SIDI boot wearing people, check in!

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Bbasso, May 29, 2009.

  1. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    I bought mine for $298 shipped from FC moto. it took about 3 weeks to arrive and communication was nearly nonexistent... but I did get a damn good deal on a great pair of boots.
  2. 1Down-5Up

    1Down-5Up Been here awhile

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    I finally decided to get some waterproof boots and bribed Santa to get me some. Sidi adventure Gore-tex, nice stuff, great fit. I have been wearing size 46 lately and that's what I ordered. They seem narrow up front but was fine for me.

    The price was $ 329 US ( $325 CDN : ) ) From http://biker-land.de/Boots/waterproof/SIDI-ADVENTURE-Gore-Tex-boots.html

    I purchased through Ebay. Took about 2 weeks to get them. Shipping was under 50 bucks. I didn't even have to tip the delivery guy if you know what I mean.

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  3. tvbh40a

    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    price today $329. euro= $438 us that is from their website. I haven't found them on ebay yet.
  4. 1Down-5Up

    1Down-5Up Been here awhile

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  5. tvbh40a

    tvbh40a PSUViking

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  6. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    +1 on the Vagina/foot interface with SIDI's.

    Ive a few pair here.

    one pair old SIDI adventure boots,never be sold,still work great since 2003.

    One pair heavy waterproof SIDI touring boots,VERY COMFY.

    One pair ventilated sportbike SIDI's,sure enough they let air in.

    One pair Crossfires,best dirt boots ever.Water does not flow into these boots during creek crossings.

    One pair of SIDI road bicycle shoes,fit like gloves,flow good air.

    One pair SIDI Mt Bike shoes,simple and light.

    Why wear crap?
  7. MtnRider2

    MtnRider2 Been here awhile

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    If you were to choose between the Crossfire SRS and the Adventure Gore-Tex which would you get?

    These are the two I am trying to decide between. My delima is I have large calves (19") and wear a 43. Researching I am almost 100% sure the Crossifre's will fit but not sure about the Adventures. I am getting back into adventrue/dirt riding and want something that has good water proof/resistant aspects.
  8. RAZR

    RAZR I'll cut ya

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    CROSSFIRE'S. hands down.

    1. sole replacement.
    2. almost all the other parts are replaceable
    3. the hinge works, feels "broken in" the first time you wear them.
    4. best foot/ankle protection! i've had my bike land on my foot in get offs more than once, and walked (limped) away. should of been broken.
    5. great customer service http://www.motonation.com/ (their U.S. distributors)
    i had called in desperation for a circlip for the hinge and a few screws for the sole right before a huge 2 day ride that was coming up in a week. i called MotoNation and the guy was super cool, they sent me the few replacement parts for FREE with NEXT DAY shipping for NO CHARGE! no one does that. great customer service!
    6. i've had mine for 2 years of riding hardcore off road, mud, sand, snow, rain, creek crossings, rocks, dunes, street, singletrack etc etc and they are still going strong. just had to replace the sole. i ride with Pro Moto Billet pegs.http://www.promotobillet.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=23 so they tear up my soles.

    the Adventure Goretex don't last. maybe 1 year. i've had 2 of my friends have theirs FAIL right past the 1 year warranty. they basically fall apart at the seams, and the soles take a beating. and they are not 100% waterproof.

    the Crossfires keep the water out to a certain point, but if you are in a 3+ foot deep creek or in a torrential downpour, your feet will get wet.
  9. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    Discovery Rain, got 'em near new for $100 1.5 years ago, over time have replaced all the nails in the toe pieces with screws, part of one toe piece got ripped off, great boots, will buy another pair soon. The 4 buckle MX boots on the right were stored in the attic since the late 1990s, all the plastic/rubber deteriorated and crumbled, they were always uncomfortable as hell anyway. Thinking about trying to repair them with some baseball shin guards for the uppers, the lowers are still in good shape.

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  10. MtnRider2

    MtnRider2 Been here awhile

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    RAZR thanks for a great reply!!! I appreciate it. I do know about Motonation and their service!!!
  11. devans101

    devans101 Adventurer

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  12. Blakduk

    Blakduk Just trying to get by.

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    Exactly. I wore size 46 and ordered the same. The seemed narrow up front too.

    Wait about 2 years when they've shrunk a bit and you go for that day ride and the UNBELIEVABLE pain starts in your little toes. You'll regret the narrow toe box then.
  13. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    I put together some odds and ends that I have in my junk boxes and made some inserts to widen the area of my instep. They have to be forced in and I leave 'em in there especially when I come home with wet boots. Makes them very comfortable for my wide feet.

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  14. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    It took 2 years and 13,000 miles on the Husky to wear out the right foot sole, almost didn't catch it in time, I get the boots back Friday, will post up pics of the $80 re-sole with Vibram continuous soles from my regular boot place.

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  15. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    Damn, real happy with the Vibram soles the local cobbler put on, they are the thickest sole in stock, my toe caps would not even fit back on the toes, I chose the thickest sole they had, in case the sole does not hold up well under the conditions. I feel like I have a new pair of boots that are well broken in!

