Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Equipment, Travel > Equipment Reviews

Equipment Reviews Post YOUR REVIEWS of ANY Motorcycle, Camping or Travel Equipment and accessories. Tell us what worked and didn't work for you!
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Outback Motortek -  Outback Motortek is the manufacturer and designer of premium dual sport motorcycle parts and accessories.

Like Tree9Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 20 Sep 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 48
Sidi adventure boots

Note: I bought mine used, nothing more than cosmetic damage but the wear and tear had begun before I started testing these out.

The good -

Armor is everywhere it needs to be, these boots saved me from many a scrape on the road throughout the last 15 months of riding through the best and worst of the Americas. I dropped the bike on pavement once and all that happened was I stretched my achilles tendon.

Comfortable as hell. Once these are worn in I could wear them all day (and frequently must)

Easy on and off, adjust once and you're done.

The Bad:

Durability. At $500 bucks new I would expect these boots to last longer, but perhaps they're just not expected to endure this kind of punishment.

They are no longer water resistant as they were when I purchased them - the leather is separating at the seams where the toe cap ends. Got them sewn back together but still leaky, no rainy riding for me anymore. They do still seem to be watertight when I am trying to get the water OUT, however...

Protection - the ankle bone protection is great but the articulated heel is a weak point I'd say. Personally I put this in the good for how comfortable it makes the boot, but after crashing 200km from the nearest city and having my foot bent so far I had to use my heel to shift, I think I'd go for fixed heel boots in the future.

Warmth - In rain the boots soak up water and even if it doesn't transfer to your socks, it will chill your feet as the wind passes over the boots.

Would I buy again?

For $200 used in good condition, sure. New? I think there should be tougher options out there.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 20 Sep 2013
colebatch's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: London / Moscow
Posts: 1,726
See also: Sidi adventure boots - ADVrider
__________________
__________________________________________________ ________________
"Do NOT go wherever the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail"



Sibirsky Extreme - Adventure Motorcycling Guide to Siberia and Mongolia - on Facebook

Click here for Sibirsky Extreme Trail DVD Trailer
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 23 Sep 2013
Harty's Avatar
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 85
I can't believe how fast the soles wore out on my Sidi Adventures! Just bought a pair of Alpinestar Toucans(Shite Name!) and are a far better boot and completely waterproof...........so far! Cost me £240 from Germany
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 24 Sep 2013
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,494
W2 Adventure boots.

£140, say no more. They're outlasting and outperforming some of my boots that cost double.

__________________
www.TouringTed.com
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

BMW Dealer Technician
Welder/Fabricator

Ushuaia - Colombia 2007/8
UK- South Africa 2010/11
India 2012
Yukon 2012
S.E Asia 2014
U.K - Magadan 2015
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 24 Sep 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Posts: 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by *Touring Ted* View Post
W2 Adventure boots.

£140, say no more. They're outlasting and outperforming some of my boots that cost double.
I tried a pair of the W2's on and loved them. Nicer to walk in than my hiking boots plus I like the look of them as they are not obvious as being motorbike boots when under jeans etc.

I didn't buy them as I had difficulty reconciling whether they had sufficient protection *for me* (definitely a personal thing). For maximum protection I would have bought Alpinestar Tech 3's as they are not much more expensive. However, I considered these too extreme for my usage and settled on what I determined was the middle ground - the Sidi Adventure, although quite expensive.

I wore the Sidi's pretty much all day every day over 4 months and 20,000klm over various road qualities (I have owned them for at least 1 year and 5,000klm more) and the sole of mine looks like new, they are incredibly comfortable and remain waterproof. The only obvious signs of wear is on the toes, possibly from stones being thrown up from the front wheel? I have heard of the sole issue before, but no problems with mine. I would be disappointed if I had sole issues on a boot at this price point!

The only disappointment is the "infamous" squeek that drives me insane
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 24 Sep 2013
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,494
I also have tech 3s which I've worn for two long trips. Great protection but impossible to walk in and a slick sole which is too slippy..... The W2s have decent protection too but probably not as much as the sidis. With any boot, if you have toothed grippy pegs, you're going to Chew the soul. A pair of flip flops will last a rtw if you have a rubber footed peg.
__________________
www.TouringTed.com
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

BMW Dealer Technician
Welder/Fabricator

Ushuaia - Colombia 2007/8
UK- South Africa 2010/11
India 2012
Yukon 2012
S.E Asia 2014
U.K - Magadan 2015
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 24 Sep 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Posts: 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by *Touring Ted* View Post
With any boot, if you have toothed grippy pegs, you're going to Chew the soul. A pair of flip flops will last a rtw if you have a rubber footed peg.
I'm running wide, grippy, toothed pegs and I expected a chewed sole. As there is there is hardly a mark on the sole, I can only gather that I either wasn't standing enough, the wider than standard pegs helped with weight distribution on the sole when standing (ie no pressure point) or weighing in at 75kg kitted up, I wasn't putting as much pressure on the soles as some others?

