Trail Dominance: The Sidi Drako Push

Sidi's latest MTB shoe is nothing but superlative!

Sidi’s latest MTB shoe is nothing but superlative!

On ESP Podcast 45, I highlighted the Sidi Drako 3 Push MTB shoe. As 2015 wraps up, here’s some visual and textual highlights of this supreme MTB shoe, along with some comparisons to its road predecessor, the Sidi Wire.

Sidi Quality and Fit throughout

Its no secret that Sidi Sport makes probably the best stock road shoe. So popular have Sidi’s been, that many past pro’s wear rebranded Sidi’s in place of their sponsors shoes. While the advent of better fit, design, and frankly sponsorships, has seen this type of deception fade away, Sidi has continued to design and build the best shoes around, with the Drako Push being no exception!

Simply put this shoe is made for your foot, with a deep heel cup that is both supportive and well-cushioned, not to mention easily adjustable. The internal insole is well cushioned, and the shoe is supremely comfortable on rides of 4 hrs or more. The wide instep provides a comfortable restraint, while the carbon sole delivers a stiff  power transmission to the pedals. However, what sets this shoe apart from previous models, and many other shoes, is the smooth Techno 3 wire fastening system uses a pair of flip up rotary dials accessed with an easy push button (hence the name Push).

Easy to operate Techno 3 Push buckle.

Easy to operate Techno 3 Push buckle.

Even after heavy use, the Drako still look great...

Even after heavy use, the Drako still look great…

...but expect your soles to take a beating.

…but expect your soles to take a beating.

With two dials located at the ankle and mid foot, you get a supreme restraint system that functions far better than the other Techno 1 or 2 versions that relied on a heavier “fishing line” type cable systems that never seemed to work as well as promised. Release is also vastly improved with an easy two finger pinch on the side of the dial. , one for the forefoot and the other for the ankle, which are released by a two finger pinch, giving simple fine tension adjustment. The lugged sole is soft and pliable, providing decent grip on slippery surfaces.

The shoe itself is rebuilt to last, featuring a tough synthetic leather with a high gloss vernice finish and rubber toe offer added protection to the shoe, but like other Sidi’s, offers numerous replacement parts for the sole, as well as the upper and buckles. Aesthetically speaking, the fluo yellow is simply awesome!

Verdict

As I indicated on the podcast, this shoe is a winner on all fronts, except price; at $500 retail, it will set you back! However, considering you can easily get 4-5 years of wear for these MTB shoes and much longer for road shoes, that’s not a bad investment for awesome shoes; I spend at least $100 or more each year on running shoes. If the price is still too much, Sidi features several other less expensive models featuring the same buckle and fit.

In comparison

One last note, I’ve actually been wearing the original release of the Techno 3 buckle in the Wire Carbon road shoe. After nearly 3 years, this shoe does not disappoint and still looks great. This is without doubt the best and most comfortable shoe that I’ve ever worn and Highly recommend it.The classy Wire’s Tour-winning credentials are obvious. Well sculpted, tough synthetic leather uppers are riddled with large perforations, adding to the cooling effect from tongue and mid sole mesh vents, and a toe vent, which can be fixed open or closed.

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The first edition Side Wires feature a sliding airflow vent in the sole...

The first edition Side Wires feature a sliding airflow vent in the sole…

...and still look great going on 3 years.

…and still look great going on 3 years.

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