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  16. Blakduk

    Blakduk Just trying to get by.

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    Well my Sidi Crossfires are over 2 yrs old, indestructible, the ultimate in protection, still waterproof, still showing almost no marks or damage despite serious off road (not Adventure) riding. But they have shrunk - or something. I have removed the innersole, but it is still not enough. They are now so tight across the front I can't wear them for longer than 2 hours.
    I've ordered some Gaernes. They have a wider toe box. They arrive tomorrow, I will be glad to never have to wear the Sidi's again. At least now I'll be able to stand up and use the rear brake again.

    Sidi's. Good if you have a foot shaped like Julia Gillard's nose.
  17. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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    Old thread but what the heck...

    Aerostich Combat Touring Boots, made by Sidi for RiderWearhouse.

    Bought a size 8.5 and it fits perfectly, same as my sneaks in the same size.

    Caught them on sale several years ago and paid ... something like $289 plus shipping.

    Pro's - a tough multi-purpose boot, meaning they are suitable for the light off road I do, for any of the pavement riding I do, and for occasional yard work.

    Con's - the dang things are heavy, took forever to break in, and are heavy. They are stiff and for a while any new owner of these boots walks like a drunker sailor. It took me a while to feel shifting was natural and unstrained. Did I mention that they took forever to break in?

    Seriously, I was about fed up with them and thinking of selling and going another direction when I did a couple of days yard work in them, including walking on my sloped residential lot pushing my trim mower. The flex motion of walking and straining while working hillsides and grades helped "tip" them enough towards broken in that I decided not to take the loss on a sale. After the various break-in trick and several thousand miles of riding the DR and the Wing they are no longer a distraction while shifting.

    What would I change? Two things -

    First, as soon as I got them I did the waterproofing routine with the stuff they sell at RiderWearhouse. If I had it to do over I would forget that and spend the first year working with a good quality black shoe polish to soften and oil the leather. That, I think, would enhance the break-in and besides - the thickness of the leather means it is going to have to be a prolonged torrent for one to get wet in these boots.

    Next, the moto-cross type sole that I ordered was a huge disappointment. Since I had ridden with the boots and gotten them dusty I did not feel I could send them back in good faith for an exchange. And the funky peach colored tone of the heeled sole that can be purchased as a replacement did not do anything for me. So I had a local cobbler shop remove the moto type sole and install a Vibram cleated sole. I've been happy with that.

    The pictures are from over a year ago.

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  18. HighRiver

    HighRiver taking the checkered

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    Just ordered a pair of Rain Disco's. I noticed the boot design hasn't changed in 6yrs:huh Must be that good! :deal
    Anyways does anyone have any break in tips? I read in the Aerostich site they suggest soaking them over night in water, walk a few miles in them and then let them dry out and lube up.
    Thoughts? :ear
  19. alaninsea

    alaninsea Been here awhile

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    I'm currently looking at getting into the dirt, probably first taking a Rawhyde course later this year.

    Riding in regular street riding boots and hiking boots right now, but looking at upgrading them now.

    Looking at the SIDI Adventure Gore-tex and the older version of the Crossfire TA.

    I'll probably be more into the 90% onroad 10% offroad (maybe once or twice a year big trips, side excursions on the weekends). I heard a lot of good things about the Crossfire protection offroad.

    Does the Crossfire TA lean more towards an offroad boot only, or do people use it for their daily commute too?

    Is this one of the areas you need to invest on 2 different boots?

    Riding a GS with Panniers.

    Thanks/Alan
  20. Lost Rider

    Lost Rider Roadie

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    I have both boots, the adventure gortex are comfy and look like they would offer great protection, I remeber when I bought mine at the first real release, coming from a more street type boot, they seemed very stout, but in reality they allow too much movement to actually provide good protection when things go wrong. Anytime I hear someone say "these boots are great to walk in" I know they are far more likely to get foot injuries that those that say, "these are stiff to walk in", especially when your foot gets tangled up with your panniers. If you can take the tip of the toe of any boot and bend it back so it's 90º to the soul, that exactly what you foot can do too and all it takes to have you off your feet for months and in lots of pain.
    The Crossfires are some of the most protective boots you can buy and have saved me countless times from injury.

    I do still wear the adventures occasionally for short local rides, like going to grocery store, but usually wear the crossfires, even for just street rides after suffering from foot injuries with the adventures on from a simple very low speed fall they failed miserably to protect my foot. The CF's are comfy enough for me to wear all day, even for weeks on end while traveling and are far more comfortable to stand on the pegs for long periods of time, being much stiffer. I don't find them uncomfortable for the little bit of walking I do while on rides and they have been waterproof too.
    I also have had to have the Adventures repaired a couple times with the leather stitching coming apart, so I also don't think they are good for the long haul.

    The foot is very fragile and very exposed, foot injuries are easy to get anytime you ride a motorbike no matter where you ride, only you can to choose if walking comfort is more important than protection.
    I choose protection from my painful experiences and the Adventures are proven to not offer enough for my needs.


    Love my Crossfires. :clap



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