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Klim Dakar Gloves Extraordinary high tech leather, Clarino breathes naturally, feels soft, is extremely durable and offers superior grip. You wont be disappointed with the new Dakar Gloves from Klim. Features 2-piece Clarino Palm with wear resistant overlays Full flex thumb construction Highly breathable comfort stretch material on back of hand Highly breathable corded nylon on back of hand Durable fingertip construction Stretch Lycra Fourchettes Silicone stripes on fingertips Wide-mouth hand entry Molded neoprene knuckles
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My Go-To Adventure Gloves
PostedSeptember 3, 2012
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Moto
From New York
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
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Please note that the following review is for the 2009 version of the Klim Dakar, which differs slightly from the current version. While cosmetically quite different, the only major functional difference is that it looks like Klim has replaced the open mesh between the fingers of the 2009 glove with a tighter-woven fabric. Having said that:
I stumbled upon the Klim Dakar gloves in 2009 while shopping for my first adventure ride abroad (8 days in Vietnam).
Quite honestly, at the time I purchased them because they were inexpensive. I was new to adventure riding and my only experience with riding gloves was from a pair of Joe Rocket gloves I bought with my first bike.
They made it to Vietnam and back and were exceptional. Fast forward to 2011 and I was planning for another trip, this time two weeks off-road in Namibia. I was thankfully working a more flexible budget and purchased a pair of REV'IT Dirt gloves. As an afterthought, I tossed the Dakars in with the rest of my gear, thinking that a backup set of gloves couldn't hurt. The first day in Namibia was hot and, while the Dirts vented well, they couldn't match the Dakars for keeping my hands cool. The Dirts never came out again for the entire trip, some 3,000 miles. After using them every day for two weeks for eight to 10 hours a day, they finally started to show some wear on the inside of the thumbs (see attached picture).
Nevertheless, I've continued to use them, most recently for the BMW Off-Road School, where I forced them to prove they were crash-worthy...repeatedly.
As for my ratings:
Bang for the Buck:
Generally low-priced motorcycle gear, especially in the sub-$50 category, is pretty basic and forces the rider to accept some unpleasantries, typically some combination of poor fit, ventilation and durability. Not the Dakars.
The dexterity they provide is better than any other glove I've used to date which, in addition to the aforementioned Joe Rocket gloves, now includes some of the better gloves from the Rev'it and Held lineups. So good that I don't think twice about leaving them on when buckling a double-D ring on a helmet. Admittedly, this has a lot to do with the thickness (or lack thereof) of the Dakar versus other, more substantial gloves, but it is in no small part also due to the fit. At least on my hands, the finger lengths are perfect and the wrist closure is at exactly the right spot; I cannot say this about any of my other gloves. On a long trips this is one of the few pieces of equipment I'm not itching to remove at the end of the day (the Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex boots would be the other, but clearly at the other end of the price spectrum).
The ventilation is excellent thanks to open mesh running the full-length between the fingers and some tighter mesh on the back of the hand. As noted at the start of this review, the mesh between the fingers seems to have been replaced by a tighter-woven material on the current version of the Dakars. However, it does look like Klim has used more mesh on the top of the current Dakar, so I would expect that they breathe just as well.
The Dakars have also proven to be very durable for such a lightweight glove. I've probably put 5,000+ off-road miles on them and they're just starting to show wear in one spot and are still perfectly useable and I'll be wearing them on my next trip.
Style:
Always subjective but I think both the 2009 and the 2012 versions look good. The versions in neutral colors blend very well with a variety of riding gear and bikes.
Comfort:
Excellent. My most comfortable gloves. As I mentioned above, one of a few pieces of riding gear I'm not itching to remove after a long day of riding. One of those great "forget you have them on" products.
Protection:
Average, but this is, after all, an off-road glove and it's not built to go skidding down pavement. Having taking a number of tumbles in the dirt while wearing this glove, it does it's job very well. If you're going to be on tarmac, you'll probably want something more substantial with hard parts.
Air Flow:
Excellent. As good as I could imagine.
Features:
It's a pretty simple glove.
Fit:
The medium fits perfectly. For reference, I'm a L in the REV'IT SLR and Dirt, and an XL 10 in the Held Warm N Dry.
