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Sidi Vortice Air Boots It was thought that the award winning Sidi Vertigo Corsa boot was the pinnacle of sport boot technology. Until today that is as Sidi is proud to introduce the next step in the evolutionary chain The Vortice. The latest in technology combined with the great skill and workmanship of Sidis Italian based factory technicians blend in a whirl of fresh solutions to satisfy a riders desire for safety and comfort. Features Constructed of Lorica and is lined with Teflon vented mesh. Only Sidi goes to trouble and expense of creating a multiple liner boot system in its racing boots. Lorica reg is a composite micro fiber material created from strands that are so fine, each one is less than one thousandth the thickness of silk. When injected with special resins, these fibers act like natural leather skin, but with the addition of better strength, softer texture, lighter weight and better moisture protection. Sidi has added a small elastic panel to aid in a smooth zipper operation as it allows a bit of movement via the elastic as the zipper passes over the riders ankle ball. The rear upper part of the boot is made up of the following mechanisms A) The TECNO CALF TENSIONER mechanism adjusts the leg circumference. Placed in the back of the boots upper, it works through a nylon wire that hooks directly to the shin plate B) The TECNO SHIN TENSIONER mechanism helps the TECNO CALF TENSIONER close the leg upper on the front part of the boot. The two lateral nylon braces join the ankle joint with two screws that are protected by nylon caps. This system is reinforced with fiberglass, supports the ankle and is easy to replace. This system allows excellent flex movement front-to-back while being firm side-to-side. Air Ventilation System a third brace is positioned on the outer-lower part of the boot and features an air intake that can be operated by an aerodynamic shaped button. Tecno Instep Tensioner, a fastening system on the front part of the foot, on the instep. Shock Absorbing Heel Cup Fully vented Shin Plate Gear Change Pad Vortice Slider toe slider is made in nylon reinforced with fiberglass. It is fitted with a new air intake and an innovative alloy insert. Racing SRS Sole all new sole is constructed of a polyurethane and rubber blend. Please Note Both colors feature Sidi's calf tensioner mechanism, though the Black/White boot image excludes it.
 
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3 / 5
3 / 5
Lacking medial support
PostedMarch 26, 2013
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zefcon
From San Francisco
State:CA
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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NOTE: I have not worn these boots while riding. I share from an off bike perspective - for return purposes - against the Alpinestars Supertech-R, and Dainese Torque RS Out.
The ample lateral ankle bracing doesn't connect to anything except leather on the medial side. If your heel touches down on the medial side of the ankle, or if something gets tangled that causes a medial twist, the boot offers - in my opinion - inadequate support.
My last track crash involved a medial twist. I was not wearing these boots, but after purchasing and testing on my still raw ankle I'm unfortunately unconvinced they would perform. You can easily bend the ankle to the inside well beyond its natural range with no mechanical stop or slowdown.
I wish this were different. Why Sidi didn't continue the plastic heel around to connect to the medial side brace mystifies me. They are a beautiful boot, that offer a lot of support, and so many other features, I wish it were not so.
When compared against the Alpinestars Supertech-R, or the Dianese Torque RS (in/out), they lose. Both these alternative boots performed better in my crude, twist-my-raw-ankle-by-awkwardly-pushing-it-in-unnatural-angles-to-the-medial-side-yet-not-on-a-bike-(now I need Advil) test.
So I'm returning the Sidi boots. However, I'm still torn between the Supertech-R and Dainese Torque RS. The Supertech seem to provide the most amount of support, and they are ridiculously comfortable (they really do feel like slippers), but they're a bit clunky/bulky. Once again I wish the Italians had made a boot feel as technically supportive, but the Dainese ever so slightly don't: the ankle support is external, which wouldn't be an issue except that the upper portion of the boot fits a bit loose nullifying the supportive effort (maybe with huge calves your ok?? Even with the calf adjustments at their tightest they're still loose on me), and their lateral sliders are much higher on the boot, risking a touch down of heel rubber before the slider can do its job.
I hope this helps someone in their decision, and doesn't just frustrate. Good luck!
No, I do not recommend this product.
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