And are they worth it? I see the mesh version on sale from Nashbar for quite a bit less. What's the down side to those? Other brands top of the line shoes like Gaerne, Northwave, and Shimano all seem to go on sale once in a while but I never see anything but 209.99 for the SIDI. Is it kind of like the Alpinestar Tech 8 motorcycle boot of bike shoes? Undisputed top dog and never on sale at a discount? Seems like a lot of dough for a shoe. Heck even the Tech 8's are only 289.99 (always) which is starting to seem like a relative bargain.