C H Perfection Delivers above-average value and performance
Save your hard-earned bucks
Shoes that fit like gloves
Delivers above-average value and performance
Recommended for intended application
Shows potential but has drawbacks
Save your hard-earned bucks
the Spider is custom-made, not an off-the-shelf production
shoe. There is just no shoe that cradles your foot like a Sidi.
The fit is so comfortable that one crewer wore the Spiders
Shoe retention is both secure and comfortable, but the
two-way ratchet buckles extend from the shoe about 1⁄ 2 inch
and take the brunt of any impact to the side of the shoe.
After months of smashing them, however, we still didn’t
have any issues snugging or releasing them. They are
replaceable, too, so if you did hit something hard enough to
damage them (and we hope you never do, because it would
hurt your foot more than the buckle), you do not have to
buy a new set of shoes.
The rubber toe guard that protects the toe-cup area during hike-a-bike sections works great. The rubber-sole pads
are replaceable, which is good because they will be the first
things to wear out—a small trade-off for the hike-a-bike traction that the rubber grippers provide.
The Spiders feel incredibly light, which makes you feel
faster. The soles are stiff enough for a World Cup racer, but
forgiving enough for a weekend warrior. The heel cups keep
your heels from lifting, even during hike-a-bike sections
where the sole gives just enough that you don’t feel like you
are walking on ice. The more hours we put on the Spiders,
the more comfortable they became (and that’s saying a lot,
because they were comfortable from the start).
What would it take to earn a full five-star rating?
Reducing the size of the ratchet buckles would make these
shoes perfect. ;
SIDI SPIDER SRS MESH
Sidi’s $350 Spider SRS Mesh shoe is one step below Sidi’s
top-of-the-line $450 Drako, reviewed in our March 2013
issue. But once on the bike, you’d be hard-pressed to say
what the Spider gives up to its big brother in terms of performance.
Tech features: The SRS stands for Sidi’s patented Sole
Replacement System, which is made up of a set of rubber
grippers that attach to the shoe’s sole. Beneath the removable
footbed is the heart (and sole) of the shoe. What looks like
wood is actually a thin piece of synthetic felt that is glued
to the nylon sole. It is flexible and takes the shape of the
inside of the sole. The inner side of a Sidi sole is shaped like
an insole or footbed. The shoe’s upper combines breathable
Technomicro microfiber with mesh panels, and the shoes
have integrated rubber toe guards. Two-way ratchet buckles
secure the main retention strap, which is a wide, anatomically curved strap combined with a soft, thermoformed EVA
pad that Sidi calls their Soft Instep Closure system. Two
hook-and-loop straps are added insurance. The Spider SRS
Mesh comes in a passionate Italian red and a range of sizes
that will fit pretty much any rider’s foot. Each of our size-
10. 5 shoes weighed 13. 8 ounces without cleats.
Field test results: There is a slipper quality to the
Spiders—and we mean that as a compliment. Many similarly
sized mountain bike shoes look gigantic, like mini hiking
boots. The Spiders look like they were hand-wrapped around
your feet, and any excess material was shaved away. It’s the
same story inside. The shape of the insole, padded instep closure system and padded tongue give you the impression that