Our first ride in the boots wasn’t the dream ride we hoped it would be. Then again we should have been prepared for a break-in period on such a performance-oriented piece of equipment. We reached out to Sidi North America’s distributor, MotoNation and found out that Sidi uses a memory foam type of material in the heel and it takes about 50 miles to fully break in and conform to the rider’s heel.
Before our next ride we installed a pair of insoles to fill some of the void in the wide boots and set out for our second ride. By the end of the day the boots were already feeling a lot better. The Dual Flex system was working smoother, the leather and buckles were settling in and the insoles greatly helped keep our feet in place.
As we mentioned above, our normal rides in Oregon involve navigating ancient lava flows, technical rock gardens and lots of wooded singletrack. These rides require plenty of time walking to remove downed trees, scouting lines up rock falls and taking pictures at scenic overlooks. The traction both on and off the bike are incredible on the Crossfire 2 TA boots. Foot peg and brake pedal feel are also impressive. We are fans of stitched-on welt soles not only because of the added traction and comfort, but because of the ease of shifting. In quick shift situations simply get the lip under the shifter and you can focus more on dancing between trees and your next braking point instead of pivoting your foot to get your entire toe under the shifter.
The outer construction of the boot is classy, as one would expect from an Italian footwear company. The molded, anatomically shaped and thermoplastic treatments give the boot an almost futuristic look. Sidi covers high-use areas like the toe with plastic guards to protect the boot and improve shifting performance.
When it comes to comfort and protection from the elements, the Sidi Crossfire 2 TA boots perform and promised. One of our biggest critiques from boots like the Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduros we reviewed a few months ago, was the lack of water resistance. Our Crossfires did a very good job of keeping our feet dry on wet days, when walking through snow or splashing through creek crossings. If the boots did get soaked through however they would quickly dry out and resisted both mold and funk.
As the trails dried out and caked mud turned to dust, we noticed the cam-lock buckles got harder and harder to snap closed. After a recent pressure washing we sprayed some Maxima SC1 on the boots to dress them up and lubricated the cam-locks and were pleased to see how much it improved the feel.