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Old 01-18-2011, 10:10 PM   #1
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Sidi Fusion VS Alpinestars SMX-5 Boots

At the moment I'm just using the Shift Fuel street boots which are pretty comfy and as close to a street shoe feel as I'm gonna get. Been thinking about getting some new riding boots and I'm looking at the Fusion and SMX-5 price range.

Haven't tried either on so just fishing for comments, opinions and your personal reviews if you've owned them.

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SMX > Fusion

But vertigo are just so much nicer and more protective I would step up to them if you can.

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Old 01-18-2011, 10:24 PM   #4
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SMX > Fusion

But vertigo are just so much nicer and more protective I would step up to them if you can.

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Interesting. When I did the boot search in the gear section, the majority of the votes went to Sidi. What did you like about the SMX over the Fusion?
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I just didnt like the fusion at all, it feels like too little protection imo. My ankle felt much more secure in the SM-X, but I ended by buying the Vertigo Air.
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+1 on the Vertigo and especially if they're Vertigo Airs. I had the SMX-Plus before and they felt a lot more bulkier and heavier than the Sidi's.
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LOL... dammit, I was trying to stay at about $200.
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SMX > Fusion

But vertigo are just so much nicer and more protective I would step up to them if you can.

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I completely agree. Your ankle is worth more than the difference between the Fusion and Vertigo. Just take a good look at the pictures and think about which parts of the boot are hard and which are soft. For 100 dollars more the Vertigo gives you beefier heel protection, ankle protection, and it's hard around the whole side of your foot.
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Yeah pretty much what the last 2 people said is how I felt.
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Depends on your riding, sidis are more comfortable and alpinestars are more protective but less comfortable, i can wear my sidis vertigo air all day if i had to but can only stand a few hours on my alpinestars supertech r boots!
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Ya I *LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE* my vertigo airs
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Between those two... The alpinestars. The higher end sidis are top notch though. I have the vertigo airs, and they are great! And the sidi vertice look like a bionic medical boot near. Or you can get supertech's.. Man, you done got me started on boots...... B
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Depends on your riding, sidis are more comfortable and alpinestars are more protective but less comfortable, i can wear my sidis vertigo air all day if i had to but can only stand a few hours on my alpinestars supertech r boots!
Not an aggressive rider. Most of my trips are 4-5 hour rides once a week and city errands on Saturdays.

Sidi Vertigos have it so far.
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I love my Teknic Chicanes. I wouldnt trust Alpinestars. Just my personal opinion, but I think they make Yugo quality .
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Helios - which ones did you end up deciding on?
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I still haven't had a chance to go try any of them on yet.
I'm thinking the Sidi Vertigo but I have yet to try them on.
Getting a bonus at work at the end of Feb so that's when I'm looking to buy.

What do you use?
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When I tried on Sidi Vertice + Vertigo. I also tried on the A*'s that were comparable to both. Sidi's were always more comfy. I went with the Vertigo Airs.
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For the $200 range the SMX is a better boot, and is comfortable too.
The Supertech Sunday Rider is referring to is the full race boot with inner bootie. Not very comfortable imo.

At the $300 range the Vertigo is a bit more protective than the $200 SMX but Alpinestars has a boot at the $300 price point that is comparable to the Vertigo.

I have both the Vertigo and the SMX if you want to try them on.
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Thanks Patrick.
I still need to come in and have you guys check out my Speedohealer.
Tell you what, I'll be in Saturday morning and I can try them on then. I think I'm a size 42.
I also need a set of Shogun sliders and some chain lube.

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I don't have any boots now. I'm also shopping around for boots, jacket, and gloves. I went into CycleGear 59S during lunch, and saw a few boots and jackets. They had the SMX boots, but not the Vertigos, which I'm leaning towards. They had the ones Patrick mentions above, with the inner bootie, but they look too bulky. Seems like you gotta unlatch 10 straps and 5 zippers to put them on.
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