SIDI Traffic Rain Boots
returning these boots
I was surprised that this boot does not fit in any way, shape or form like any other SIDI boots I've owned. I'm going to return them and try for a different pair......
November 9, 2015
Confidence Inspiring Protection
These boots feel very protective. Feet and ankles can be very vulnerable considering the hard surfaces, hard bike parts, and the speeds that make up the street bike riding environment.
These boots are not built for hiking or mall-walking. In fact, I bring other footwear along on longer rides and when commuting to work. They are built for good protection.
I have not used them in the rain; so I can't speak to their rain worthiness. For that matter, I haven't crashed in them, so my opinion of their protection is based on the way the boots look and feel and on Sidi's reputation. At this stage, I would buy them again.
November 5, 2015
Though it's an Italian marketed boot made in Romania, it is a great value and very practical too "boot".
July 27, 2015
very strange fit
the boots are nice, good quality materials. The problem is that the fit is bizarre. I have pretty average feet, not overly wide or anything. These are really tight on the "knuckle" part of my feet but incredibly loose in the ankle area. So loose that I could fit a baseball in the ankle area. I feel protected in these but off the bike, they are useless. almost impossible to walk in.
July 24, 2015
A GREAT boot!
Before getting the boots I was concerned that they might be too narrow, given a comment in the reviews, but they are NOT! They look great and feel great, even for my high instep feet. I've worn them on three bikes, over a lot of miles, and really like them. I'm tempted to buy another pair, and might, but I already have two pairs of great riding boots. One heel slipped at first but after a very short time it fits like a comfortable glove. I am really impressed with these SIDI Traffic boots. I ride in high temperature South Texas and they wick well and are very comfortable. Highly recommended.
June 14, 2015
Great quality, not super comfortable
These boots feel very solid and durable, makes my feet feel safe. I got these for my commute to work and for wearing around town. I previously purchased S&S Moto Mercenary shoes which were fairly cheap didn't hold up well.
I like the low profile design and look which lets me walk around town or at work without huge/clunky race boots. I was worried about the narrow toe box as I have fairly wide feet. These definitely need to be broken in. I find them comfortable on the bike for a couple hours but really need a break after that, and they are not comfortable to walk around in much.
I've ridden with them once in the rain and my feet stayed dry which was nice, I'm not sure how hot they'll get in the summer but there is no air flow as would be expected.
I wear size 10 for most shoes and 44/10 fit just fine in these. Overall a solid boot and I'm happy with the purchase, but don't plan on hiking or working all day in them.
May 22, 2015
yes i need to break them in. comfortable standing and on the bike. walking they feel like ski boots. not too heavy, just need breaking in. excellent craftsmanship. i will purchase sidi products in the future
December 3, 2014
Serious footwear, solid
This review is for the Traffic Rain Boots. Sept 2014.
The first thought through my head when I tried these on was that "Herman Munster is missing a pair of boots!" These are substantial, serious footwear. Any inference that these SIDI boots are delicate or somehow less capable than any other SIDI boot you might buy because they're earmarked as "traffic" or "commuting" boots is just plain wrong. These are heavy duty, beautifully made boots, that surprised me with their build quality, design, ease of donning/doffing and overall utility.
Why these? I have very specific needs in a M/C boot: I ride year ‘round, and I need a boot that I can commute in, that also double for trips, are easy on/easy off, are waterproof, that can be worn in cold weather, and that I wear around the office for a time while I collect myself before I get into my dress shoes.
These Traffic Rain boots are kinda’ expensive; I wear Wookie-sized everything, so the normal $215/pair was upped to $225 (size 13/48--this is Sept '14).
Using the SIDI website, I measured my foot, exactly 12 inches from top to bottom, which equates to a size 14/49 European. Ordered from RevZilla, came in four days, but the 14s were too big. Back they went, shipping being a very reasonable $7.50 via the RevZilla website (which has to be the best deal ever in returning a bulky package). Return was easy; did the entire transaction via the Internet, and the return worked perfectly.
13’s fit much better. I think this is close to my no kiddin’ size, but it’s tough to tell; I can wear anything from a 12.5 to a 14.5, depending on how the manufacturer decides to size their shoes. It’s a moveable target, and one of the down sides of ordering shoes on line.
Break-in: Boots’re made of the SIDI proprietary synthetic leather (not real leather), and they are HARD to break in. I wore them almost continually for about two weeks, including a four mile hike and a weekend bike trip out to Crested Butte, and they are finally getting broken in. They feel pretty good now, and I suspect they’ll only get better with time.
Summary: PROs: Beautiful, heavy duty, waterproof, serious motorcycle footwear that fully reinforces SIDI’s reputation for quality (my first pair). Great buying experience via RevZilla. The heavy lugged sole came in handy picking up my V-Strom after dropping it on a long, rocky downhill on the pass near Leadville last Saturday. Looks like they will last about 23 years, too, with minimal maintenance.
CONs: Tough to break in, hot on a 95 degree day (I suspect they’ll be perfect when it’s 35 degrees in December here in Colorado), some might find them expensive, and -- let’s be frank -- they are…minimally attractive (didn’t want to say 'ugly', so I won’t). Herman Munster would feel right at home in them.
Recommended: Yes, strongly so. But don’t pigeonhole these into being only good for "commuting." I’d call them ideal for full-time touring and light off-roading, and that's what I intend to use them for."
September 8, 2014