Strengths: Light weight, comfortable, easy to get on and off.
Weaknesses: Not a whole lot of tread on the shoes but will do fine for a xc rider/racer.
I purchased this shoes about two years ago and just had to replace them. I used these shoes primarily for xc riding and racing but I also used them a lot on the road bike. These shoes fit really well to your feet and the sizing feels right. They accept two spikes in the front of the shoe for traction up steep climbs. Over all if you ride xc a lot and want a durable good all around shoe these would be a good choice to go with.
Weaknesses: Top click-strap get's gunked up easily, lack of grip on rocks
I've had a pair of these for going on 6 years now and they're still running strong. Very light weight and breathable. Dry quickly after splashing through river crossings. Stay tight and wrapped around feet the whole ride. As mentioned above, they can lack grip on rock and actually can get pretty slick. Could use some softer soles as in the 6 years I've had them the sole has barely worn down at all (though, I don't walk much in them)
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: July 3, 2012
Strengths: Durability, Comfort, and you look like a serious rider wearing these.
Weaknesses: cost (but divided over many years, not bad at all) A little slick on rocks. Not water/snowproof
I am an avid mountain biker. I bike at least one hour a day on "real" trails and I love these shoes! I have had them for 6 years now and they are still going strong. The leather is getting worn and the strap sometimes sticks but WOW!. These shoes have been great for me.
Strengths: Custom order for my size 14, narrow feet. They fit perfectly. These are my third pair of Sidi shoes. Fit and finish are splendid as usual.
Weaknesses: No mud "studs" or cleats were included in the box this time. Hmmm. The very front two treads are much thinner than in the past and after a few rides I was already wearing into the front of the shoe and the toe leather as well! I do not believe these will have the longevity of my past Sidi shoes due to this fact.
Absolutely the best shoes if you have narrow feet. Italian leather. Nice. You will need to use the toe studs or slather on a heavy coat of Shoe Goo if you do any walking at all in these. The thinner front tread design is my only gripe.
Weaknesses: This is my second pair. First pair was replaced under warrenty bc of the sole seperating. This pair made it about a season before the sole started coming apart. I used epoxy and bonded them back together which worked great. Side buckle also broke. Replaced them with the metal version used on the D6. Bottom also grips poorly
Great shoe that is very comfortable, just doesnt hold up.
a Weekend Warrior
from Ga Mountains
Date Reviewed: February 4, 2011
Strengths: Shoes feel great. Very stiff. Look good. Easy to actuate all of the bindings and straps.
Do not buy these shoes if throughout your entire ride you ever get off of your bike. The soles are made of plastic. If the stiching gets wet it rots and the soles come apart. If you ever bike hike on aggressive sections beware. You will break your neck in these. Walking in these is very uncomfortable. On the other hand, if you are a cross country rider and all you do is clip in at the truck and burn up a XC trail that allows you to stay on, then go for it. These are a good shoes on the pedal. They breathe well and look good. For the money you think SIDI could come up with a better bottom. Oh well.
from Santa Barbara, California
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2010
Strengths: Taking your hard earned dollars.
Weaknesses: Making you cry when they fall apart.
Sad but true what everyone here is saying, these shoes used to be the great. My previous pair has gone years and still strong. The new pair, used perhaps one 100 rides, just like everyone else, separated. Left shoe, upper and sole, no longer connected. Considering the huge dollars to purchase, seems pretty lame.
a Cross Country Rider
from Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 31, 2010
Strengths: The fit and quality seemed amazing.
Weaknesses: The sole appears like it will have zero grip on hard surfaces like wet rock and wood. I returned mine before using after seeing and feeling the sole along with reading other reviews.
I just could not justify paying this much money when this is such an oversight. If you live in a wet climate and/or ride steep rocky rooty rides that you can't always clean 100% of the time, these shoes will hurt you eventually.
Awesome fit, good quality, stiff, and depending on how and where you ride they might be great for you.
I would highly advise against them for Coastal BC riders who ride more advanced trails 12 months/year. If SIDI ever puts a good grippy sole on the bottom of their shoes I'll buy a pair in a heartbeat, as apart from this issue these shoes were gorgeous and fit like a glove. Take note SIDI, Northwave, Diadora, Shimano, Lake, etc. they all seem to recognize the value of putting a mtn. bike sole on a mtn. bike shoe.
a Weekend Warrior
from Chapel Hill
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2010
Strengths: The fit. The fact that Sidi sells them in wide (AKA Mega).
Weaknesses: Durability. Not sure this last pair lasted more than 2 years. For over $200 I expect more. This morning the sole on one shoe completely separated from the shoe. Also, the part of the shoe at your achilles tendon is torn & frayed on both shoes. Lame.
