Review for Sidi Women’s Genius Fit Carbon Cycling Shoe – 2016
The Millennium 3 Carbon Composite Sole features injected carbon fiber in a matrix of Nylon 6, providing 37% more rigidity than a standard nylon sole. The Millennium 3 Carbon Composite Sole is also more durable, completely non water-absorbent and mechanically stable, meaning it’s less susceptible to changes in stiffness resulting from aging, prolonged usage, and changes in temperature or humidity. An anti-slip toe insert and replaceable polyurethane heel pad are incorporated into the Millennium 3 Carbon Composite Sole, for walkability.The Millennium 3 Carbon Composite Sole uses a standard 3-hole drilling pattern for compatibility with the best pedal systems available, and includes a printed 10 mm lateral and fore/aft cleat alignment scale on the sole as well as the Look Memory Eyelet for easy cleat alignment and replacement.Technomicro is a composite microfiber material created from strands that are so fine that each one is less than one thousandth the thickness of silk. These fibers act like natural leather skin, but with the advantage of better strength, softer texture and lighter weight. Technomicro is also water-repellent, quick-drying, breathable and permeable to water vapor, making it an ideal material for shoe uppers. It is abrasion- and mildew-resistant, easier to clean than leather and resists stretching and deterioration from atmospheric agents.The Soft Instep Closure System is a wide, anatomically curved strap combined with a soft, thermo-formed EVA pad that distributes pressure evenly over the instep area.The Soft Instep Closure System is adjustable from both sides, to perfectly center the EVA pad over a high or low instep. Excess strap on the crank arm (inside) side of the shoe may be trimmed after adjustment. Like most SIDI small parts, the Soft Instep Closure System is replaceable.By 1988, clipless road pedals had become the norm, and this presented a new problem-shoe closures were put under tremendous strain, as a pedal stroke’s upward pull had to be entirely absorbed by the shoe without the additional support of a toe strap.Dino Signori’s solution was as revolutionary as it was genius: In 1989, he introduced the first ratcheting buckle closure for cycling shoes, combining the robust holding power and on-the-fly adjustability of toe straps with the strength to withstand the powerful, repetitive pedal stroke of professional racers. It was the SIDI Micro Lock, the first micro-ratcheting buckle.The current Caliper Buckle is the latest incarnation of SIDI’s famed ratcheting shoe closure. It ratchets in both directions, allowing for precise, incremental tightening and loosening of the closure, for easy on-the-fly microadjustment. Pulling upward on the lower lever tightens the strap, click by click; pressing down on the upper lever loosens it a step at a time; an outward pull on both side levers completely releases the buckle.Caliper buckles may be retrofitted to older SIDIs, as long as the ratcheting strap is also replaced by the matching Caliper Strap (which fits older versions of the Soft Instep Closure System).The SIDI Heel Cup is an external, reinforced cup that stabilizes and supports the heel, with an anatomically shaped plastic design holds its form and doesn’t break down over time, helping reduce heel slip and increase power transfer.In 2002 SIDI introduced High Security Velcro (globally patented), with interlocking polymer teeth that engage when the strap is closed to provide a more secure, slip-free closure that dramatically increases the useful life of the Velcro strap. Today High Security Velcro remains an exclusive feature of SIDI cycling shoes. Millennium 4 Carbon Composite Sole. Breathable, supple and durable vented Technomicro microfiber upper with cooling mesh panels. Women-specific last/foot-form and narrow SIDI Heel Cup for perfect fit. Caliper Buckle two-way ratchet for easy on-bike adjustment with incremental tightening and loosening. Adjustable Soft Instep Closure System and padded tongue eliminate pressure points.
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