I pretty much grew up riding with Fox boots and mainly ride trails and woods areas. And, I was somewhat skeptical about all of the plastic on the Sidi boot. But after riding with them for a full season, I have nothing but compliments for them. They are comfortable, they are warm but not too hot, and every part has worked great. If I had one boot to pick that I had to stick my foot out on a bad obstacle like a rock or tree stump, this would be the boot. The plastic is far more protective than most leather boots. It's hard to imagine using any other boot in the future. It's a shame that they aren't a little cheaper, but they are worth it.
The look & quality of the boots were great but they were too tight on my baby toe. My initial order was a 8 so I ordered a 8.5 hoping they would fit but they were too big. I had to send them both back. MCS was great with my returns & I will keep looking until I find my perfect boot!