SIDI boot wearing people, check in!

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

  1. ownst1100

    ownst1100 BLUES TRAVELER 04'GSA

    Sep 22, 2005
    Discovery Rain Boots, size 47 (im a 12 1/2 W - 13), $265. Got them online at the Motorcycle Superstore. GREAT boot and really comfortble after break-in.
  2. 3power

    3power Cafe'er

    Aug 20, 2007
    Sidi Way MEGAs
    Paid $203 from New Enough.
    These are the wide version of the Way boots (great for folks with EEE or EEEE feet like me). They are basic no-frills waterproof sport-touring boots. They are extremely comfortable and I don't even realize I have them on (the perfect sign of well fitting gear). I will buy them again.

    To the OP - Sidi are top notch. Don't overthink it, just buy 'em :-)
  3. jamesbrown

    jamesbrown Lefty tighty.

    Nov 21, 2007
    Sidi Crossfire TA. $300 new from ebay. Absolutely awesome protection in the dirt, but overkill elsewhere (they're not too easy to walk in).

  4. cabot

    cabot lurker

    Mar 4, 2009
    Crossfire TA.

    I found them very comfortable out of the box but took me about 500km to get used to shifting. Yeah they squeak. I shoot 'em with a bit of chain lube now and then but don't expect to sneak up anybody.


    I haven't had them in a down pour yet but walked through the above with little to no water in the boots. Only thing I'd change is the price.

    Oh yeah .... 10.5/44 shoes and 44 in the boots (44 in the Sidi Discovery too).
  5. YamWOW!

    YamWOW! Been here awhile

    Oct 25, 2008
    Kennewick Washington
    Sidi Crossfire SRS $500 -$100 coupon from

    My shoe size is 10.5 to 11 and 45's fit like a glove. By far the best boots I ever had.


  6. RoadNoRoad

    RoadNoRoad Rusty but gettin' dusty

    Sep 11, 2008
    St. Louis
    Sidi Gortex On Road - Couldn't find anyone to sell them at a discount.

    Very comfortable but they do tend to get a little warm in the desert.
  7. NHRedleg

    NHRedleg Been here awhile

    Jan 7, 2008
    Temple, NH, USA
    Sidi Typhoons; paid $275 @ Extreme Supply:
    Love them, comfortable day one, use street riding, H2O proof, true to size-sidi 43=9 1/2 in sneakers and other boots. Got the Typhoons vs the Canyons because I didn't want buckles. Wouldn't change a thing really. So impressed with Sidi I am looking at the Crossfires for off-road dispite the big price tag on them.
  8. Hamilton Felix

    Hamilton Felix Part Time Good Guy

    Nov 8, 2007
    Marblemount, Washington
    SIDI On Road Gore-Tex. I'm wearing them right now, at work. I commute on the bike, They have been comfortable from day one. I had a very minor bout of plantar fasciitis a while ago, so I have Dr. Scholl's cushioned heel inserts in them right now. Very comfortable.

    I bought these during a sale at Cycle Barn in 2007, if memory serves. Checking just now, I see the retail list price has increased. I'm sure I paid well below $300.

    I am size 11½ in American sizes. That's what I ordered, that's what fits, with "medium" socks (not super thick, not very thin).

    I wanted boots I could wear for all-around use, and I wanted unremarkable appearance. These fit the bill.

    They really are waterproof. In the course of my job, I sometimes stand for several minutes at a time, in icewater above ankle depth, inside the scrollcase of a hydro turbine. They do not leak.

    I'm sold. :thumb
  9. t-rider

    t-rider Adventurer

    Apr 2, 2008
    Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
    Sidi Strada

    Where you bought them from?
    Ten Kate, Netherlands (Oh yeah, the SBK team :p)

    Price paid?
    189 Euro's

    What type of use?
    First sportive road use, now also offroad :p

    - Comfortable while walking around the circuit (nice when going to races) and school (No, I don't take sneakers with me...)
    - Waterproofness and safety. Had an accident with them (ran into a car and slided over the asphalt), feet are still working perfect, almost no damage to the boot, only 1 stitch failed, so it's not completly waterproof anymore..

    -Design isn't the best to go to work with
    -smell og my feet after a day use :lol3

    What you would change about them?
    Change the membrane for a goretex one for full waterproofness and better ventilation (there's now a gore-tex edition...)

    What size sneaker do you usually wear and what size boot did you get?
    43-43 (european size)
    9.5-9.5 in US (Converse sneakers)
  10. mistercindy

    mistercindy In a state of equilibrium

    Oct 31, 2005
    North Dallas 'burb in a box made of ticky tacky.
    Four or five years ago I bought a pair of Sidi Champions. They're fine all-round boots, except they're made of Lorica which does not breathe like leather. After a day in the saddle in hot weather my feet looked like they'd been in a bathtub all day. Lots of folks seem to get along with Sidi's Lorica boots, but I didn't. I stopped wearing them after a few months, and replaced them with all leather boots. Lots of Sidi's boots are made from Lorica, and if you sweat a lot its something to keep in mind.

