Club, Endurance and Isle of Man racer, been riding bikes since 1970 something, got the bug sitting on the back of my dad’s 400 Four. First ride was an Italjet followed by RM80 and YZ125 dirt bikes, current bikes range from agricultural to exotic. Writing about bikes for four years.
Sidi Canyon Gore Leather Boots GTX
I have been testing the unisex Italian styled Sidi GTX, I was planning a trip to the wettest state in the states where I planned to ride long distances. I wanted a robust comfortable boot that would keep me dry in a downpour. I tend to ride in ankle length boots on my touring bike and always get wet when caught out. I chose the longer ¾ length Gore – Tex boot. I was pleased that I did as I was caught on the first day riding 220 miles in the pouring rain.
Full grain leather and chamois split grain leather. These boots have a cruiser style about them, yet are perfectly practical for every day riding.
The GTX is a new mid-level long range boot, which comes with some pro-level features.
The Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex Boots are perfect for daily commuting or long range sport touring. The waterproof yet breathable Gore-Tex membrane is guaranteed to keep you dry and the top grain leather construction will certainly keep these boots in your stable for many years to come.
This boot has the lifetime Gore – Tex waterproof guarantee, which means it will be replaced if it leaks. The breathable membrane carries sweat and moisture away from the foot keeping you dry and comfortable. This boot is 100% waterproof.
Behind the Velcro that opens and seals the boot there is a Gore – tex gator that keeps the water out and from seeping through the vulnerable Velcro fastening.
The boot has a leather outer shell with suede panels which are as much about style as they are protection. This boot is functional as an endure or street boot and looks good with jeans or leathers.
All the panels are double stitched for durability and protection.
The boot was comfortable straight away, I have always found Sidi boots need a bit of breaking in, especially the off road range. These boots are touch but subtle enough for comfort without the usual Sidi break in. Comfort comes from a removable arch support – useful if, like me, you’ve got a high arch. It makes the boots more supportive when walking and the liner is comfortable too.
The ratcheting instep buckle keeps your heel firmly planted and the thick soles will dampen any road or engine vibrations being sent through the pegs. The buckle makes you feel particularly secure when putting weight through the foot peg and because my feet didn’t move around inside the boots, it made foot placement feel nice and accurate.
There is a thermal plastic shin guard which is really usual avoiding typical injuries where your foot slips of the foot peg and breaks or damages your shin. Protection also comes from the fact it covers the calf area so it should be able to fend off branches and trail debris, and prevent foot pegs hurting the lower leg in the event of a crash
The toe has a reinforced toe box and the and heal has a protective cup. The ankles are protected with heavy duty cups.
The anti-slip rubber sole offers grip on the ground and on the pegs. The sole looks like a workman’s boot. It is medium stiff and flex. There is an abundance of grip. I was riding bikes weighing in over 400 kg in the wet. I was confident when I put my foot down that I had the grip to keep the bike upright. It was also easy to clean as you can just house off and the dirt falls from the large gaps with ease.
There are reflective strips on the back of the boots for attracting attention.
The bridge of the boot has the same textured padding to protect the toe and top of the foot from any bruising you can get changing gears. I found this padding comfortable and it did the job well.
All in all, the GTX is a good looking boot with good supportive and protective features and I’ve found it to be a reassuring touring boot.
There is a wide range of sizes for both men and woman.
Update October 2017
I have just ridden from London to European Bike Week in Faak am See Austria. I took the long way round riding 2,800 miles. At least 2,600 were ridden in light to torrential rain. I was also caught out in snow storm in the Italian Dolomites. When I planned my trip the sun was shinning so I did not anticipate dire weather. I was going to wear lightweight ankle boots. I was pleased that I wore these boots.
I was comfortable and completely dry for the entire trip rain, snow and the 200 dry miles.