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New Sidi Gravel shoes smooth over rough roads with synthetic suede style

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There was a time when all of my favorite clipless shoes were Sidi. Then mountain biking went through some major evolution, and it took Sidi a while to adopt to changing tastes in footwear. While all the classics are still there with updated constructions and tech, we’ve also been seeing some interesting new takes from the iconic brand like the new Dimaro for DH, Enduro, and all mountain riding. Now, Sidi is entering another new category for the brand – gravel.

Sidi Gravel shoes sole

 

What does a gravel specific shoe look like? For Sidi, it starts with their MTB Competition sole for efficient pedaling during long days in the saddle, but also confident traction when you have to hoof it. The sole is also toe spike compatible which will be helpful for horrendously muddy gravel events that run rain or shine. A traditional two bolt cleat interface allows you to use your favorite SPD style pedals.

Sidi Gravel shoes green

The distinctive look of the Gravel is partially due to the Politex Suede upper which is available in dark green or brown. According to Sidi, “The “politex” material is constructed of several overlapping layers with different physical-mechanical properties, the compacted PVC is then coupled to two fabrics (knitted fabric + felt) that is then is film dyed for long-lasting color retention. ‘Politex’ offers strong resistance to ripping, laceration, stretching and fading. “Politex” is made in strict compliance with European regulations and is a totally “green” product.”

Since the material doesn’t seem particularly breathable, ventilation holes completely cover the inside of the shoe, and they’re used sparingly on the outside where abrasion with foreign objects will be more common. The shoe also uses mesh in key places for additional ventilation.

A shock absorbing heel cup also helps to keep your foot in place with reduced heel slip to transfer as much power to the pedals as possible, and the external reinforcement joins a polyurethane shock absorber on the outside of the ankle to help protect your ankle from large chunks of flying gravel. Further protection is offered through an abrasion resistant toe cap at the front.

A single Sidi Tecno-3 dial cinched down the shoe on your feet, and is serviceable and replaceable. Available in 38-48 with half sizes offered from 39.5-46.5, both colors will sell for $239.99.

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Heffe
Heffe
2 years ago

So is this at about the same level as the Sidi Cape shoe?

Mark
Mark
2 years ago
Reply to  Heffe

Only a single tecno dial vs. dial and ratchet strap on the Cape so I say no. Sidis last so long that I would only recommend getting MTB versions with the sole replacement option (SRS). On my 3rd SRS sole, but otherwise my 8 year old pair is still going strong.

Joenomad
Joenomad
2 years ago

Will there be a mega version for those of us with fat feet?

Cheese
Cheese
2 years ago
Reply to  Joenomad

I hope so. Their only mega shoes with dials currently cost $400.

Exodux
2 years ago

I use the Sidi Defender 20 shoes, which looks to be the same upper. in a slightly different material, I love them, very comfortable. I use them for mtb, enduro, gravel and cross.
The only thing I didn’t like was the Techno 3 buckle as it being black, it was hard to see where the lever to tighten the buckle is. I painted a blue stripe so it was easy to find while out on the bike

Bill
Bill
2 years ago

I love my Sidis, but I’m sorry, that Techno-3 dial is just garbage. It might be totally fine for road users but even after a light cross season last year, mine barely closes, or gets stuck closed, at nearly every race. It’s just not made for serious use. Maybe a boa brand one would be better, but for off road and gravel/cross use I still think the older ratchets or even velcro is superior to this thing

Julio
Julio
2 years ago

Q.What is the difference between a mtb shoe and a gravel shoe?
A. None.

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