SIDI Adventure Gore-Tex Boots
Loud Enough to Wake the Dead.
These are a solidly built boot. However, after a couple days of wearing, they began to squeak and I mean LOUDLY. I bought these thinking that I could wear them during work. No such luck. Everyone constantly makes fun of me. I walk down the hallway and the squeaking is heard from a few hundred feet away. I hear over the cubicles, "Rudy's coming!" I can't even wear these in the middle of the night at campsites. They're louder than snoring. Revzilla tried to help out by sending me some NikWax Conditioner but it didn't help at all. I am extremely unhappy with these boots. I have to carry a second pair of "non-embarassing" shoes with me. I am highly disappointed that a company such as Sidi released a boot such as these. I do NOT absolutely DO NOT recommend unless you're walking among the dead. Oh, another issue... don't wear these in the rain. Your feet will get soaked. They have no water resistance at all.
FYI, I ride a BMW R1200GS, not a Triumph Bonneville with these boots. Revzilla isn't updating my info correctly.
August 29, 2015
The best adventure boot
I purchased these boots for an adventure trip to Colorado, and they performed flawlessly. The weather ranged from 45 degrees and raining to 98 degrees and blazing sun. They protected my feet and kept them warm and dry for the entire trip. I also wear them on my daily 4 mile commute. The Texas summers are brutal and will leave your feet sweaty after 20 minutes of riding, but the added protection makes it worth it. For longer summer riding(> 85 degrees), I would get a boot with better airflow.
Protection - these boots are really well built, with awesome protection in the shin and heel. My feet stayed dry in the rain and a brief walk through various streams/water crossings
Styling - they look as awesome IRL as they do in the photos
Quality - the leather is top quality, the soles are sufficiently grippy, and the plastics seem to be high quality and hopefully long-lived
Pricey - very expensive(obviously) but you get what you pay for
Sizing - About a 1/2 size too big. I have the 10/44, and I wear a size 10 in any number of shoes, but these boots are definitely 10.5 US.
Airflow - these are weather-proof boots, so it's not surprising that they're not breathable
As with any new boot, expect these to be a little stiff and bulky, making it a little difficult to shift and find your footing on the bike. I'd recommend wearing them for a bit to stretch them out and getting used to how they feel/operate on a bike before heading out for a long trip.
August 25, 2015
Dry at last!
I had a pair of Sidi Adventure Rain and every time I rode for extended periods in the rain, my feet were soaked, not wet, soaked! I gave them away and bought the Goretex model and my feet have not been wet again, period. By the way both pairs squeaked like heck no matter what I did to them, but at least these keep my feet dry while they squeak.
August 18, 2015
Just what the Dr Ordered
I've only been on a couple of lengthy rides wearing these boots, so I can't speak to the durability. I'll do the pros and cones thus far, starting with the Cons.
Price. Big money, but I hope it's a "you get what you pay for" deal.
Noisy. Yep people said they squeeked when you walk, and it's true.
That's pretty much all I got for the cons. Of note, the toe is a bit taller than my other boots, so until I get my shift peg adjusted, I have to wedge my toe under to make the shift. I ride a HD Softail Deluxe with floorboards, so it's not like rotating the foot forward a bit more to get under the peg.
Comfort. I don't notice 'em. When you aren't reminded about your feet by pain, chafing or pressure points, that a good thing. I was also riding in 90° heat, and didn't notice my feet.
Protection. Now while I haven't had to test this out with these boots, it is the very reason I bought 'em, and it was due to damage incurred in a fall a couple of months back, in which I broke my ankle. However, these have so much ankle and overall foot support that I am able able to walk around without discomfort not using a cane like I do when I'm wearing regular shoes. That support and protection, added to the overall rating and previous comment about these boots is the reason I bought 'em.
Lastly, they complete my "Storm Trooper" look when I'm all geared up!
Oh yeah…NOT made in China! Made in Italy.
August 17, 2015
Great boots right out of the box
I bought these boots to replace a pair or rev'it boots that were falling apart after a year. They arrived 3 days before my 13 day 4800 mile trip that included the MOA rally in Billings Montana. These boots fit great just like my other Sidi boots. They were comfortable right out of the box. Absolutely no issues with shifting on my 2015GSA. Walking around wasn't an issue either except you can't sneak up on anyone in these boots. The squeak can't be overstated. I just decided that is was the sound of quality, sort of like my pricey ski boots. My feet did get a little hot when I got back to Arizona and the temperature was over 100 but they didn't get sweaty. I don't regret at all going the extra for the gortex version. I highly recommend this boot.
August 3, 2015
Sidi Adventure Gore-tex
I have been wearing the Sidi Adventure Goretex boots for almost two months now and have to say that overall I'm happy with my purchase choice. These boots, although somewhat pricey, are very comfortable to both ride and walk in. The quality of construction is top notch. On very hot days my feet will sweat in them and because of this I am glad that I chose the goretex version. Probably my only complaint thus far would be the squeaking. The boots were almost silent the first few times I wore them. Then after that, here came the noise. It's not a high pitch squeal but rather a crinkling of plastic kind of sound. Not too noticeable if you're walking around outdoors, but walking through a quite office, everyone knows when you're coming. After reading several suggestions, I treated the boots with a leather conditioner (couldn't find actual mink oil) and, for the most part, the noise is gone. I still have a very faint high pitch squeak but, to me, that is bare-able. Overall, would I recommend these to others, most definitely. But I would also suggest treating them with leather conditioner right out of the box.
July 23, 2015
I have ridden with these in torrential rains with not a drop of water sneaking in anywhere. Squeaky as all get out but I don't mind for the road and weather protection they provide. A little narrow but not too bad for me. Felt broke in right from the box. Wearing quality socks helps with the comfort level to be even better if you have to do a lot of walking. Highly recommend if you can afford them.
July 23, 2015
Everything you want in an enduro / touring boot
Great boot, comfy for all day riding, and comfy for walking around too. I have only four very minor complaints after just finishing a 6 state in 6 days tour: 1) the ski style buckles are a little hard to get started as the ankle seam gets in the way of the tongue where the two buckles come together. So you have to mash down the seam to get the buckles to overlap smoothly. 2) They squeak a little. Everyone has mentioned this, and to be honest it's not an issue for me i'm not trying to sneak around quietly when I'm out riding. 3) In 110 Degree weather, they are a little warm as there is no airflow - not so much a complaint as a note for those desert riders. 4) The toe is a little tall, I had to adjust my shifter up an inch so the boot could comfortably shift - again, more a note than complaint.
The Good: Waterproof - I got soaked during a massive storm, but my feet and ankles were nice and dry. They look great and inspire confidence. They are really very comfortable to wear and walk in with the articulating heel. Wonderful beefy soles. Super easy to put on and take off. Basically, the best boots I've ever owned.
July 20, 2015