MOTORCYCLE BOOT BUYING GUIDE
Waterproof vs non-waterproof – and what kind of waterproof? – It may seem like a no-brainer – you want waterproof. But do you? Are you someone who rides all year round? Or are you someone who only rides in sunny weather? Waterproof boots can offer a waterproof membrane, in which case they will be breathable aswell as waterproof which means a more comfortable ride but with this comes a higher price tag, otherwise other waterproof styles can mean a sweaty foot in hotter weather – is this worth it if you only ride in hot weather anyway? Gore-Tex boots are the best waterproof boots – they are extremely reliable (100%) and breathable yet do cost more.
Protection. Obviously you want to be protected otherwise you wouldn’t be buying motorcycle boots. All boots offer some form of protection, most will offer heel box protection, shanks in the reinforced soles, sturdy material construction, ankle reinforcement etc. The scale of this protection differs from boot to boot. Racing boots, for example, will offer a lot more protection (to complicated levels) because these are designed for use at high speeds. Will you need a £350 race boot for riding a moped restricted to 30mph? Probably not. A general rule to go by with protection is the more you pay for a boot the more comprehensive the protection will be. Read the descriptions online, look at the boots in store, read the tags on the boots, or speak to our staff to find out what protection the boots you are looking at give you.
Height – you may decide you want a taller boot as you consider these more protective. You may want a shorter boot as you find these more comfortable. This all depends on the individual. I will say that your ideal boots before you try them on may not be the most practical for you. If you have larger calves for example, you may be restricted to ankle boots. Similarly, you will find that ankle boots offer more comprehensive protection than you otherwise thought. You may find that the boots you have salivated over for weeks don’t fit with the kit you wear….again, trying on is the best policy here.
Use. A sports racing boot may look great and exciting, but if you’re commuting every day and wearing the boots all day at work you will probably find that these will be too uncomfortable to wear all day long. Motocross boots are definitely sturdy and offer a great level of protection but for sports bikes they are very heavy and don’t really suit the bike. Touring boots are great for most styles of bikes but are they good enough for a track day? All of this is individual to you and is a reason why lots of bikers have a few different styles for different seasons and (if you’re lucky enough!) different bikes.
Material – Leather is alwaysbest right? Well – not necessarily. This may have been the case in the past but with fantastic and highly durable (and lightweight) fabrics such as Lorica around you can get amazing protection with no leather in sight! If you’re unsure have a read up about what material the boots you like are made of and you may find yourself surprised. Click Here…