To sum up, if it wasn't clear from the above, I think the Klim Dakars are excellent off-road / adventure gloves. They do what they're supposed to do and do it comfortably, mile after mile. I will buy another pair when my current Dakars finally die.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Dainese TRQ Race Out Air Boots
Dainese TRQ Race Out Air Boots
Dainese TRQ Race Out Air Boots D-Axial jointed anti-ankle twist back system in TPU Nylon toe TPU rear shinguard's TPU heelcounter Nylon heel Shock absorption insert on the heel Lorica uppers D-Stone fabric Elasticated bellows Internal regulation with Velcro Closing with the zipper at the back Double jersey airgap liner Perforated leather High grip TPU inserts Padded insert for gear shifter guard Setscrew wrench supplied Non-slip sole with differentiated design
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
By far, the best boots at this price
PostedMay 24, 2011
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Moto
From New York
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Average
Wide
I had originally purchased the Sidi Cobra and the Alpinestars S-MX 5 boots, as I was primarily looking for a street boot that I could wear to the track a few times a year. I've reviewed each of those boots separately, but suffice it to say, I wasn't totally happy with them; I wanted something with more protection (this would turn out to be a prescient decision).
The Dianese TRQ Race Out are certainly more technical with fully hinged ankle protection that does a great job maintaining the lateral stiffness of the boot (and therefore the lateral integrity of the ankle) and also protects from hyperextension. The inner boot also provides an extra measure of ankle protection that I didn't find in other boots in this price range. I was a bit concerned that the inner boot might compromise comfort, but that's not the case. I've worn these boot for up to seven hours at a time and they have been completely comfortable.
Rounding out the protection is a stiff heel counter and an inner nylon toe that really protects your foot from being crushed or ground up in a crash.
I'm really amazed that a boot with all this protection is so comfortable.
The back zipper also makes them easier to get on and off compared to a boot with a side zip. The adjustable calf is also a nice feature.
I've found these fit true to size. I usually wear a 43 in European-sized shoes and these are no exception. The footbed is also of average width, if you have narrow feet, Sidi may be a better fit.
The style is also fairy subdued given the amount of external plastic, which I like. Under jeans, the boots are more subtle than the Cobra (less bulky heel counter) and the S-MX 5 (no shiny toe slider).
Finally, I purchased the Air version and think it was the right decision. The boots don't seem to flow a ton of air (say, compared to a perforated jacket), but my feet have been comfortable from the mid 50s into the high 70s.
Now, as much as I liked the boots already, I like them even more following a crash I had over the weekend; a low-side at about 20-25 mph.
The bike (Kawi Super Sherpa) came down on my left ankle and I'm certain, had I been wearing a boot with less ankle protection, my ankle would have completely rolled and probably would have broken. Thankfully, I was able to walk away (actually ride away, as I was two hours from home) with nothing more than a slight sprain and a bit of a swollen ankle.
One thing I will mention is that the Lorica on the toe of the boot was completely worn through, down to the nylon toe box. I was a bit surprised that the Lorica didn't hold up better, but it appears to have sustained a pretty serious abrasion; better the boot than my foot.
I'll definitely be purchasing another pair of TRQ Race Outs to replace the crash-damaged pair. Overall, I couldn't be happier with this boot.
Rides: 2005 Kawasaki ZX636 Ninja ZX-6R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Shift Lodown Jeans
Shift Lodown Jeans
Shift Lodown Jeans Shift Racing wants you to get the low-down on the benefits of stylish yet protective motorcycle gear and you can start with the Lodown Jeans. Reinforced panels on the Shift Lodown Jeans offer abrasion resistance and protection all while maintaining an urban look. Features Cotton poplin reinforcement covers the Kevlar, providing a 3rd layer for comfort against the skin Relaxed, ergonomic fit for comfort in the saddle Durable 13oz. denim provides greater abrasion resistance and protection Kevlar reinforced panels in the saddle and knee/shin provide maximum safety and abrasion resistance Slightly longer inseam cut for optimal coverage of the ankle on the bike Two progressive washes for unique styling 6-Pocket design
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
For the money, they're awesome...and not cheesy
PostedMay 23, 2011
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Moto
From New York
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I typically ride around in my normal jeans but decided to try the Lodown jeans given the Kevlar reinforcements (I believe the internal protection is just another layer of cloth woven with Kevlar, not a full kevlar sheet) in the hips, back and knees.
