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Mid-top shoes for 'cross?(3 posts)

Mid-top shoes for 'cross?jayb29
Jul 8, 2002 12:27 PM
I need to replace my shoes, and I was thinking about getting a mid- or high-top because 1) I tend to twist my ankle a few times a season on dismounts, and 2) maybe they'll be warmer on cold/rainy/snowy days in New England.

Does this make sense, or am I forgetting about something (clearly I don't want the uppers so stiff I can't run).

If it makes sense, does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks
Jay
Sidi Adrenaline 2triangleforge
Jul 8, 2002 2:04 PM
The Sidi Adrenaline 2 is just the ticket -- it's a mid-high shoe with everything you love about Sidi MTB shoes, and for a whole lot less money!

I'm in the same boat as you -- dodgy ankles that don't appreciate running on uneven surfaces. I spotted a review for the Adrenaline 2 in Dirt Rag Magazine, which piqued my interest. Apparently, the shoe was developed for the seemingly unrelated cyclocross & freeride markets. I'll post a picture below if I'm able, but the main deal is this -- it's a high-top shoe with a plastic plate to protect your ankle bone on the inside, and a deep achillies tendon cutout in the back to facilitate running. It has one velcro closure over the front, and Sidi's Microlock buckle. There's also a velcro tab to close up the top.

It's intended to sell at a lower price point than Sidi's Dominiator series -- at around $130-140, but the news gets even better... When I asked my LBS to order a pair, the owner called the distributor who seemed anxious to get rid of them, so I wound up paying $120 for them on a special order. In this case, not only is a nice thing to do to go through your local shop (especially since you'll want to try on some Sidis with the socks you'll be wearing for 'cross season), but it might actually save you some real money in the bargain.

Two weekends ago, I put them to a severe test at the 24-Hours of Snowshoe MTB race. I can't tell you how many times on my night lap that I thanked any deity who'd listen for the extra ankle support as I ran essentially blind through long sections of that rocky, rooty, muddy hell. Nothing -- absolutely nothing -- a cyclocross promoter has ever thrown at me could come even close, and the Adrenalines got me through the whole experience with flying colors.

I did discover that the Micro Lock buckles don't really like thick, sticky mud, as I had to hose them down pretty good after each lap in order to get them to release. Of course, velcro alone doesn't do any better, since it won't stay stuck once it's packed up with mud.

While I'm not sure they'd be warmer than regular Dominators (which are often TOO warm, since they're not all that well ventilated), by choosing the right socks (Gore-Tex or neoprene, maybe) you could probably make these a good cold-weather racing shoe.
Anyway, here's a link to the description and order info at Lickbike.com (but again, I'd check with your local shop first): http://www.lickbike.com/i6795050.htm
Thanks!jayb29
Jul 9, 2002 10:04 AM
I checked them out online, and they seem to be exactly what I'm looking for. Now all I need is rain, snow and cold weather and I'll be ready for 'cross season!