Sidi Adventure Rain Boots
Perfect "Mostly" Onroad ADV Boot.
I've only done about 400 miles in these, so they're barely broken in, and I don't feel right commenting on most of their features yet. I haven't ridden in the rain yet (summer in socal), but I'm confident given the other review they'll be fine.
I'll say - these are NOT MX boots. If you want MX boots, buy MX boots. To me, these are beefed up road boots, which will protect you if you jump off road for a bit, and thats what I'll be using them for. If you're going to be in the really crazy off road stuff, these are probably not for you, but I don't think they're advertised as such either.
The boots themselves are very comfortable. They don't breath all that well compared to my road boots, but thats fine, no big deal there.
They're big enough to take a lot of shifting sensation away, so if you're used to "thinner" boots, they may take some getting used to.
In regards to the squeak - we participate in a hobby where we sit on top of a motor with a seat and two wheels bolted on, and frequently modify our exhausts to be louder, etc. Are you wearing your boots to the opera? Mine squeak a tad, but who cares? I only notice it on the walk from my house to my garage.
May 14, 2013
Quality product. Ideal for any adventure rider!
I have been riding in the Adventure Rain boots for about a 1500 miles. So far, they have lived up to their reputation.
Once they had arrived I checked their fit and it was as expected. Of course, with any new leather boot it must be broken-in so I wore them around the house as much as possible. One trick that always helps speed up the breaking in process is to simply get them wet (exterior only) and continue to wear them around for a few hours and then let them dry. I repeated this for about 3 days and that was about all that was necessary. This is what works for me.
The only negative thing that I noticed about the boot was the notorious squeak that I read in all of the reviews. And yes it is annoying! The squeak is due to the material associated with the hinge around the ankle while you are walking in the boots. But I found a simple solution in my garage. I used some “silicone” garage door lubricant spray. Just hold each boot upside down and spray a small amount of silicone lube in the hinge area allowing the silicone to wick underneath the hinge material along the back of the boot. Wipe off the excess silicone and you should notice an immediate improvement. If there is still some squeak re-apply more silicone lube. Just remember to wipe off any excess.
It will be difficult to feel the shift lever until the boots are well broken-in. It’s not really a big deal for an experienced rider. About three weeks into riding this was a non-issue.
In the beginning I was debating weather or not to get the Adventure Gortex instead of the Rain boots. After reading the reviews I found that the Adventure Rains held up just fine so I elected to save the extra 100 dollars to feed my Starbucks habit. Lol. The boots are most certainly waterproof! I took a weekend long rider refresher course where it poured down rain the entire weekend…. My feet were bone dry and never once got cold(42 degree weather). I usually swear by GORTEX but in this case, SIDI makes a quality product that far exceeded my expectations.
One more thing, if you are wearing the adventure rains and off-road adventure riding pants that have kneepads, hip pads ect. It will be a challenge to sit down in the bathroom! The boots ride just below the knee so you may just want to kick them off before hand...
As far as their appearance goes, my hat goes off to SIDI for a job well done!!!! Like with all Sidi products, great design, craftsmanship and unmatched quality.
May 8, 2013
Good boot for the value
I was disappointed that the boot was far stiffer than I thought. It will take quite some time to break them in. All else aside, they are good boots.
April 29, 2013
These are great boots. I bought them to replace the Danner boots that I was riding with on my r1200 gs. They look great, are waterproof (I've ridden through streams, been caught in heavy rain, and have even stood in the lake behind my house when I got them to test their waterproofness), and have plenty of protection. I have confidence that my feet and ankles will be protected if things go badly. I have about 4000 miles in mine so far, and I will definitely replace these with another pair when they wear out, which probably won't be for a long time. I am a retired police motor officer. My career was cut short when I was hit by a reckless driver on my police motor. Needless to say, I'm very particular about my safety gear. And, these boots are as close to perfection as anything I've ever put on my feet.
-Yes, they are expensive - but, in this case, you get what you pay for.
-Yes, they get hot when the temperature rises - they're waterproof.
-Yes, they squeak until they are broken in. Nothing some silicone or mink oil can't easily fix. It's really not a big deal.
April 26, 2013
Excellent Boot, typical Sidi quality and engineering
This is an excellent all around touring and off road boot. Not as robust as the Garne SG-10 but then again the SG-10 is about twice as heavy and not at all something you would want to spend touring or long distance traveling with. I would highly recommend these, very comfortable, rugged and heavy protection around the ankle and shin. You can't go wrong with these.
April 23, 2013
Only water resistant
These are really nice boots. They have tons of protection, they look good, they are comfy. BUT they are only water resistant and not water proof...sort of odd to go on an adventure in the rain with the adv. rain boots and have wet feet. If you want water proof - get the adventure Gore boots. Really.
April 16, 2013
A great boot.........
The boots are great. Also great protection. It took a time to break in. Over all a Fantastic boot. The U Tube video was very helpful on deciding on the right boots.
April 15, 2013
Great Looking Boot!
Yes, they make a little noise but nothing ridiculous. They're a good boot and live up to the Sidi name. Great looks and lots of protection for an Adventure boot. I don't think they trap air any worse than other motorcycle boots... they're boots!!
I'd recommend them, highly.
April 3, 2013