SIDI Traffic Air Boots
Another nice pair of Sidi boots!
With riding season finally approaching the Greater Philadelphia area, I realized that I needed a decent set of riding boots. The Sidi Slash boots I purchased from RevZilla 3-years ago finally needed replacement. I liked the Slash boots (shoes really) and wanted to get another set, but they have been discontinued. They were very comfortable, and flowed much air. Looking at the current catalog I did not see a comparable product, so I decided to go with more traditional Sidi Traffic Air Boots. These are mid-calf boots that offer much more protection than the riding shoes I replaced. I have only worn these boots for about 3-weeks, and have only ridden with them on a few occasions so far. They are well-built like all of the Sidi products I have owned. They are a little stiff right out of the box, but I know that they will break-in with additional use (and warmer weather). There are generous air-flow panels on both sides of each boot. They do flow air pretty well, but I will reserve judgment until the weather gets hot. The thick soles should last a long time.
March 24, 2014
Yep - Get a pair!
Short version, if you live in a hot climate, you should do your feet a favor and put a pair of these boots on them!
Air conditioning for your feet is the best way to describe the feeling once you start moving. Combined with the Thor socks, I expect I will have a serious relationship with these boots! I have somewhat wide feet, and was a little concerned about the snugness around the ball area when I first put them on. The length however, is perfect. After wearing around the house for a few days, either my feet or the boots settled in for a perfect fit. Very comfortable. Where these boots shine though is on the bike. As soon as the bike starts moving, I immediately could feel the coolness of air flow. I don't actually feel air moving, but the cooling effect is certainly there. Continuing on, the zipper feels aggressive and solid, and the soles are what I would expect from a bike boot. The final capping feature is the looks, as these are good-looking boots, more suitable than my tactical boots in an office environment where I work. I do believe my feet and I will be much, MUCH happier once the Tennessee summer comes around!
February 24, 2014
A Solid Pair of Boots
I purchased these boots because I needed a pair for a motorcycle safety course. I chose expedited shipping since the course was in a few days. The boots arrived VERY fast (RevZilla customer service is second to none), just in time for the course. I even received a few compliments on these bad boys while taking the course; one was from the instructor.
Fit was snug at first but they have since broken in very nicely; not too wide and not too narrow. They flow a ton of air. I regulatly ride in 110 degree heat and my feet feel great. I've even ridden in 28° cold and I must say, behind the big KLR side fairing, my feet were not that cold. If your bike has a decent sized side fairing, these boots can probably be year around boots; of course I would advise some good socks if it drops below 40°. And for obvious reasons in rain you should probably get an overboot.
If I had to nitpick something I would say it would be the durability of the reinforced section where the boot meets the shifter. Not long after I began wearing them I discovered that much to my dismay, the shifter on my KLR was pretty sharp and it had dug into the finish. Most of this I blame on the bike though.
January 23, 2014
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