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Sidi Discovery Rain Boots

Friday, February 22, 2008
Sidi Discovery Rain Boots are stylish without being over the top and carry on the Sidi tradition of quality construction and durability.
Sidi Discovery Rain Boots are stylish without being over the top and carry on the Sidi tradition of quality construction and durability.
The Score

We asked Sidi for some boots to feature during our evaluation of an assortment of ATVs and our connection was quick to send us a pair of Discovery Rain boots. One of the gripes coming from the ATV market in the past was that boots designed for motocross are not necessarily the best option for ATV riders. First of all, the riding position is more like a chair, so rider's legs can get pinched by the taller boots. They generally offer a limited range of motion in the ankle and the very hard, durable sole has to stand up to the abuse from those tiny moto footpegs. The Sidi Discovery answers the call for purpose-built boots tailored exclusively for off roaders of the four-wheeled kind.

The Scoop

Sidi Discovery Rain Boots were designed specifically for ATV riders looking for a thinner, shorter boot with a grippy sole that provides good protection from the elements. The outer shell construction is a combination of split grain leather and Lorica that has proven to be both durable, water resistant and good looking. The design is fairly simple and doesn't have too many wild looking components that are common to Sidi products, so it should appeal to a wide range of consumers.

The replaceable cam-lock buckle system is simple, consisting of only three straps. The locks are very easy to operate and very little effort is needed to open or close them. After a dozen rides, they have never come loose and retain a snug fit all day long. It sounds like a given, but not every boot buckle system manages to perform as claimed. These do. Even when they are filthy and covered in dirt they pop open without much effort and have proven do be able to hold up to being dragged through the brush, submerged in water and all the other abuse that comes from riding off road.

ATV testing puts your gear to the serious test. The Sidi Discovery Rain Boots passed with flying colors.
ATV testing puts your gear to the serious test. The Sidi Discovery Rain Boots passed with flying colors.
For those not familiar with Sidi nomenclature, the term Te-Por refers to the waterproof membrane in the interior of the boots. If you didn't know it was there you'd never realize it, but it adds that extra bit of protection from water and validates the waterproof claim in the boot's name. An expandable cuff helps to keep water and debris from getting into the boot from the top, but since they are not as tall as some boots, they are susceptible to being flooded from the top, so be aware of this when crossing streams and big puddles. Water can get in from the top because it's not an air-tight seal - no boots are, even if you are wearing MX-style gear and the pants tuck inside. The interior is quite comfortable, with no pressure points or seams to irritate your feet and ankles.

The sole is not a traditional moto-style. Instead, it is a fairly soft rubber with walking-boot style tread pattern that is easier to walk in and works very well for ATVs as well as enduro riding. There is also a heel protector incorporated into the design to reduce the effect of impacts in the case of an untimely get-off and a matching shin plate that gives the Discovery a bit of additional protection from incoming projectiles, branches and other shin busting baddies that we all prefer to avoid whenever possible.

The Sentence

Overall, the Sidi Discovery Rain boot is an excellent choice for anyone looking to get into a high quality boot that is not too flashy but is on the upper end of the quality scale. It offers similar performance to Sidi moto-specific products that are twice the price in a package that is perfect for ATV riders.

While the added range of motion afforded by the shorter boot and softer sole may sacrifice a bit in the way of outright protection if you are going to go race on a motocross track, but for trail riding, dunes or other general purpose off road riding, the Discovery boot is a great option.

At $295.00 they are not the cheapest boot on the market, but they are one of the least expensive boots available from Sidi. We're familiar with Sidi street boots and have been a fan of the quality products this company has produced over the years so there is no reason to believe that the Discovery will be anything but durable over the long haul. Expect it to provide years of protection for anyone looking for a great ATV or even an enduro boot.

Product: Sidi Discovery Rain Boots

MSRP: $295

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Comments
Garry -Great Boots used for all kinds of offroad  July 12, 2010 02:57 AM
Murray - don't know which Discovery boot you got, perhaps the Trial Zero or Courier, (which I believe do not have waterproof tongue), but the Discovery Rains I have are excellent and waterproof.
I have stood in calf deep river for 15min and not had a drop inside.
All in all, these boots are excellent and couldn't rate them more highly; confortable, practical not too much plastic to go brittle and fall off and waterproof!
Several of my mates are ordering them on the strength of their performance.
One thing I found with sizing was that because of the 3 buckle design the instep doesn't open up as much and can be hard to get the boot on /off if you have a high instep.
I normally wear a size 47 boot, but the 46 I got is long enough to fit me although I used a boot stetcher to get a bit more width to fit my EE feet.
Richi -Sidi Sizing  April 25, 2010 04:37 PM
And yeah 1 to 1.5 sizes above your normal size should fit
Richi -Sidi Boots  April 25, 2010 04:34 PM
Virtually no ankle support whatsoever on my Sidi Vertigo, also very soft around foot area, drop you bike on your ankle/foot with Sidi's on and you might as well be wearing a pair of carpet slippers, much prefer the tougher sole, leather, better ankle suport of my army issue combat boots. Sidi seem to favour feel over protection instead of striking a happy balance, good luck with these on your feet !
murray higgins -the SIDI 'snakejuice'  March 30, 2010 09:00 PM
these boots are crap. they are 100% not waterproof and we all know what a company mean when they imply water resistant, why they got sold as waterproof and called the discovery rain is beyond me. you'll discover that in the rain, your feet get soaked. really. i contacted both sidi and they're local sales rep and got the place the blame run around from them. even so much as blaming me for buying these boots without having checked in on chat sites or online reports, so i will do what i can to let everyone know that you will not get a good product or good service or even a mild apology when SIDI's manufacturing and marketing faults doop you out of a cool $450, the least they could have done was say woops, our mistake, instead i was made to feel that it was my fault their product was no good at all for what it was intended. they also have very little to no ankle support for what is supposed to be a dual sport boot???? i would consider buying another SIDI product if i had not got such terrible customer service. big big thumbs down for SIDI.
Stuart -Designed for...  April 28, 2009 02:56 PM
The review looks at these with an emphasis on ATV riding. Would these work as a rain boot for the street as well? I live in Seattle, where it rains a good portion of the year, so I'm trying to track down some waterproof boots that aren't all black (I like a little more flash in this regard)
Esben -size  February 11, 2009 02:41 PM
Hi How about the sizes.. ive heard the you schould buy one size bigger than you normally would??