SIDI Traffic Air Boots
SIDI Traffic Air motorcycle boots are excellent.
Wow. This is my second pair of Sidi Traffic Air boots. My first pair is actually still going strong after nine years! Please note that these boots are not leather, the material is synthetic called Lorica. However, they are more durable than leather (imho). They are light, well constructed, solid, with good features. I particularly like the the interior location of the zipper (my old Sidis have zippers on the outside). The bottoms are some kind of rubber, but well lugged and do not slip when you put your feet down. Sizing: well, I am not much help here: I normally wear 10-1/2 or 11, but with these boots I ordered 46 (11-1/2) because I now wear orthotics in my boots and I needed the extra room. So far so good with the addition of the orthotics. The sizing SEEMS to be pretty accurate. YRMV.
Overall, great boots. Worth the money. Not made in China. And did I mention cool? These are summer boots, probably not so good for winter use in Montana.
November 12, 2013
Nice everyday boots
I currently own 4 pairs of mc boots.
Spidi XP3-S, Sidi Vertigo, Dainese TRQ-in boots, and these. The Spidi's were very comfortable, but didn't last despite infrequent use. The Vertigos are great race boots, but kinda clunky for walking in. I use the TRQ's with my Dainese suit. I wanted a durable, protective moto boot to replace my Vertigos that didn't look too much like a moto boot and were comfortable to walk in. Was thinking about the Dainese Cafe's but thought they were too expensive and too many laces= to hard to get in and out of-- even though they look cool. It was a toss up between these and the TCX-X actions, but I like the more street oriented look of these. My main concern with these was the height of the toe box. I seems tall in the Revzilla videos and wondered if it would interfere with shifting (I ride an SV650 n with Vortex rear sets and ultra-low rental bars- so I'm more forward leaning like a sport bike ). Riding and shifting in these boots is no problem. The toe box fits fine under the shift lever with no interference. The instep seems overly tall on these boots for some reason, but it works ok on the bike. I feel a ton of air flowing through the boots while riding. I wear them with jeans and my jeans don't come above the top of the boots while on the bike (another concern). They are reasonably comfortable to walk in and the sole is not stiff and clunky. I wish the tread was a little less "lug" style but the treads are pretty thin, so it's a decent trade off. The fit was right on for me. The left shift panel is starting to turn to from black dark grey like my Vertigos from shifting-- I can live with it as I suppose it would be impossible to make the shift pad more durable. Wish they looked as cool as the Dainese Cafe but after a month of usage, I can say I'm pretty happy with them.
November 4, 2013
great summer boot
I was after a summer boot that still had good protection. This boot has great airflow and riding in an urban environment in the heat is a pleasure. Other boots I considered I felt were too short and were more ankle boots. While not a full length boot I certainly feel protected. The sole was a little stiff at first but after wearing them for a few hours walking around they flexed up quite well. With regards to sizing I would say true to size and in line with other Sidi boots. I have a pair of Sidi Canyon and the outer soles are identical to the Sidi Traffic Air. Overall extremely happy.
August 11, 2013
Great all around touring/commuter boot.
Picked up this Sidi boot as a result of needing a boot to ride on my tourer or cruiser. I wore Sidi Vertebras when I rode sport bikes so I was familiar with the outstanding quality Sidi builds into their products. I was thrilled to find they also had non-race type footwear to choose from.
First off, the quality is all Sidi, meaning the fit and finish is outstanding and the materials are first rate. The design allows for a fair amount of air flow once you get moving. There are bilateral toe pads so that they match when wearing off the bike. The toe is heavily reinforced and feels like a steel toe work boot. This translates into not much "toe feel" if that is important to you. I have inadvertently missed a few shifts, but am getting used to them.
The sole is the "Vibram" type and is pretty stiff. Not stiff like a race boot, but more so than the sneaker style bike boots. I put an insole to give more comfort and support but I do this with all my shoes and boots.
The fit runs a little on the large size. I wear a 10.5 to 11 typically so ordered size 46. They are a bit long and slipped around a bit before I put in the insoles. They are still long of course, but the insole holds everything in place.
I have a wide fore foot, usually requiring an E or EEE width to keep my toes from crowding. These are a typical D width and I can tell it. After a while, my toes do feel cramped, which is worse with the insole, but good luck finding wide width boots.
So, they are a great boot. Like anything motorcycle, quality is expensive., and these are too. I'd love to have a 45.5 EEE size to fit just right, but that isn't going to happen. I love them nonetheless.
April 29, 2013
overall great boot
Ive been wearing my latest rains for about a year. I have very few concerns about safety in these, great protection. I use them all 4 seasons in Las Vegas, running to Phoenix and LA on a regular basis. Never had cold feet, ever, in these. Summer gets sweaty (yeah- its 120F in the shade) but never intolerable.
April 6, 2013
Good fit - great air flow.
Fit is good and boot is comfortable with a cushion sole sock. Initally rather stiff but softens and forms to the foot after a few wearings. Air flow is superior. Toe box is a bit high which makes shifts a bit clumsey. This may improve as the materials relax. Excellent hot weather potential.
March 4, 2013
Nice all-around boot
A well-made boot with good protection that doesn't make you look like a power ranger. The styling is restrained enough that you can wear them with your street clothes and not attract any attention--the only indication they're moto boots is the shifter pad and reflective dots on the heel.
I'm not a fan of the lug sole. It's thick and grips the pegs too well. I ride with the ball of my foot on the peg and the lug sole makes it difficult to slide my foot forward for braking or gear changes. Additionally, the sole is quite stiff.
Also note the uppers are Lorica, which is to say they're made from pleather. It's not bad looking, but it definitely doesn't look like natural leather. It does seem quite durable and holds up well to scuffing.
Ventilation on these boots is great. Above 50 mph (at least on my naked bike) you can really feel the airflow.
Regarding fit, I wear a US 10.5D and the Euro 45 is probably half a size too large. I didn't try a 44 but if I were to do it over again, I would.
February 25, 2013
This a great boot for all riders.
My first ride wearing the was to a bike rally 100 miles away. I walked around checking out all of the custom bike and vendors. The boots were very comfortable the whole day. I found the size true to size.
November 19, 2012