SIDI Tour Gore-Tex Boots
Quality Through and Through...
I've been wearing Alpinestars for the last 10 years and still enjoy the boots, but I was ready for a change. Love the look, the fit, the features and they were comfortable from the very first ride. They look great and you would think you're wearing your old favorite pair of shoes when you walk around in them Not like motorcycle boots at all…at least in comfort. They are pretty pricey for most folks, but you can tell the quality as soon as you pull them out of the box. I won't know about the durability for some time, but if they're anything like my Alpinestars, I'll be very pleased.
November 11, 2013
Worth the money!
I've ridden with them for 8 months now, and still in love with them. The fit is spot on! I've ridden in 37 degree, up too 96 degrees and stayed comfortable. We've had 25" of rain in the last 8 weeks, and ridden through what seemed like a small river. My feet stayed perfectly dry. Best of all is the comfort factor. A 1,500 mile trip in 4 days, with plenty of walking, and never an issue with my feet. I can honestly say these are absolutely wonderful boots for street riding. I feel so lucky to have chosen these out of the thousands out there!
August 12, 2013
Great boot, runs large
I needed to replace a 14-year-old pair of BMW touring boots that were on their last legs. I wear a size 9 in street shoes and a 43 in many boots, so ordered the 43. When trying them on, they felt a bit large, but I figured a heavy pair of socks would take care of the extra room. Unfortunately, after throwing out the boxes and wearing them for a couple of rides, I realized I really should have ordered the 42. I ended up solving the fit with a pair of DryMax socks and a pair of low-cust cushioned running socks. The boots are great, love the styling, ease of getting them on/off and protection.
August 5, 2013
Nice, good looking boot
I'm a big fan of SIDI boots, having ridden with them for as long as I can remember. Amusingly, the first time I tried the boot 15 years ago (give or take), when I met the SIDI bicycle shoe sales guy by accident at my local bicycle dealer. He got me a pair of the predecessor of these boots, and I fell in love with them.
Let me get the downsides out of the way fast. They are warm in the summer, but if it's raining, I guess it's a choice between warm feet or wet feet. I'll take warm.
I also, I think the boot fits true to size. So, it is my opinion (and mine alone), you should go up one Euro size to fit thicker socks, especially in the winter. However, I bought the size I wanted, put on thicker socks, and it's fine. I think if you were right at size 45, get 46. If you're on the border between 44 and 45, get 45 and you'll be fine. But again, it's just my observation, and YMMV.
Lastly, it is expensive. But in my prior experience the SIDI lasts a long time. I have a pair of SIDI off-road bicycle shoes that have lasted over a decade. My experience with SIDI motorcycle boots is that the only issue is that the sole starts to wear, but no more or less than other high end boots. The leather is beautiful. You can wear this boot out on a date (OK, maybe not to a snooty restaurant, but at least to your local non-snooty joint).
I love this boot.
July 22, 2013
Never too hot with room enough for warm socks in winter
The boot starts out a little stiff for walking, but then again, they weren't made for walking. The fit around the thigh is very loose even though there are multiple velcro adjustment grips up the side of the boot. So the boot is not big in actual foot size but above the ankle. Heavier riders will appreciate the extra room--I am not one of them unfortunately so I make sure my socks are high to stay comfortable.
I wear these in the nasty humidity of Northeast US summers and they are never unbearable. I've worn them in 34 degrees with two pairs of socks (my summer riding socks plus a pair of smart wools over them) and I've been very comfortable.
Boots are attractive, comfortable, and I feel like I'm protected in all the right places. They are expensive and the Revzilla video does say that there are other boots as good as this that are cheaper. Wonder which those are?
2009 BMW R1200GS
June 3, 2013
Solid Boot: Better for Cruiser position.
This boot is constructed better than any other I've seen. I also just love the style, not too flashy but still fashion forward. The limited fit adjustment ultimately meant that I went with a different style/company. However, I will consider future models depending on what changes.
Pros: Very well constructed (better than Dianese)--stitching is nearly perfect. Clutch grip. Solid medium stiffness sole. Internal gator. Gore-tex. Zipper + Velcro. Protection where you'd want it.
Cons: Runs a little large. My major problem is that there is no way to cinch the boot overtop the ankle. Because this boot runs on the larger side this lacking feature impacts the boot in two ways. 1) If you're on the slight side (as I am) my heel doesn't feel secure and while I don't think the boot would pull off (in the event of a get-off) movement would compromise the safety features as well as perhaps exacerbate any torsion. 2) When in a more aggressive riding position that uses a forward lean the stiffness of the material (otherwise a good thing) bunches, pushing the leather out to the side.
Summary: If you are a larger rider, or cruiser not as concerned with a well fitting boot, you will be happy, overall with the construction and comfort of this Sidi.
-2000 Buell S3T
May 30, 2013
THIS PRODUCT HAS GOOD FEATURES
VERY NICE BOOTS FIT OVER PANTS AND ARE VERY COMFORTABLE
August 20, 2012
great boot. good looking and truly waterproof
This boot runs about a 1/2 size small. Very nice workmanship, great leather and really waterproof (I tested that). My only issue is that the extra tab of leather that covers the top of the toe is not very flexible so the upper of the boot creases back farther than it should. Might break in with time. If it does I will come back and mention that.
Overall a very nice, light boot that is easy to put on and take off.
May 14, 2012