Two big crashes this year and two wasted buckles. Thankfully the buckles are not only easy to replace but also reasonably priced. My straps were getting a bit beat up so I replaced them as well and everything felt like new.
Once I did receive the product it was an exact replacement for my Sidi Genius 5 buckle that I damaged in a crash. Installed quickly and easily and is working perfectly. Four stars only because of delayed delivery due to shipping address being entered wrong twice.
I laid my bike down on a slick mossy section of Portland road (luckily my left side so I didn't wreck the drivetrain). My forearm, thigh, and Sidi buckle took the impact. The buckle broke but luckily stayed rachetted down (thanks Sidi!). Instead of having to toss a perfectly great pair of shoes I simply replaced the buckle. Works as new!
I love these shoes, but both buckles were broken and I wasn't excited about paying $239 for a new pair. Replacing the buckles is a much more cost-effective way to get back in business. I originally purchased the shoes used so I'm not sure how old the shoes are, but they're at least 6 years old - so I was concerned these new buckles might not fit. I was pleased to find that they fit my old shoes perfectly. Installation was as easy as can be, just one phillips head screw to tighten per buckle. I purchased matching replacement straps just to be sure they would be compatible with the new buckles, but the old ones would have worked fine.
While I was not happy that the original buckle broke under normal use, it was a relief to find that spare parts that fit are available. Swapped out old set, installed new in less than 5 minutes.
Shoes have become a major investment, the more use you get out of them the better.