The Sidi Eagle 5 Fit Vernice Shoe is a high quality MTB shoe primarily designed for trail or cross riding, but also suitable for a range of other types of riding. The Eagles are designed to be highly adjustable: so long as the shape of your foot is basically compatible with the Sidi design you should be able to perfectly hone the fit of the shoes. This is achieved through the use of a micro-adjustable caliper system for the main fixture combined with a ‘soft instep closure system’ which can be adjusted from both sides, to achieve optimal fit for different instep heights. Two straps with ‘high security velcro’ (which uses interlocking polymer teeth) finish off the Eagle’s fixtures.
The shoes are designed to be durable and maintain the optimum fit for each and every ride. They feature a reinforced heel cup for durability of fit and their soft instep closure system is replaceable. The sole of the Eagles is designed with MTB riding in mind and, for any really epic rides planned, you can get additional toe spikes to fit to the sole for added peace of mind in slimier conditions.
The Eagle is very versatile and would be a brilliant option for non-MTB/cross riders if you would like to take advantage of Sidi’s performance-orientated design and renowned quality of fit but would also appreciate the off-bike walkability of a recessed cleat or would prefer to use the SPD cleat system rather than a road cleat system.
A final thing worth mentioning is the quality of Sidi’s women’s specific shoe designs. Women typically have a more tapered foot shape than men, with narrower heels and less volume on the instep area. Rather than just shrink down the men’s model for women’s shoe sizes, Sidi use a women’s specific ‘last’ (an anatomical model of a foot used for designing shoes) and build their women’s shoes up from this.