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This mountain cycling shoes from Sidi looks similar to the brand’s range of trainers for road biking. It uses several layers of fused materials that make up a snug-fitting top. The use of two types of closure mechanisms provides wearers with a more customized fit. Meanwhile, the outsole is equipped with rubber pads that offer grip, whether you’re on asphalt or muddy trails.
An RS17 sole makes up the bottom of the Sidi Trace. This unit uses nylon for rigidity and polyurethane (PU) inserts for traction. The PU inserts are strategically placed to aid wearers during hikes. The front insert is replaceable.
This model also allows the use of crampons if the user needs extra grip on very muddy trails.
This pair of cycling shoes uses a two-holed cleat system. The Sidi Trace is compatible with the following clipless pedals: Crankbrothers Eggbeater 3, Shimano XT M8020 Trail, Funn Ripper, DMR V-Twin, and Nukeproof Horizon CS.
Markings are present in the cleat area. They aid in comfortable foot positioning.
Protection. A Politex material is utilized for the top of the Sidi Trace. Politex uses overlapping layers of compacted PVC, knitted fabric, and felt to deliver a durable wrap against abrasions and lacerations. The upper doesn’t quickly lose its shape, nor its colors fade.
Comfort. The Trace features the Soft Instep Closure System. Is uses a broad strap that can be adjusted from both ends, so the EVA foam pad rests in the middle of the instep to deliver equal pressure. It also enables the trainer to accommodate people with high insteps.
Aeration. Perforation vents are present on the instep and quarters. They allow air to freshen the interior, so the foot doesn’t get too hot during rides.
Lockdown. The Techno-3 System is a proprietary fit and closure technology that runs the length of the footwear. The cables strategically wrap the top, so when the dial is turned, the wire gets taut and improves the overall foothold and shape of the material.
There are also Velcro straps to help secure the foot. All the closure mechanisms can be adjusted even when the person is on the bike.
Structure. At the back, a synthetic overlay forms a heel cup. This element prevents heel lifts and keeps the rearfoot steady while pedaling. It also reinforces the end to prevent it from getting deformed with use.
Replaceable parts of the Sidi Trace include the Soft Instep Closure System, the TECNO-3 dial, the Sidi Wire, and the toe bumper.