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ADV ProductsSIDI Crossfire 3 SRS: Moto Boots For Serious Dirt Adventures

SIDI Crossfire 3 SRS: Moto Boots For Serious Dirt Adventures

We test the latest version Crossfires with improvements in safety & comfort.

Published on 05.23.2019

SIDI Crossfire 3 adventure boots

The Crossfire 3 SRS (Sole Replacement System) is a motocross-style boot in the upper echelons of style, comfort, and safety. For certain, they represent premium Italian footwear with plentiful features and extensive refinement, now in their third version. SIDI’s Crossfire series of boots have defined themselves in the crowded hoard of off-road motorcycle boots with a propensity for abuse and a utilitarian nature. They are a hard-wearing boot with a proven racing pedigree and the high-level protection needed for aggressive off-road adventure rides.


I was excited to test the Crossfire 3 since the last generation was still in heavy rotation, and the new iteration is steeped with additional features. Updates include a redesigned dual flex ankle hinge system with hyperextension/hyperflexion stops, reshaped shock resistant heel, and a wider calf opening to accommodate knee braces & riders with thicker legs alike.

Returning features that I especially appreciated on the previous model include the quick micro adjusting buckles, svelte non-booty design, and serviceability with nearly every part of the boot being replaceable.

Shredding trails with the SIDI Crossfire 3 motocross boots

How They Performed

The first gauge of performance with any pair of moto boots is how well they break-in, especially with MX-style boots that are notoriously rigid and cumbersome. I was pleased to find that the Crossfire 3s quickly became comfortable, even compared to more pliable adventure boots. I gambled on this when we departed on a multi-day trip, spanning several thousand miles after only wearing the boots for an hour or two around the house. By the end of day two, the new Crossfires felt like home and happily protected my legs for the remainder of the trip.

Jimmy Lewis shredding trails with the SIDI Crossfires
Dakar and Baja legend Jimmy Lewis ripping it up in his SIDI Crossfire 3 moto boots.

Throughout testing of these boots, they logged over 10,000 miles and saw just about every type of riding terrain, conditions, and weather imaginable. Despite their intended motocross purpose, this particular set was primarily used for off-road adventure travel and dirt bike forays. As previously stated, they were very comfortable from the get-go and offered peace of mind in all manner of riding.

While they’ve been in service, rocks were punted, crashes were sustained, motorcycles were dropped on them, and they were regularly submerged in water. Besides minor bumps and bruises, my feet and lower legs remained unscathed. Sometimes toes were a bit sore or ankles were a little stiff the day following a ride, but all serious injuries were averted. After one lousy get-off that involved cartwheeling through tumbleweeds then slamming into a bank of river rock feet first, I walked away stunned but unscathed and I knew these boots had proved their worth.

A key feature of the new SIDI Crossfire 3 is the Sole Replacement System (SRS) that allows for easy replacement of worn out soles with just a screwdriver. The boots come standard with smooth motocross style soles, but SIDI does offer more-aggressive enduro soles as well. I stuck with the stock treads and they proved adequate during testing, without any adverse effects on slick surfaces or when hiking around.

SIDI’s method of not using an inner booty makes these boots feel very agile compared to similar moto boot models and is the key to their slim profile. Dexterity was noticeably better when walking, or operating controls than with previous generations, especially after the leather segments had worn to perfection.

Shredding trails with the SIDI Crossfire 3 motocross boots
This pair of SIDI Crossfire 3s logged over 10,000 miles and saw just about every type of riding terrain, conditions, and weather imaginable.

In mild and cold temperatures, these boots felt stellar and frigid toes were of no concern even with lightweight socks. However, warmer climates and high temperatures posed a challenge for these decidedly stuffy boots. It was one of the only areas where the Crossfire 3, much like their predecessors, functioned less than ideally. The Cambrelle liner, while comfortable, doesn’t disperse moisture as effectively as Gore-Tex and they were prone to developing an inhospitable tropical climate. To be fair, this has been our experience with most boots in this category — hard to avoid with this degree of defense.

