In my personal opinion there are a few pieces of off-road riding equipment you should never skimp on, and one of those is boots. Sure there are options to fit any budget, but before I was flush with gear thanks to my position at MotoUSA, I would make sure I had a wad of cash squirreled away for my next pair of foot protection. If I had to wear the same set of pants and jersey for three years so be it, but I always had top-notch kicks. Not only do high-end boots have more features, they tend to last longer and have better feel on the pegs and levers. The market is replete with options at the upper echelon, and Sidi
always is near the price ceiling with its Crossfire model. Now for 2013, the Italian company has introduced the Crossfire 2 SRS.
The Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots
are the pinnacle of the manufacturer’s line-up, stuffed full of features, yet they are some of the most svelte examples out there. Sidi’s Technomicro material is used as the base for the entire boot, encapsulated by molded plastic panels to create a boot that is protective yet flexible. A Dual Flex System upper has a large hinge at the ankle and a smaller hinge further up the calf for support with a larger range of motion. The upper also has an adjustable calf plate to allow for larger calves or knee braces. Quick adjust straps make sizing quick and come in two sizes.
A nylon insole was built to offer support without a steel shank, and a removable arch support provides the foundation on which the Crossfire 2 SRS is built upon. The toe area is completely covered in a plastic for a sleek look and small cross section. At the back a rigid, shock resistant heel protects while resisting twisting. The inside of the boot features replaceable guards to protect from the kick-starter and foot pegs. Finally the molded, anti-skid soles are completely replaceable with optional Supermoto or Enduro soles with just a flat-blade screwdriver.
I received a pair of the Crossfire 2 SRS boots in late November and have used them almost exclusively since in order to test their durability, comfort and function. I’ve been impressed with them. Right out of the box there isn’t a more comfortable set of boots. Most of my street riding footwear is less cushy. We do some very long days of riding and my feet still feel fresh when I slide these Sidis off.
I’ve fallen a few times with my foot caught between the bike and ground and haven’t suffered any ill effects or injuries yet. The plastic has worn well and doesn’t seem to be as soft as other brands. Mud and dirt comes off easy and the white portions haven’t stained yet. I would rate them very high in durability, which is nice with a boot pushed up to the $600 mark.
As much as I like the Crossfire 2 SRS, I do have a couple complaints. The first is that the complexity of the design makes putting on the boot more complicated. It just takes longer to gear up as you have to make sure every flap and strap is in the correct position. The second is the buckles. While the closure is very positive, the small size of the buckles can be hard to get closed and open if you like the straps to be very tight like I do. Run a looser fit and there is no issue, they snap shut easily and pop open with a reasonable pull.
After three months of solid use, I would have to say Sidi has a winner with the Crossfire 2 SRS. They are comfortable, protective and extremely durable. Not to mention, they are damn good looking. These boots are worth cracking the piggy bank open for.
The Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots
are available at Motorcycle-Superstore.com