SIDI X-3 Lei Women's Boots
Searching for a protective and functional off-road boot is tough when you are a woman. There are few options out there that are tailored specifically for a female foot. Often, we are left wearing overly bulky men’s boots, which do the job, but only while wearing the thickest pair of socks available. SIDI stepped up this year, offering the Women’s X-3 Lei – a motocross inspired off-road boot that provides extreme protection, comfort, and versatility.
This is the first time a company has taken a top-level men’s boot, and redesigned it for a female foot. The X-3 Lei is adapted directly from the men’s X-3. The women’s boot has a slightly narrower toe box, heel, and ankle to ensure that the boots fit snug and don’t move around too much when riding. Dual-Stitched TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) reinforcement covers nearly the entire boot, giving it a 10 out of 10 on rigidity - this boot is not designed to “break in” as many leather riding boots are. The ankle hinge system provideslimited movement, without allowing hyperextension. The blade system keeps the rear of the ankle and Achilles tendon protected and moves with the boot and rider.The interior of the boot uses Cambrelle lining to wick away moisture and keep your feet dry. These are not waterproof boots, however they do keep you dry when splashing through water crossings. I would imagine that submersing the boot would leave you with soaked socks, but I am not one to try it out unless I must.
The X-3 is by far the most protective women’s off-roading boot on the market. Even after lots of use the boot is still very rigid and that is what hardcore off-road riders need. The X-3 Leis are perfect for the serious off-roader, but may not the best for those who like to travel unless you are willing to give up some comfort when walking for the extra protection while riding.
Replaceable components give you the ability to ride in these boots for a considerable amount of time compared to other boots on the market. The X-3 Lei comes with the TA (enduro style) soles installed, but you can swap them out to the MX style sole for about $30 and a visit to your local cobbler. The metal buckles and connecting straps are also replaceable just by removing a few screws. Currently, the white, pink, and blue pair you see here is the only color option. Personally, I hope SIDI plans to offer another colorway soon that may appeal to more riders. MSRP: $325 Motonation.com
|▲ Designed to fit a women's foot nicely||▼ Current color option limited to pink/blue|
|▲ Exchaneable parts make replacing wear components easy||▼ Stiffness after breaking in can make ADV riding in these boots challenging|
|▲ Top level protection|
|▲ Most aggressive MX style boot on the market for women|
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