How can a boot be a glove?
Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex boots

[ Wednesday - January 8, 2014 ]

OK.  I didn't anticipate doing this so soon nor this early in the year.  Done so quickly, just right after updating the information for the Sidi Vortice.  I jumped the gun and impulsively purchased the Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex boots.

I picked up the pair for $550 from Motorcycle Superstore (my favorite place to shop for wearable moto gear).  I vaguely recall something about this being a clearance item, but I very much doubt that it's a clearance item at that price.  Ouch?  Kind of but not really.  Why?  Sidi boots aren't cheap for a reason...  you get what you pay for.  Quality through and through.

3 days later, the boots are sitting in my garage.  Alright... it's time to figure out and get use to yet another new pair of boots.  For the life of me, I always have a hard time figuring out how to extend/retract the straps for the buckles.  That's OK, I know I'll eventually figure it out.

What is my impression?  HOLY COW!!!!!

Now I understand why the reviews on Motorcycle Superstore has these boots at 5/5.  They're simply just awesome.  No wonder why everybody gave the boots a high rating, with some rants about cost.  IMHO, I feel the protection on these ADV boots are superior to the Vortice.  The thing that has me really sold is the fact that these boots (now that I figured out how to adjust the buckle straps) is adjusted so that it fits my feet perfectly.  Yes, you read it.  Perfectly.  It's snugly comfortable without hot spots.  The Vortice didn't have hot spots neither but I've always felt the Vortice adjusted to fit but it wasn't a snug and comfortable fit.

With these boots on, I feel that indeed a pair of boots can be like a pair of gloves.

As for the price... It's a pair of Sidi's.  What do you expect.  In fact I have a pair of Sidi mountain biking shoes that I purchased back in 1998.  I still have them and still use them for exercising  to this day.  The MB shoes cost me $300+ back in the day.  That's unheard of for a pair of MB shoes back then.  That's equivalent to $500-$600 or more now.  Given the thousands of miles of service with those MB shoes going through stream crossings, pumice, mud, hard pack, etc., I say it was well worth the $300, and some.  You can scoff at the price, but at the end of the day you know exactly what you're getting when you buy a pair of Sidi's.  What can I say?  The Giorgio Armani of the sport world.

How does the Alpinestar Tech-7 Supermoto boots compare to the Sidi ADV boots?  I wouldn't go there if I were you.

Written on: January 8, 2014
Last modified: January 8, 2014