Motorcycle boots have the unenviable task of living up to multiple expectations.
They have to be comfortable for long rides and walks, yet sturdy enough to protect your feet in case of a fall. They should also provide superior traction without wearing out easily.
What’s more they should be able to weather the elements, and look sleek and handsome. The question is: how should you buy motorcycle boots if you want them to perform so many functions?
Here are 11 points that you should keep in mind while searching for that perfect boot.
1. Slip-on boots are more likely to slip-off during a spill. So, avoid them. Go for boots with laces.
2. Many boots claim that they have sophisticated, waterproof breathable membranes. Many work well in moderate conditions but fail when truly challenged.
3. Boots that close at the top or along the entire length with large swatches of hook-and-loop fastener are ideal for small and large calves respectively. Uncovered zippers let in wind and water.
4. Boots must be flexible. Look for boots that have a flexible ankle panel. This is a great plus.
5. Sport boots are different from all-around touring or cruising boots. The uppers in a touring boot are usually at a right angle. In sports boots, the uppers cock forward to mimic the leg’s angle while riding. Touring boots are easier to walk in.
6. Some ankle protection is essential. You should prefer those boots that offer reinforcements in the upper front of the ankle, in the form of plastic or soft cups or pads around the anklebones.
7. Reflective inserts set low on the back of the boot where your pants cannot cover them is a good idea. They can be noticed by the drivers behind you at night – thus avoiding accidents.
8. Booths that have a shifter pad are particularly useful. They save both your boot and your foot from undue stress.
9. The region where the uppers meet the sole should be welded or sewn. Welded soles cost less and add to water protection. Stitched uppers are easier to replace but are expensive.
10. A1.5 inches to 3.5 inches heel is ideal. Taller heels lock your feet into a single position and don’t allow instantaneous coverage of the brake.
11. Thick meaty tread patterns on oil-resistant rubber soles are a good choice. They provide good ground traction and control.
Tread carefully when it comes to choosing the right motorcycle boots. It can make all the difference between a comfortable ride and an uncomfortable one.