Considering the cost, my expectations were low but Shift surpassed all of them with the Lodown jean.
I assumed they would be relatively baggy, but I ordered approximately true to size nevertheless. I usually wear a 33 in normal jeans (R&R, Seven, etc.), but since these don't come in odd sizes, I ordered the 34. Turns out a 33 would have been ideal and I probably could have gotten away with a 32, but the 34 isn't baggy and is very comfortable to wear. Length is perfect, even on a sport bike.
They don't as well as $200+ designer denim, but even my wife was pleasantly surprised by the fit, particularly when I told her how much they cost. The one good thing about the fit is that you could easily wear knee/shin armor underneath and, provided it was slim, it probably would be unnoticeable.
As much as I like them, I do have a few nits:
1. The wash on them (I got the dark indigo) looks, for lack of a better word, cheap when compared to more expensive jeans. Hard to describe exactly how, but they dye looks very uniformly distributed and doesn't have much visual texture; perhaps this will improve with washing. This was expected however and they look much better than I thought they would have. I think I'll try the lighter indigo next, just to compare.
2. The six pocket design is strange. It effectively makes what would have been a nice, deep pocket from which your wallet wouldn't fall out and replaces it with two overlapping pockets, neither of which are deep enough for me to feel comfortable keeping my wallet in while on the bike. The left side pocket is normal, thankfully.
Overall though, I'm very happy with them and will probably order another pair. The extra piece of mind provided by the Kevlar reinforcements and the decent fit make this an easy pair of riding pants to own, especially under $60.
Rides: 2005 Kawasaki ZX636 Ninja ZX-6R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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REV'IT! SLR Race Gloves The race-inspired SLR glove offers heavy-duty protection paired with serious comfort and style, making it excellent for racing as well as everyday rides. Made from durable cow nappa, the SLR features a goatskin palm and the unique REV'IT! dual-comp palm slider and PU finger sliders. Silicon-injected panels build on that foundation, adding a secure grip and precision to your feel. PROTECTION Outer shell goatskin, cowhide Lining tri-fleece liner ERGONOMIC Fit race fit Adjustability adjustment strap, adjustment tab Features regular cuff, elastic, stretch lips
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Rev'it! SLR: 1, Tarmac: 0
PostedMay 23, 2011
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Moto
From New York
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
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Overall I'm very pleased with the SLR gloves from Rev'it!. I had intended to write this review last night but laid one of my bikes down on the way home. Thankfully, I was wearing nearly all my gear so I walked away relatively unscathed. The SLR held up extremely well in the crash (a low side at about 20 mph) and I had no injuries whatsoever to my hands. I'm completely convinced of the value of palm sliders; I've included a few post-crash photos (#1 and #2) below.
Aside from the protection offered, the gloves fit extremely well from the start, required almost no break-in, were true to size and the quality of the leather/stitching is excellent.
I've worn them for up to seven hours at a time and they never once felt uncomfortable.
I've used them in temps up to the high 70s and as low as the 50s and my hands never felt too cold or too hot. There isn't any real ventilation, save for a few small perforations through the leather (but not the lining) on the palm side of the fingers, so I'm not sure how they will perform in really hot weather.
I've only identified two small areas where the glove might be improved.
1. I'd prefer it if the gauntlet was half-an-inch to an inch longer. As it is now, combined with my Dianese Alien jacket, the gauntlet is just a bit too short to either keep the jacket cuff fully inside the gauntlet when worn outside the jacket, or stay fully in the jacket cuff when worn inside the jacket.
2. The leather immediately around the palm slider looks to be a wear area. On the glove that hasn't had any accident damage, I noticed that the leather is starting to wear at the edge of the palm slider from inside the glove (photo #3 below). Time will tell how well this wears, currently the gloves only have about a total of 15 hours of riding.
Overall though, the two nits above don't change the fact that, to me, the SLR is an excellent glove for the money and one which has already saved my hand from a nasty injury.
I had considered a few other gloves (Sidi Power, Teknic Xcelerator) but chose the SLR on Revzilla's recommendation; I'm very satisfied with the choice.
