SIDI Tour Rain Boots
Solid commuting boot with good protection and nice styling
These are excellent boots that make a comfortable commuter boot, with excellent protection and good styling that doesn't cry out motorcycle boot when worn under pants in the office.
I picked of these SIDI Tour Rain boots as a replacement for a warranty return of the Dianese NightHawk boots. The NightHawk boots were good boots except for some quality and durability issues (i.e. the thread on both zippers came apart after a little more than a year of daily commuting). That was unacceptable for a $240 pair of boots. I've also owned the SIDI Traffic boots. As both SIDI boots and the Dianese Nighthawk boots would likely find themselves on the short list for commuting boots, I'll compare them.
The SIDI Tour Rain boots are made of lorica, which I have found to be very durable and very resistant to scuffing (as opposed to the leather of the Dianese Nighthawk boots). My prior boots were SIDI Traffic boots, which were also made of lorica and have held up well for 5+ years of commuting. The downside of lorica, is that it doesn't breathe as well as leather/gortex boots. Lorica is initially stiffer than leather, but softens up with use. Initially, lorica looks synthetic, but as it softens up, it's hard to distinguish it from leather. If you prefer durability to breathability, go with lorica. For breathability, go with the leather/gortex version of the SIDI Tour boots.
The zipper on the SIDI Tour boots slides up easily without much stress on the zipper. The Dianese Nighthawk zipper is longer and tighter, so a little harder to zip up and seems to be a stress point. The zipper on the Nighthawk is the weak point of these otherwise excellent boots.
Based on my prior experience with other SIDI waterproof boots made of lorica, I don't expect any issues with the Tour Rain boots. The protective cover over the zipper provides me extra confidence that the zipper thread won't get too wet and fall apart, like on the Dianese Nighthawks.
The SIDI Rain boots are about 2" taller than the Nighthawks and Traffic boots, which provides for greater protection, especially on the shin. The downside to the taller boots is they are not quite as comfortable wearing all day long. They are taller than Crew socks (which tend to slide down a bit), so you may find the rubbing of the top of the boot against your leg a little annoying unless you wear taller socks that stay up. If you wear crew socks, you definitely need to make sure the hook part of the hook and loop closure isn't exposed against your skin when you put on the boot. I'll be getting taller socks to eliminate any of these issues.
I found the sizing chart for SIDI Tour boots to be right on. The toe box is not super narrow like many other italian boots. The Dianese are definitely narrower in the toe box. These are comfortable boots that will only get more comfortable as they break in. I find the SIDI Tour boots are more comfortable than the Nighthawks due to the wider toe box.
The SIDI Tour boots are much more stylish than the SIDI Traffic boots (i.e. less aggressive sole), but nothing is as stylish as the Dianese Nighthawks. The toe box on both the SIDI and Dianese boots is not very high (more shoe-like than boot-like), so easy to get under the shift lever.
The sole of the SIDI tour boot is not super aggressive, but provides good grip, except maybe on very wet surfaces (i.e. think do-it-yourself carwash). I think I was spoiled by the Skywalk soles of the Dainese Nighthawk, which have incredible grip, even on wet surfaces.
Overall, these are great boots for commuting and touring at a good price. If I had to purchase again, I might be tempted to pay the extra $100 for the leather/gortex version for better breathability, but the durability of lorica will keep these boots looking nicer much longer than leather.
September 22, 2014
wide in heel
I wear a 9.5 to 10 US depending on manufacturer Eur 44 usually fit me. I have a set of SIDI Vortice Air's that fit perfect. Eur 44, but have a cinching system. I have a narrower foot. B,C ie Puma/Asics fit me well. I ordered these in Eur 44 and the length and toe box was superb in fit, but the heel was way to wide for me. Other than that, nice boots with good features and protection. I sent these boots back and ordered a pair of GoreTex rain boots from another major manufacturer, size Eur 44, through Revzilla in the same price range that fit me perfectly.
July 19, 2014
Nice looks, check fit.
I bought this ones the same size as my gore-tex adventure and astro boots, and they are slightly narrow. The fit is tight. I compared the size with the other boots and are the same length. I suppose the design is slimmer, and my feet are a little wide. Anyway, they look great and eventually the will loosen up a little.
March 31, 2014
For years I've owned a pair of sport-touring boots from a well-known European manufacturer of motorcycle footwear. The boots did their job and kept out the rain but were frumpy looking. "These look like something an East German cleaning lady would wear," I thought to myself on several occasions.
My new Sidi Tour Rain Boots, on the other hand, look fantastic, and have way better protection than my old boots. Although I've only tested the Sidis in light rain, something tells me they'd do well in a downpour. Another reviewer said these Italian-made boots could breathe better, which is probably true. If you live in a warm climate consider upgrading to the Gore-Tex version. It's not an issue in the cool, coastal riding environment where I ride.
The only "con" I can think of is the thin, flimsy foot insoles. I bought some replacements at Target with more support and now these Sidis are even more comfortable.
Love these boots!
February 9, 2013
Sidi Dry & Comfortable
These are great boots. Durable, dry and breathable. Light weight, wides fit EE, nice style. I have worn them for 3 years.
February 8, 2013
Good Boot with a long break in
Pretty comfortable after break in even for the office.
Very nice design that does not stand out as a Motorcycle boot.
Boot material is quite stiff and takes about two weeks of every day use for break in.
ordered 45 eur size since it's my size at training shoes, fit is good, a little bit on the larger side, with very thick socks the fit is perfect (i guess that this is the intention).
takes a while getting used to shifting (CBR600F4i) since the boot is stiff even after break in and requires adaption.
tested in light rain and feet remained warm and dry, havent been tested in strong rain.
December 17, 2012
Fit is perfect. Boots appear to be built very well, time will tell
So far the boots feel great, typical Sidi fit, I wear an 8-8.5 and the Sidi 42 fit perfect. Have not had a chance to wear them in the rain but the construction of the boots appear to be able to withstand the elements. I have had Sidi motocross boots in the past and currently wear Sidi cycling shoes so choosing these boots was a no brainer for me. Looking forward to many miles and years wearing them.
September 24, 2012
Updated Sidi Way Rain Boot
While I dont own this particular boot I can tell you it looks just like an updated Sidi Way Rain Boot! After watching the overview on this I KNOW it is! This boot fits right in line with what you expect neither large or small. It is my best piece of rain gear bar none. Every piece of gear I have will fail before these boots. My only minor complaint is I wish the membrane they use was a bit more breathable. These are my only boots and sometimes they get hot and or clammy.
May 13, 2012