SIDI Traffic Rain Boots
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
The fit was off for me
I really wanted to like these boots. They are well made, I like the way they look in the photos, they offer good protection, and had features that I wanted. So what was the problem? The fit just doesn't work for me. The boot is narrow which messes with the overall fit for me and I don't like the look of it either. If you don't mind the feel or look of the narrow toe, these are well made boots, but if you are like me and prefer a normal or wider toe box area then I would pass on these.
November 3, 2013
Good Street Winter Booths
They ran in the narrow side. I have a narrow feet and still squeeze me. If you have a wide foot do not attempt to buy it. Quality looks good and unobtrusive, not flashy. Good price for high end boots. They are warm, therefore, definitively they are not for summer.Air flow is low, but is a winter/rain booth which is expected.
November 10, 2012
Previous design of the sport rain boot was much better
The previous design had lower and upper adjustable velcro enclosures that allowed you to better custom fit the boot to your foot and ankle. The current boot doesn't. As a result they allow way too much movement of the foot and ankle with walking and feel horrible. The uncovered zipper also makes the boots look unfinished. I absolutely loved the previous discontinued Sidi sport rain boots and feel this design is a giant step backwards.
October 14, 2012
Good new product
A good boot but it runs a bit on the narrow side ....
June 11, 2012
Decent boot for the money
Normally I wear a 11 EEEE, I have a real problem with finding boots. I first ordered a size 45, because I was told they were a bit big. Not for my fat feet!! I returned them and ordered a size 46, and they are okay. These boots are still tight on my wide foot, but not terribly uncomfortable. They seem to be HOT! There really isn't much breathe ability in these boots. I rode in some rain today, and my feet stayed dry. I like these boots, but I think I will be ordering some better vented boots soon.
April 9, 2012