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Sidi Vortice Air Boots

It was thought that the award winning Sidi Vertigo Corsa boot was the pinnacle of sport boot technology. Until today that is as Sidi is proud to introduce the next step in the evolutionary chain: The “Vortice”. The latest in technology combined with the great skill and workmanship of Sidi’s Italian based factory technicians’ blend in a whirl of fresh solutions to satisfy a rider’s desire for safety and comfort. 

Features:

  • Perforated Lorica construction
  • Teflon vented mesh liner
  • Tecno calf tensioner for adjusting leg circumference
  • Tecno shin and instep tensioners
  • Fiberglass reinforced nylon ankle bracing
  • Shock absorbing heel cup
  • Shin plate
  • Gear change pad
  • Fiberglass reinforced nylon toe slider with alloy insert and air intake
  • Polyurethane / rubber composite racing SRS sole

Please Note: Both colors feature Sidi's calf tensioner mechanism, though the Black/White boot image excludes it.

4.8 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.2 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.8 / 5
Features
4.8 / 5
Comfort
4.5 / 5
Style
4.8 / 5
Air Flow
4.8 / 5
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Sidi Footwear Sizing

Footwear Conversion
EURO  US Mens US Womens
36 3-3.5 4.5-5
37 4-4.5 5.5-6
38 5-5.5 6.5-7
39 5.5-6 7-7.5
40 6.5-7 8-8.5
41 7-7.5 8.5-9
42 8-8.5 9.5-10
43 9-9.5 10.5-11
44 9.5-10 11-11.5
45 10.5-11 12-12.5
46 11-11.5 12.5-13
47 12-12.5
48 13-13.5
49 14
50 15

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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Black/Black / 7.5/41 475688 2000000053523 Only 1 Left: Ships within 24 hours
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Black/Black / 9.5/43 475690 2000000053547 Available: Requires 2-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
Black/Black / 10/44 475691 2000000053561 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Black / 11/45 475692 2000000053585 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Black / 11.5/46 475693 2000000053592 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Black / 12.5/47 475694 2000000053608 Available: Requires 2-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
Black/Black / 13/48 475695 2000000053615 Available: Requires 2-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
Black/White / 8.5/42 475696 SIS-VOA-WHBK-42 Only 3 Left: Ships within 24 hours
Black/White / 9.5/43 475697 SIS-VOA-WHBK-43 Only 1 Left: Ships within 24 hours
Black/White / 10/44 475698 SIS-VOA-WHBK-44 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/White / 11/45 475699 SIS-VOA-WHBK-45 Out of Stock
Black/White / 11.5/46 475700 SIS-VOA-WHBK-46 Out of Stock
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Excellent boots
Overall, a great piece by Sidi. Almost everything is replaceable. The fit is very comfortable and as snug as you want it to be while retaining a good range of motion. The external brace feels very sturdy and should help to prevent ankle injury. Ventilation is good all around, with the vents open it can provide a nice rush of air into the toe area.

Potential issue in the future with the tecno fastener system. It's essentially a heavy gauge poly wire like fishing line. This will eventually wear from repeated tightening and loosening. I would have to guess that this is really a safety design to make it easy to cut through in a medical situation as opposed to using braided steel wire. The fasteners aren't expensive at least, so not a big deal.

The heel protector does tend to catch on the back of the heel guards on my stock rearsets(Ducati 1198S) at times and they also get a bit in the way of putting the kickstand down. Not deal breakers, but something I've had to get used to.
September 11, 2010
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
Lacking medial support
NOTE: I have not worn these boots while riding. I share from an off bike perspective - for return purposes - against the Alpinestars Supertech-R, and Dainese Torque RS Out.

