Sidi Dominator 5 Shoes

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Sidi?s most popular mountain shoe is tougher than leather, water-repellent and highly abrasion resistant.

User Reviews (47)

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Zachariah   All Mountain Rider [Oct 28, 2014]
Strength:

~ Great-looking MTB shoe...the mark of SERIOUS mountain bikers
~ Secure heel cup
~ Locking Velcro straps simply works
~ Well-padded tongue
~ Sole stiff on pedals.....gives on hike-a-bike
~ Lorica uppers more durable and faster drying than leather
~ Anatomically correct, for most feet
~ Outlasts most MTB shoes
~ Hard urethane sole lugs have replaceable heel
~ Toe spikes option
~ One-handed buckle adjust...even while riding

Weakness:

~ Not the lightest, at 385g each
~ Paper-thin insole insert
~ Heel counter material tears easily
~ Tends to run half to full size smaller

Having come off a pair of 2010 Mavic Razors...I finally decided to see what all the hoopla about these were. The main thing that got me was the near-perfect, glove-like, anatomic fit. These Italians are masters of ergonomics! Never a hot spot, riding in these. Yes, they are a bit in the weighty side - but you'll quickly forget about that, once you realize your shoes are actually doing their job well. I simply wanted a shoe that closely hugged my feet(avoid toe/tire overlap)....without feeling like a concrete balloon, once warmed up. I had many friends put in 6-10 seasons of use on this shoe, which is simply amazing. When considering the potential longevity and cost factor....you're actually coming out ahead.

Similar Products Used: Mavic Razor
Shimano SH-XC61
Giro Code
Bontrager Inform RXL(terrible fit)
Pearl Izumi X-Project
Exustar SM306
Specialized BG Pro XC
Louis Garneau Monte
Northwave Rebel SRS
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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Chad   All Mountain Rider [Aug 22, 2013]
Strength:

Light and stiff

Weakness:

Cheap quality, expensive to repair and poor design. Overrated

Some items are worth a little bit more because they are superior. These shoes are NOT one of those items. The main issue is the top strap (inseam closure system)and buckle system. First off the mechanism doesn't work period, then the racket it's self broke twice in the past year, $30 part. The whole system loosen up during rides and have to tighten several time during a ride, very annoying. Another issue is the strap sticks out on the inside to the crack side of the shoes and will occasionally rub against the crank. To me it's a design flaw to the shoe itself.. I have shimano shoes 1/3 of the price that latest me 6 year never had an issue.This product is broken and useless after a half a season. Don't waste your time or money on these shoes.
I myself is going to of out and buy $90 pair of shimano shoes and stop sinking money into these crappy shoes!!!!

Similar Products Used: All types of shimano shoes throughout the years from 92 on.. First none shimano shoes
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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Bikesrock   Cross Country Rider [Nov 03, 2012]
Strength:

Light weight, comfortable, easy to get on and off.

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used: Mavic razor
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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Tillers_Rule   Cross Country Rider [Sep 06, 2012]
Strength:

Durable, lightweight, breathable

Weakness:

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)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strider   All Mountain Rider [Jul 03, 2012]
Strength:

Durability, Comfort, and you look like a serious rider wearing these.

Weakness:

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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High Desert Norwegian   Cross Country Rider [Sep 14, 2011]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used: Used / ridden Sidi Dominators for the past 20+ years.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
utah joe   Racer [Jul 21, 2011]
Strength:

Very comfortable

Weakness:

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.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
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Jsaxonh   Weekend Warrior [Feb 04, 2011]
Strength:

Shoes feel great. Very stiff. Look good. Easy to actuate all of the bindings and straps.

Weakness:

SOLES!!!

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.

Similar Products Used: Answer, shimano, etc.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
Andrew Baker   Racer [Oct 13, 2010]
Strength:

Taking your hard earned dollars.

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used: Sidi's.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
tsn73   Cross Country Rider [Aug 31, 2010]
Strength:

The fit and quality seemed amazing.

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used: Lake, Northwave, Exustar
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
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