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Fall 2018

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Sidi Gavia Gore-Tex Boots I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO POUR RAIN—and I mean pour—days before I headed to Spain for a press launch. It seemed like a great opportunity to test some waterproof boots…but I'll admit it, I still stacked the deck in my favor. Riding on twisty, unfamiliar roads in high winds and sheets of rain would require my full attention, and I didn't want a wardrobe malfunction—i.e., waterproof boots that turn out not to be—to distract me. So I grabbed my Sidi Lady Gavia Gore-Tex boots. The Gavia is a mid-height touring boot that's the entry point to Sidi's Gore-Tex range. The upper is constructed of Full-Grain Microfiber, a leather-like material that requires none of the upkeep of the real thing. Besides a full Gore- Tex membrane, which reaches all the way to the top of the entry zipper (about 1.5 to 2 inches below the boot top), the upper is also lined with a Teflon mesh that doesn't completely absorb water and sweat, allowing the boot to dry quickly and preventing mold. The Gavia also incorporates the features one expects from a good touring boot: a hook-and-loop closure over the top of the zipper that's actually large enough to be useful, external hard ankle protection, internal heel, ankle and toe protection, removable insoles lined with Cambrelle, which helps the foot slide in and out easily, a non-slip rubber sole, toe shifter pads, reflective panels on the rear and double stitching throughout. Fit and finish are top-notch. One interesting feature we noticed is the inclusion of a small elastic panel right next to the zipper. It's designed to allow the boot to flex over one's anklebone when zipping up, but neither I nor Senior Editor Drevenstedt (who has the men's graded on a curve PRODUCT REVIEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN WING PAGE 115 FALL 2018 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 03

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