Spidi XP3-S Sport Boots
Impressive Performance for the Price
Purchased 2011 -
I purchased these when I began to take motorcycle riding more seriously.
Sizing is true to fit (even with my narrow feet)
Comfort is outstanding (once you've broken them in)
These boots aren't loaded with features but they aren't priced to be.
I've been wearing these boots close to 3 years now and I'm still happy with the fit, protection and comfort they offer for casual and aggressive riding scenarios.
I also attend and photograph a lot of motorcycle related events, charity rides, bike nights - I have no issues with fatigue or discomfort walking around with these boots on for 3-5 hours. The XPS-3 is a really comfortable boot and it seems like the soles will last forever.
I can speak on the protection they offer as well having done of number track days with them.
Photographed is the 60 MPH low side I experienced last year. I was fortunate enough to get up without a scratch.
February 28, 2014
Great boot for reasonable price
Highly recommend great airflow and nice zipper with good sporty look too. Got sizing right on first try so would say sizing is accurate
January 25, 2014
These boots take some getting used to coming from a tennis shoe. But, after a little break in they are very comfortable to ride with. I like the extra grip on street and the protection offered all over. Overall, the best boot I reviewed for the dollar and a great boot period.
January 13, 2014
Stylish and Functional
Received these boots as a replacement for the work boots I was wearing for riding. With the work boots I got a lot of cold air intrusion on my calf area. These boots are much higher and have alleviated that problem.
They were fairly stiff at first which made shifting difficult but broke in very quickly and flex easily now. I feel much more confident with my shifts having the plastic toe area for a solid contact point. Fortunately, I haven't tested it yet but the protection seems solid.
The only complaint I have about the boots is the finishing on the inside. If I don't wear socks that are higher than the boots, the seam between the lining the leather cuff on the top wears on my skin. The stitching is very rough and almost a little sharp so I have to either wear long socks or tuck my pants into the boots. A minor gripe, but could be a concern in the summer when long socks might be excessively hot.
Now that they have broken in and are not so stiff, they are easy to put on and take off - faster than lacing up work boots
December 30, 2013
Before buying these I had a $60 pair of Bilt boots for canyon carving and track days. With the Spidis I feel like I have more protection. The boot itself feels solid and durable. Upon inspection of the boot I found that there were no loose threads or any plastic or rubber already peeling off. The pants of my leathers fit easily inside the boots. Also the hook and loop isn't a to open like on the Bilt ones. They slide off and on with ease and the zipper zips up and down with ease as well.
These boots are also stylish. I love the look of them. I highly recommend these boots for people who are on the fence about buying a full race boot.
December 19, 2013
Great first boot
After wearing hiking boots for a while, decided I should get some dedicated riding boots. (These are my first pair since learning how to ride)
They provide great protection, less than the highest levels and not much adjustability aside from the velcro and the zipper but just buy it nice and snug. (Fit seems true to size, I wear a 9.5 shoe and got the 9.5 boot)
It is a little lacking in ventilation (partly since I ride with riding jeans that go over the boot and cover the shin and rear ports) but after 2-3 hours on the canyon, my feet were damp but not wet or soaking.
It is a bit stiff when moving at the ankle beyond the normal position so it's still taking some getting used to but the shift guard is great and looks and feels good.
For shorter riders, these have less height on the bottom of the shoe so it may result in a bit of needing to reach farther than wearing tennis shoes or thick soled boots.
December 17, 2013
Awesome All Around-er
I purchased these when I wanted something with more protection than my Alpinestars Fast Lanes.
Out of the box they required very little break-in time. For what they are, they offer a great deal of mobility and tactile feeling. I chose the XP3 over the XP5 not because I didn't feel I needed torsional protection at this stage in my riding life.
In regards to fit, I wear a size 12 in a pair of Chuck Taylors and these in size 12 are spot on.
That said, these offer a ton of technical features for its price.
In terms of ventilation, even though they are not perferated like the XP5, I have worn these in 90+ degree temperatures with 80+% humidity during the summer and never had a soaking wet pair of socks afterwards. This could also be due to the fact that the thermo protection on the bike facing side of these work really well as the R6 gets a bit warm on a hot day in traffic.
The sole is a bit stiff, but not to the point where it hurts to walk around in them. I don't mind wearing these in the store or around the mall as they are still very comfortable. I wear these under my riding jeans so they end up looking like a pair of understated basketball shoes at a quick glance.
Because I wear them under my riding jeans, my one complaint is in regards to the rear winglets on the boot. Some of my jeans have to be massaged over these which is only a minor gripe for an otherwise amazing piece of riding hardware. I definitely recommend these to anyone looking to get a more aggressive and technical boot without sacrificing a responsible budget.
November 8, 2013
Great Product for it's Price Range
I purchased these boots over the Cortech's. I went to a local retailer and tried the Cortech's on and almost bought them but they were out of stock everywhere I looked so these were a second choice for me. I am glad the Cortech's were out of stock though because this boot is much more comfortable and has more protection then the Cortech's did. It was a little hard getting used to not feeling the shifter when I would go to change gear and missed a change a few times when first wearing due to the stiff toe area but after break in it seems to no longer be an issue. The air flow is minimal as it is a pretty well sealed boot. Even though it says it isn't waterproof I did ride through a brief rain storm and not get wet feet however in 95 degree weather even at 80 mph my feet did get sweaty. Not soaked in sweat but they were wet. I use these on my 90 mile one way commute so I really wanted comfort and protection and these offered both. Overall for the money for a boot that you want to protect you I think it was a great buy.
September 23, 2013