The ample lateral ankle bracing doesn't connect to anything except leather on the medial side. If your heel touches down on the medial side of the ankle, or if something gets tangled that causes a medial twist, the boot offers - in my opinion - inadequate support.
My last track crash involved a medial twist. I was not wearing these boots, but after purchasing and testing on my still raw ankle I'm unfortunately unconvinced they would perform. You can easily bend the ankle to the inside well beyond its natural range with no mechanical stop or slowdown.
I wish this were different. Why Sidi didn't continue the plastic heel around to connect to the medial side brace mystifies me. They are a beautiful boot, that offer a lot of support, and so many other features, I wish it were not so.
When compared against the Alpinestars Supertech-R, or the Dianese Torque RS (in/out), they lose. Both these alternative boots performed better in my crude, twist-my-raw-ankle-by-awkwardly-pushing-it-in-unnatural-angles-to-the-medial-side-yet-not-on-a-bike-(now I need Advil) test.
So I'm returning the Sidi boots. However, I'm still torn between the Supertech-R and Dainese Torque RS. The Supertech seem to provide the most amount of support, and they are ridiculously comfortable (they really do feel like slippers), but they're a bit clunky/bulky. Once again I wish the Italians had made a boot feel as technically supportive, but the Dainese ever so slightly don't: the ankle support is external, which wouldn't be an issue except that the upper portion of the boot fits a bit loose nullifying the supportive effort (maybe with huge calves your ok?? Even with the calf adjustments at their tightest they're still loose on me), and their lateral sliders are much higher on the boot, risking a touch down of heel rubber before the slider can do its job.
I hope this helps someone in their decision, and doesn't just frustrate. Good luck!
March 26, 2013
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Impressive pair of boots
This is the most expensive footwear I have ever purchased, and they certainly appear to be worth it. They replaced a pair of Alpinestars boots that cost maybe half as much. I have spent just one trackday on them so far, so I'm still getting used to them. The retention system is excellent, although it takes a bit longer to put these on than my previous pair which had just a zipper and Velcro. Overall sole height got my attention in the first session, as I had difficulty getting my foot under the shift lever, but I later got that sorted out. The venting and perforated material also make for a much cooler foot than my previous boots.
July 22, 2013
very good boots with a very high price
Good looking boots that seem to provide excellent abrasion protection, good impact protection and some crush protection. Excellent air flow, feet will stay cool. Not comfortable for significant walking but I can get around in them. Fish line latches are a little unconventional but not bat as long as they prove durable -- I have some concerns about that. Once used to them they can be put on or taken off in about the same time as laced work boots. They are nice but if I had it to do over I might look harder for something at a lower price point. At $500 I feel like I over paid for what I got.
June 11, 2010
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Could be a little better
Great boots overall. Should have ordered a half size smaller, but was already scratched in the box, so I could not get it exchanged.

Tons of support and protection, but lots of room for improvement. Somewhat disappointed that Sidi didn't add more protection for the price. Under $400 would seem more reasonable for the boots. Very little break-in required. The boot is a bit larger, so I would have to wear thick socks so my feet do not swim around in the boot, but the ventilation provides enough airflow to keep the feet cool and dry.

Pros: Great air flow. Comfortable even when walking around. Protects many of the important areas of the leg, foot and ankle. Fairly lightweight. Soles extremely grippy. Tons of cool stickers included. Tons of compliments.

