Sidi Fusion Rain Boots
I have not had these to long but the seem like a good boot. More protective features than many other options out there while being waterproof. Note that I have not tested them in the rain yet but like to have the knowledge that if I am caught in a shower I wont have soaked feet all day. These are not as stiff as a race boot but the sole is a good medium in terms of flexibility. I could probably walk around work all day in these and not be to uncomfortable (and they don't squeak), although the sole will squeak when new on slick floors. Fit for me is a bit loose without pants tucked in and street socks but I find this to be the case with most euro shoes in 44 for me. I am a 9.5-10 in US sizes and some 44's fit me fine others I need a 43 and have had some 43's be to tight. So sizing seems fairly accurate but it is narrow, if you have wide feet it may be an issue. Overall pleased that they are a nice mix of protective and if I need to I can get away with wearing them at work since they are quiet subdued and everyone is used to me wearing boots.
Airflow rated low because it is a rain boot... I don't feel much if any air flow although my feet don't usually get hot in much of anything so I usually have found no need for venting ... guess I am lucky.
April 13, 2012
I have rated fair for air flow that’s because they are Sidi rain boots & are not designed for air flow but to keep your feet dry!! & that’s what I need. Got court in a 2hr rain storm I was soaked from my chest down to my knees, feet dry!! The boots in just a short time have moulded to my feet nicely & are not uncomfortable to walk in. The only time my feet have gotten damp is from sweet on the hot days!! If you won’t water proof & air flow you will need to pay around twice the price $$
February 14, 2012
Like em so far...
seems a bit large around the calf/shin region, but I tend to have chicken legs, so I hate to be too negative about that aspect of the boots. Otherwise, I am liking the boots so far...they are what they are. Adjustability is a moot point. If you want more adjustable boots, pay more. The boots are plenty warm and I have not complained about that yet (I live in the Pacific NW)
February 6, 2012
Similar to to my original Sidi Strada Rain boots
I have put 28,000 miles on my sidi Stradas Rain and probably will take a few more miles before the soles are completely gone!
A few months ago the zipper pulls broke but the zipper itself worked fine with a large paper clip in place!!!!
Even at heavy rain my feet stayed dried. During summer they could be hot but they are not designed for hot days.
My new Fusion Rain boots fit the same as the Stradas and with the extra flap at the opening will be even more water-proof. I hope they will last and function as well as my Stradas.
With that great price I may buy the Fusion Air for summer.
December 13, 2011
Now my everyday commmuter!
I have narrow heels and what I call flipper feet. I am flat-footed. These boots give me support in my arch, are perfectly snug on my heel and snug in the toe box. In comparison, I own a pair of Vertigo Air boots and they feel like they were made for 'D'-width feet. Both boots are size 11 -Euro 45. A lot of the time I buy 10.5 because most of the time the width is wider for me than I need. These were true to size and I would say they are narrow compared to an American fit, but that suits me just perfectly.
The reason I chose the Sidi Fusion Rain over so many other choices was the fact that the rain barrier goes almost al the way to the top of the boot and is not zipped up with the boot like so many others. To me, it's ridiculous to put a zipper in the rain barrier. That in itself causes leaks.
I tested these by getting caught in a 10 minute Florida downpour on my way to work. My scrub pants were soaked. My socks, feet, and boots were dry! The leather of the boot did not even get heavy or begin to soak. The top inside of the boots was also dry as a bone. No water ran down into the boots at all which surprised the heck out of me! Reason I say this is that I am one of those that have chicken legs. The calves of the boots are not snug on my calves, but then if they were I would say that walking in them would be painful. There has to be some play in the top to let the ankle and toe flex properly without rubbing and causing blisters.
The boots are rather stiff in the toe shift area. They took me two weeks of daily riding to break them in. I still miss upshifts with them on occasion, but the comfort and weather tightness of the boot makes missing a shift here and there a non-issue to me.
After a day on my feet at work in tennis shoes, the Fusion boots are a joy to put on as they give me instant support and actually rejuvenate my feet!
Do I recommend these? OH YEAH! Great bang for the buck and probably a real sleeper in the Sidi lineup. I plan to get the Fusion Air soon as summer rolls around again, but so far I've ridden with the Rain boots in 90F weather and no discomfort whatsoever after a 3 hour ride.
November 27, 2011
Good, economical Sidi option.
This is a great boot. It's not fantastic, but if you wanted that, you'd drop $500 on full track boots. But for what you get, the price is a bargain.
After taking a spill recently and banging up my ankles and calfs, I decided no more shorty boots. My Sidi Fusions cover all of the right parts, and they do so without the 'Power Ranger' look of the full-on track boots. The 'Rain' version, which I got, is genuinely waterproof (tested already several times!), and shifting comes easily in the boots. While any kind of armored boot is unlikely to be 'all-day' comfortable to walk around in, the Fusions aren't particularly uncomfortable, and I don't have any trouble wearing them to work.
In short: if you are looking for a boot with the quality and protection of a Sidi, but have no need for the Vertigo or Vortice style full-on track boot, the Fusion may well be for you.
September 19, 2011
These boots offer alot of protection at a reasonable price
I wear a 9.5-10 (44Euro). These boots are just a little big. However this would allow me to wear a thicker sock for the colder months. I feel if I had went down to a 43 Euro they would be to small so I stuck with the 44.They are a little stiff in the toe and gear shift panel. The protection they offer seems to be more than you would expect for a street boot without the real racey appearance that some street boots offer. I cannot comment on thier ability to repel water as I have not had to ride in the rain. The interior is very comfortable and soft on the skin.
The zippers on the sides are very durable and do not have any hang ups while trying to close them.
May 16, 2011
Nice boot, but needs better zippers
Like the boots, they fit well and look good. The velcro closing
is heavy duty, which is good, because in less than 1 year of
use, both zippers have broken and I have relied on the velcro
to keep everything closed up. Looking at getting the zippers
replaced because the rest of the boot seems to be of good quality and is holding up well.
I ride several bikes, but primarily a GS Adventure. The sole is
semi-stiff and provides decent support when I ride standing up.
May 2, 2011