Sidi’s top of the line XC shoe is back with a sequel. The new Tiger 2 is a brand new option for Sidi, which improves on the original without raising the price. Which is good, because the price of the original Tigers was $550.
What does a half grand get you in a pair of XC race shoes? For starters, there is a new microfiber TechPro and Mesh upper with an antibacterial and hydro treatment to reduce water absorption.
This gives the shoes an entirely new look that is more subdued than many past Sidi models.
The MTB SRS carbon outsole is completely made from carbon fiber with replaceable tread blocks on the toe, heel, and cleat plate. That’s part of what you pay for with Sidis – with replaceable parts, the things will probably outlast your bike (at least that’s been my experience with Sidis previously).
New to the shoes is a Double Tecno-3 Push Flex rotor which “completely eliminates the pressure zone on the instep and significantly improves the closure feeling. This system requires a smaller support surface on the tongue of the shoe and is equipped with a central flexing system capable of adapting to the different needs of rider’s feet. Like it’s predecessors, it guarantees micrometric regulation, closing speed / tension release, and is replaceable.”
Add in the new integrated heel for better support and stability while pedaling, and you should have a Tiger with a better fit. Sold in Sage or Black and in sizes 42-46 with .5 size increments, the Tiger 2 still demands a king’s ransom at $549.99 for the pair. In the U.S., Ciclista America expects the shoes to begin shipping around November.