Sidi Mag 1
Not long ago, Sidi has presented the Sidi Vortice, an extremely sturdy and bombproof boot that offered optimum protection and adjustability. It was a huge hit and many riders today still ride with them, but a few professional MotoGP and Superbike racers wanted the Vortice slimmer, but still offer the same amount of protection. Sidi took all the feeback, tips anc criticism from these riders and used them to create the ultimate sportbike boot; the Sidi Mag 1. It is lighter, slimmer and just as strong and sturdy as the Vortice, yet more comfortable. A huge achievement, but Sidi has chosen not to discard the Vortice. Some riders might still prefer the bulky boot, so Sidi wanted riders to be able to choose.The Sidi Mag 1 contains three micro adjusters that are being used to adjust the boot to your liking. An ingenious little magnet strap has been attached to the end of each stainless steel wire, so it will always snap into place, no matter what you do. This makes adjusting the boot easier and quicker, since putting on the Vortice could take quite some time. The Mag 1 also has a carbon strut on the inside of the boot rather than on the outside. This makes the boot a lot slimmer, yet still as strong as the Vortice. It truly is a one of a kind boot that is the one to beat.
- Protection: Shock absorbing heel cup
- Adjustability: TECNO-3 Magnetic closures
- Ventilation: Perforated Teflon treated nylon inner lining with Cambrelle lining
- Extra information: Adjustable calf for riders with big calfs, up to 15-inch
- Additional Information
Brand Sidi Main Color Black Sub Colors Black, Red, White Waterproof No Boot Type Road Gender Men
- Size Chart
Size EU 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 US Men 3-3.5 4-4.5 5-5.5 5.5-6 6.5-7 7-7.5 8-8.5 9-9.5 9.5-10 10.5-11 11-11.5 12-12.5 13-13.5 14 15 US Women 4.5-5 5.5-6 6.5-7 7-7.5 8-8.5 8.5-9 9.5-10 10.5-11 11-11.5 12-12.5 12.5-13
Customer Reviews 2 item(s)
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After having them for about three years I am comfortable stating that the Sidi Mag 1 is the best pair of boots I've worn in 50 years of riding. They aren't nearly as heavy as the Vortice, which I previously owned, or especially, the Adventure Rain, which I currently wear if rain is likely. On the bike, I don't even know I have them on. Off? Well, any boot that is comfortable walking more than a hundred yards cannot possibly have adequate protection in a fall.
As the first reviewer notes, most of the external parts are replaceable. Some riders swear by leather and doubt that any synthetic can be as strong. The Mag 1s (and many of their other boots) are constructed of a material Sidi calls Lyrica, which, as nearly as I can tell, is lighter and more durable than leather, and provides just as much protection.
A word on sizing. Sidi has a reputation of being slightly narrower than American cut boots, and I did initially find the toe box a bit tight, oddly on only one of the boots. Since Lyrica does not "break-in" like leather, and the toe box so solid, I was initially pessimistic about perfect fit. Wrong. It took a little longer than leather but within a couple of weeks they did fit perfectly. Also, American boots (and shoes) end half sizes at '12,' and it's a big jump from 12 to 13. Size 12 is too small for me; 13 much too big. European (or at least Sidi) size 47 is very close to what American size 12 1/2 would be, if they existed. (Actually, upper end New Balance tennis shoes come in 12 1/2, but to my knowledge, that's it.)
All in all, great boots in every way, and at a great price. Chromeburner is selling the Mag 1s for a third less than they sell for in the New World.
Athens, Georgia, USA
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KTM 990 SMT
Honda XR 650 'R'
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Sidi MAG 1 boots review
I now own two pair of boots; the black and yellow Sidi Vortice, and the white and black Sidi MAG 1. Because I am a Sidi fanboy? No, because I liked the Vortice but had a massive issue with them; I got stuck. All-the-damn-time. The exoskeleton of the Vortice didn’t work for me since my heel-guards got trapped in the straps on the inside of the Vortice. Other than that I was rather pleased with them, but I just couldn't afford to get stuck while racing. Not only does this negatively affect my concentration, it’s also dangerous since it keeps me from moving on my bike, especially when throwing it from side to side in a chicane. So, I was rather displeased with the fact that I had to spend another fortune on new boots, but I am glad I did.
The Sidi MAG 1, released in the spring of 2014, can be seen as the successor of the Vortice, though the Vortice will still remain in Sidi’s lineup. It’s safe to say that the MAG 1 is just a slimmed down, narrower version of the Vortice that is also more user friendly since it doesn’t take an eternity to put them on. So, does this mean that the MAG 1 compromises on safety? Yes and no, but mostly no, I guess.
