The outside of Sidi’s Vertigo boots has been completely made out of Lorica (which means body armor in Latin). Lorica lives up to its name in terms of safety, it is a material made out of extremely thin microfibers, which are extremely strong however. These fibers act like natural leather, but boost the added advantages of more strength at a lower weight and make up for a softer texture. Lorica is also highly resistant to abrasion yet very breathable.
The Sidi Vertigo has some great protective features like a shock absorbing heel cup that has been molded in three different plastic densities so it will be able to absorb and disperse the force that it encounters during an accident. Italian motor gear manufacturer Sidi also fitted the Vertigo with a composite inner sole. This sole is resistant to side to side compression and therefore offers more protection than leather inner soles that other manufacturers use. The inner sole is water resistant and was designed to retain its shape even after months of intensive use.
Every bolt on component of Sidi’s Vertigo boot can be replaced. This makes the boot more durable since you only have to replace damaged parts after a crash. It is good to know that the toe sliders are easily replaceable as well, they are available in either a ceramic or nylon version.
When we look at the ventilation systems, Sidi boots have always been on top of the boot chain. The Vertigo has a ventilation system that can either be opened or closed, depending on the kind of weather you ride in. A constant flow of fresh, cool air will circulate around the riders feet, replacing the warmer, damp air.
The Vertigo boots are also available in a RAIN version. The difference between the rain version and the “standard” lies in the waterproof yet breathable membrane that Sidi added between the elements and the riders’ feet.
Protection: Shock absorbing heel cup
Ventilation: Open and closeable ventilation system
Lining: Perforated Teflon treated fabric and lorica
Adjustability: Tecno VR system to accommodate small and large calfs
Additional features: Replaceable parts, composite inner sole