Two for Tuesday: Sidi & DMT
Shoes from Sidi and DMT
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SIDI ALBA 2
The Alba 2 may be Sidi’s “entry level” shoe, but its performance is anything but. We love just about every shoe the Italian geniuses at Sidi roll out and prize them most of all for their comfort, but we have to admit that they can be a bit pricy. At $215, these are far from the cheapest cycling shoes available, but you’ll be confident that their quality and performance have not been sacrificed just to reach the lowest possible price. The Alba 2 starts with a stiff Millennium 4 Carbon Composite Sole for responsive power transfer. A durable, reinforced heel cup helps increase power transfer as well. And to secure everything comfortably, Sidi has trickled down its Techno 3 Precision dial closure, which offers an adjustable instep closure that can easily be adjusted mid-ride. Available in sizes from 36 to 50, as well as Mega (wide) sizing. $215; sidi.com
Top pros know exactly what they want from their equipment. To get exactly the shoe he needed—one that is light, breathable and supremely comfortable—sprinter Elia Viviani helped develop the KR1 with DMT. To gain all these properties, they turned to the benefits of a 3D knit upper. This technique allows for variable thickness and different knit patterns throughout the shoe, so each part of the shoe fits exactly as it should. A knit construction also leaves plenty of perforations, making the KR1 ultra-breathable. Complementing the upper is a supportive anatomic carbon outsole, which can deliver the power transfer of a world-class sprinter like Viviani. A single IP1 Boa dial wraps everything together. And, impressively, this shoe tips the scales at just 240 grams for a size 42. $440; 240g (size 42); dmtcycling.com