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 Sidi Clever Air Boots
Sidi Clever Air Boots
Sidi Clever Air Boots A full height vented touring boot Lorica and vented Nylon outer construction Cambrelle lining Composite inner sole Removable arch support Fully encapsulated heel cup Protective internal toe cup Double stitched in all high stress areas DuPont polymer toe shift pad Velcro and zipper closure system All new Sidi non-slip sole Reflective panel Internal protective ankle ball pads
 
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3 / 5
3 / 5
Ok, but wish I'd gone with the half-boot
PostedSeptember 3, 2011
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Blenvid
From DC
State:MD
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Footbed
Narrow
Average
Wide
I've owned these boots for well over two summer months now. I wanted to provide an informed review based on actual experience with these boots.
They look great. I pretty much based my decision on Sidi's reputation, their appearance, that they were vented, and that they were a full boot with shin protection.
Unfortunately they aren't very comfortable, and have that ever so common flat/hard feeling cheaper boots have on the bottom of your feet. Arch support? Really Sidi? It's virtually non-existant. I tried walking around in them and they simply weren't comfortable for doing that for an extended period of time. At best, they're good if you don't plan on walking much.
As Venting was a selling point of these, I was expecting some serious airflow. It's odd but Sidi decided not to provide any ventilation at all around your shin/calf. There's no mesh on the upper half of these where you would expect more as you can get away with less protection on the upper half of the boot and it's often covered by your pants anyway. So, the lower half of your feet are ventilated and do ok, and your shins/calfs sweat big time.
The shin protection by the way is very minimal so they basically give you very little shin protection anyway. I can't even tell if there is any shin protection past the material the boots are made of.
Protection on the lower half of the shoe is decent. The heel certainly feels reinforced, and the material the shoe is made of feels substantial. I would expect it to do well on abrasion resistance tests.
Durability the shoes are holding up fine. My first and only concern so far is the left boot shift pad, which may be starting to give with a substantial indentation.
The fit is standard (not skinny or wide or long or short) so you can match up your US shoe size with the Europe shoe size conversion and feel confident it is a match.
If you're like me and looking for a comfortable full ventilated summer boot with shin protection, this simply doesn't fit the bill. It's an attempt. Unfortunately there are few others to complete in this area. I wish I'd just gotten the half-boot and done away with shin protection, at least my shins/calfs wouldn't be drenched in sweat and I'd be more comfortable.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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