Sidi Gore-Tex boots (superseded by B2 Gore, £210)
Miles covered/time: 10,000/three years
What’s good? Pretty much everything. I’ve worn these boots most days – summer and winter – for the last three years and they have been comfortable in all conditions.
The Gore-Tex membrane has done its job at repelling water in some pretty nasty downpours yet the boots haven’t been stiflingly warm in summer, despite the necessary lack of vents.
Off the bike the boots are comfortable enough to walk around in and there is plenty of protection (although I’ve not crashed in them). They’ve done a stack of miles, not been cleaned that often and are still in fine fettle.
What’s not? There’s little to criticise but do check the fit before you buy because they seem to come up a bit small and the boots are on the narrow side so if you have particularly wide feet they may not suit.
They are warm, but not that warm so you will need to wear some decent thermal socks in winter.