On the flip side of this coin, while not waterproof, they did an admirable job keeping moisture out (as they did keeping it in). Only when wholly submerged or exposed to persistent driving rain did my feet actually get wet. This made them a better all-around adventure boot than initially anticipated and for that reason they got much more use on our extended trips.

Despite their weight and size, the Crossfires seemingly disappeared on my feet and were a non-issue on long days, even when those days included some hiking. It cannot be understated how form-fitting and personalized these boots felt with all of the micro adjustments available and high-end materials. The comfort of the Crossfires is second only to their first-rate protective qualities. They also aged well and did not require any significant maintenance or repairs during our extensive testing.

Jimmy Lewis ripping with his SIDI Crossfires

The only parts on these boots that required regular attention were the hinges & pivot points that would whine incessantly if not treated with lubricant. Once the boots got wet again, this would all be for not, and you would have to start the process over or endure announcing your presence a half a mile in advance.

Who Are They For?

These boots are for anyone with serious off-road aspirations or those wishing to equip themselves with the highest level of protection available. Not well suited for tasks like commuting but ideal for someone who regularly tests the limit of their riding abilities in the dirt. Simply put they are just as well suited for a weekend warrior as they are for a professional racer.

Our Verdict

While the Crossfire 3s represent a significant investment, they also offer a seemingly endless lifespan, as every wear part is replaceable. SIDI went to great lengths to make this boot exceptionally tough and serviceable, deeming them worthy of the initial buy-in. As with all motocross-style boots, some degree of mobility and comfort is sacrificed when compared to less protective adventure boots, but this particular boot doesn’t sacrifice much in the comfort department.

SIDI Crossfire 3 motocross boots sole

What We Liked

  • High level of protection while sacrificing minimal mobility.
  • Comfortable almost immediately even on excessively long days.
  • Adjustability that allows for a custom fit feel even when wearing knee braces.
  • Non-booty design that allows for a sleek profile and less girth.
  • Versatility across many different types of riding.
  • Serviceable with nearly every part of the boot being replaceable including the sole.

What Could Be Improved

  • A little more heat displacement in the lower regions of the boot.
  • Full waterproofing would make this boot unstoppable!
  • Noisy hinges and pivot points that require regular attention.

SIDI Crossfire 3 SRS Specs

COLOR: Blk, Wht, Blk/Wht, and various color combinations
SIZES: 7.5-12.5 (41-47 Euro)
PRICE: $595

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Author: Spencer Hill

“The Gear Dude” has been fueling his motorcycle addiction with adventure since first swinging his leg over a bike in 2010. Whether he’s exploring his own backyard in the Pacific Northwest or crisscrossing the United States, Spencer is always in search of scenic off-road routes, epic camping locations and the best gear possible. He began writing shortly after taking up two-wheel travel to share his experiences and offer insight with his extensive backpacking, camping and overland background.

Author: Spencer Hill

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Wolfgang Hokenmaier
Wolfgang Hokenmaier
May 23, 2019 11:23 am

These boots are not suitable for “warmer climates and high temperatures” and they are also not waterproof. Motocross racing boot, ok, but how is this an “adventure boot”?

Eric Altman
Eric Altman
May 28, 2019 6:47 pm

Don’t see where that is claimed. (??)

Wolfgang Hokenmaier
Wolfgang Hokenmaier
May 29, 2019 5:07 am
Reply to  Eric Altman

It may have been edited since? I can’t find it either.

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
May 29, 2019 11:31 am

The article has not been edited. It is intact as first published.

Wolfgang Hokenmaier
Wolfgang Hokenmaier
May 29, 2019 12:46 pm
Reply to  ADV Pulse

Ok I probably got the impression because of the repeated comparison to adventure boots. “even compared to more pliable adventure boots” can be read two ways…


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