SIDI Adventure Rain Boots
Comfortable and Durable
Upgraded to the Sidi Adventure Rains after witnessing a friend who was wearing the Sidis take a fall in which the full weight of bike landed on top of the ankle portion of the boot. Boot held up, and my friend experienced absolutely no lower leg or ankle injuries. Knowing full well that the mid-grade boots I was wearing at the time would not have held up the way the Sidis had, I wasted no time in ordering a pair for myself.
Boots arrived on time and in perfect condition. Very well built and comfortable, although they do take a fair amount of breaking in. A few evening walks around the block and a several rides seem to have done the trick, and they just keep getting better. I know people often complain about the infamous "Sidi Squeak", but I look at it as part of the "character" of the boot, and it's nothing that can't be solved by a little powdered graphite from my kid's old pinewood derby kit.
One important note for guys with bigger feet: I'm a size 13 and these boots are very large in their dimensions when compared to the average adventure boots. Large lug soles, thick construction and big, reinforced toe wells make for a quite bulky overall size. First time I went for a ride I discovered that my foot in the new boots could not comfortably fit under my stock gear shift lever no matter how many adjustments I made mechanically. Lots of missed shifts and cramping with the new boots made for an unsafe ride. Nothing that couldn't be solved by a new, adjustable length gear shift lever (which is what I ultimately did), but guys with larger feet should be prepared to have to make some mechanical adjustments or outright replacements to equipment if they go with this boot.
Aside from this minor inconvenience the boots do live up to the hype. Hopefully I never have to test the protection level of the Sidis, but having seen them in action during my friends off-bike adventure I'm already a true believer.
April 9, 2015
Probably the best compromise boot out there!
I have been competitively riding street, track, moto-x and desert for about 43 years, not a new rider. I love the dual sport type riding (KTM EXC 500) and wanted a ultra protective boot that offered a little more comfort and versatility over my Sidi Crossfire boots. The Adventure Rains are it. Fit is spot on as far as true to size. They are a few inches shorter on top which is nice, full armor such as ankle, heel and shin protection on a leather boot is awesome. Unlike other reviews, the boot is not like wearing leg casts on your feet. Don't kid yourself, they are a very heavy duty leather boot and do require break in time, but it is well worth it. They have a more normal style boot sole which is great for walking around as well as guiding your bike up or down that impossible route you decided to tackle. They will suffice for street riding if you can't afford a good boot for every type riding you do, you will just have to get used to a little less feel for brake and shift lever manipulation, however they will provide better crash protection even over the best street boots IMO. They may not have all day comfort on a street bike where you have time to sit and think about stuff as opposed to off road where you are substantially more busy. Oh ya, mine do not sqeak!
March 30, 2015
Solid, well made boots, but squeaky!
Been breaking in my SIDI Adventure Rain Boots for a week or so now. They're quite comfortable, although the top of the front leg protectors can rub against your leg if you're not wearing socks that go all the way up. I just tested them out by strolling through and standing in 5" of new snow and slush...nicely waterproof and warm. The only peeve I've got with them is that they're really loud! Everyone in the office knows I'm coming because they're so squeaky. I'm hoping that goes away as I wear them in...they're still pretty stiff.
March 3, 2015
Only 1 con: the site lists the size as 50 euro/ 15 US. When you look inside the boot, it reads: 50 euro/ 14.5 US. A little misleading. Fortunately they fit, but it's close.
The boots have been comfortable so far. No long walks in them yet, but they haven't started to squeak like I heard they will. The flexibility is pretty good right out of the box, but they do need more breaking in.
So far I really like them.
February 2, 2015
Some bling for the bike
Another addition to my line of Sidi boots. I love these boots. Keeps the cold/wet out, but can get a little swampy when the temperatures start to rise. I live in Texas, so when that happens, I switch to the Sidi Air.
January 19, 2015
Fantastic comfort and protection
These boots are fantastic if you have narrow feet. I normally wear a 13A and I have been swimming in other boots I have tried on. The ankle protection is fantastic (like ski boots), more on this later.
Found a pair I could try on last month and bought them. The more I wear them the happier I have become.
Got first hand experience of how protective they are last Saturday. I was riding the saddle over 4 Peaks Mountain in Maricopa AZ. I am new to dirt riding so this was a challenging ride for me. Half-way through the ride I lost control of the bike and it ended up crashing directly on my ankle. I was convinced my ankle was trashed. I did end up with a broken leg (fibula up near the knee), but my ankle is fine.
These boots did everything I could have asked for. They are not even damaged. If necessary, I would replace them without a question asked.
Attached x-ray is of my leg after the crash.
December 22, 2014
Good compromise for off Dual Sport riding--stiff enough for off road, but comfortable all day.
November 25, 2014
Great all around boots
When I first received these boots, I walked about a mile in them to soften the leather a little. The second time I wore them, they began squeaking like others have mentioned. I used snapring pliers to take off the snaprings at the pivots and removed the ankle armor. I applied some sticky grease (silicone, though anything sticky should work) and reattached the armor. The boots are now completely silent.
After a couple thousand miles of highway riding, the boots feel like really protective sneakers. I have already made the mistake of forgetting to switch out of these boots before doing yard work or chores around the house (the mistake being that boots get beat up quicker).
Definitely a worthwhile investment. One of the few boots on the market that can be worn every day and still provide close to MX boot protection.
November 17, 2014