SIDI Vertigo Boots
Overall very good value.
These boots are well constructed and are showing no signs of pre-mature wear. They offer great protection, support and grip (on the ground and on the pegs).
My only gripe is that the boot material extends a bit beyond the top of the zipper creating a 1/4 inch space where the two sides should come together. On longer rides this causes one of the boots to rub my leg raw in that particular spot. Problem was easily resolved by wearing socks that extend past the top of the boot.
Sizing - As with most European designed footwear these boots are more narrow than their U.S. counterparts. I am between a U.S. C and D width and the boots fit perfect. They may be too tight if your width is U.S. E or wider.
I have ridden in temperatures as low 40 (with heavy wool socks) and as high as 95 and have not had issues with temperature comfort.
Initially the boots were very stiff but did loosen up somewhat after a few uses. I do not think they will ever loosen up as much as real leather would.
While comfortable the boots squeak a bit when I walk in them; but then again I bought them for riding not walking. I believe the squeak is coming from the adjustable calf mechanism. If I loosen the calf mechanism before I walk in them the squeaking subsides quite a bit.
June 15, 2016
What you'd expect
These boots are what you would come to expect from Sidi. They fit perfect to what is advertised and have a lot of safety built into them. Is it worth the price? I say it is but the price is definitely high. The boots tighten up nicely on the calves and the protection sliders and impact areas is top notch. I just wish it had more air flow.
May 31, 2016
6 Months Review
Fitment: I wear size 9-9.5 on my everyday shoes. At first I bought boots size 43 (euro). Those were too loose on my foot. I exchanged them for size 42. Now the 42s were a little tight. After a few longer rides they broke in but I still have some red pressure marks on my foot after riding in these boots.
Comfort and Air Flow: I'll combine these two together. I would say it is a solid 4-5 for both. These boots are not perforated and only have one small vent at a bottom. I wore them for a whole trackday without taking them off once (7am-6pm) in 75-80 degrees. It felt warm but not hot. Simply said; when riding I don't notice any discomfort, which is the main idea.
Pros: lots of replaceable parts, adjustable calf, easy in and out, lightweight.
Cons: makes squicky sound when walking.
May 26, 2016
Great protective boot
This boot fits great and is a quality boot. The protection exceeds many other boots.
May 3, 2016
I got these boots because I wanted top of the line protection. I like all the safety features on this boot, however I am very disappointed that all the same safety features that are offered on the male Sidi Vortice boot are not here it could really do with the same shin and ankle latch system. There is not a female version of that boot offered which I do not appreciate, women need the same protection Sidi...
The boot is a solid boot keeps toes warm on cold nights and the vents allow for airflow on hot days. I live in MA so it is an all weather state and this boot works well in it. Doesn't pinch toes or hurt the ankle. It deff stretches, mine stretched within the first few days, so go down a half size if you can for that.
April 28, 2016
These boots are not made for walking...
...But you don't really care about walking in them, do you? Once you've hobbled to your bike, though, they are absolutely wonderful - like a second skin! A tough skin with plating, great heat insulation, and a very responsive feel. Form most definitely follows function with these boots and while I do tease a little about their unsuitability for walking in, I can still manage a day standing or walking around at work. I wouldn't try a hike in them, but average movement around the shops, etc. is fine once you get used to them. The toe-box is very tight and makes my feet ache for quite a while afterwards, but it's a small price to pay. They are well-vented and as good in rain as any normal workboot. Durability is fantastic and looks are spectacular. Completely worth the price!
March 31, 2016
Great boots, very comfortable
I took these to my first track day last weekend and they were great. Very comfortable, great feel, though a little hot. Over-all I'm very happy and would buy another pair.
July 27, 2015
Beautiful boot, great protection
I just got these this week and have worn them once, so my views may change over time. My first impression with the boots upon opening the box was that these are very high quality and stylish boots. I can't detect a single flaw in any of the leather or hard parts of the boots and the materials all appear to be of the highest quality. When I put them on, they fit just right and felt very comfortable. The one feature that I found to be useless is the adjustment on the calf section. I don't think I have particularly skinny calfs, but the boots are big enough at the top that I have quite a bit of slack even with the adjustment at the minimum setting. Maybe it will be different with riding pants, but I'm not sure yet.
I took a close look at the protective parts and I'm very pleased with what I got. I've had two relative that wrecked their lower legs in motorcycle accidents, but I feel confident that these boots will keep me from meeting the same fate.
I decided to wear the boots on my evening dog walk of about 3/4 mile just to see how they are for walking and to help break them in a bit. Although comfortable enough, they are not hiking boots! I did have an issue with each boot rubing on the inside of my calfs where the zippers are. The design looks good and there are no hard parts exposed on the inside, but the material is a little bit abrasive and given that the top of the boot is a little loose on me (as stated above), I had some chaffing. I will just wear very long socks in the future when I have these boots on and I'm sure I won't have that problem again.
July 23, 2015