sidi breeze rain shoes

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fixed
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sidi breeze rain shoes

these:
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/sidi-breeze-rain-shoe-mens?skidn=SID005K-BK-S39&ti=UExQIENhdDpNZW4ncyBNb3VudGFpbiBCaWtlIFNob2VzOjE6MTI6Y2NDYXQxMDAwMjQ=
i bought these for $125 to fill the ~25-45 degree temperature gap between regular shoes and full winter boots. i don't have a good set of shoe covers anymore and these were on sale, so i figured i could solve both problems at once.

first impressions (since i haven't ridden them yet):
- fit exactly like a dominator. like, no difference. i'm wearing a regular cycling sock and if it weren't for the neoprene upper, i couldn't tell which shoe i had on
- the inside is fleece lined all the way around, including the usually-cheap sidi insole. if you usually replace your insoles, you might be losing a bit of warmth
- the upper has some very good velcro on it but has a gap at the heel, right at the achilles. i'm not really sure what they could do about that. we'll see if it's a problem in actual rain
- the tongue is the most different from the dominator. it's not the thick fake leather; it's a pretty thin, flexible fabric. appears to be waterproof.
- even just wearing them while i'm typing this review, they definitely run hotter than the regular sidi. no vents, naturally.
- the front straps (the velcro ones) don't have that plastic bit that regular sidis have to lock them in place.
- the top strap has the identical buckle to dominators, but the strap itself is thinner in every dimension. it covers less of the foot and is also less padded. i expect some of the padding differential is to account for the padding you might get from the tongue portion?
- the sole is the same as the dominator
- some pretty good reflective material on the heel and sparse reflective material on the outside forefoot.

if it doesn't snow 18 inches here on friday, i'll take this out over the weekend.

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 20:58
jimmythefly
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Nice thanks. this is something I want/need. Not really a winter boot, just something actually waterproof.

Questions:
Is the cleat hole sealed? i.e. can water that comes through the cleat hole eventually soak your insole?
Is the tongue gusseted? i.e can water get around the edges of the tongue?

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 15:55
fixed
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i rode with these on saturday. it was about 27F, cloudy, and not very windy. i purposely wore pretty minimal layers because i wanted to see if the shoes were performing well on their own, or if i was just warm because i overdressed. so i wore standard winter stuff on my upper body with a cycling cap rather than warm hat. regular bibs with thin tights over, regular summer socks, and the breeze shoes. in toe covers, i would have had very cold feet. in shoe covers, i would have had cold-ish feet at the beginning and end of the ride and had to deal with shoe covers. in the breeze shoes, my feet were fine. they started to get a little chilly at the end because i didn't wear the right layers on my legs so once i dialed back the effort, my legs were cold. i'm pretty excited about these shoes.

i will pull the insole and check the cleat hole, but i am guessing based on the rest of the shoe that it's sealed.
the tongue IS gusseted. i wrote like 200 words to describe it but i'll just take pictures when i get home and point out the weak points. there aren't many.

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 16:51
jimmythefly
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Thank you!

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 23:35
Todd
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Really with they had had my size now. smiley

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:44