The Vertebra 2 Te-Por retains all the key features of the Vertebra 2, including the Vertebra protection system, Lorica outer construction, malleolus guards on the outer edge, replaceable plastic shin plate and adjustable calf system with the addition of the waterproof liner.
Sidi has been creating quality footwear since 1960 when founder Dino Signori began building hiking and cycling specific boots in his small Italian workshop. The company evolved in the years that followed and began producing boots for motorcyclists by 1969. Soon thereafter, Sidi boots were seen protecting the feet of Grand Prix legend Giacomo Agostini and many other now-legendary racers.
Fast forward 30 years and what you will find are some of the most technologically advanced boots on the planet sporting the Sidi logo. The Sidi Vertebra in particular revolutionized protective footwear when it was introduced in 1998. Since that time the Vertebra has evolved, becoming a favorite among riders everywhere for its protective and Robocop-looking exoskeleton.
I have utilized the Te-Por version of Vertebra 2 in nearly all of our road tests so far this year, and they've proven to be incredibly comfortable, whether riding or walking around during photo shoots and gearing up between rides. Plus, the black-on-black version you see here actually look fairly normal, which I like, compared to some of the Power-Ranger-esque versions that are also available.
The Vertebra Te-Por are designed with the street rider in mind. They offer all the same features as the now legendary Vertebra Pro series, but with the addition of a water-resistant Te-Por liner. There is little visible difference between them. Both include an adjustable calf system which allows for a customized fit. Other features include toe sliders, shin plate and ankle guards, all of
Here are the Sidi Vertebra Te-Por in action during the road test portion of our 2004 Superbike Smackdown.
which are easily replaced when worn out.
These boots are an excellent choice for riders who live in climates other than Phoenix, Arizona. You get top-notch protection, fit and finish as well as the unique Vertebra look that will always allow them to be a topic of conversation at the local hangout. The downside is that the Te-Por's waterproof membrane doesn't breathe as easily as a boot with no liner, making for hot, damp heat for a rider's feet.
At $280, the Sidi Vertebra Te-Por is far from the cheapest boot on the market but, as usual, you get what you pay for. With the Te-Por you will pay for the peace of mind that comes from wearing one of the best water resistant riding boots on the market.
Sidi Vertebra Te-Por are only available in Black.
- Arguably, the most protective off-the-shelf boots available
- Excellent Fit
- Squeaky when walking around
- Sweaty feet in the heat
- Difficult to fit inside the legs of 501s
Sizes: Euro Sizes 40-48