Sidi SRS Replacement Soles
Price: Soles: $30.00; Screw Sets: $20.00-$60.00
- Extend the lifespan of Sidi SRS boots.
- Improve the grip with your feet to the pegs.
- Inexpensive and easy to replace.
- Removing and inserting the screws can be difficult.
- Replacement screws can get expensive.
What it is
- Screw on soles to replace worn out ones.
Sidi offers boots with replaceable soles known as the SRS models. The soles are screwed into the bottom of the boots via ¼ turn screws (older versions were threaded) and can be taken out with a flathead screwdriver. The replacement soles increase the longevity of the boots as well as save money from buying new boots or sending them off to get new soles replaced. Each sole is size specific. There are different screw sets depending on your needs.
How it works
- Old screws may need to be modified to allow for removal.
- Some difficulties with inserting new screws.
- Soles fit perfectly with no imperfections.
First, replacing the soles on your boots are very important. If you let the soles get too worn, your footpegs will wear into the bottom of your boot and essentially forcing them into retirement as one of our testers found out the hard way, see the photo...
The SRS soles are a great idea because they are simple to replace and they expand the boot’s lifetime. You do not have to go to a boot-smith. When first taking a look at the worn soles, there is a good chance that several of the screws have ground down making it nearly impossible to remove them with a screwdriver. If this is the case, using any type of rotary tool with a small wheel on it will allow for a new groove to be cut into the screw head. This allows for a much easier removal of the screws and the sole itself. Once all the screws have usable screwdriver grooves, removing them was simple and the sole popped right off.
When it came time to install the new soles, it became a little more difficult. With the new soles, the slots where the screws sit don’t have any holes in them so you must push the screw through the rubber to get them into position. The front screws with the washers were difficult to penetrate the rubber with; however, the other screws didn’t require much force to get into place. To help insert the front screws easier, slightly rotating/wiggling the screw while pushing down helps make it a bit easier as it penetrates the rubber faster.
Once all the ¼ turn screws were in position, tightening them all down wasn’t too difficult and they have a perfect fit. Since the full screw pack is very costly (more than the sole itself), re-using some of the old screws will help save in replacement costs. I found between two pairs of boots, the same screws wear out and the others are reusable. It's usually not necessary to replace the entire screw set at one time as people tend to wear the middle foot area more than heel and toe. The smaller screw sets start at $20.00. If you are able to cut a good groove in the damaged screws, they can definitely be reinstalled without any worries.
Also, after using one boot with the old sole and the other boot with the new sole, the new sole improves the contact with the peg. It sticks to the footpegs much better and minimizes the amount your feet move around.
Overall, Sidi’s SRS soles are a great investment in extending the life of your Sidi boots and improving your experience with them. They rejuvenate the boots with a fresh grip on the pegs and allow you to continue to use them for a much longer period of time. Additionally, they are very simple to replace and you can do it yourself which is always a plus. After about 1.5 hours of work, the boots looked good as new.
Sidi has also created a detailed video to show you the best way to remove/install them.