When we take a look at the MAG 1 and compare them to the Vortice, the biggest difference is the fact that the MAG 1 is a lot slimmer and more aerodynamically styled. It has less parts and is less bulky. This is because of the fact that the exoskeleton the Vortice is known for, has been moved to the inside of the boot. Instead of a polyurethane exoskeleton, it now has an internal carbon fiber strut running down the length of the boot to prevent lateral torsion of the ankle and shin. Sidi recognizes the fact that the MAG 1 does compromise on safety just a littlebit, but, when we compare it to other top-end boots like the Alpinestars Supertech-R or Dainese Torque RS Out, there’s actually nothing to complain about. The only boot that has more protection is the Vortice, and that boot might be the toughest one out there.
Now, the reason that I bought these MAG 1’s is because of the fact that they are less bulky. That the Vortice boots are bulky doesn’t really bother me though, since I like the look of them and the amount of protection they offer, it’s just that they didn’t go well with my bike (heel-guards, as mentioned before). Since the MAG 1 has been slimmed down, the inside of the boot is ‘cleaner’ and contains no straps, struts or other gadgets and gimmicks that could trap my heel-guards. Except for a small TPU protective shield that hides a screw that keeps the carbon fiber strut in place, there is nothing. Just clean, smooth synthetic leather. Synthetic? Yes, the MAG 1’s are fake as hell. It’s not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that Sidi choose to use synthetic leather because it has better abrasion resistance and lacks imperfections that real leather does have. Now, I am no expert on what is better, but it looks good, it feels good and if Sidi decides it’s better, it is probably good.
Now, when I slipped into them for the first time, comfort wasn’t the word that came to mind first. Even though they are less bulky than the Vortice, they felt rigid and hard. After i’ve worn them for about an hour or two, the stiffness did disappear somewhat, but a small issue with my little toe arose. I have the feeling that the MAG 1 is somewhat narrower toward the front, causing my little toe to rub against the hard protection behind the toe-slider. At the end of a track day I was glad that I could take them off. Besides that little issue, I loved riding (racing) with them. Especially not getting stuck was rather nice. Also the fact that they have some very nice adjustable features set this boot apart. There are three so called ‘Tecno-3 magnetic closure systems. These are small, round adjusters with vinyl coated stainless steel wire in them. These are just to adjust the boot to your liking. Funny thing is that these three adjusters are all what needs to be tightened. When loose, you can open up the entire boot for easy access. Just fold the flap down, slip in, hook up the three wires, twist and you are done. Adjusting the Tecno-3 adjusters (‘3’ stands for third generation) has also become easier. On both sides of the round body there is a small latch. If you press both of them at once, the wire will release, allowing you to open up the boot. If you want to tighten them, just flip up a small latch and twist it until the boot fits your foot snugly. With the Vortice, you had to ‘manually’ hook a small plastic latch at the end of the wire to your boot. Now a magnet will do the trick for you. Just pull the wire out and release it somewhere in the area it should catch. When tightening it will automatically fall in place nearly every time. Very convenient and a lot easier and simpler than before.
Other new features include a smaller shock-absorbing heel cup. The one on the Vortice is large an bulky, even on the inside. The one on the MAG 1 is considerably smaller and nearly absent on the inside of the boot. Sidi claims that they have shaved 17% of the weight in comparison with the Vortice by toning down all these aspects. There is also no more replaceable mid-section under the sole. Talking about a sole, Sidi claims that it is a dual-compound that has improved stiffness to reduce lateral twisting. I know these are just claims by the manufacturer and I am not sure if it really adds to the overall protection, but it’s worth mentioning.
Some other noteworthy add-ons and changes include the adjustable ventilation vent embedded in the toe slider. You can either open or close it, depending on the outside temperature. Funny is that I can really feel the wind coming through the vent, so it’s not just a useless gimmick. What remains to tell is that a lot of parts are still replaceable like with the Vortice. If you crash and damage some parts, you can order them and replace them instead of buying a new boot which can be rather costly.
As always I could go on and on, but I suppose this sums it up. The MAG 1 is one hell of a boot and has undergone a lot of changes and design features that will appeal to a lot of sportive riders, especially those who do a lot of trackdays or who participate in actual races. It’s less bulky, will not get stuck on heel-guards, it’s lighter and easier to put on without compromising the adjustability. It does indeed offer just a little bit less protection than the Vortice, but still enough to be a serious rival for other top-end racing boots.