Rides: 2005 Kawasaki ZX636 Ninja ZX-6R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Dainese Alien Leather Jacket
Dainese Alien Leather Jacket
Dainese Alien Perforated Leather Jacket A sports look and contemporary styling come together in this jacket dedicated to those in search of a technical jacket that provides protection at no expense to comfort and details, like the inserts in Nubuck leather and anodized aluminum. Top level safety is ensured by highly-resistant D-Skin leather, homologated protectors, co-injected shoulders with aluminum inserts, and the chance to increase the protective level by inserting the back protector and Thorax chest protectors in the pockets provided. Absolute ergonomics and comfort are guaranteed by ample inserts in elasticated fabric, side and collar adjustment possibilities, the 3D Bubble liner and jacket-pants fastening ability. Features Summer version (perforated leather) Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1/97 Standard Co-injected shoulder with aluminum insert D-Skin leather Nabuk leather Inserts in elasticated fabric Adjustment strap on neck Waist adjustment Jacket-trousers fastening system Fixed 3D-Bubble liner air spaces Sanitized lining Pocket for Dainese G1 or G2 back protector Soft inserts Reflective inserts 2 outside pockets Internal pocket Pelle perforata (Italian patent pending) Official Product Name Dainese Alien Pelle Estivo
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Excellent jacket from Dianese, could use longer sleeves.
PostedMay 10, 2011
Customer avatar
Moto
From New York
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
Overall, I'm very happy with the Alien jacket. I've worn it in temps ranging from the high-50s to the mid-70s so far and it's done a great job of keeping me at the right temperature. I can see it getting a bit hot when the temps get into the 90s, but anything that's going to protect you will likely do the same. I think the non-perf version would be hot even in the 70s, but would probably be great for cooler weather riding.
Also, the 3D "bubble" liner seems to do what it says it will do, despite my skepticism upon purchase. I mean, "microclimates"? Really? That said, it does seem to work well and regulate temperature appropriately.
Styling on the jacket is great. Subtle (I bought the black/white version) but there's enough so that you're not fully decked out in black.
Fit overall is excellent, albeit a bit small. I have a 40 chest and a 32 waist, the 52 fits like a riding jacket should. I think the 50 would have been too snug and uncomfortable in the riding position. My one complaint is that the sleeves are a bit short for me, however I think I have longer-than-average arms. The sleeves have a tendency to not stay fully in my gloves (Rev'It! SLR) when I'm riding. A minor nuisance on an otherwise excellent jacket.
Protection consists of aluminum hard parts on the shoulders over pretty beefy armor and really comfortable elbow/forearm protection that does a excellent job of staying in place while riding. There isn't a pocket for a back protector, as far as I can tell, so you'll want to wear a separate protector for the track.
Features are limited (it's a leather jacket, after all), but well-executed. There are two outside pockets which have zippers sturdy enough to be used while wearing riding gloves. The inside pocket has a really large opening and an easy to find zipper pull, so it too can be used while wearing gloves. The inside pocket also has a bit of stretch to the lining. Very soft and I wouldn't, for example, hesitate to keep a pair of expensive sunglasses in there without the case. The neck snap is easy to close with gloves on.
Finally, the jacket has both 360 and short zips to attach to riding pants. The 360 zip works very well with my Alien pants, as I would expect.
Overall, the Alien jacket is very comfortable (I'd imagine even more so if you have average-length arms), protective and stylish. It is expensive, but it's also very high quality and I expect to use it for several years. Highly recommended.
Rides: 2005 Kawasaki ZX636 Ninja ZX-6R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars S-MX 5 Boot The S-MX 5 has been created as a performance road and track boot, incorporating the latest technical footwear design and material know-how. Following on from the other performance boots in the Alpinestars range, the S-MX 5 is notable for its comfort, hugging fit, safety performance and ease of adjustability. Features Durable, high-tech micro-fiber upper construction offering a high level of flexibility Double injected PU shields the shin, ankle, calf, toe and heel from impact while minimizing abrasion Inner protection is given by a double injected panel connected to the heel counter, hidden beneath the outer shell and running up the outer ankle Quick drying polyamide lining is laminated with open cell foam and high density contoured padding to absorb shocks to the foot area The S-MX 5 boot is CE certified Innovative air vents at the ankle, heel and forefoot are covered with a specially designed mesh to provide unmatched levels of rider comfort Large throat profile instep and Achilles flex bellows for superior flex and comfort MTP mesh liner and anatomical, removable, PU Foam foot bed keeps the foot cool and comfortable A fully vented version is also available in Black Innovative inner (medial) side entry opening/closure system that features an elastic mounted zipper with an extra wide Velcro flap, to give a precise, comfortable fit and wide opening aperture for ease of access Highly ergonomic, lasting for ultra precise fit Exclusive compound rubber sole features structured shank reinforcement for added support to the arch area Interchangeable bi-injected PU toe slider with snap-in assembly
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Very good boot for the price
PostedApril 29, 2011
Customer avatar
Moto
From New York
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Average
Wide
I compared these to the Sidi Cobra and prefer the S-MX 5. The Cobra seems to have slightly better protection (a little taller, marginally larger hard parts), but the S-MX 5 fits my foot much better.
