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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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    Quote Originally Posted by snoroqc View Post
    What Giro size are you recommending vs 42 Dominiator 5?
    Giro sizing is closer to accurate, than SIDI....which is about half size off, minimum.
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    If it helps I wear 43.5 in Giro and 44 in Sidi. Shoe is the Orignal Giro Code and Sidi Eagle (Sidid Eagel same as diminator with more ventaltion Ive been told).
    XC, Road, XXC, Endurance, Mtn, All-Mtn, Cross, Gravel, just go have fun on 2 wheels!

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