SIDI Deep Rain Boots - Built for AdvenTurisimo
I couldn’t help but notice their fine Italian quality immediately as the SIDI Deep Rain boots came out of the box. From the embossed, anti-wear heat panels to the Trockenfuss (dry foot) antibacterial/absorbent liner, SIDI pays a lot of attention to detail. The boots look attractive in a rugged way but are, at the same time, subtle. Little accents like reflective heel pieces and logos help achieve an elegant look.
As I tried the boots on, I was reminded of Christmas morning. Mom always gets me socks, which I’ve come to appreciate as I've grown older. The SIDIs give me the same satisfyingly snug, perfect fit and warm feel. And, walking around them was a surprise. Have you ever tried to walk around in a stiff new pair of motocross boots? Your ankles feel constricted and every time you enter a room, your loud, heavy footsteps make people think you’re looking for Sara Connor. And of course they’re hard to shift with. This is not the case with the SIDI Deep Rains. They come soft from the factory and weigh a feathery 2.2 pounds each, making them comfortable and quiet. I’ve even spent full days at the office wearing them, never needing to swap for work shoes.
There are small, functional features that make these SIDIs a breeze to get in and out of, with two adjustable buckles, as opposed to four on motocross boots. I counted nine “motions” in order to open or close one of my motocrossers, while the Deep Rains only require three. They fit snug on my slender, skinny feet. Those with wide or tall feet might feel a tad constricted, so if you’re playing the “American to Euro-Size guessing game,” consider a size up.
One of the key factors in producing quality dual-sport/ADV gear is versatility—comfort for the street and protection for off road. If I had to rate the Deep Rains in a way similar to dual-sport tires, I’d say they are 60/40, more oriented toward the road. These boots could use some ankle rigidity to help prevent the feet from rolling off the pegs; however, the sturdy heel cup and beefy sole absorb the impact from dabbing in rocky terrain or bouncing off tree stumps. With a little more protection, the Deep Rains would be great 50/50 off-road touring boots.
On a casual dual-sport run that consisted of highway, backroads, gravel, and double-track, my ankles and feet were never uncomfortable. The SIDIs offered adequate traction on the pegs and the ground, wet or dry. The overall thinness of the boot gives the rider a lot of feel, making it easy to find the pegs, brake and shifter. The Deep Rains passed the waterproof test through a few deep water crossings. You can even stand in shallow water, as the interior gaiter extends to the top of the calf. If they can survive this, they can handle any type of rain you’ll ride through. The trade-off, as usual, is ventilation. The boots do get a little toasty in hot weather, which is less noticeable while moving.
The name “Deep Rain” is a bit of a mystery to me. Yes, they could probably help your feet withstand riding through a hurricane, but they offer so much more than that. From daily commuting and touring to off-road excursions, your feet will be comfy, dry and protected. These Italian kickers need a more fitting name, like “TerraTour,” or “AdvenTurisimo.” Whatever you decide to call them, just know they could easily become your favorite pair of riding boots. MSRP: $295 SidiSport.com
|▲ Italian styling and build quality||▼ Feet get baked in hot weather|
|▲ Easy to get in and out||▼ Could use more side-to-side rigidity|
|▲ True water resistance||
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