Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Product Review: Men’s P.R.O. Road Cycling Shoe

A little background: I've ridden Sidi shoes for as long as I can remember and was hesitant to stray from something I have had great experiences. I had to jump when my latest pair of Sidis began to deteriorate; funds were not available for a new pair and I had an opportunity to purchase some Pearl Izumi gear at a discount.

Product: Pearl Izumi Men’s P.R.O. Road
MSRP: $200.00

The first pair I ordered the same size as my Sidis (45) and had to return as they were too small; I had to go for the 46.

The Good:
At first look, they are great looking shoes, light and seemingly well made. Although the leather feels a bit like plastic and nowhere near the soft, supple feel of Sidi leather. Good straps and Velcro closures.

The Bad:
Bike shoes should fit like a glove and be hardly noticeable, not so here. The toe box on these shoes is huge. Even after I put my custom insoles in to take up some room, when I cinched the Velcro straps, the top of the shoes bunched and pinched, creating uncomfortable pinching and pressure points. The heal cup is very deep and allow the cuff of the shoe to ride high on the ankle, rubbing on my ankle bone.
I gave them the benefit of the doubt (and since they were my only shoes) and headed to my Mini Mid-Season Training Camp in the Catskills. Long days in the saddle and pain in the feet from hot spots, pinch points and general discomfort I'm done with these shoes.

The Consensus:
I'd rather go back to to my old worn out Sidis than spend another pedal stroke in these shoes...anyone have a good deal with Sidi - I'm desperate!

1 comment:

Sara Ecclesine said...

you're a USA cycling coach, right? You would probably qualify for a Sidi Industry Pro Deal.