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    Sidi Dominator Alternative

    My Sidi Dominator 5's are the best cycling shoe I've ever owned and I loved them.

    However, I've got a 50-mile ride coming up that has some tough hike-a-bike sections, and my Sidi's aren't so great for that.

    I'm looking for something that will be better for HAB but still has a reasonable amount of stiffness as my Sidi's, as well as being lightweight. I've got a pair of Northwave Bike & Walks, but they're lead weights attached to my ankles (almost a pound heavier for the pair compared to my Dominators).

    Anyone have some good alternatives?

    Thanks!

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    Try Mavic Fury, Giro Gauge, Exustar SM332, Garneau Monte, Shimano M162, and Diadora X-Trail...see what fits best.

    My Dominator 5 gave up this year and found happiness with Giro Gauge...
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Sidi Dominator Alternative

    I just got the specialized Rhime shoes and really like them. I've also got the mtb comp from them, and I really like their body geometry footbed design. I tried 510 SPF shoes, and wasn't happy at all.

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    Specialized pro carbon shoe. I am on my second pair.
    Great all around shoe: light , stiff, comfortable, and somewhat hike-able.

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    Can't find a shoe that fits like my Sidi's.
    Next pair might step up to the Spider.

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    I replaced a 9 year old pair of Domi's with a pair of Specialized Rimes. Vibram sole, nearly as stiff as Domi's and the BG footbed seems to suit me well. Silly name aside, I like 'em.

    Specialized Bicycle Components

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    SteveF they lasted 9 years?
    That's value surprised you didn't buy another pair.

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    I've learned Sidi Dominator 5 sucks, for extended hike-a-bike. I flatted twice and had to hike 5-7miles back to the car, with massive heel and instep blisters. Not to mention the trail traction is nearly the same as wearing a road shoe.

    Try the new Giros....they improved nearly everything the Sidi was weak at.
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Quote Originally Posted by El_Duderino View Post
    SteveF they lasted 9 years?
    That's value surprised you didn't buy another pair.
    Heh, yeah, guess I was ready for a change. The Domi's are pretty not great for walking and I really like the fit of the Spec. road shoes I bought a couple of seasons ago, so it seemed worthwhile to try the same in a trail shoe. So far so good. Cheaper than Sidi's, too.

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    I've ridden shimano for years and they fit well and are durable in AZ rocks. Didn't like the new ones coming out so I went with the Giro Code. On sale at Jenson for $129. Retails for about $260, so even I don't care for them it won't be too painful.

    All the reviews I read rated them highly, so at that price I ordered them. Check them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saidrick View Post
    Specialized pro carbon shoe. I am on my second pair.
    Great all around shoe: light , stiff, comfortable, and somewhat hike-able.
    I love mine too, but I always lose weight when I get a pair......................in my wallet.

    At $280 they are pricey, but the Sidi Dom 5 are $260. The Spec Pros are a far far better shoe for $20 more
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Re: Sidi Dominator Alternative

    I use the Sidi Dominator because I need the "M". I've got a hella wide foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royta View Post
    I use the Sidi Dominator because I need the "M". I've got a hella wide foot.

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    You can get both the Specialized Comp ($170) and Pro ($280) version mtb shoe in wide (the Sidi Mega). You just have to ask your Spec dealer, or go to the website.

    The Dom 5 normally goes for $260 here in the USA and the Spec Pro is $20 more and a way better shoe in terms of features. Carbon sole, toe guard, good tread for hike a bike, and you can put the toe spikes on that come with it.

    Of course, everyone is different when it comes to shoes. I love the look and specs of the Giro shoes.............I just can't wear them.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Try Mavic Fury, Giro Gauge, Exustar SM332, Garneau Monte, Shimano M162, and Diadora X-Trail...see what fits best.

    My Dominator 5 gave up this year and found happiness with Giro Gauge...
    What Giro size are you recommending vs 42 Dominiator 5?

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