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Sidi Strada Tepor Boots

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      22.01.2003 09:22
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      • "..so wear your leathers!"

      I tried several other manufacturers' similarly-styled boots, finding all just too loose around my arch/instep, probably because my feet are narrow for their US-sized 11&1/2 - 12 length. I was shopping for Sidi On-Road Sympatex boots, because of their "The Road Warrior" look, but fit was loose as well. Same story for other more race-oriented Sidis. But following a lead from a Texas online dealer newenough.com (for whom I'd like to put in a plug because of their personal service, and the superb quality and detail of their photos-they do their own-and their helpful comparative product descriptions) I thought the Strada might fit better, since they're made to a different "last" than some other Sidis. And fit they did. Not perfect, but just fine. So if your feet are slender, try these. I wear them with nice fuzzy-inside acrylic socks, which add to the wicking properties of the boots. Details: They are waterproof! I've been in downpours, stood in 2-inch deep water chaining the bike afterward, etc. =dry feet. They wick perspiration very nicely. (Dry feet.) I believe the synthetic material they're made from acts as Gore Tex does, because I never have a "clammy", damp feeling with these on.They've been comfortable in rides from the upper 80's Fahrenheit to the lower 50's or even high 40's, probably a combination of breathing, wicking, and sufficient air space around feet that there is useful insulation from heat and cold. They look tres cool. For moderate cost (as far as specialty boots go) they have reasonable protection, lacking only a hard panel over the inner ankle bone. My only complaint is that when I was very newbie, I continually kept snagging the rear edge of the left-foot shift-protection pad area on the underside of the shift lever. (This on a Kawasaki Ninja 500, with rubber-covered shift pad.) Oh, I'd also catch the boot top on the underside of the right pedals, lifting my foot from a stop in m
      y early days. Kinda automatically lift my legs out and up now, pulling from a stop, so the "snag" problem is about gone. This may all be a common newbie experience. The boots have a zipper-over a folding waterproof panel fastening, this then covered by a long velcro flap. You can make the top overlap a bit more, to reduce the boot top's flaring out and snagging pedals. Cost everywhere seems stable at $200 US dollars.

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      Street comfort, fit and performance / Sidi's Strada takes some of the key features of the Vertebra model and packages them in a more subtle color scheme so the rider feels at home on the street or the espresso bar.