Field test results: Sidi’s 50-plus years of experience
shaping shoes is apparent from the moment you slip on the
Drakos. The new Tecno 3 closure system is impressive. The
twisting buckles are rugged and withstand the elements bet-
ter than many other twisting designs we’ve used.
Additionally, they tighten evenly across the whole shoe, creating a locked-in feel that surrounds your entire foot without any pressure points.
The upper is supple and feels molded to your foot, but is
secure and supportive for hammering the pedals. The sole is
very stiff, but Sidi has incorporated just enough flex into
the toe area to keep from feeling like you are pedaling with
a 2x4 under your foot. This allows for your foot to move
slightly with the sole, giving the pedaling action a comfortable, natural feel while still maintaining all of the power
transfer you could want.
The adjustable heel security system is a feature that many
riders will glance over and forget to adjust. While it
is not essential to the fit of the shoe, do yourself a favor and
that you will
feel more locked
into your bike
than ever before.
SRS sole is one of
our favorite features,
which is aimed at prolonging the life of the shoe.
While the tread blocks are
replaceable, the tread compound has held up much better
than many of our other test shoes that don’t have
replaceable treads. The addition of a replaceable cleat
plate is one of the coolest advances integrated into the
Drako. Excess play that develops over time between the
pedal and shoe can now be restored to new with a simple
Between the rugged tread blocks and integrated toe
guard, the Drako is built tough enough to walk in,
though it shouldn’t be your first choice if your rides usually contain numerous hike-a-bikes. These soles are
aimed at the serious racing crowd first. The only thing
holding the Drako back from the full five-star rating is
the absence of the mid-foot tread pad like on the Dragon
II and Spider. A misplaced pedal to the middle of your
foot when clipping in will most likely result in a quick
slip off the pedal due to the sole’s vast area of bare carbon. A pad in the mid-sole area would add a little no-slip
While it is certainly purpose-built, the Drako’s comfort, power transfer and serviceability make it the cross-country racer’s ultimate weapon.