Who should buy the Sidi Trace

This mountain cycling shoes from Sidi looks similar to the brand’s range of trainers for road biking. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that uses several layers of fused materials that make up a snug-fitting top. 
  • Need a shoe that uses two types of closure mechanisms which provides wearers with a more customized fit.
  • Need a shoe that is equipped with rubber pads that offer grip, whether you’re on asphalt or muddy trails.

Sidi Trace logo

RS17 sole 

An RS17 sole makes up the bottom of the Sidi Trace. This unit uses nylon that grants rigidity and polyurethane (PU) inserts which deliver traction. The PU inserts are strategically placed that aids 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.

Sidi Trace outsole

Two-holed cleat system

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.

Sidi Trace Cleat system

Protective upper

A Politex material is utilized for the top of the Sidi Trace. Politex uses overlapping layers of compacted PVC, knitted fabric, and felt that deliver a durable wrap against abrasions and lacerations. The upper doesn’t quickly lose its shape, nor its colors fade.

Sidi Trace Protective upper

Excellent ventilation and comfort

The Trace features the Soft Instep Closure System. It uses a broad strap that can be adjusted from both ends, so the EVA foam pad rests in the middle of the instep as it delivers equal pressure. It also enables the trainer which accommodates people with high insteps.

Sidi Trace Excellent ventilation and comfort

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.

Secure fit

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.

Sidi Trace Secure fit

There are also Velcro straps that help secure the foot. All the closure mechanisms can be adjusted even when the person is on the bike.

Excellent arch support

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 that prevents it from getting deformed with use.

Sidi Trace Arch support

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15.4oz / Women 14.6oz
Update: Sidi Trace 2
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro, BOA
Features: Replaceable Sole Guards, SPD, Recessed cleats
BRAND Brand: Sidi

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