SIDI On Road Gore-Tex Boots
Dangerous, sloppy fit
About 10 years ago I had Sidi On Road boots as my "rain/adventure" boot. Their lugged outsole gave firm grip, and there was no zipper to break. Unfortunately this latest generation of On Roads has a sloppy, bag-like fit. (Yes, I know how to size boots properly.) I can lift my heel almost an inch and a half within the boot. Walking down the street, my foot slips up and down within the boot. Gear shifting is sloppy as the heel "falls" down. Today, I put my foot down to support the bike in traffic, and it slipped on some sand. The boot's sole flopped inward; I almost twisted my ankle and almost dropped the bike. I tried the Sidi Tour Gore-Tex and they had the same sloppy fit. Returning the Tours, and selling these. Poor show, Sidi. I will buy cheap disposable Icons that at least fit from now on.
December 18, 2014
poor quality control
Right side boot had a bump inside the upper lip in front, chin side.The pain was unbearable after half an hour of riding. I had to cut the stitch of the leatherette to reach that bundle of leather inside, trim it then re-stitch. This indicates poor quality control, unacceptable for such a pricey product.
October 6, 2014
Just a great street boot, period.
If you like an over the calf boot, these are just perfect. Fit as advertised - the Eur 45/US 11 fit my size 11 just perfect.
They aren't advertised as nor are they ankle protective enough as a real adventure/offroad boot but they have plenty of support and shin protection for street and light adventure touring.
Beware, if you are a big calf guy like me that these are a high boot with thick shins and if you're wearing narrow leg pants like jeans you might have a tight squeeze.
That said, I've got about 2k miles on them over the past 3 months and they seem to be fine for moderately hot weather. Can't speak for over 92 since that's the warmest it's been here.... and I haven't rode in cold weather yet but I expect them to be fine up till the cold of winter sets in.
The only downer is that SIDI insists on molded on soles on US spec boots and that they only have Velcro for closure. Not premium features for what is one of the top street boots on the market.
Oh, and if you're a hogger and ride with a heel shifter you can expect some decent scuffs on the back of the left boot. All else works fine and they are comfortable for my big hog and for light ADV on my dual sport Yammy.
Recommended with 4+ stars (would be 5 with "retreadable" sole.
September 29, 2014
Great boot albeit expensive
Very well made boot with quality Italian leather. This boot has a large toe box, and may not work with all shifters. I had to raise my shifter a notch up to work. Much more comfortable than my old BMW All Arounds. Great off bike traction with the lug sole. I have about 500 miles wearing them and they have broken in nicely.
September 15, 2014
The boots are comfortable, fit well and they are high enough to keep the heat off your legs.
I wore the boots both days last weekend both on and off the bike. They did not let me down.
I would highly recommend these boots!
August 23, 2014
Really good boots solid and well built
These are really nice boots. The leather is solid, they can fit tight around the leg for skinny pants or you can leave thema little looser.
They were pretty said at first but, within a few rides, they softened up nicely.
You can tell that these are built to last. I definitively recommend these.
August 4, 2014
Decent boot for the money
Pros: Tall, comfortable, solid feel, arch support for standing on pegs
Cons: Velcro, hot,
Difficult to get a boot with airflow, waterproof, no velcro and comfortable...so, it's what I expected. Maybe a little too large for regular socks but for winter drives, heavier works fine
July 14, 2014
I'm a new rider and have only about 600 miles with these boots however I am very satisfied with them thus far and am very confident they will last. The fit is a little large, for boots I've normally worn size 8 and these were a little roomy. Fortunately I had some comfort insoles that when placed in it give me a perfect fit.
The boots are very comfortable especially once broken in and I have not sweated in them at all. I took the MSF Basic Riders Course I with them in 80F-90F and never found myself uncomfortable despite the frequent times being stationary on the bike. As mentioned I wore comfort soles and wore thicker black socks for a better fit and to my surprise I sweated very little with them. They breathe surprisingly well. I've worn the black army combat boots and my toes would feel like they were on fire during heated days. Its like wizardry!
Regarding style, that's always subjective, but I love'em! When I first got these I would wear them out to break them in faster and still wear them since they are comfortable and look good with jeans and a polo or jacket. These boots have also received a lot of compliments.
I can't say how well they protect since fortunately I haven't gone down yet, but the length and thickness of the leather inspire a lot of confidence.
The quality and workmanship is the highest I've seen, but I've never paid this much for boots so I would have been disappointed if it was any less. While riding I've scuffed them up pretty good, especially on the toe of the right boot. I bought some kiwi leather polish and it hides the scuffs extremely well. I have not ridden in the rain so I don't know how well its water proof works.
Overall I'm very pleased with these boots, they are way more than what I was willing to pay for but I think its money well spent considering its style, quality, breathability and features. I hope I never have to test how well it protects though,
July 14, 2014