SIDI Adventure Rain Boots
Just breaking 'em in...
Other than a pair of O'Neal MX boots and an excellent pair of Rev'It AirWalk boots, this is only my third pair of boots in over 10 years riding. And my first dedicated DS/ADV boot.
Just breaking them in now, but a few quick observations:
Fit is perfect. I wear either a US 10.5 or 11 depending on shoe sizing. Got these in a size 45 and they're spot on.
Haven't heard any of the legendary "squeaking," yet.
I've gotten them wet and worn them both riding and walking around the yard, just to break them in. The leather (or is it Lorica?) around the ankle area and forward is a little stiff and bunches, creating a small pressure point. But I'm assuming this will soften and ease with further break in.
The protection looks and feels robust. The closure system is easy to adjust and excellent.
As an aside, I also road bike (cycle), and have had a pair of Sidi cycling shoes for years. They're impecably designed and made, and seem like a micro-miminalist version of this boot from the same manufacturer. Everything from the materials to the obvious assembly-crafstmanship and design details (expecially the well-executed closures) is common to both.
Taking these to Utah for a week of riding—if they aren't broken in by then, they will be on the trail!
June 15, 2015
This is the one!
If you're looking for the best protection and a great fit and feel to go with, these are the boots for you. I have these same boots in gore-tex, and they are indestructible, riding in them is great, walking is ok, but you get used to the feel. Only thing is they squeak a little when walking.
June 9, 2015
Glad I got them
Bought these after breaking ankle while wearing inadequate boots. Very short break in period. So far very comfortable for riding and walking. Used them on a two week motorcycle tour of Italy. Very happy. Rain or shine, feet stayed comfortable. They do squeak so job as Ninja assassin is out, but that's only downside.
June 8, 2015
Protective boot, comfortable on the bike
This review is from my initial impressions after only riding 1500km in these boots. I thought they were like trying to walk in ski boots when I first tried them on. They were very stiff out of the box but have loosened up a tad now. I will assume that they will continue to break in as time goes. On the bike I was actually amazed how comfortable they were in the riding position as well as standing on the pegs. With the lug type sole you are afforded a few extra centimeters of height (which is good for the short of inseam among us) They are extremely protective and I am confident that if I went down at speed my career as a foot model would be intact.
June 1, 2015
I bought theses because they have a great following and everything I've heard is true. They look great, feel great, squeak, and for and function is dead on perfect. They do take some time to break in and the squeak let ppl know you baught Sidi boots. Lol.
May 25, 2015
Yeah two years later and they are still squeaky, but I like em a lot and I'm glad to have the protection. I live in Seattle. They've never leaked.
May 13, 2015
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