While I’m always thinking about protection when it comes to gear, I’ll admit comfort is key. Save the leisurely weekend ride, I’m primarily a commuter and, when time permits, a long distance rider. In the day-to-day, I would prefer not having the burden of dragging a pair of office shoes with me to work. I want a boot to provide protection but remain comfortable enough to walk in and around the office.
Being primarily a soft boot wearer, I noticed first that the Sidi Fusion Leis featured reinforcement. The shin plate, rear calf, heel and toe are all designed with durable nylon supports, and the toe slider has a replaceable component. The boot shaft is designed with a slightly forward, sportbike stance similar to a ski boot. The outer sole is thin and padding in the interior footbed is minimal.
I would say my foot is of normal width, but inside the Sidi boots my feet were swimming despite the correct sizing. With a small investment of $2.50 for a pair of double-foam cushioning insoles, two problems are solved: fit and minimalist padding. With a foot smaller than the boot’s interior, I did not have to endure the typical break-in problems associated with a stiff boot. While I would not recommend them for all-day walking due to the absence of a cushioned footbed and the sporty stance, unzipping the calf made short trips around the office a breeze minus a slight ski boot swagger.
The only technical adjustment I had to make was in trusting that my shifting toe was doing its job. A durable, nylon-reinforced toe means you really can’t feel the shifter as you do with soft boots. I stopped second-guessing myself after the first week of riding. In addition to the boot’s interior seeming a bit large, the calf closure wasn’t as form fitting as I would like. This issue could easily be remedied at the manufacturer level by adding a wider section of Velcro so that along with the flex panel, a custom (tighter) fit can be achieved if necessary.
Overall, I’m pleased with the Sidi Fusion Leis and feel that for the price and with some minor adjustments, it’s a boot that would provide ample ankle and foot protection in the unsightly event of a bike drop.
• Lorica, synthetic leather
• Perforated Teflon-treated lining
• Rear calf protection panel, nylon shin plate, nylon heel and toe protection
• Nylon replaceable toe slider
• Not waterproof
SIDI Fusion Lei—www.sidisport.com
SIDI distribution through www.Motonation.com, 619-401-4100