The Sidi Crossfire 2 SR is the Italian manufacturer’s top of the line boot, which includes many unique features. The Crossfire 2 utilizes a non-booty design combined with a dual hinge system and molded plastic panels for increased flexibility and better protection.
To begin with, the boots are extremely easy to take on and off. Many other boots I have worn are difficult to get my foot past the ankle area. Putting the Sidi Crossfire 2 SRs on and taking them off was just about as simple as slipping in and out of my favorite pair of shoes.
Adjusting the buckles is a snap. It is as simple as bending the buckle back and sliding it in one direction or the other for a more loose or snug fit. You may only have to adjust the buckles once or twice. However, Sidi has made sure that each time you have to, it is an effortless task. They can be a bit difficult to snap into place, unless you have them set very loose. Hard to snap buckles are not a deal breaker; it may just take you a little while longer to buckle up before your ride.
Sidi’s new Dual Flex System uses two pairs of hinges – one at the ankle and one near the calf for maximum flexibility and comfort. With the hinged system, the Sidi Crossfire 2 SR boots have virtually no break-in time, and you are not likely to find a more comfortable boot straight out of the box. Other boots I have worn take many rides to begin to feel comfortable.
In addition to very little break-in time, the Crossfire 2s are the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. They fit like a glove and breathe nicely. I was amazed at the amount of feel the boots offered and how easy it was to shift and brake in the boots.
In the past, I have worn boots that are so stiff, it almost feels like my legs and feet have fallen asleep. Because of this, I have missed many shifts and either not been able to apply the rear brake enough or locked the rear wheel up when I did not want to. Ease of shifting and braking can most certainly be accredited to Sidi’s Dual Flex System. Instead of a stiff, inflexible feeling in the ankle, the boots’ pair of hinges offer flexibility similar to that found in trials boots.
When first putting the boots on, the interior felt a bit rough against my calf and foot. This is due to the fact that there is not a lot of padding or cushion-like material, especially in the ankle area. Despite having riding pants, knee guards, and socks to separate my calf from the boot itself, it still is a bit noticeable.
However, the feeling quickly disappears after you get out on the track or trail. The foot area of the Crossfire has a similar feel to that of in the upper area of the boot. This works great as the lack of extra padding material allows for the extra feel in the foot/toe area when shifting and braking.
While some riders may not like how bare-bones the inside of the foot area feels, it’s nothing that throwing on another pair (or thicker pair) of socks cannot fix. Fitment with knee guards is nothing to worry about as my pair of knee/shin guards actually made the boots fit that much more snug in the upper area of the boot.
The sole of the boot offers a fantastic combination of grip on the pegs and the ability to slide in corners. From the hard pack, to the intermediate, and sandy conditions, the boot skimmed across the top of the terrain with no troubles whatsoever. In addition to sliding well in corners, the soles of the boot offer an excellent feel on the peg. The Crossfire boots grip well in all riding conditions and from the dullest to the sharpest footpegs. Best of all, they won’t leave you with sore feet at the end of the day.
In the arch area of the boot, the support is there from the moment you place your feet on the pegs to landing out of the air from a massive jump. I am most impressed with how well the Crossfire 2s handles the big landings. Over jumping and landings with a flatter, less steep grade won’t leave you reaching for the crutches at the end of a moto. The Sidi boots stood up to each landing with arch support that leaves the rider feeling confident about the inevitable hard landing that every dirt bike rider endures from time to time.
After your ride is over, washing the Crossfire 2 SR boots proves to be a simple task with some soap and water; the white parts on the boot continue to look new after many rides.
If you are looking for a stylish, comfortable boot with great protection and virtually no break-in time, Sidi Crossfire 2 SR boots meet your criteria perfectly.