SIDI On Road Gore-Tex Boots
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
These sharp & minimalist style boots are well worth the investment in performance, construction, comfort and utility. If you are looking for boots that will protect, last and will endure for long-range touring and a range of robust conditions, they will do the job for all seasons. Outstanding quality and per my touring through hot-desert, rain and cold as well as through gritty urban roadways.
June 16, 2014
Excellent boot well made.
After purchase I did 1200 miles over the Memorial Day weekend. No problems with fit but they run a little wide. They,re expensive but offer excellent protection. No rain exposure yet but with Gor-Tex I don't expect any leakage.
June 9, 2014
waterproof about 99% after 4 years
I have had these boots for about 4 years now. I like them a lot. Countless hours in the rain, as I ride year round and in all weather. Not a really warm boot, but I have heated socks too. Quite comfy, styling is bland (which isn't always bad) but dependability is high. The first time I have ever had any water at all is this last trip to Newfoundland. 11 days from VA to the Rock and back. Rain, at least some, each day, some days rain all day. Off road through water crossings and puddles, some deep but never over top of the boot (riding/standing on the Tenere). The worst day which was repeated puddles and water crossing and rain was the only day my feet got moist, but just barely. Doubt it was sweat at 45 degrees, but I couldn't swear it wasn't, but moisture was deep in the boot, not at the top at all. However, it was never the soaking my riding buddies got and they were wearing Garne Oiled Dual Sport boots (both of them got wet feet). The Sidi On Road aren't really meant for off road (duh), but it is what I have and I wasn't buying boots just for this ride. I have only treated these boots with mink oil and snow seal once since owning them. So I would say they are definitely worth the money.
June 4, 2014
Nice pair of boots
These boots were comfortable after a couple of rides. I took a 2000 mile trip 2 weeks after I got them and they were very comfortable. I got caught in some extreme wet weather and they kept my feet completely dry. They are very protective and have a great grippy sole on all terrain.
I highly recommend them if they fit you. They are a bit wide in the heel area.
May 24, 2014
Great for long distances.
I needed a boot that wasn't too flashy and that was high quality so that's why I chose them. They are pretty big and they take a while to be broken in. Not sure if I would ride them on a sport bike but they defiantly work on sport tourers. These boots are pretty technical but not as much as track boots.
May 23, 2014
Glad I choose these
My concerns were the height, at 14" would they cut into my calfs--no they do not
Would the stiffness of the soles affect walking around? No they do not, they have a work boot feel, but I like the lugged tread, very stable and flexibility is fine for off bike
How will the velcro closures survive repeated use...jury still out on that one, but at 1600 miles they are fine
They broke in easily, at first I felt a hot spot on my left calf and right inside malleolus. That went away within a couple of hours, like 2-3. I wore them at work and stood around and walked around with them for one day--I do a lot of standing at work--and that was all it took.
I was concerned that because of the thickness of the toe box I might have shifting problems on my r1200r. I did not. The boot is a little longer in body, or maybe the heel is thicker, but at first I could feel the tab on my centerstand with my heel in riding position. Now I do not notice it, and was never an issue, just noticeable.
Short answer is I am very pleased with the purchase. I'll add that I had both the on roads and the tours delivered. The on roads just felt better and more protective
April 14, 2014