SIDI All Road Gore-Tex Boots
Nice boots - a bit bulky
I got these to replace my favorite (but old) Sidi Way Rain boots, and I have not been disappointed. I just got back from a two-week trip thru Scotland, where it rained every day. Not all day, but every day, These boots kept my feet dry the whole time.
A couple of nits, just because these are the things I noticed when I transitioned from the Way Rains. The closure on these boots is on the "outside," which is a bit more awkward to put on than the simple "inside" zipper on the Rains. Also these boots have a pretty substantial lugged sole, which makes it a bit harder to pull on overpants (or rain pants) over the boots, but it can be done.
On the plus side, that same lugged sole gave good grip on the wet steel decks (and wet wood planks) of the Scottish ferries. They do start out a bit stiff, but break in and are comfortable to walk/hike in. And they look like they'll offer more protection than my old Way Rain boots.
July 22, 2016
Nice boot, warmer then I would like when riding in 80+ weather. I replaced an old Alpinestar smx vented boot with these, I kinda miss the full lenght zipper for getting in and out of the boots, and the dual velcro straps can be a pain when your morning commute is only 30 minutes. (the boot doesnt want to open wide enough to get my foot in and out if both straps are not undone.)
May 31, 2016
Sidi never disappoint
I've had several pairs of these boots, and the fit is always precise and what I expect. Waterproofing is excellent and comfort is all day good. Highly recommended.
May 17, 2016
I have just started using the boot, so it is still in break-in mode. The fit is excellent, as my feet are EE width. I have been wearing them full time during my work day as a computer technician. They are all day comfortable. Riding, they are thicker and are taking a little get used to when shifting. I have not had a ride in wet conditions yet, but should soon as I live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
May 3, 2016
Great, water-proof boot. Requires break-in period.
I commute to work on my motorcycle everyday up in the Seattle area. So my priorities when shopping for a boot were water-proof and life-time value. These are my first set of proper motorcycle boots and are replacing a set of hiking boots which have served their purpose, but have left my feet wet on the heavy rain days.
I've ridden with them in a light rain and heavy, and not a drop of water has come through.
When they first came, they were very stiff. I wore them around the house for a couple of days (I didn't have to commute those days) and they started to break in quite quickly. I've been using them for about 6 weeks now and I can feel how they're still continuing to soften, but are feeling a lot more flexible. I'd say they started to ease up about 2 weeks in.
Getting in and out of them was pretty tight at first. Once I'm in them, they fit great, but even with the shoes fully open and all the velco wide open, it can be tight to get in. The more I went them, the less of an issue this is. A handle on the back would help, but I'm guessing that would mess up the water-proof or style.
Style-wise I'm quite pleased since I can wear them under jeans (which I do when it's not raining) and you can't tell they're big, tall moto boots. I change when I get to work, but not looking like a Mad-Max character is preferred while I stroll into work.
April 2, 2016
Solid boot, riders won't be disapointed
Purchased this boot as a multi-wear boot for highway and light off-road riding. The boot has solid construction, good protection and overall wear-a-bility. I found the boot had a "good feel" on the brake lever as well as shift lever and isn't as terribly rigid as I had originally been informed. You're not going to want to run the 100 yd dash in them since they're a technical riding boot but you can comfortably wear them for the day!
March 29, 2016
My new favorite boot
When I write reviews it is with the intent of helping you, my fellow riders, make an informed decision. So, I don't write reviews that start with "Item just arrived, and looks great!" In the case of my Sidi All Road boots, I've been wearing them for around eight months, in all conditions, temperatures, etc., so I think I can offer a fair review at this point.
There have been plenty of questions from potential buyers and even on-line reviewers about the synthetic leather these boots are made of. I'm as much a fan of real leather as anyone, but I have to say that the stuff these boots are made out of seems to be all but bulletproof. I've worn mine quite a bit, and if I bother to wipe them off with a wet cloth they look to be practically pristine. They simply don't scuff as easily as real leather. I have several others boots that are, shall we say, aggressively scuffed from the shifter on my GS, but not the All Roads. The material has held up incredibly well. The stitching is robust, consistent, and attractive.
OK, so the material is really tough; does that mean it's stiff? Nope, it does not. I have never once, from the first time I put them on early last July to wearing them this past weekend (March 12th) had any discomfort due to the boot not feeling broken in. Speaking of which, I'm not sure this material will ever break in exactly like leather does. It isn't going to feel soft and supple, but neither does it feel still and uncomfortable. I think it's a terrific combination of durable and wearable. In fact, everything about the boot is comfortable in my opinion. The foot bed is comfortable to walk in, the straps provide plenty of adjustability to obtain a good fit (I have very large calves, and have no problem closing these boots), and the soles are both comfortable and supportive. The tread is deep and very functional. These aren't vented boots, so don't breath like vented boots. I don't find them to run particularly hot, though. I wear tall riding socks with them, and generally find my feet to be neither too hot nor too cold if I wear the right socks.
Truth be told, if I only wanted comfort I would wear Chuck Taylors or something similar. I want protection, and the Sidi All Road provides it. Toes and ankles are very well protected. There is also shin protection. These have Gore Tex and the awesome dryness that comes along with it. I'm not sure how much water gets past the outer part of the boot to be blocked by the Gore Tex, but I can tell you that my feet remained 100% dry even during a ten hour riding day through steady rain. So, physical protection - check. Environmental protection - check.
In summary, I really can't find anything negative to say about the All Road boots. They have kind of an interesting, hybrid velcro attachment on the straps that had me questioning durability at first, but so far there have been no issues. I'm pretty picky about my gear. Being somewhat of a gear hound, I'm predisposed to finding a reason to replace jackets, boots, etc. Maybe the best thing I can say about the Sidi All Road is that I haven't thought a single time about replacing them, and if the durability over the first 8+ months is any indication I'll have no reason to go boot shopping for many years.
March 14, 2016
As good or better than the On-Roads they replaced.
I've worn out two pairs of On-Roads riding all kinds of terrain in all kinds of weather. They were comfortable all day, on or off the bike. I even worked in them where I was on my feet 90% of the time. I was disappointed when it came to order new On-Roads only to discover that Sidi replaced them with All Roads.
The first time I put the All Road boots on, I thought they were a little snug, but within a few minutes they were feeling pretty good just like they did 8 hours later. Comfortable and lightweight with a fit that was exactly like the On-Roads they replaced. I wore them on a three week trip to Burma in January just a couple of weeks after I received them. Water crossings, warm days, walking, all types of surfaces from smooth tarmac to cow trails. The boots were great even after 10 or 12 hours. No hot spots, waterproof, lightweight, always comfortable. I have not worn them in really hot or cold weather, but I suspect they'll be fine like the On-Roads were.
The new material used for the shaft and body of the boot seems pretty durable and retains its shape well. The boots are flexible enough for all day use on or off the bike. Because of that, they don't provide the kind of protection that dedicated off-road boots would. For the kind of riding I do (fire roads, canyon carving, long distance & sport touring, dual sport sidecars), they couldn't be better.
What's not to like? I'd buy them again.
March 8, 2016