I wear a size 10 in almost all shoes and have a normal width foot. A size 44 S-MX 5 fits me very well and true to size.
It's a comfortable boot to walk around in and offers the sort of protection you would expect at this price point. The calf area is nicely padded but the boot doesn't get too hot (I tried the non-perf version).
It's also an attractive and subtle boot (in black) which you can wear pretty inconspicuously under jeans off the bike (when you're out riding, not out for the evening...).
Overall, a very good entry level boot for those who want a protective and comfortable boot for everyday riding yet still be able to take it to the track a couple of times a year.
If you're a more serious track rider, I'd suggest moving up to the next level of boot so you get some internal ankle protection. That's one area in which I think the S-MX 5 (and other competitors like the Sidi Cobra) is a bit limited.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Sidi Cobra Boots Features Vertebra System protects the riders Achilles tendon Thermoplastic resin ankle protection Bolt on (no Velcro!) replaceable, adjustable and aerodynamic nylon scuff pads on the toe Composite inner sole Removable arch support Nylon shin deflector plate Lorica outer construction Double stitched in all high stress areas All bolt on parts are replaceable Elastic panel adjacent to the entry zipper allows a bind free zip and improved fit Dual compound sole DuPont polymer toe shift pad Perforated Teflon treated nylon lining Replaceable shock absorbing heel cup Padded Achilles area
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Surprising disappointment from Sidi
PostedApril 29, 2011
Customer avatar
Moto
From New York
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Footbed
Narrow
Narrow
Wide
I really wanted to like these boots. I was looking for a boot that I could use primarily on the street but that would also get me through a few track days a year. I've not owned Sidi motorcycle boots before, but do own Sidi cycling shoes, which I really like.
First off, the good:
1. The styling is subtle (I bought them in black) and attractive. With the black plastic (toe slider, etc.) they are relatively inconspicuous when worn inside jeans. They also look good when worn with tucked-in leathers.
2. Decent protection, in theory. Toe slider is large and covers a lot, it's also replaceable. Chunky lateral slider and a solid (and replaceable) heel cup. A nice thermoplastic piece runs from the bottom of the fibula up and around the back of the calf. Good shin protection and decent protection for the bottom of the tibia. For an occasional track day boot, I think it offers the necessary protection without being overdone. However, I say "in theory" because the boots didn't fit me well enough for me to be confident that my ankle wouldn't be twisted or broken in a crash.
3. Lightly padded (at least relative to the Alpinestars S-MX 5), so they feel like they would be relatively cool on hot days. I tried the non-perf version and, while I only wore them inside, my feet didn't really get hot.
Overall though, I can't recommend them for my foot. I do like the adjustability in the calf. I have pretty thin calves and I was able to snug these up nicely around my leg. Unfortunately, they go downhill from there.
The ankle is very loose. They felt like a pair of new cowboy boots in that my ankle would lift significantly with every step. I think this could lead to a badly twisted or broken ankle in a crash. The toe however was very tight, almost uncomfortably so. I could not have gone down a size to try to improve the fit at the ankle.
I tried a size 44 and wear a U.S. size 10 in almost everything. My Sidi cycling shoes are also 44, so I don't think I had the wrong size. I don't have wide feet either.
Perhaps these boots would fit someone with a very narrow foot, and in that case, I would recommend ordering a size down to try to snug up the ankle.
Ultimately, the Sidi Cobras are a disappointing boot from Sidi due to the fit -- at least on my foot.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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