expensive and probably the least durable shoe that I have ever owned! The Buckles are not holding up that well either! Terrible durability compared to some of the cheaper shoes that I have owned!

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for a quality pair of Race shoes that are going to last, look elsewhere because the Habeneros will not cut it. They might hold up in a park, but I think that even that terrain would probably tear them apart in no time flat! As much as this looks like a good solid shoe, looks are decieving! It is a piece of GARBAGE! All that I can say is that Diadora is getting their shoes back and we will see if they have anything to say or do about what I bought! 1 chili in both categories only because I have to!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Yellow Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $135.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Werks

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Comp shoes! Although probably half the price of the Habenero, have held up much better. If not a smidge too small I would still probably be using them!

Bike Setup:   Diamond Back XR-8, KHS Team ST

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Willay Danny a Cross Country Rider from Naperville IL.

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2001

Strengths:    Very stiff sole, Easy in and out, light weight, i got them very cheap. They have a great look.

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
This is a very cheap shoe. I would have paid the full price for these. It is good looking and they have very stiff soles

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Favorite Trail:   Knock Knolls

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   sidi bullit

Bike Setup:   Sugar 3, Bontrager race wheels, XT drive train

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Adam a Cross Country Rider from Boston, MA USA

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2001

Strengths:    Price, easy in/easy out, great cleat clearance for Shimano SPD

Weaknesses:    Very poor abrasion resistance

Bottom Line:   
They're comfortable and took nearly no time to break in. The 2 buckle design is simple and very convenient to use.
Mesh design makes for great ventilation and quick drying after a ride.
My main beef with these shoes is the quality of construction in the toebox area. I ride mainly east-coast style with the occasional rocky passages, and the fronts of both shoes are worn considerably. One is abraided all the way through. There's a seam in the front-side where there should be solid material.
Other than a $100 for less than a season of riding, I liked the shoes.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Nike Cairns, Diadora Chilli Pro, Answer XC1

Bike Setup:   Intense Tracer

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Lisa a Racer from Atlanta, GA

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2000

Strengths:    The removable spikes are nice and work great in muddy conditions. They are very stiff which is a plus, good power transfer.

Weaknesses:    The ratcheting buckle sucks if there is any sort of grit in it. The slightest bit of dirt makes them very difficult to get off because you can't unbuckle them. If you ride in sloppy conditions ever, these are probably not the shoes for you.

Bottom Line:   
These shoes would be great if there was a little more tolerance in the buckle for grime. Even after hosing them off they still hard to remove. For the price there are definitely better shoes out there.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Answer Accelerator

Bike Setup:   Kona Hei Hei

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Loren a Cross-Country Rider from New Hampshire

Date Reviewed: August 12, 1999

These shoes are awesome! The fit well, have good support, and of course, they look really cool. Go to www.gitabike.com to check um out. The buckle system works well with a ski-boot type buckle on the top and velcro on the toe. The shoes fit well and are easy to put on and take off with the closure system. I was a worried at first that the buckle might be easily broken, but I've hit it on stuff pretty hard and its held together. These shoes have good support, and despite being stiff enough to transfer power well, they are comfortable to run in. The cleats help with traction. All around, I would recommend these shoes. Especially because they look cool.

I find that with my narrow foot, I have to tighten the buckle down all the way to get them tight enough. But for a wider foot, this wouldn't be a problem.

Bottom Line:   
Buy them, they look cool, and do the job.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Edward Baruz a Weekend Warrior from Edison, NJ

Date Reviewed: July 12, 1999

Great Air Flow. Sheds water and mud well. Micro CL Strap Holds together well. Good Tread drops dirt clumps. Looks great.

The look that I like can also be mistaked for a person biking in a sandal while wearing white socks.

Bottom Line:   
I really liked the Micro CL straps, similar to the type used in some ski boots. They dry quickly and give you feet decent ventilation. They hold together well even in twiggy places that ripped open my specialized velcros. The tread is much better than the Airwalks I have. You just have to see them, the look that I like, from about 20 feet, really look like sandals because of the silver mesh and the black straps. Definately my favorite of the three that I have used.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Airwalks, Specialized.

Bike Setup:   
I put the spikes on.

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