My Sidi Crossfires bought six years ago copped huge amounts of abuse and were still functional (with intact original soles) when I retired them as a backup pair in 2018. But the replacement set have been steadily falling apart over just 18 months. I asked around and heaps of Sidi Crossfire users seem to be having similar issues. Their old boots were great but recent sets aren't what they used to be. One riding buddy had the entire bottom section of his brand new Crossfire fall off during the Sea to Sky race. Another said his last two pairs of Crossfires have been rubbish (the previous two were brilliant). A dealer told me his Sidi national distributor was shocked by the number of warranty claims and complaints in recent years. I emailed Sidi head office and two national distributors (UK and USA) with a list of questions about an apparent drop in quality but received no replies prior to making this vid. However, the USA distributor did eventually reply at a later point (see below). Some think it's all linked to Sidi moving most of the manufacturing from Italy to the Romanian factory since around 2012 (note: oddly the SRS model is still listed as made in Italy although they have more issues then the made in Romania TA model!). Other 'Italian' brands now made overseas? Alpinestar Tech 7 & 10 made in Croatia and Thailand Forma made in Romania TCX (formerly Oxtar) made in China Dainese made in Tunisia. Gaerne appears to be the only Italian brand still actually made in Italy. Some guys are having a good run with their Crossfires but there seem to be a lot who aren't. From what I can see much of it is linked to soles falling off prematurely, especially the SRS models... although the TA stitched soles do appear to have issues too. My concern is that the Sidi Crossfire is a premium-priced boot but that since the move to Romanian manufacture the quality does not appear to be at a premium level anymore. Contrast this with Gaerne boots which are still manufactured in Italy and appear to have remained at a premium quality level, judging by the lack of online complaints and numerous positive user reviews. If you are using Sidi Crossfires how are they working out for you? I should point out not everyone has issues with the later model Sidi Crossfires but there are many reports of long term users (like me) saying the quality just doesn't seem to be what it was on earlier boots. SIDI RESPONDS I contacted Sidi's head office and also the distributors in the UK and USA with a list of questions before creating this video. Answer from Sidi head office? None. Answer from the UK distributor? None. Answer from the USA distributor? Yes... but after they saw this video. Here is a brief summary of their response. WHEN DID MANUFACTURING MOVE TO ROMANIA? Crossfires have been made in Romania since 2004. Uppers are stitched and assembled there but the soles are not put on in Romania. The partially assembled boots are shipped back to Italy to for final quality control checks and assembly. The soles are assembled in Italy. WHAT IS THE RESPONSE TO AN APPARENT DROP IN QUALITY? Soles coming off could be due to Italy being forced to use an EU-approved glue. If application isn't perfect, the soles can peel off. Other parts? Crossfires come with replaceable parts for a reason. Motonation USA claim that warranty return rates are only 0.7%. Motonation feel we are using anecdotal evidence to make a case for increased failure rates that they believe have not changed. WILL SUPPORT BE PROVIDED OUT OF WARRANTY? SIDI's head office generally offers no warranty. The warranty is usually provided by the distributor, although in some cases SIDI is offering warranty and reimbursing the distributor. Every country distributor has to set their own warranty policies. In north America? Motonation’s policy is a one-year warranty with a judgment call. MOTONATION'S TIP FOR PREVENTING SOLES PEELING OFF Power washing boots severely reduces the lifespan of the boot and accelerates delamination.