SIDI Adventure Gore-Tex Boots
No break in required.
This isn't a motocross boot. It's an adventure boot and in such it's comfortable. You can wear it all day for many days. Haven't tested the waterproofing yet but I don't see any weak spots. They are narrow enough around the calf you can wear average jeans over them or they adjust enough to wear in the boot pants with them. There isn't much competition for this category, maybe a little expensive, but no complaints.
February 10, 2014
Great ADV Boot
I really like this boot for ADV riding. I have a BMW GS and this boot is a good balance between protection for off-road dirt road & trails and street riding. A pure off-road boot like the Spitfire would offer more protection but I need to be able to also wear the boot in town when stopping to see the sights.
February 4, 2014
Great Boot, Super Comfortable
The boot just fits right from the moment it's worn. It has plenty of good protection and can be adjusted to fit perfectly. Buckles take a bit of courage to adjust at first, but once you know the drill, you will love them.
January 27, 2014
Great looking boot
Just got them a couple of weeks ago; first time in, I felt very comfortable, as well as during the ride. Since temperature was moderate, I din't experience sweating, or cold. Too early to make further comments, but I love the fact that there are only two buckles, instead of four!
January 20, 2014
Great pair of boots.
Only complaint is these boots are crazy sqeaky when brand new. Small price to pay for comfortable dry protection though.
January 13, 2014
Simply put..."Best Boots These Feet Have Seen"! I'm a 50/50 dual sport rider and these boots give me the best compromise for the type of riding I do. Stiff enough for hours of off-road standing on pegs and no hardened shank to make walking around off bike uncomfortable with the added protection for both street and dirt. Got the "SIDI Boot Squeak" after the first week and solved this problem completely with rubbing mink oil on all leather surfaces that came in contact with the plastic pivoting ankle support. I had to pull the plastic tab on the back of the pivoting ankle support out of the leather slot on the boot pull to get the articulation I needed to get the mink oil in all cracks and crevices but the result was a completely "Squeak Free" boot! I would say these are a step down from the Sidi Crossfires in the off-road world but they certainly make up for that in other areas. I left the "Air Flow" category blank...Full grain leather boot + Gore-Tex + Klim Mammoth socks = Breathability and moisture wicking but no "Air Flow". Quality of materials and boot construction lead me to believe these boots will stand the test of time. Overall, would buy again and would recommend.
January 6, 2014
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