Sidi Women's Vertigo Lei Boots
These boots offer great protection without being bulky - completely worth the cost. A note on sizing: I'm usually a 9.5/10 in street shoes, but ended up going with a 8.5 (41) when buying these.
September 16, 2013
Just the protection I wanted.
When I decided to get a motorcycle, I knew that getting the gear was a foregone conclusion. Safety is my first priority when riding. I ordered these boots because I wanted something that would keep my ankles from getting crushed if I laid down my bike. These boots give me the confidence that my ankles are safe and sound while I ride. I have small feet so I was glad that their 5.5 fit me wonderfully well. The zipper was snug to zip up the first time I put them on but the boot has adjusted well with subsequent wearings. At first, I was a little clunky at shifting gears with them on because they are somewhat like wearing mini ski boots, but once I got used to it I actually really enjoy that my feet feel so safe when I am putting them down to stop quickly. I still cringe any time I see another biker woman riding around in flip flops. I with I could buy her these boots.
July 23, 2013
Great Protection and comfort
These boots provide excellent protection and are comfortable to walk around and most important they are comfortable to ride in. I can go 3 hours strait without having any strain on numbness in my feet. This boot ran a bit large for my feet. I usually wear a 7.5, but I feel like I could have gone with the 6 for the 7 feels a bit large for me. The adjustable calf dial on the back of the boot does not work on one of the boots, but I am not too concerned with that for I prefer the widest setting on the calf.
Overall these are a great boot!
July 16, 2013
Probably the best race boot for women
This is really the only boot you should be buying. It's the only women's boot I've come across that has any lateral ankle protection. All 3 of the other boots in the race category on revzilla flop over at the ankle with minimal pressure, and so will your foot if you wreck. The boot's got one of those ratcheting calf adjusters, so it's good if you have freakishly large calves like me. I kind of dislike how both the colors come with the requisite "it's a women's thing, let's put some flowery curlicues on it!" thing, but whatever (it's been flaking off over the last few months anyway). If you intend to insert your pants into the boots, you will probably need a shorter knee armor insert in whatever pants you have. I had to switch out the long ones my Dainese Alien pants have, boot wouldn't zip up otherwise.
Also, watch out if you've got a fairing on your bike that touches the boot - I've sort of scuffed off my clearcoat with the plastic calf part . Slap some painter's tape on the fairing if you're worried.
July 10, 2013
These boots are awesome. Great protection!!! Takes time getting used to riding with them but its forth it.
April 15, 2013
These boots are amazing though my last pair did have a zipper break on them. They are too wide for my feet, much more than any other women's motorcycle boot I've worn but I'll make due and the adjustable calf system keeps it snug, especially with a suit on. The quality is superb and offers some of the best protection for a boot of this price and it's made for women which is even better. The comfort is decent but I've felt far more comfortable boots like the Alpinestars SMX Plus (those are incredibly comfortable) but they're not too bad and these seem to offer more protection. The ventilation is okay but there's only one vent and I really wish there was an air version since I live in Texas but it's decent. I went down on my last pair of boots (was a low side) and they didn't have a scratch on them. I'm sure I would have twisted something at least if I didn't have these on. I can't comment on how they'd hold up during a much worse crash though but they seem very durable and offer amazing protection. Definitely a pair of boots I recommend!
March 25, 2013
Awesome boot saved my shins, ankles, feet, and toes
One of the best purchases I ever made. I wrecked on the freeway going about 70mph and these boots protected me so well that I didn't have a scratch or broken bone where these boots covered.
Thumbs up: #1 Durability! Long boot so it protects everything from your toes to your shins. Feature on the back of the boot to adjust to calf size. (My calf's are a little larger than most women's so this feature makes them comfortable and customized.) Air holes on the side of the boot that can be switched between opened and closed. (This is great for hot summers and cold winters.)
Need for improvement:
I wish they had a little more sole on the bottom. Not much, but a little.
Comfort inside boot could be improved, but it's not bad.
I think the zipper on my left boot is a little defective in the way that it doesn't zip smoothly. It doesn't bother me after they're on though, and it always stays zipped.
A little bulky and heavy, but this is to be expected with durable boots. Also, it took me a bit to get used to shifting with these boots on because they're so hard I had trouble feeling the gear shift, but you get used to it. I didn't have any problems after I practiced with them.
January 31, 2013
LOVE these boots, and they fit larger calves
Adjustability is awesome. Having sprained my ankle in a lowside due to insufficient ankle protection, I didn't want short boots again. Unfortunately, I also have huge 15" calves. After many returns of ill-fitting tall boots (thanks for being so accomodating, Revzilla!), this is the first pair that actually fit around my giant calves AND my riding pants (the Spidi Glance pant, for reference). I loosen the dial all the way to put them on, then tighten to the perfect fit.
Took a 3-hour ride in these yesterday and they were very, very comfortable while riding. Positioning the heel behind my foot peg, the boot is the perfect length for reaching the shifter. Much nicer than my old 100% flat boots, which were a little slippery on the pegs. The toe is narrow from top to bottom, which also makes shifting easier. Vents near the sole prevent annoying sweaty feet even when wearing very thick socks.
Protection: fortunately I haven't found out first hand, but they boots certainly FEEL very solid and I feel much better about not messing up my ankle again.
Style: after seeing both colors in the Revzilla showroom, I went with the black/white combo. The other version have subtle pink accents, which I liked much more in person than in the online photo... But those are also covered in shiny black vinyl. Too "S&M" for my taste. The black/white have much more understated matte leather.
Off the bike: fine for walking on flat ground but a little awkward walking up and down stairs. The rear ankle area isn't super flexible, but a) that might be because they're brand new, and b) some of that stiffness comes from the ankle protection I wanted in the first place.
Overall A++, would buy again.
September 16, 2012