Sidi Vortice Boots
First Look: Sidi Vortice Boots
Motorcycle Boot Reviews | Owner Comments (Below)
Summary: Looks like the
new Sidi Vortice Boots will replace the Vertigo Corsas
as the sport/race boot of choice!
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each week, but only those deemed newsworthy get
published. Most are information and specifications
regarding new motorcycles that we think are of interest
to our visitors.
We received some interesting information this week
regarding the new Sidi Vortice Boots. Sidi is
probably the most recognized brand of motorcycle boots
in the world, and the new Vortice will replace the Sidi
Vertigo Corsa, a phenomenally successful racing boot
that has been very popular with street riders, track day
aficionados and motorcycle racers for several years.
This is newsworthy stuff! Sidi is just ramping
up production and North American distribution will start
this winter. We're scheduled to get a pair for a
webBikeWorld review right around the holidays, but in the meantime, here's the edited
Sidi press release and some photographs of the new Sidi Vortice motorcycle boots!
It was thought that the award winning Sidi Vertigo
Corsa boot was the pinnacle of sport boot technology.
Until today, that is, as Sidi is proud to introduce the
next step in the evolutionary chain: The “Vortice”.
The latest in technology combined with the great
skill and workmanship of Sidi’s Italian based factory
technicians’ blend in a whirl of fresh solutions to
satisfy a rider’s desire for safety and comfort.
The Vortice is an excellent synthesis of the years of
experience of Sidi and its designers who conceived its
features keeping in mind that the Vortice is the main
and essential point of juncture between the bike and the
The CE-certified Sidi Vortice boots will be available
in the USA in December 2008. The Vortice is priced
at $475 and is available in a non-vented version in
black, white, red or blue or a fully vented version in
black or white. Metric sizes from 39 to 48 (6 to
13 USA) are available.
Consider the details and you will discover there is
no better sport boot available!
The Vortice is constructed of Lorica and is lined
with Teflon vented mesh. The lining in the toe
area is in Cambrelle, a soft yet strong lining.
Only Sidi goes to trouble and expense of creating a
multiple liner boot system in its racing boots. Lorica
is a composite micro fiber material created from strands
that are so fine, each one is less than one thousandth
the thickness of silk.
When injected with special resins, these fibers act
like natural leather skin, but with the addition of
better strength, softer texture, lighter weight and
better moisture protection. Lorica is also highly
resistant to abrasion – yet it still breathes – with
more than three million pores per square centimeter.
Easy to maintain, Lorica doesn’t stain and can’t be
scratched and offers reduced weight, more flexibility
and more feel than leather racing boots.
The mesh lining is specially treated with Teflon to
protect the vented mesh lining. This fabric
protection process prevents water or sweat from being
absorbed. The boot dries quickly and does not form
Sidi has added a small elastic panel to aid in a
smooth zipper operation as it allows a bit of movement
via the elastic as the zipper passes over the rider’s
"Tecno" Boot Support System
The rear upper part of the boot is made up of the
following mechanisms: the Tecno Calf Tensioner, the
Tecno Shin Tensioner and Ankle Support System.
This group of features ensures a precise fit and maximum
- Tecno Calf Tensioner mechanism adjusts the leg
circumference. Placed in the back of the boots
upper, it works through a nylon wire that hooks directly
to the shin plate. The Tecno Calf Tensioner is
replaceable and it’s available in different sizes to fit
around various sizes of calf muscles.
- Tecno Shin Tensioner mechanism helps the Tecno
Calf Tensioner close the leg upper on the front part of
the boot. The two lateral nylon braces join the
ankle joint with two screws that are protected by nylon
caps. This system is reinforced with fiberglass,
supports the ankle and is easy to replace. This
system allows excellent flex movement front-to-back
while being firm side-to-side.
- Tecno Instep Tensioner: The Vortice features an
additional fastening system on the front part of the
foot, on the instep. It consists of a wrap-around
fascia which can be precision adjusted by the Tecno
Instep Tensioner mechanism that was proved critical in
rider safety by the previous model, the Sidi Vertigo
Air Ventilation System: A third brace is
positioned on the outer-lower part of the boot and
features an air intake that can be operated by an
aerodynamic shaped button.
Shock Absorbing Heel Cup: A polyurethane shell
holds a shock absorbing insert, visible from the outside
through 4 small slits that mark out the look of the
heel. The shell is mobile as it’s fixed to the
boot by 2 screws that allow 3 mm of impact movement.
Shin Plate: The shin plate is made in nylon and
it is inserted on a polyurethane frontal support.
Both parts are replaceable.
Vortice Slider: The toe slider is made in nylon
reinforced with fiberglass. It is fitted with a
new air intake and an innovative alloy insert. All
pieces are replaceable.
Racing SRS Sole: The all new sole is
constructed of a polyurethane and rubber blend. It
features a removable insert in front of the arch area
where much wear and tear normally occurs due to sharp
metal brake pedals and shift levers, another
patented-exclusive Sidi feature.
Gear Change Pad: The gear change pad is molded
of DuPont Techno-polymers, which ensure that the
plastics qualities will not change in high or low
The composite inner sole of the Vortice resists
side-to-side compression offering greater protection
compared to the leather inner soles that many of Sidi’s
competitors use. The insole features a removable
arch support and will never lose its dynamic
characteristics, even after months of intense use; it’s
water resistant and is designed to withstand high foot
And finally, all of the parts on the Sidi Vortice
boot can be replaced!
For more information, contact the U.S. distributor,
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From "M" (10/08): "Regarding the
statement on the review of Sidi Vortice Boots that says
"The Tecno Calf Tensioner is replaceable and it’s
available in different sizes to fit around various sizes
of calf muscles.", I inquired to the US distributor of
Sidi boots, Motonation, for what longer sizes are
Their reply was "We only have one size for the Tecno
II calf and Foot Bridge so what comes on the boot is all
we have. I don’t have a measurement of it but it
is the same between the smallest size we sell to the
largest, spare parts no different. "
This probably also goes for the other newer Sidi
boots as well since it would make sense that it is
identical parts. So to anybody with larger calves
who read that statement, they are out of luck.
Larger sizes would have allowed larger calves to wear it
properly minus zipping them up."