I believe the Sidi Adventure is also available without the Gore-Tex liner for $100 less (uses Sidi's own water liner). I like the Sidi's quite a bit, but having handled them I find them to be more polymer than leather. User complaints about squeaks and other noises seem to confirm the polymer bits rubbing together. You being in a colder climate might find the noise unacceptable.
The Sidi's are definitely on MY list, but the Alpinestars' Toucan and the TCX X-Desert look really good as well. Wish I could find the TCX's here in Phoenix because I have a feeling they're the best pick of the three.
2012 DL650A Adv.