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SIDI T3 Carbon Bike Shoes

SIDI T3 Carbon Bike Shoes
£199.99
www.bigbear.co.uk, www.sidisport.com

These triathlon shoes from top Italian road brand Sidi feature a stiff carbon composite sole that feels responsive and powerful without being harsh. The T3s are very supportive, especially around the heel and mid-foot, while the toes have space to spread a little. The easy to grab, notched strap opens away from the drive-train but is quite long and regularly flicked the crank arm when done up tight. The shoes’ interiors have a soft finish comfortable enough for sockless riding. Ventilation is good but not spectacular with two gaps in the upper as well as smaller holes on the sides, but nothing on the sole. One clever addition is the replaceable rubber heel, which avoids the guilty feeling of leaving the shoe to grind across transition when pre-clipped in. There’s also a heel loop, but it’s a little on the small side and lacking grip compared to other brands.

Verdict
A solid performer with great fit, but the synthetic upper is a bit basic for the money.

Performance 3/5
Value 3/5
Overall 3/5

This review was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.

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