I'm both relieved and happy that the Sidis are still in reasonably good order.

Just checked the toes though, I reckon this will be my main area of concern for longevity and waterproofness (I thinking I'm making words up now)....
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 24 Sep 2013
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,494
Do they have replaceable soles ?
__________________
www.TouringTed.com
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

BMW Dealer Technician
Welder/Fabricator

Ushuaia - Colombia 2007/8
UK- South Africa 2010/11
India 2012
Yukon 2012
S.E Asia 2014
U.K - Magadan 2015
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 25 Sep 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Posts: 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by *Touring Ted* View Post
Do they have replaceable soles ?
If you are talking about the Sidi's? Then no, they do not have their SRS (sole replacement system?). They do look like your garden variety glue/stitched sole which probably means that a decent cobbler/bootmaker may be able to sort something out?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 25 Sep 2013
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,494
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaleC View Post
If you are talking about the Sidi's? Then no, they do not have their SRS (sole replacement system?). They do look like your garden variety glue/stitched sole which probably means that a decent cobbler/bootmaker may be able to sort something out?
hmmm. That ain't good for boots of that cost and supposed application..

If there is an isue I guess people could contact Sidi and complain. They might fob you off but if you persue it,then they might do something out of good will.

As for that dreaded squeak, I recommend some furniture polish spray. They have a wax it that will lubricate the moving parts and stop the squeak.

It's worked on all my squeaky boots down the years.
__________________
www.TouringTed.com
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

BMW Dealer Technician
Welder/Fabricator

Ushuaia - Colombia 2007/8
UK- South Africa 2010/11
India 2012
Yukon 2012
S.E Asia 2014
U.K - Magadan 2015
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 25 Sep 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Brighton
Posts: 96
I used the Sidi boots last year for 8 weeks solid and 18000kms, they were very comfortable and water proof (well at the beginning but I never cleaned them or polished them so that probably didnt help). They did develop a squeek, will have to do some oiling of them. The soles are hardly worn, wonder if they had some issues with a batch?
__________________
Mark
www.bamriders.com
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 26 Sep 2013
Gipper's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Banff,Canada/Poole,UK
Posts: 757
Been wearing Sidi Adventure Rain (Gore Tex) boots for 3 years, 30,000 kms + still looking good, had plenty of falls in them, including a high side at 80 mph, some wear on toe caps and on leather on sides, but other than that they have been excellent, plenty of tread left, they have been are still are 100% waterproof and are super comfy riding or walking. They get cleaned and polished a couple of times a year.

Oh Yeah, Im wearing them to my friends wedding on Saturday - id better clean them

All footwear has its compromises, I cant walk far in my motocross boots and I need better ankle/heel protection than a high leg hiking boot. Unless a Leather boot has a (good quality) waterproof membrane they will never be 100% waterproof, despite what anyone says, you can seam seal the stitching and us a shed load of dubbin, leather impregnation cream etc but at the end of the day leather breathes and will eventually let water through as the polish/cream/coating wears off from the outside and dissipates from the heat generated by your feet.

Ted, those W2's look pretty good, but how stiff are they around the ankle/heel ? Id definitely wear them on short rides around town or locally, but for a longer dirt trip (for me) I need somethining with an external brace/armour on ankle
__________________
Cheers
Grif

'09 Suzuki DR650
'00 Discovery Series 2 V8
'95 Defender 90 300 Tdi Overlander
http://gipperstravels.blogspot.com/

Last edited by Gipper; 26 Sep 2013 at 16:31.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 26 Sep 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Germany
Posts: 59
Spare soles for the Sidi's are available here. It is a german store but they deliver world wide.

Greetings
Dominik
__________________
Nordkapp 2011
The Alps 2012
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 26 Sep 2013
Gipper's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Banff,Canada/Poole,UK
Posts: 757
Thanks Dominik, good to know!

I must say having just looking at the Toucans mentioned by Harty, they look quite a bit more substantial with better external armour than the Sidi's how are they to walk in ?
__________________
Cheers
Grif

'09 Suzuki DR650
'00 Discovery Series 2 V8
'95 Defender 90 300 Tdi Overlander
http://gipperstravels.blogspot.com/
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 5 Oct 2013
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: East Lothian Scotland
Posts: 33
I looked at these then bought Alt berg boots instead.

The sidi boots just don`t seem durable for the cash.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sidi Adventure Squeak cure noel di pietro Camping Equipment and all Clothing 1 11 Jun 2013 13:12
Europe Adventure johnnington Travellers Seeking Travellers 15 1 May 2013 21:44
Moto Adventure Nights - London - Second event july1 Motorcycle Events around the world 0 21 Mar 2013 19:29
The Meaning of Adventure WarthogARJ HU Travellers Meetings - UK 3 17 Jul 2012 23:31
DR650 SE or KTM Adventure? Zimi Which Bike? 31 16 Feb 2012 19:07

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events

 

Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

 

Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 22:32.