SIDI Fusion Boots
Amazing boots for the money, but a bit narrow
These boots are absolutely fantastic overall, particularly given the price. I have another pair of Joe Rocket boots that weren't dramatically cheaper, and the difference is like night and day. These boots have a stiff sole and offer great ankle protection, and I like that they have a heel. I've used them in temps down in the 40s and up into the 80s and my feet have always been comfortable. That said, they are not waterproof in any way. They'll withstand light rain, but water from wet roads and heavy rains will get through pretty quickly, particularly in the reinforced shifter area on the right toes.
My biggest problem with these, and it's not a problem with the boots per se, is that they're a bit narrow. I usually wear a size 9.5 in regular shoes (and 45s in most cycling shoes), but ordered a 44 based on the size chart. I'd say they fit well enough length-wise, to the point where I think a 45 would've been too big, but my right foot (which is slightly bigger than my left foot), is really squeezed in the toe area due to the narrow footbed. It's fine when I'm riding, but a bit uncomfortable when walking around. I'd say the boots may have stretched a tiny amount after almost 2k miles in them, but the right foot squeeze is only marginally improved from when I got them, so don't expect they'll loosen up over time.
May 17, 2016
Put off for years, kicking myself now (in my fancy new boots)
I was riding on a pair of Vega piece-of-junk boots for 3 years. I kept looking at new, proper racing boots, but just couldn't legitimize the price. I'm really displeased I waited.
For me, this was my first experience with a full boot, so yes - you do notice a change in shifting in comparison to a half boot. You can't bend your ankle as much right out the gate, but I acclimatized quickly. The biggest thing I noticed right away was the rigidity of the bottom of this boot and how incredible it felt to not have my pegs digging in to the bottom of my foot - the bottom of this spreads the pressure throughout the foot and feels GLORIOUS.
It's a comfortable boot, and breathed really well. I was surprised. I'm a little nervous about how well the zipper will hold up over time, but I'm super pleased. The sale price for this absolutely sold me over the Alpinestar S-MX5 I was going to buy.
Would absolutely buy again.... 2 years sooner so I could enjoy them more.
May 17, 2016
Great Boot for the Money
These are great boots. I've been using Sidi products for many years and these boots live up the the name. The quality looks to be excellent. I've just had them for a week so durability remains to be seen, but I see no reason why they would not be long lasting. They are not very comfortable at first. But that improves as you ride. Give them time for a proper break-in. Fit is good, I normally wear an American size 10 and size 44 fits.
April 19, 2016
Strange fit... stylish, stiff....
Great looking, sturdy boot. Moderately priced. Good value.
The fit, in my opinion, is actually on the large side. I bought a 44 and I am a US size 10.5. However, my heel has so much room and sits so far from the back of the boot, it almost feels as though my foot will slip out. Its not "uncomfortable" per se, but the weird thing is that it feels like my toes are pressed up quite far towards the tip of the boot. Very weird fit.
I will also say that the stiffness of this boot has made upshifting VERY tricky. Sometimes I have been actually unable to get into the next gear without looking down and adjusting my foot position to get more leverage. Not ideal. Hopefully they break in some more and it gets easier.
August 15, 2015
Awesome first boots!
These were my first "track" boots so they felt rather different at first. After riding with them for a day, I was able to feel comfortable while riding. They are a bit large around the calf but then again my calves are small. These boots feel great, look great: defietly recommend them.
April 13, 2015
Exactly what I was hoping for
This was my first boot purchase. I'd tried wearing some timberland work boots before but the toe box had made it very difficult trying to shift and feel where my feet were, so I have just been riding in some custom extra high top converse. I was a little worried at first that I would have the same feedback and shifting problems with these, but there was no such issue. Took about 2 seconds to get used to them.
Anyway- I usually wear about a 9 and have (I assume) average width feet, and the size 42 fit just right. I just unboxed my literally 2 hours ago, so they're still very stiff. I think they could do with a little padding on the inside to protect your foot from the hard parts but otherwise these seem very comfy.
April 11, 2015
I like the fit of these boots. I got a size bigger than I usually wear and they fit. They seem to run small. They are comfortable the top of the boot, is a little wide.
March 16, 2015
Bought this as my first set of boots. As a college student, I wanted something with a strong brand reputation, but also with a good price. I think I found it here. Boots feel very rigid and protective, but flex in the right places after a bit of break-in. Zipper and velcro is all well placed, and works perfectly. I can fit a set of jeans over them perfectly for running to the gas station, or put them on with my riding pants for long rides. From what I researched, they also seemed to hold up well with crashes from several other people, and that's the first comment that I look for before making a purchase. Only thing that I don't like about them is that they can be a little uncomfortable on your shin if your socks aren't long enough and you're walking longer distances, but that's more of a personal decision issue.
February 7, 2015