Lightweight and super stiff may have a cult following when it comes to cycling shoes, but those of us spending our bike rides chasing adventure, hiking-a-bike, and charging into the beyond are looking for a bit more from our shoes. Enter the Sidi Defender Cycling Shoe for Men — supple, stiff, and supportive, and just the right amount of overbuilt with all-mountain ready lugs, and durable uppers that hold your foot in place like a firm handshake, and reinforced heel and toe that gives you support from your local trail network well into the wiliest of backcountry adventures and bikepacking excursions.
The Sidi Defender cycling shoes are constructed with Sidi's Politex Sude Effect uppers, paneled for support and backed with mesh that lets your feet breathe. Sidi's Politex material is unique in that it combines several different materials in thin layers to compound their strengths, and then coupled with compacted PVC to ensure rugged durability for long, hard miles bushwhacking through trail debris. Politex is designed to stand up to laceration, stretching, and ripping, with resistance to fading to keep your kicks looking as fresh as the day you got them, three years in. The panels of Politex hold your flippers snug, and are paired with both hook-and-loop straps and a Tecno-3 buckle system that cinches down to keep your foot comfortable for the long haul. The Tecno-3 system involves two ratcheting dials, Sidi's proprietary, non-stretch wire, and a customizable fit at the instep and forefoot. Since adventure-minded shoes may spend a little more time on-foot and off bike, the Defenders feature a higher ankle design, giving cushion to stray cranks, and support to ankles for the moments when you have to throw your bike over shoulder and scramble up sketchy rock faces.
Over time, Sidi has become synonymous with supportive soles, and the Defender Cycling shoe is no different. These kicks use Sidi's Outdoor Sole, which is designed with rubber that can adapt to variable trail conditions, offering serious grip through muddy and wet trails, and rocky faces alike. The tread pattern is strategic and deliberate, both aiming to target exceptional mud shedding skills, and comfort on foot. This is done by utilizing directional lugs that are designed to propel you forward in the front, and work as virtual brakes in the back. Ample spacing in between the beefy lugs keep the mud shedding, so your footing can stay sure, and clipping back in after a steep hike isn't a burden.