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post #1 of 10 Old 11-17-2017, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Sidi Adventure Rain Boots - first impression

I was looking for a pair of adventure boots and originally purchased a pair of Gaerne G-Midland Gortex in size 48.
While the boot length was fine, it was too loose on my narrow feet, I also didn't care for their new sole which was 50% smooth with sipes and 50% aggressive. I wanted all aggressive.

After doing some research I found out that the Sidi line fit a narrow foot better. Originally I was considering the Sidi Adventure Gortex, but had a hard time accepting the price. The Adventure Rain is the same model but without the Gortex, using some other membrane that is not waterproof, but water resistant. For about $150.00 less.

I found a pair on line that were on clearance, one because it was old stock and two not many people were in the market for size 48, so the owner of the store wanted them gone.....for $265.00 Cdn plus $10.00 to ship. I couldn't say no as the cheapest I could find up to that point was for $399.00 Cdn.

The boots arrived yesterday, and they are on the large size for a 48, I probably could have gotten away with a 47, but the extra wiggle room for the toes is nice. Width wise, perfect, but I found the insole very hard with no cushioning.

Walking around felt like I was wearing ski boots, but after keeping them on for about a 1/2 hr flexing them with knee bends and heal rises they appear to have lost some of the rigidity making them easier to walk in. I'm expecting with more wear/use they will become nicer for walking.

I sat on the bike which has the JNS lowering bracket and a set of Pivot Pegz, because of the thick sole I have trouble raising my foot to use the brake pedal which is at it's lowest setting. And I have absolutely no feel on the shifter or brake pedal. I'm hoping this will become a muscle memory trick where I will instinctively use them rather than look for them.

Standing on the pegs the support was good and I could not feel the peg digging in.....good thing.

I'm dealing with rain, snow and cold temps, so I don't know if I'll get a chance to try them before we are in full blown winter to give a full review.

I'm not expecting great things in the waterproof department, but my First Gear pants cover down to the ankle so that should minimize the amount of rain exposure these boot will see.

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-17-2017, 06:49 PM
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Do they SQUEAK when you walk, Candubrain?

If not, then . . . they're COUNTERFEIT; not genuine authentic SIDI boots!



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Do they SQUEAK when you walk, Candubrain?

If not, then . . . they're COUNTERFEIT; not genuine authentic SIDI boots!



FULL DISCLOSURE: I wear the same boots.

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No squeaking yet, but to my understanding it take 45 minutes of use before the squeaks start. I only wore them for 30 minutes

How are you liking the boot? Any issues with wet feet?
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Love the boots; crash-worthy (the hinged ankle, offering considerable protection, was a huge selling point with me), and no problems with moisture (except when the water level is higher than the top of the boots! Then, DRYING these boots is a real task; takes DAYS without a hair-dryer or other assistance).

Went non-Goretex for financial reasons, but . . . the proprietary film in the plain ol' Adventure Rain Boots may do an acceptable job. It's been o.k. for me, so far.
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I have these same boots. Overall they are very good, I love the protection they offer. I have only had wet feet one time, and that was on an all day ride with lots of heavy rain. I was wearing rain overpants that come down to the ankle, so it didn't get in from the top. But they have never let water in from creek crossings or during brief or light rain showers.

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Short 20 Km ride to test them out. They are stiff and hopefully will get more flexible.

Bad news, I couldn't use the brake pedal properly, (it was already a challenge for me with Touring boots). I had to lift my leg to get the boot on top of the brake pedal, then I couldn't modulate it properly as I was using leg muscles rather than ankle rotation to activate the brake. Then as inertia force took over I had to lift my leg to reduce brake pressure.

I'm taking the brake pedal to work and getting one of the welders to cut and add a piece so that it will be positioned about 2" lower. This sounds extreme, but I already have the linkage adjusted as low as it can go, so if the 2" is too low, I've got plenty of adjustment to raise it.
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They do loose some of the stiffness after a while, enough that I didn't have to adjust my brake pedal. Just took some getting used to is all, at least for me.

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Brake pedal is done, the guys did a great job for me, works great, but I should have done the shift lever at the same time.

I'm finding I'm getting the boot caught between the shifter pedal, and my pivot pegs with these boots. I don't know if going lower will make it worse, but I'm finding its a real effort to get a full upshift with the limited movement in these boots.
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Can't you adjust the shift lever angle by connecting it to a different set of shaft SPLINES?

If that won't "get it" for your ergonomics, perhaps a custom offset needs to be welded in.
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Can't you adjust the shift lever angle by connecting it to a different set of shaft SPLINES?

If that won't "get it" for your ergonomics, perhaps a custom offset needs to be welded in.
I've got it adjusted as low as it can go without hitting the frame tube. Definitely a cut a weld job.
thanks for the suggestion
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