Boots aren’t exactly a glamorous subject, but they’re essential riding gear, so vitally important to rider safety. And here at Cycle World, there’s one boot that has proven to be quite popular with the staff: the Sidi Canyon. Remember, our staffers can basically wear any boot they want, but several have chosen to wear these great all-around Sidis on a daily basis.
I’ve been a big fan of this boot for years. In fact, I’ve completely worn out a pair, bought another, then completely wore those out. I’ve received another pair from Sidi, the first I haven’t bought myself. When I say I wore them out, please understand that I ride every day and that I don’t even own a car, so they get used for work and play. These puppies are basically my sneakers, and each pair has lasted for years of heavy daily use.
The top-grain leather boots are designed for adventure touring, but they’re great for a wide variety of riding, basically anything short of full-on motocross or track use. They offer a good balance of armor protection and comfort, plus padded shin protection, ratcheting ankle cuffs and sturdy heel and toe cups. Like all Sidi boots, they have a composite insert sole. This thin insert looks just like any other you might find in, say, a running shoe, but it provides one of the most important safety features required of a boot: lateral stability to keep your foot from being crushed, for example, between the ground and your bike. This attention to detail and safety makes the $350 Sidi Canyon worth every penny.
The boots are lined with Gore-Tex. Even in heavy downpours, they keep your feet completely dry. They wick really well. If you wear light wool socks, your feet will remain happy and dry, even when stomping around in the summer heat. Other features include a leather toe shift pad, a full-length gaiter to keep the gravel out, and thin reflective strips front and back.
If you’re looking for a boot that does it all, with decent safety protection and everyday comfort around the house or office, the Sidi Canyon should be at the top of your list.
Available in Men’s sizes 7.5 to 13 for $350.00