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09-28-2016 08:56 PM
shinyribs Revzilla is definitely easy to deal with. It cost me $7 to ship the boots back to them. That's a heck of a bargain for the ability to try to boots at home and send them back with no questions asked, provided they are still in like-new condition, of course.

I'm really happy with the Tech 7's. They break in fast and are very comfortable for such a rigid boot. I would say I wouldn't go hiking them, but after wearing them mowing, weedeating, working in the shop, etc...maybe I would after all. They are full length ( about 3" or more taller than the SIDI's) and will not fit under the pants, which would be a deal killer normally.

Definitely get some looks traffic. lol
09-28-2016 03:35 AM
Damocles Glad you got some boots you now like, shinyribs! Great that an ethical vendor like Revzilla facilitates exchanges!

I tried to bend my Sidi Adventure Rain Boots (non-Goretex) as shown in your images; nothing doing! My boots proved most rigid, regarding side-to-side flexing. Some stiff material extends 8" up from the heel at the Achilles tendon area; maybe later models of these boots are more flexible.

Haven't used chain oil for de-squeaking (the ScottOiler lube seems pretty heavy-duty); as I think I mentioned, Lexoil quietens things for a while.

Again, congratulations on footwear giving you confidence!

Originally Posted by shinyribs View Post
Well, the SIDI's showed up today. No offense to anyone that loves them, but I am disappointed to say the least.

Is that what $400 worth of ankle protection should look like?

Notice how lightly I'm gripping the calf area. I'm not wrenching down on them to bend them that far.
09-27-2016 10:31 AM
shinyribs Regarding the squeaky boots, the Alpinestars I ended up with are squeak monsters as well.

A quick shot of chain lube in to hinges quietened 'em right down and seems to be lasting. It's been about a week since I lubed them. I've been wearing them around the shop and while doing yard work to get them broke in and they're staying quiet with one application.

Just thought I'd share

- Disclaimer: if chain lube discolors your boots don't blame me!
09-09-2016 05:56 PM
shinyribs I was curious if there has been a change, too. My pair had the same strip of material up the back that you mention. That piece, along with the other pieces of armor connected to the hinge piece, is not the hard plastic that I expected. Hard plastic would prevent the ankle from rolling, but instead of hard plastic these boots have a rubbery material instead. I would compare that rubbery material to a heavy truck mudflap. Very disappointing to me because it was a beautiful boot!

I sent them back to Revzilla and am exchanging them for Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro's....fingers crossed
09-09-2016 05:07 PM
tjduexjr Your picture seems odd to me. As I mentioned in a previous response, I have the Gortex version of the Sidi Adventure Boots. I just went and checked my boots after seeing your picture. My boots certainly don't allow what I'm seeing in your picture. On my boots, there is a thick plastic piece that surrounds the entire leg that goes up maybe 6 inches from the ankle that is integrated with the ankle section. This piece prevents the kind of bending I'm seeing in your picture.

Makes me wonder if the different types of Adventure Rain boot are built differently. Or perhaps, Sidi has changed the design. My boots are from 2013.
09-09-2016 04:52 PM
JStocks I recently bought the Gaerne Balance Pro Tech boots, they are a good compromise for comfort and safety. I rode in rain/snow and had to trudge through a lot of snow and they kept my feet pretty dry. The price is nice too, I've been riding with my Tech 8's for a long time but they are tall and awkward for walking around. The Gaerne's are much easier to walk around it-I don't feel like Frankenstein's monster.
09-08-2016 11:18 PM
shinyribs Wow. That's a very generous offer! I wear 11.5, but thank you very much. That's awesome.
09-08-2016 09:49 PM
Damocles If you can wear size 9s, I have a fully-serviceable pair of O'Neal Elements I'll be glad to send you with my compliments! Those boots have been looking for a home, ever since I received my SIDIs.
09-08-2016 07:37 PM
shinyribs They are incredibly comfortable straight out of the box. Actually, they are just comfortable in general, like, I could wear them to work tomorrow.
I was just surprised at what I found. I thought the structure around the ankle hinge ( which truly is awesome) was more rigid. It's not a hard, rigid plastic, but more of a rubbery material.

Perhaps I'm asking too much out of a boot. I wish I could find the old O'Neal's I rode in 20 years ago.
09-08-2016 07:05 PM
Damocles No offense taken by me, certainly, SR!

You don't like 'em, send 'em back!

I think the boot, toggled and velcroed onto a foot, comprises a structure rigid enough in the axes of stress to help prevent injury. However, what I think appears irrelevant; what YOU think is what matters; your money, your choice!

Here's wishing you success in finding the boot satisfying your preferences and your pocketbook!

After all, a boot is not doomed to success, just because it costs a lot of money.
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