SIDI Armada Gore-Tex Boots
Excellent product! Even better service!
I have owned Sidi boots in the past, and the Armada boots seem to be on par with the high level of construction and comfort that I would expect from the manufacturer. I believe that the features (especially Gore Tex) and craftsmanship make for a worthy investment. The boots require a little break-in period for flexibility (i.e., to shift gears), but have been comfortable since the first time I put them on. It had been raining extremely hard, and I was pleasantly surprised that the boots arrived within 24 hours of submitting my online order; this made for much more pleasant commute. Revzilla also automatically applied a credit that I forgot about during the order process.
January 10, 2016
Great looking boot.
Broke down and bought this boot and I'm glad that I spent the money. After my first 200 mile ride wearing them I was happy with my purchase. Took a little getting used to when shifting because the toe box was different from what I was used too. I ended up taking off the shin protectors for a better fit under my jeans. Great boot that you can wear with your clothing going out to diner or in the store and not feel out of place. Revzilla offered free shipping and they arrived fast. Very happy with purchase and look forward to years of use with this quality boot.
November 16, 2015
Great Style, Protection & Gore-Tex
Sidi Armada Gore-Tex Boots; Size 9.5 US/43 EUR. Boots proved to be the most difficult decision by far which I’ll describe further below. The fit, specifically, was the biggest struggle. In fact, despite my extensive research, speaking with RevZilla and comparing the many various shoes I have to gauge an estimate, I ordered 8.5/42 initially based on all the information available which was too small and I had to send them back for a 43. Worth mention, the exchange was extremely easy and positive, just as Anthony describes in the video reviews. However, something to consider, I strongly recommend that to get a ‘true size’ all comparisons and estimates be based on measures captured with a Ralyn or Brannock device. That’s the funny looking metal thing that we all played with in the shoe stores that offers both a valid length and width measure of the foot. This would take all the nebulous guessing and disparity out, even among the EUR sizes listed by the various boot producers. RevZilla then need not worry about each individual company’s sizing difference/charts to make estimates. Then you could offer all products a comparison to the easily obtained, real ‘true to size’ measure. Until then, I’ll offer that I wear 9.5US in Asics running shoe, 9.5US in New Balance runners, and 10US in Vans skate shoes. The 43 Sidi Armada fit me fine. My Ralyn/Brannock measure reflects 9.5US with C/D width. Now, on to function… I researched every road worthy boot on RevZilla’s site (no, really). Then I defined my requirements in priority order; Gore-Tex (I hate wet, cold feet), solid protection, reliable/longevity, aesthetic appearance, replaceable sole/parts, and the myriad customer reviews. These Sidi’s have a nice lug sole with good functionality and solid protection. My suggestions for improvement are twofold. First, as Anthony points out in his review, I agree fully that the shin protector should absolutely be hard TPU. The heel cup, toe, sole, and vertical support is fantastic, but break-in time is required. These things are not the best for walking in the park, but they also don’t squeak either (at least not yet). I am skeptical though concerning the longevity of the vertical supports. When you bend and flex, the stress points are visible just about where the vertical mounting fasteners are affixed on each side. However, should this fail at some point in the future, it can be removed, although I personally want the added thickness for protection especially with no shin TPU. Zips work great, providing easy access. And, although, not yet tested in a rain shower, I got fairly wet in the dense morning dew on a 49F ride to work and my feet remained nice and dry! I recommend these boots to those with similar requirements who are willing to shell out the bucks for them. I do however suspect that there are likely other options of comparable quality and function at lesser cost. Time will determine overall value. And as a parting shot, the same tape described in my helmet review of the Scorpion EXO T1200 offers considerable addition to the three visibility dots provided from Sidi as seen in the pics. Safe Riding!
October 16, 2015
SIDI Armada 1st 600 mile trip
The SIDI Armada Gore Tex Boots performed as advertised. Good comfortable fit. Sized right on, no issues. Comfortable on the bike and walking.
October 7, 2015
The fit perfect and do their job.
Excellent fit, but you need a good pants
July 6, 2015
Love this boot!
I have been wearing this boot for over over a week now and I have to say that I really like it. The zipper makes for easy on/off a lower second zipper detent lets the upper cuff open up a bit more and adds a bit of airflo. I took the upper cuffs off in about 5 minutes.
This is the perfect boot if you want something a little more than a standard street boot, but I would go with something a little more beefy if I was going to trail ride.
All in all suits my needs perfectly.
April 30, 2015
High quality and comfortable
Great experience shopping/shipping from Revzilla. Sidi boots are exactly as described in descriptions as well as reviews I've read. The only thing I had to remediate was what several other reviewers noted: There is a little extra room in the heel that makes heel slippage possible. To fix this, I bought Dr Schol heel inserts from Walmart. Now the boots are perfect fitting.
February 23, 2015
My second pair of Sidi's
These boots fit as advertised, I've previously and still have a pair of Streetburners that I've had for about 6 years and they've never let me down. I wear a 12-13 on regular shoes, ordered a 12.5 US and these fit great so I would say fitment is true to size.
I rated bang for the buck and air flow a 4 of 5 since I have yet to ride with them due to the weather. However wearing them around the house for a bit proved the GoreTex was doing it's job in regards to the "ventilation" of the boot.
I rated features a 4 of 5 since they don't have a "shifter patch on the boot to keep the shifter from wearing on the toe box of the boot. However I couldn't justify making the jump from these to the adventure model for that feature.
December 15, 2014