What do you get when you combine the newest Sidi technology with a shoe that's won multiple World Cups? Simple, the Drako SRS Shoes. Replacing the venerable Dragon 3, the Drako (Latin for dragon) makes use of the new Techno 3 buckle system, a sleek, breathable design, and the new Drako SRS Carbon Soles. Altogether, Sidi has slashed 100 grams from the Dragon 3 while making the comfort and efficiency of the Drako design leaps and bounds ahead of any other mountain shoe on the market. Basically, the Drako plays by another set of rules, and accordingly, the game won't ever be the same.While the Dragon 3 utilizes three different closure systems, the Drako is based around a single system -- the new Tecno 3 buckle, yet another great innovation from Sidi. Most notably, adjustments of each of the shoe's instep and forefoot buckles is significantly more intuitive and easier to do while in-the-saddle. Loosening each buckle is a simple affair -- you can pinch both buttons on either side of the buckle to unwind the line closure, or you can alternatively toggle each button for extremely precise incremental adjustment. Tightening the shoe should also be familiar: just open the buckle's switch and wind the buckle. Sidi uses a supple, but low-friction, line material to keep the buckle action smooth. Not only does the Tecno 3 make the shoe's overall aesthetic even cleaner, but it also allows for an even greater degree of micro adjustability and fit consistency across the entire shoe. This ensures that you get the perfect fit every single time you buckle up for a ride. And for those who prefer as snug a fit as possible, the shoe's tongue and instep strap have both been padded generously to allow for supreme comfort with tight buckles.For a difference that you'll feel on the first pedal stroke, Sidi gave the Drako the all new Drako Carbon SRS Sole. This sole not only shaves 100 grams from the Dragon, but it also achieves equilibrium between comfort, efficiency, and durability. To do so, Sidi designed the sole around a durable nylon frame. The carbon fiber, as well as the SRS tread, are actually bolted down, replaceable inserts that attach to the frame. This provides a slight flex along the length of the foot without compromising the overall rigidity of the sole. Through this distinct design, the sole allows a fierce power transfer without risking the loss of circulation in the feet from being too rigid.Also returning from previous top-shelf offerings is Sidi's vastly improved Heel Security System (or HSS) to keep your foot positively planted in the shoe. By means of a small allen key, it's an adjustable, rigid composite band that closes the shoe more securely over your heel to anchor it in place around your Achilles. So, no matter how much power you're pouring into the pedals, your heel will stay in place inside the shoe. It's a detail that allows you to cinch down the straps of your shoes less tightly -- giving you more comfort along with more security.Wi
Strengths: Very stiff, comfortable, carbon sole dampens vibrations much better than plastic. Hand made, not in china. Very good looking.
Weaknesses: Extremely fragile (this is a mountain shoe!?), very stupid design decisions left and right. Sometimes I wonder if and how they even tested this shoe.
I'm torn when it comes to the Drako. Its very stiff and transfers power well giving a connected feeling with the bike. Its also comfortable if you are lucky enough to guess your size right. But since the shoe only exists on the internet I don't really know how good of a fit I could have got. I am very disappointed with this shoe overall, but how much of that is my own fault is the question. It is very fragile, if you regularly ride trails with loose rocks and boulders, forget about it, get something else. The material is already wearing away on the outside toe on both shoes. I've used them for about 15 rides, hiking with them about 100 feet total, and clipped out maybe 6 times total. But hey, its a race shoe meant for stiffness and light weight, I guess its not supposed to be durable. If you ride in an area with any dust, do not buy the Drako. Both ratcheting mechanisms get contaminated with dirt after one ride, and after three or four rides you can barely get the mechanism to release. You have to fight with the stupid things just to get the shoe off. How they missed that one during testing is beyond me. The shoes interfere with something on both my bikes, I have average sized feet; 10.5 U.S. On one bike the plastic inner tail of the upper strap hits the crank arm on every revolution. On my other bike the bulky plastic adjuster on the back hits my derailuer cable and chain stay on most revolutions. This bike is an Epic which would likely be the target type of rider for a shoe like this. So maybe if you ride just hard pack with no dust, never clip out, and happen to have a bike that fits this shoe, you could perhaps enjoy it quite a bit. However, you cant find the Drako anywhere to try it on or look at it, and its fits differently than the Dominator, so don't bother trying that model to decipher how the Drako will fit you. I want to love them, being that I'm the sucker who payed big bucks for shoes that have become my winter/backup shoes. I can accept the fact that I am maybe not the right rider for a all out race design, so I don't fault them for being fragile. But the poor design of the ratcheting mechanisms and all the other crap hanging off these $450 shoes earns them a solid 2 stars.
Was looking around on Price Point and noticed that the new Drako was not for sale as a frame or complete bike anymore. So I went over to Sette's website and it is no longer listed there as well. So was the Drako pulled after only a few months on the market?Read More »
I had high hopes for the AM Flite replacement Sette was going to offer.
The new Drako seems like a confused bike with odd combination of components and geometry.
Plus at $1900, it's not much of a bargain like the Flite/Ace used to be and there are many options to choose from at that price brac ... Read More »