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Sidi vs. Nike Road Shoe(10 posts)

Sidi vs. Nike Road ShoeBry
Jul 16, 2001 2:12 PM
I do half ironmans and so I need a really good shoe. I have an old specialized paired that killed my feet during the run. Found Both the Nike/Trek Poggie and Sidi Genius 3 for sale. Wondering which is better, both same price, heard lots of good things about sidi. Nike has a carbon fiber sole. Wondering which would be better on the long ride. Also wondering if the rachet on the sidi will slow me up, nike has 3 velco straps. Respond soon. Thanks
re: Sidi vs. Nike Road Shoejeff_p
Jul 16, 2001 3:17 PM
I have the Sidi Genius shoes, and (IMHO) they are terrific. No numbness or hotspots, have had the Lake triathlon shoes (they suck) and some Diadora Cosmo's, the Diadora's were better, but do not compare to the Sidi's. If I were you I would go to a LBS and try on every shoe, pick the one that feels the best. BTW, the ratchet allows you to adjust the tightness of the shoe while riding, kind of a nice feature, especially if you hurry through the transitions.
Jul 16, 2001 3:36 PM
I have the black and also silver Sidi' them both!
Never a thought about the feet during any ride...I believe they must have used my feet for their mold. (The blacks are 0.5mm larger for use in the winter w/Smartwool socks....)
Paper or Plastic?grzy mnky
Jul 16, 2001 4:18 PM
Sidi has been making respected bike shoes for a long time. Nike is a huge company that is trying to be the General Motors of the athletic shoe biz. They're obviously doing quite well and make enough $$$ to pay professional athletes huge sponsorships (i.e. Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, etc.) So, maybe they know what they're doing, or not. Could it be that there stuff is over priced?

You first have to get what fits. Since you do tris you probably know a lot about what works for your feet (I use orthotics). Get the best fit, avoid anything with laces. Two velcro straps is often seen on tri-specific shoes, but in reality you're only talking a couple seconds in the transition area. You want your foot to be held securely and have a system that works well. The ratcheting buckle is just as easy to use (you can slam the strap in and go) and it's esier to adjust during the ride. Getting out is a breeze also. The ratchet mechanism can fail, but it's not often and the parts are replaceable (dunno if this is a plus or a minus in your mind).

Either shoe can work well for you and it really comes down to what fits. Sidi has a long and established track record and a certain following. I know Nike is making in roads, but the last time I tried a pair they didn't fit well and were large and clunky. You also need to think about all of your training time - you spend more time doing this than actually racing - get what works best for you. Play with them at home a lot before riding so you can return them if something is not quite right.
My Nikes rockGTrider215
Jul 16, 2001 4:48 PM
I have a pari of nike road shoes and they are extremely comfortable and fit like a glove on my feet. i love em.
re: Sidi vs. Nike Road ShoeWhatever
Jul 16, 2001 6:31 PM
The Sidi ratcheting top strap is secure, adjustable on the fly, but NOT tri-quick to enter. You have to start with the strap all the way out in order to get your foot in, and then thread the strap into the clamp. Then you can tighten the ratchet to your preference.

It is a great shoe (I ride them), but for roadies--not tri-guys and tri-gals who are measured in part by how fast they can get dressed. Dedicated tri shoes have one velcro strap for a reason. If you want a more secure road shoe that still has quick entry, go for one with three velcro straps instead of the funky ratchets.
Carnac makes a tri-specific road shoe, if you're interested(nm)Jim Burton
Jul 16, 2001 8:28 PM
So does Sidi (nm)xduffx
Jul 17, 2001 8:10 AM
Where are the Poggio's on sale? how much?J.S.
Jul 17, 2001 8:03 AM
I'd like to get a pair.
classic Italian vs. Americanxduffx
Jul 17, 2001 8:12 AM
ha hah