SIDI Adventure Gore-Tex Boots
Top of the food chain
wow, this boot is dry. i have ridden through thunderstorms on high mountain passes for hours and not a drop penetrated the boots.comfort it top notch.
November 26, 2013
King of the ADV/dual sport boots for good reasons
If you are like me then you have been seriously weighing your options for extending your riding season while upping your protection and being functional off the bike without having to go full Power Ranger with a motocross style boot. Let's face it, those Nike's aren't the safest or sanest option when hurtling down the highway at 70. There are certainly excellent options out there like the Alpinestars Toucan GTX, Gaerne Balanced Oiled, Sidi Discovery Rain, and TCX X-Desert Gore-tex just to name a few. But when you begin to seriously compare all of these boots to the Sidi Adventure Gore-tex the functionality packed into this boot really outshines the competition.
As the name suggests, the Sidi Adventure Gore-tex has the Gore-tex liner integrated into the boot itself. This is a waterproof, windproof, breathable, and moisture wicking material that keeps your feet protected from the elements while allowing the environment inside the boot to remain comfortable. This means you can ride year round with this boot making it the only boot you need no matter the season or the weather.
Sure, most of the boots I mentioned have a Gore-tex liner or an equivalent so why pay more than $150 more of the Sidi Adventure Gore-tex? Simply the protection that the Adventure Gore-tex offers is heads and shoulders above the competition. As the saying goes, "you don't dress for the ride, you dress for the fall". While heel box, toe box, and shin reinforcement is present throughout the boots mentioned, the Adventure Gore-tex pushes you into that next level with the external heel, malleolus (ankle), and Achilles protection. In the event of a crash or accident you can expect every one of your foot's pivot points to do just that - pivot, twist, and flex. While crush injuries are almost impossible to prevent from direct impact, the really nasty stuff comes from the twisting and flexing that happens when you skip, slide, and bounce. The external sliders along the exterior of the boot coupled with the reinforcement lock your foot into the boot eliminating the natural weakness of the ankle. No other equivalent boot has this level of protection, period.
But with all this protection does the boot feel like you're wearing blocks? Absolutely not. The non-bootie design means that you have great feel in the toe which is important for finding and feeling the shift and rear brake levers. The sole is a work boot style so it has big lugs and contact area for when you are stationary on the bike. And the pivot point for the single flex upper is anatomically aligned with your ankle so you aren't fighting the boot to move your foot while on or off the bike. I honestly don't even notice a difference when I wear them which is exactly what I want in a boot. If it's cumbersome and clunky you won't wear them which defeats the point of buying the boots in the first place.
And the final selling point for me was the attachment style of the sole. With many boots in this category the soles are non-replaceable (kinda like those Nike's), so once you burn through them you have to buy another pair. The Adventure Gore-tex's sole is a Goodyear welt design which means that the soles are 100% replaceable and not integrated into the Gore-tex of the boot itself. This significantly increases the life span of the boot and means that you can refresh your boots for $50 and some time at a cobbler rather than dropping several hundred dollars every couple of years.
Just like helmets protect your brain and a jacket/suit protects your skin, purpose built motorcycle boots are a vital component of your overall protection system. The money spent on good quality gear saves you money in the long run not only by not having to repurchase the same stuff after a year or two but hospital bills aren't exactly cheap. If you could spend $500 to save $5000 why wouldn't you?
November 15, 2013
I was looking for a more "adventure riding" type boot and none of the women's boots really fit the bill. I already own a pair of SIDI Women's Vertigo Lei Boots. I was VERY impressed with the quality of SIDI boots, so I decided to give the SIDI Adventure Gore-Tex Boots a try.
I was a bit concerned about sizing (I'm a women's 6 1/2), but with Revzillas great return policy it couldn't hurt to give the Men's size 6 (EU 39) a try.What a pleasant surprise, they fit (very well actually). They are extremely comfortable for a boot with so much protection/support. They do seem a bit narrow, but that actually works well for me and like I said the Men's 6 fits we well (I do wear heavier socks though) so they may run just a tad bit on the small side.
If you're on the fence about spending the extra money for this boot, try them.... you will not be disappointed.
October 16, 2013
Worth every penny. Easy, quick break-in. Easy in-and-out. No noise or squeaking (at least not for me). I did replace the insert with a gel insert for added comfort and to take up a little extra space in the toe box.
The boots have a thick/high toe area. So, if you're accustomed to more street-biased boots, be prepared to adjust your shifter to accommodate the Sidi Adventure.
October 14, 2013
true to size
I was VERY concerned about sizing when buying boots on line because I live in São Paulo - Brazil and the fantastic "ship for free, exchange for free" call offered by Revzilla to you guys in US does not work for me.
So, in a recent trip to Germany, I bought this pair of boots. Everything I had read about it is absolutely true, the product is a meisterstück #masterpiece, in German#. This review has the intention to add one hint only: buy 1/2 a size bigger, to accomodate a good pair of socks, it will fit as a gloove! I'm US11, so I bought EUR46 #equivalent to US11.5#. Guess what? Perfection!
October 3, 2013
You can't go wrong with SIDI!
SIDI makes a great boot. I have the crossfires too and love them.
September 30, 2013
Great product - as advertised
Boots were purchased approximately two weeks before I was to leave for Milwaukee for Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary soiree. I wore the boots approximately 10-17 hours per day the first week. First day on the bike was 685 miles and my feet were comfortable on my HD Dyna Wide Glide. During the 110th I also did a lot of walking around in the boots and my feet were very comfortable with an added running shoe insert. My feet sweat a lot, but were fairly dry in the boots. I noticed a difference in the socks that I wore. Cotton were the worse as the sweat was trapped and I wound up getting a small blister on the heel. The best socks for comfort and no blisters was a pair of Nike Dri-Fit soccer socks. Boots worked great in the rain! Feet were dry and not cold. Temps ranged from 95 down to the low 50's. Had a longer ride in below 60* weather and my feet did not get that cold feel that eventually travels throughout my body. I was hoping this would be the case as I get cold very easy. Overall, I am glad I purchased these boots as they helped me replace two other inferior pair for this one boot. Makes packing for trips so much easier. All of my buddies really liked the design of the boot as was I.
September 24, 2013
The features that this boots have are great
I rode this past weekend, with this boots on, and they are great!. Since they are made for all-weather they run a little hot, but nothing unmanageble. After 4 hours on the bike, we got a lot of heavy rain, and they performed as offered. No leaks of any type.
I am really please with the purchase!, at the end you get what you paid for.
September 23, 2013