Cons: Expected more protection for the price. Tensioners seem cheaply made. Soles too grippy for the first couple rides. Somewhat complicated and confusing when putting on the first couple times. So expensive, I am afraid to scratch them.
September 21, 2013
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2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE
Sidi Air
Awesome look and feel and support protects the foot ankle and shin!
March 29, 2010
Excellent boots
Overall, a great piece by Sidi. Almost everything is replaceable. The fit is very comfortable and as snug as you want it to be while retaining a good range of motion. The external brace feels very sturdy and should help to prevent ankle injury. Ventilation is good all around, with the vents open it can provide a nice rush of air into the toe area.<br><br>Potential issue in the future with the tecno fastener system. It's essentially a heavy gauge poly wire like fishing line. This will eventually wear from repeated tightening and loosening. I would have to guess that this is really a safety design to make it easy to cut through in a medical situation as opposed to using braided steel wire. The fasteners aren't expensive at least, so not a big deal. <br><br>The heel protector does tend to catch on the back of the heel guards on my stock rearsets(Ducati 1198S) at times and they also get a bit in the way of putting the kickstand down. Not deal breakers, but something I've had to get used to.
September 11, 2010
Awesome boot
Best boot available, almost a custom fit
May 26, 2010
Bang For The Buck
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SIDI Votice Air
My second pair of Vortice but this time bought then Air... SO SO much better.
Excellent prrotection and nice fit, just that they are a bit to narrow for my little wide feet but still managable in them when racing.
September 22, 2016
Bang For The Buck
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Protection & Durability
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helluva boot
This boot is a bit restrictive but it offers a ton of protection. expect to do a lot of 'break in'. I found the boot to be very narrow, otherwise a good fit.
April 3, 2012
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I am doing track days and using Sidi Cobra boots but when I had a low side crash last week my heel was bruised and I realized I needed better protection.
Michael K on Aug 27, 2016
I have flat feet. The volume that is usually under the arch of a normal foot doesn't exist under my feet. Therefore, there is usually a lot more material across the top of footwear than I need; boots and shoes are usually "baggy" around the arch and instep areas on my feet. The Sidi Vortice has an adjustable strap across the arch/instep area, so I'm hoping that it will take up most of the "slack" in the material, and make the boots fit like gloves on my feet.
Julien S on Jun 22, 2015
I am doing track days and using Sidi Cobra boots but when I had a low side crash last week my heel was bruised and I realized I needed better protection.
Michael K on Aug 27, 2016
Great function, great style, and extremely comfortable. A++++ all around.
Janet K on Sep 26, 2015
I have flat feet. The volume that is usually under the arch of a normal foot doesn't exist under my feet. Therefore, there is usually a lot more material across the top of footwear than I need; boots and shoes are usually "baggy" around the arch and instep areas on my feet. The Sidi Vortice has an adjustable strap across the arch/instep area, so I'm hoping that it will take up most of the "slack" in the material, and make the boots fit like gloves on my feet.
Julien S on Jun 22, 2015
Seems like top of the line for race gear and had many great reviews for track days.
daniel s on Jun 5, 2015
best looking boots imho
build quality is superb.
replaceable parts instead of the entire boot
just a few of the things that stood out to me
t3ichou on May 12, 2015
Did not fit well returned
Merquis G on Mar 14, 2015
wanted nice summer race boots
chris l on Feb 3, 2015
Because I have more money than brains. Ima poser...a racer wannabe.
M I on Aug 20, 2014
High end race level protection.
E R on May 22, 2014
Safety, ventilation, design
Ricardo C on May 4, 2014
I used to roadrace in the AMA in the late 90's and early 00's and SIDI quality is second to none. I ride dirt with a pair of Crossfires. Go with the SIDIs and you won't be disappointed. Fit and finish is great, and little to no break in.
Steve R on Apr 26, 2014
I saw the reviews and amazing videos on Revzilla and that helped me make my choice. I had already taken a spill without proper gear and now I want only the best.
Walter B on Dec 14, 2013
Great function, great style, and extremely comfortable. A++++ all around.
Janet K on Sep 26, 2015
Seems like top of the line for race gear and had many great reviews for track days.
daniel s on Jun 5, 2015
Are they true to size? I'm a size 9, but they only sell it at 9.5 U.S. Im afraid to buy the 8.5 and will be too small.
A shopper on Jan 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm EU 43 which translates usually to US 9. However those 9.5 works for me very good. You shouldn't see much of difference if boot is 0.5 too big. The only time you should be able to tell a difference is when 9 is snug. Then 9.5 should give you little more room. If 9 is fine then 9.5 shouldn't be a too loose or problematic.
hello,does tha boots have any sole replacements ?
A shopper on Mar 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You would think they did.

THEY DO NOT. with everything else being replaceable , the actual HEEL is not replaceable.

The front sole is. But it is a small piece .

They are great boots, they are comfortable to wear , break in pretty easy, and amazingly adjustable.

Great boots , even in 90+ weather like today , they felt great !

Get them !!
Worn my new boots like 6 times and now they sound like a pair of strangled bag pipes
Searching the internet people put all sorts of lubricants on the hinges or scuff up the lorica
Is this effective? Would a washer (of sorts) help? Like a really thin piece of teflon. Do you guys know if anyones tried this? Or is this just a norm.
A shopper on Apr 7, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Wouldn't recommend altering the construction of your boots(washer) or spraying a bunch of goop on them. My ST's squeak a little too. I just figure for the short time I'm actually walking in them I'm usually around folks who's riding boots are squeaking too. Wouldn't worry about it, besides the squeak just calls peoples attention to those awesome boots.