SIDI Traffic Air Boots
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
It is a good around town summer boot
I also have the rain version of this boot it is great for around town and commuting. I think it provides good protection, has a nice thick sole which should last longer, and has good styling.
October 1, 2012
Good warm weather boot
It was time for me to replace my 12-year-old warm weather moto boots. When I found out that Sidi came out with a new line of vented boots, I was very interested in the traffic air boot. I currently own a pair of Sidi racing boots for the track and sidi bicycle shoes for the road; I’m an obvious fan.
After putting 400+ miles on these boots, her are my comments and thoughts:
They are very easy to slip on and wear, no issues wearing them all day, the only advice I’d like to offer is that you should check your size. These boots are European sized, I’ve always worn a size 44 in the sidi line but this boot runs a tad snug. I went with the 45 without any issues. This boot has a molded upper, a bit stiff when you first wear them but hey break-in nicely. Here’s an important point; if you’re going to wear these for a long period of time, wear a thicker sock, the toe box may bother your toes. Also if you’re sensitive, these are a shorter boot, wear tall sock so that the top outer edge of the boot does not bother or rub your shin.
The first feeling you get form wearing these boots is the air moving through your feet, a great sensation. Also remember that if you have a full fairing bike, you will get some heat coming from the engine through the boots. I ride on a naked bike and they’re great. The other little plus is that there is no need for a boot strap on the back of the boot, this means that when you ride or walk, your pants will not get caught on the strap needing an extra adjustment so that your pants lay flat.
This boot has a great vibrum sole with plenty of support and there is also ankle protection, but remember this is a shorty boot- the top height is about 4” above your ankle. The boot also has 3 reflective dots that can be seen at night by other drivers.
I highly recommend these spring/summer/fall boot to all-just make sure you get the proper sizing and fit.
September 5, 2012
BETTER THAN I EXPECTED!
I really dislike purchasing clothing, shoes, boots, etc online. I am not a *standard* sized person in any way, shape or form. I ordered a boot size that matches my other shoes. They were a bit tight, so I reordered the next size up. Customer service for the return was fantastic! Once I got the proper size, the SIDI Traffic Air Boots fit better than I would have ever expected. They performed as advertised in that they breathe well and are comfortable to wear for long periods. I just completed a 4500mi ride in the Midwest over 19 days, much of it in 100+ degree temps. My feet NEVER felt hot or damp (I was also wearing the Alpine Stars Summer Touring socks). I live in Florida, so I expect these boots to be all-season. I'm a bit short for a Goldwing, so I appreciated having a good tread and grip when coming to a stop. These boots may seem a bit pricey, but this is one piece of riding gear you don't want to skimp on.
July 26, 2012