These Sidi Tour
boots are available in two versions, the less expensive Rain model, and the
top of the line Gore Tex. As I’m sure you know, Gore Tex is a microperforated
material that is completely waterproof, yet allows sweat vapor to pass easily
through it. There are many similar membranes available, and most of them are
capable of duplicating the waterproof characteristics of Gore Tex, but many
regard the breathability to be unmatched.
There is a ton of touring boot options available right now, with hundreds of
dollars difference in their price. The difference for me is in the details. The
Tour’s uppers are full, top grain leather, and feature a hook and loop and
zippered side entry closure system, with a full length waterproof inner gaiter.
That’s fairly standard issue stuff. If you take a closer look, though, you can
see that all the seams are double stitched, and there are subtle details, like
the recessed areas of reflectivity in the lateral side panel above the ankle,
and on the rear of the boot above the Achilles area. The reflective bits in the
Achilles area are convex, as well, so they will reflect light from all angles.
Also, on the rear of the boot, you’ll find the Sidi logo subtly debossed into
the leather. This same reflective tech is found also on the shin area of the
boot, with another debossed logo. Details. On the toe,
Sidi has added
leather shift and pedal pads.
These are unique, though, in that there’s additional plastic toe protection
behind the leather, with nubs that poke through to provide additional grip and
wear resistance. Details. While we’re looking at the toe, you should know that
is, of course, heavily reinforced, as is the heel cup, and the ankle bones are
protected by plate armor on both the medial and lateral sides. Protection also
comes from plate armor in the shin, and a non-slip outsole.
These Sidi Tour
Gore Tex boots are available in sizes seven and a half to thirteen, with many
half sizes available. The fit is of course European, with a standard length
accurate to a Brannock device, and a narrow width. As much as I like these
boots, my flat, E width feet aren’t having it. Wider calves, though, are
accommodated, by a small elastic panel next to the side entry.
All in all, these boots are an excellent choice for the touring rider looking
for a lightweight, waterproof option with that signature Italian detail.