This is my 2nd pair of Dominator 5s. My first pair lasted much longer. Wish I hadn't given them away. The originals were 100% lorica whereas the newer ones mix in mesh for breathability I guess. Didn't have a problem with that, though. The only reason I may buy them again is I have a wide foot and I'm not sure I have any other options. Hate to do it, though. Beware.
a Cross Country Rider
from Oakton, VA
Date Reviewed: April 27, 2010
Strengths: Great fit, lightweight, low profile, plenty of adjustability in the ratchet straps for my relatively narrow foot, easy on-the-bike adjustment (micro-adjusting), heel stability, gripping teeth on the velcro straps to prevent slipping or loosening, tongue stays centered
Weaknesses: they do stretch (and contract), but I feel like all my shoes have done that to some degree
I was actually pretty surprised to see these shoes ranked as low as they were because I find them to be very comfortable and fit my foot extremely well. But, then again, I could rank my Shimanos pretty low because they did not fit my feet as well as they probably should have and I always maxed out the ratchet strap tightness. But I do use these shoes for trail riding, 12-hour races, road training, and commuting year round, and I've never really had a complaint about them. In fact, I routinely think that they're one of the best purchases I've made. In looking back at the two 100-mile races I did, I realize that I did not use these shoes, but I wouldn't expect them to roll or be any more uncomfortable than the Shimanos that I did wear. The only issues I've run into were the ratchet strap end catching on my new cranks until I repositioned the cleats (probably just bad initial setup on my part) and the occasional stretch/contract phase. Other than that, I've had no separation, bad ankle rolls, or any other reason to rate this shoe with anything less than 5 chilis. For me, they fit and perform as advertised, and I love them for that.
Bike Setup: 05 Titus Talas Switchblade, Shimano XT Cranks/cassette/chainrings/chain/front derailleur, Sram X.0 gripshifts/rear derailleur, Formula 2010 The One brakes 180mm f/r, Masterpiece seatpost, Elite stem, Manitou Absolute Elite 140mm MY08 forks, Fox Talas shock, Mavic 819disc rims, DT Swiss 240s hubs, continental Mt. King 2.4 ust front, WTB Weirwolves 2.1 ust rear.
from Fort Collins, CO
Date Reviewed: January 19, 2010
Strengths: Great fit, at first; very stiff; you can look cool and tell people that you own Sidis
Weaknesses: My roommate warned me about these, but I was tantalized by the status symbol. Just as he said, these shoes:
-stretch out. If you get your feet wet, these shoes will stretch. Lorica sucks for that - also it's cold.
-The sole is terrible. This is a MOUNTAIN BIKE SHOE! Why would they put a rock-hard plastic sole on it? It's SO slippery. In wet conditions, these shoes will kill you.
-My ratchets both had problems. Then, finally, mercifully, my ratcheting strap broke the other day. For now, I'm on toeclips. New shoes are in the male.
I bought these shoes in a freak ebay accident for $42 (I won an auction for Dominator 1s, they sent me brand new Dom 5s and decided to just let em keep them). So for $42, they have been great. I ride road with old SPD road pedals, and these shoes make very good shoes.
But they're not cut out for the demands of mountain biking or cyclocross. If you're walking on a wet rock with a river below you, you're seriously in danger with these shoes.
Maybe in Italy, mountain bikers are so good that they no longer need to take their feet out of the pedals, but I ride a single-speed, AND I ride cyclocross, AND I ride a lot - I need a MTB shoes that is capable of walking and staying the same size and the Sidi Dominator 5 is not that shoe.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: November 27, 2009
Strengths: A real quality feel to these shoes although they are not cheap at €170. The closing staps are excellent and ensure a firm fit. Insole is arched nicly to make them really comfy
Weaknesses: None Yet although I have only had them a month!!
BE CAREFUL ON SIZING. I am a size 43 (or 9) usually and I initially bought the SIDI in size 44 as the 43 was way to samll. I was a bit rushed when buying them and when I tried the 44 on at home on tubo trainer I very quickly realised that the 44 was too small. Thankfully, the undestanding shop took them back and exchanged them for a 45 which fit perfectly.I tried on the 45 mega also but didnt need the extra width. Rule of thumb is go for 2 sizes bigger than your usual.
I use them for communting to the office and for weekend cross country - havent had them long but they feel really solid. Cant see why you would spend another €100 for the Dragons.
Similar Products Used: Shimano Shoes (not sure of model)- comfortable but not the same quality as the SIDI
Bike Setup: 2007 Stump Jumper Expert for Weekends and a Scott hard tail for commuting to work.
a Weekend Warrior
from Auburn, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2009
Strengths: Fit. Energy transfer
Weaknesses: None so far.
The best fitting shoes I've ever owned. Can't say much for longevity yet. Living in Washington things get wet so we'll have to see how the traction is in the winter but so far I've had no problems. I must say though that I'm not a cyclocross racer so I'm not trying to set any land speed records running off my bike. For 100 bucks though I couldn't ask for a better shoe.