SIDI Traffic Air Boots
I Love You Like A Friend
Great boot, that looks nice for work, and feels substantial. These boots offer nice protection at the heel, ankle, toe, and sole - but are lacking in the shin area. Still, I feel confident on them on both the city streets and freeway.
The toe is slightly narrow, while the rest of the boot is slightly wide, which is not a huge problem with an insole put in them. Still, I think they could have added some padding in the shin to snug that area up and offer more safety, narrowed out the footbed/top a little, and opened up the toe for a more balanced boot.
My whole kit is vegan (cruelty-free), and these are made from Lorica faux leather, which seems to be wearing well and looks great. I have scraped them a couple times pretty badly and it hardly left a scuff at all. They move alot of air on the upper area, and I've been comfortable in 90+ temps here in LA with no issues.
The soles do require a couple days/weeks of break in. They are really tough rubber, and I had to muscle through while they softened up. Now I can wear them everywhere, drive a car, probably hike, and they'd be fine. Overall a really nice boot that offers good protection and style, with a few fairly minor issues.
August 18, 2014
I bought these to replace another pair of Sidi Air boots as they have worn soles now. Great summer boots with really good air flow.
August 18, 2014
These are well-made boots that seem to provide decent foot protection. These boots look very similar to standard casual shoes so they can be worn walking around in an office environment.
As for sizing, just follow the size chart and the fit should be fine. I wear a size 10 gym shoe, so I went with the size 10 (44 Euro) and the fit was just right. Don't try ordering a half size down due to the lack of laces (slip-on). I initially did this and they were way too small.
May 12, 2014
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