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Dec 25th 2016, 11:12 PM   #1
 
  Apr 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 Kawi H2, 2014 CBR 1000, 2007 VStar 1300
Boot brand questions

Ok, so please excuse the ignorance, but I have some questions about boots.

My wife bought me a pair of boots a couple of years ago, and it's time for some new ones. I have been slowly getting rid of all cheap/mediocre gear, and heading towards better (not BEST) gear. I have looked online at a ton of boots, and have a few I am looking at.

Alpinestars SMX Plus - I know this is a great brand, and these are middle level
SIDI Cobra - I have seen the name, but know nothing about them
Spidi XP3-S - Also heard of the name, but no experience with them
Alpinestars SMX 6, Vented - again, good brand, middle level

Open to other suggestions obviously. I am looking at say $300 and less. I know that's not a lot, but should be good enough for a decent pair.

I have tons of gear, cheap, middle level, and better - never know when a friend will need to borrow some gear, and I don't require top stuff for on my cruisers.

My main riding gear for sport riding right now is:
Helmet - Shoei 1200 with photochromic faceshield
Gloves - Alpinestars long gloves, Sedici short gloves
Jacket/Pants - Sedici leather, 2 piece
Boots - Sedici (bad zipper so replacing)

I appreciate the assistance. I plan to hit my first track days (track school) with 2Fast this next year.
Dec 26th 2016, 12:48 AM   #2
 equinity's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1
I have Sidi's and I love, love, love them. If you have larger calves or ankles you'll appreciate the tech they incorporate to accommodate those features.

Another brand to consider is Gaerne.

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Dec 26th 2016, 08:00 AM   #3
 ZXtasy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2008 EX-650R Kawasaki 'Fighter, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki 'Fighter, '12/99 Yamaha TW-200
+6 on Sidi
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Dec 26th 2016, 08:25 AM   #4
 Stickman001's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland, Oregon

  2013 ZX636R
I have Sidis. I really like them. And they seem to be holding up very well.
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Dec 26th 2016, 09:12 AM   #5
 liberpolly's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Triumph Street Twin
A* SMX6 are easily the most comfortable boots I've used. Sometimes I even forget to change from them at work and spend all day before noticing.
Dec 26th 2016, 10:56 AM   #6
 TREX600's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
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Originally Posted by ZXtasy
+6 on Sidi
I agree
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Dec 26th 2016, 12:39 PM   #7
 Squidly's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bothell

Size 10 Sidi Vortices are on sale for $330 here Sidi Vortice Boots | MotoSport

Make sure you buy from a reputable site! There are a ton of knockoff Sidi boots being produced
Dec 26th 2016, 02:37 PM   #8
 
  Apr 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 Kawi H2, 2014 CBR 1000, 2007 VStar 1300
So it seems that Sidi is even more popular and better than Alpinestars?
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Dec 26th 2016, 03:39 PM   #9
 TimberMoto's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Salem, Oregon

  2001 Gsxr 600
I know a lot of people that love the A* smx 5's. I think I paid around $200 for mine iirc. The waterproof version is a little more. The bottom line is really what boot is the most comfortable for you while still offering good protection.

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Edited by TimberMoto on Dec 26th 2016 at 03:42 PM
Dec 26th 2016, 03:43 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Triumph Street Twin
Quote:
Originally Posted by Envisiontj
So it seems that Sidi is even more popular and better than Alpinestars?
I didn't like mine, so it's personal. Both have excellent reviews and safety ratings.
Dec 26th 2016, 04:01 PM   #11
 
  Apr 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 Kawi H2, 2014 CBR 1000, 2007 VStar 1300
The negative is no one around has a very good selection to actually try on.
Dec 26th 2016, 06:42 PM   #12
 
  Apr 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 Kawi H2, 2014 CBR 1000, 2007 VStar 1300
I like the Sidi Vortice boots, I just wonder how stiff they will be. Safety over comfort, but some comfort while riding is important. I ride quads too, and I don't wear regular off-road boots due to them being so "solid" and uncomfortable. Anyone here actually wear the Vortice boots?
Dec 26th 2016, 06:49 PM   #13
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  US

Actually, MotoCorsa usually has a good selection of Sidi boots in stock. I believe they also carry some Alpinestars as well.

They may not have the particular model of boot your looking for, but they should have something that fits similarly. From that, they can order in what your looking for.
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Dec 26th 2016, 06:50 PM   #14
 Boatdriver's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington

  07' Tuono, 08' GSXR 1K Track, 15' Kawi Concours
For me it was a fit issue. The Sidi's fit me poorly in the heel area. I currently wear a pair of the A* SMX which I have had for about 5 years. They have been resoled once and crashed once. No complaints about them other then they squeak when walking
Dec 26th 2016, 08:38 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Bothell

Envision I have vortices (knockoffs anyways ha)

They aren't stiffer than the Sidi Vertigo before you tighten the adjusters, and you can fine tune stiffness with them like a ski boot.

The main problem is they take more time than other boots to put on.

And sidis squeak too!
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