SIDI Armada Gore-Tex Boots
Like most, did some research and selected the boot for me. SIDI Aramda
Like most other reviews: why did I wait so long to buy the SIDI Aramda? Yes, it is narrow. Yes, quality workmanship. Yes, soul is different that what I was used to. Yes, afterbreak in period, fit is pretty darn comfortable. No, waiting for the waterproof test - just haven't had the luck to ride in the rain. Riding in the heat and the boot gets warm, then what doesn't in 90+ temps.
The entire process with Revzilla was awesome. Made a phone call to talk to a person. I'd pretty much made up my mind on which boot was going to be purchased. Boots arrived almost as soon as we hung up. Ok, might have been two days, it was fast. Glad I bought them and if they wear out, going to get another pair.
July 4, 2014
Adventure boot and street boot in one!
I have a Yamaha Tenere, and ride on and off pavement. I've seen too many people break legs with poor boots, and I wanted one boot that would protect me off-road but I could also wear for street cruising and commuting. This is it!
I was dubious when I first got them (would REALLY like to see more protection on the shin), but with the add-on upper the ankle and leg protection feels really good. Remove the upper and you have excellent road / commuting boots that still fit inside your pants (even if they're not boot cut).
Three notes - two just so you know, and one I'd like to see changed:
The toe box is tall, and I lost a little feel on the shift lever because there's some dead space between the tops of my toes and the leather of the boot. I have to pay attention or I don't release enough on the shift lever and I miss up-shifts. It's not a big gap, and I fix that by getting used to the new angle.
Removing/replacing the uppers takes ten to fifteen minutes. Gets a little shorter each time, really not that big a deal, and the threaded metal insert the screw goes into on the boot may rotate inside the pocket. That's not a big deal - push against it from the inside and you can still screw it down pretty tight - and I've never had anything work itself loose.
Lastly, I would REALLY like to see more beef on the shin protection. Thankfully I haven't needed it, and there's no doubt this boot with the upper would be better protection that a single layer of leather (or less). But Sidi knows enough about protection to admit there should be a little more here, and if you fix this please let existing owners buy the new uppers separately so they can upgrade!
As I said, I had high hopes when I ordered these - I was a little disappointed when I first got them (felt like maybe I didn't have enough off-road protection), but have put about ten thousand miles on them and I don't think there's a better option out there for what I wanted: one boot for adventure riding and street/commuting.
PS: I have never had the squeaking problem.
May 23, 2014
Great boots that stay comfortable on all-day rides.
My first "dedicated" riding boots. Very comfortable for all-day riding. Good protection, not quite as rugged as the Adventure Gore-tex version. I will be putting plenty of miles on these on my GS Adventure.
April 16, 2014
What a great investment!
I bought these booths on bealf of the video critique of it. Beautiful booth. Nice to get in and out. I own a sport touring (St1300) and this booth is absolutely nice to drive with! I will not remove the upper peace since it is such a nice security add on!
Of course, this is not a booth to go for a 5 miles walk! But it will be very convenient on a day to day walking use. I did a 2 hours drive with it in near freezing condition. Very confortable even there! It will probably be a little hot on burning days... but that's life! Very happy about... The fact that I bought it here at Revzilla and I did, with their help a great choice on the sizing. Love it!
March 31, 2014
Great all around boot.
This boot fits my riding needs quite well. They fit well and are comfortable. Have not had the chance to really test them out as of yet. Still very early in the riding season here. But first impression is very good.
March 31, 2014
Excellent combination of heavy duty protection with style in a boot that can be warn with jeans. Heavy protection so not something to wear all day at work or shopping but great touring boot. Size was right on. Only complaint is leather scuffed on first ride with gear lever scratches. Would nevertheless describe as quality product throughout.
February 3, 2014
I recently wore this boot 8+ hours/day in all kinds of road and weather conditions motorcycling out of the Ecuadorean Andes to the beach and then back up and over to the other side. I was extremely happy with them - very wearable and versatile. I recommend highly.
September 30, 2013
Good quality, style, ideal for touring.
Right for it's size. I'm 11 1/2, usually, but wanted snug fit and no wobbling, so 11 was ideal. Traditional style. I wish they have plastic plate on front tibial cover.Italian design, way better and stylish then here American choppy looking boots.
September 9, 2013