I have been using Sidi Hydro Gore-Tex Winter Road Boots for the last two winters. So this winter will be third. I decided to write a review about them.
Product description (wiggle.co.uk)
Weatherproof protection for committed year-round cyclists. When rain and snow won’t keep you off the roads, Sidi Hydro boots keep your feet warm and dry with a breathable Gore-Tex lining and extended coverage to seal out the elements.
- Synthetic upper with Lorica Toe Inserts
- Waterproof and breathable Gore-tex membrane lining
- Millenium sole
- Three Strap velcro closure
- High cuff with wide velcro closure
- Sidi Heel cup
The patented GORE-TEX® membrane contains over 9 billion microscopic pores which are approximately 20,000 times smaller than a drop of water, but 700 times bigger than a molecule of moisture vapor. So while water in its liquid form cannot penetrate the GORE-TEX® membrane, as moisture vapor it can easily escape.
- Some of the reviews on Amazon say the boots are lightweight, but I don’t think so. They feel bulky and uncomfortably heavy (but it’s normal, since they are “boots”, not “shoes”).
- The boots doesn’t feel too warm actually, especially if it’s below 5°C (41°F), so spare a space to extra, thick winter socks. I mean consider buying 1/2 size larger.
- The boots are good in the rain, as SIDI claim.
- I found ankle straps uncomfortable. If you buy these boots, wear it with long socks. Otherwise, the ankle straps may hurt, even cut your ankle.
- The heel pads of the boots (like the other SIDI shoes) worn out quickly. You can consider to buy a pair of extra SIDI replacement heel pads.
- Price: £224.99 (€285.74/$373.48) A bit expensive. Normal summer shoes + shoe covers are still the cheaper alternative.
3.3 out of 5