SIDI Fusion Air Boots
Good commuter/touring boot.
I haven't had a chance to ride in these yet because there is snow in my yard but I have worn these around my house. These boots are pretty comfy, no complaints. I was interested in the alpinestars smx-5's origionally but when I tried them on at a local shop I seemed to be in between sizes. The astars look cool but flopped around too much. So I took a chance and ordered these without ever seeing them in person and they fit perfect. I wear size 11 DC shoes with a normal width foot and the 10.5 astars were too wide and loose. I got a size 11 in the fusions and they're perfect. Nice and comfy with a slender profile. ( RIDE 1998 Suzuki TL1000R)
December 30, 2013
On the Size:
Almost everyone owns a pair of Chuck Taylor sneakers, so I will base my comparison on that. I wear a US11/EUR45 and they fit me like a dream (I also have a second toe which is significantly longer than my big one, which may be worth noting as it has affected the fit of different sizes in different brands throughout the years). I ordered the SIDI boots in US11.5/EUR46 and they fit very well.
On the Fit:
It is obvious that these boots were designed to fit on a foot that is flexed into a riding position, which makes perfect sense. Standing flat-footed, and straight-legged, the boots press the foot forward slightly above the achilles tendon which has the effect of pushing your toes further into the tip of the boot. This gives the false impression of being smaller than they actually are. If when standing normally you bend your knees slightly or lift your toes while keeping your heels on the ground you will notice that your heel slides back into the hard, molded heel cup and you no longer have your toes squeezed into the tip of the boot.
Also, I did not find these boots to be as freakishly narrow as some of the other reviewers let on. Again, I feel this apparent narrowness or discomfort is eliminated simply by having your feet on the pegs rather than bearing the full weight of your body.
The build quality is outstanding and anatomically speaking the boot covers all of the hard and soft bits with pads and armor in a reassuring way.
As far as walking around comfort...I didn't buy these to walk around in. Vented or not, they probably would be too hot for the Texas heat. I keep pair of thin slip-ons in my kit for when I need to walk. On that score, these are large boots. If you're going to take them off while out and about this presents a problem of storage...add the bulk of these to your over-pants, jacket, helmet, etc....and maybe it's best to just stay on the bike? Probably.
October 14, 2013
I ordered this boot about a week ago and got it a couple of days ago. They look absolutely great and offer quite a bit of protection for the price. The problem for me is that they are not comfortable at all for me. I don't plan to wear them all day like I would a regular shoe, but if I'm out somewhere all day, at some point, I will be doing some walking around. However, just walking around on the carpet in my house, they hurt like heck and the other thing is my jeans barely fit over the boot and I don't wear wide legged jeans.
These would probably fit someone with narrower feet, but I'm going to have to send them back. I was hoping to get the ICON Water Patrol boots b/c I hear they are comfortable enough to wear all day, but I've seen reviews where people have issues with the buckles and laces coming apart and having a hard time getting warranty service from ICON. So we'll see what's next.
And I was so excited to get these too.
September 6, 2013
As my first pair and as a beginner rider, these boots are exemplary. I was searching for a good pair of riding boots with safety and comfort as my main considerations. After I searched many websites and many boots, I came across these and I simply could not find better in their price range. They are safe, stylish, great for airflow, true to size, slightly narrow, durable, wide mouthed to tuck in pants, rather inconspicuous under pant legs, long-walk-able, and about as comfortable as dress shoes. A pair of insoles made them perfectly comfortable to wear around and throughout the day, however.
There really is nothing negative about these boots!
September 3, 2013
Love these boots
These are technically track boots, but I've been using them for street riding and they're awesome. Good traction, good feel for the controls, and great styling. I don't know yet how they hold up for track use, but they work great for the street. Highly recommended.
August 14, 2013
Great Summer riding boot.
This is my second pair of Sidi motorcycle boots. I also have the Sidi Fusion Rain model which is an excellent boot for cooler and wetter conditions. I bought these for the hot summers in Eastern Washington. I was skeptical due to the lack of visible air vents in the boot. However, the air flow is surprising. I recently wore these on an 80 mile ride in temperatures just over 100 degrees . My feet stayed cool and dry. I will also wear them daily during my commute to work where I will rarely reach speeds above 35mph. Even at this speed, I will still notice airflow. The one downside would be that there tends to be a lack of airflow around the shin guards.
Very happy with these boots for warm weather riding. They can be somewhat uncomfortable when walking around for distances, but I bought them primarily for riding, not walking.
July 28, 2013
Are these designed for human feet?
Not easy to get on, and once one, my toes were cramped in very tightly. Super uncomfortable, and not only that, I would probably damage my feet if I wore them for more than a few minutes. I don't have very wide feet, just average feet. But these boots are definitely designed for people with abnormally narrow feet.
I couldn't return them fast enough. I didn't want to take a chance that they would break in over time.
July 26, 2013
Excellent air flow
I wanted something that would have good cooling for the hot days, and these work great. Not as good as a half boot, but a significant improvement over my goretex boots! Great price as well
July 1, 2013