    EDIT: Forgot to answer your other questions. They were a size 45 and fit just fine (I'm typically an American size 11 to 11 1/2 with a medium or D width). I bought them at my local BMW dealership. Its been a while so I can't be certain of the price, but I think it was around $180. The Champions were discontinued a few years ago.
    • Pros: Fit well; comfortable for walking; excellent retention; I like the lugged sole; good ankle and shin protection
    • Cons: The lorica material doesn't allow the feet to breath (my biggest complaint); velcro straps on the outside of the calf make it a minor PITA to put on and take off (not a deal killer, though)
  11. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

    May 16, 2005
    Mike's Sky Rancho
    Off-road, Crossfires
    Touring, Typhoons
    Sport, Vertabres
    MTB, Dominator
    Roadbike, Genius

    All size 48

    I like Sidi
  12. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

    Oct 14, 2005
    Parker, Colorado

    Size 44 (shoe is 11)

    Performance Cycle, Denver, CO


    Love 'em!
  13. OaklandLion

    OaklandLion Been here awhile

    Sep 6, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Vertigo Air - maybe $300?

    Also MTB and road cycling shoes. Great stuff.
  14. Pax

    Pax shazam.

    Jul 22, 2006
    Columbia MO
    I have both the Canyon Gores and the Crossfires. They are both excellent boots with different missions.

    Crossfire, 44 (10), $375, from another inmate
    The Crossfires hands-down win for providing protection. As others have stated, they are stiffer (which is why they give better protection) and they take some getting used to for shifting. I'm still breaking mine in, but they arrived surprisingly comfortable. They do require taller socks (a true MX sock is best). I purchased these because I found myself riding more technical terrain and coming home with scratched/bruised shins and ankles when wearing my Canyon Gores. I figured $375 was cheaper than a cast and a ruined trip.

    Canyon Gore, 44 (10), $300, New Enough
    The Canyon Gores are a GREAT choice for more leisurely riding. If I were thinking of doing just fire roads or easy commuting these are hard to beat. These were my first real motorcycle boots and were a good choice. They stay dry in basic wet conditions, but leak when walking through water or in heavy rain. I would still buy them again as they accomplish their mission quite well.

    Both boots are extremely comfortable out of the box.

  15. mudwasp

    mudwasp Adventurer

    Jan 23, 2007
    northern colorado, be very jealous!
    Force srs,off-road mostly trail riding, had them for about 5 years-paid around 300 for them,i've replaced the soles once and various other bits as neccessary.In the time i've had these boots my husband has gone through 3 pairs of boots -different brands.No, he doesn't ride more or more agressively than i do!!!We both ride as much as possible while still keeping our jobs! Pros- excellent protection, comfort,durability.Cons,barely big enough around the calf to fit my asterisk braces in- i hear crossfires are better this way.When these wear out i'll buy another pair of Sidis
  16. batman1939

    batman1939 Been here awhile

    Apr 11, 2009
    Saigon, Vietnam
    Sidi Discovery

    Size 44 (I wear an 11)

    $240 (+or-)

    Beaverton Honda, Beaverton Oregon
  17. gweaver

    gweaver NorCal is Best Cal!

    Aug 20, 2005
    Sonoma County, CA
    1st pair- Sidi Vertebra Tepor, sz 44(45?). Paid $260-ish at my local pusher. Fit really well, but after 3 years of daily use, they're pretty thrashed. Don't fit so well anymore. Soles are completely shot (but supposedly can be replaced). Stitching has come out in several places. Will be sending them to Sidi's recommended rebuilder to see what (if anything) they can do. (Bought these when I was riding a ZX9)

    2nd pair- Discos in 44. Paid about $290 at same pusher as above. Fit was a bit loose, but put the insole from the Vertebras in there and they fit great. I've only had them for about two weeks, but very happy with them. These too will be worn daily, and it'll be interesting to see if/how they hold up. I keep thinking that maybe I should have gotten 43s and dealt with the slight tightness until they broke in. My bad. If they get too big, I'll see about adding a thicker insole/custom footbed until I get a fit that works.

    I tried out several pairs of MX boots, but given that 90% of my riding is street, I couldn't imagine shifting with those on.

  18. Bbasso

    Bbasso my name is Rob

    May 18, 2009
    South Carolina!
    Such great info!
    Please keep posting, Maybe even put this in the sticky?
  19. davinist

    davinist Adventurer

    Oct 24, 2007
    Crossfires. Size 12, usually a size 11, the extra size is useful when wearing thick socks and for a bit of air circulation in hot weather.

    I use them for road and off-road (the bike's a 12GS). I chose these as they offer the best protection for all kinds of use I put them to (I don't do track days). They take a while to wear in and can be very squeaky.....I took off the upper panels, covered the leather (lorica?) in WD40 and rubbed it in well, this stops the squeaking for a few months each time. They are not good for walking long distances though, as they are heavy and don't offer much ankle movement. The negatives are nothing compared to the protection they offer, plus they do look rather good.
  20. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

    Sep 26, 2007
    Georgia, Vermont (that's one town, not two states)
    Discovery, size 11 (45), a hair under $300 online. Got them a few weeks ago, immediately wore them on a 2000-mile trip, love them. Super comfortable. My only complaint is that they don't breathe very well, so my feet get stinky much faster than in the Matterhorn combat boots I was wearing on the bike before. But then again, they're waterproof.