Comment: I ride a lot, and typically wear Military Boots. These fir very similar, though I wish wider sizes were available... pretty good boots, though.
Comment: I've gone through two pair of these boots in the past 5 months. While they are very comfortable, the craftsmanship leaves much to be desired. The first pair began to rip after only about a week or so. The return process took almost two months but I was still hopeful. I've had the replacement pair for two month and they have begun to rip at the seams, the leather is cracking, and the sole is separating at the toe. Sure, you can't beat the price, but I would expect even $80 boots to last more than a few months. 1 pair=bad batch. But 2 pair=poor quality.
These Guardian Tall motorcycle riding boots from
River Road are very
unique. They are sort a hybrid between a light duty touring or adventure touring
boot and a hiking boot. Why that’s so cool, is that you can jump on your
motorcycle, head to your favorite municipal, state, or national park, and head
right on up the trail, without the need for an extra pair of boots!
These are a fair weather boot. The leather upper is interrupted by these highly
breathable mesh panels so these boots flow a ton of air, but aren’t waterproof.
The closure system is also unique. There is a full lace-up system as you can
see, but it is complemented by a zippered side entry. You still have to untie
the boot to get them on or off, but you don’t have those annoying hooks near the
top to come undone like you normally have on a tall lace-up style boot. The side
entry also makes the boot much easier to get back on if you goof up and take
your boots off after a long hike, and your feet swell.
They’re available in sizes seven to thirteen including most of the half sizes.
The fit is generous width wise, as you would expect, so they will fit a lot of
feet. The only thing I noticed is that the gaiter at the bottom of the tongue
irritated the top of my feet a little when I first put the boots on. But, this
went away quickly after wearing the boots for about a day.
Finally, the outsole is rugged, with a good amount of tread, giving you
excellent grip on and off your bike. The insoles are very lightweight, and on
the flatter side. If you need additional arch support or padding, there’s plenty
of room to add some beefier insoles.
If you like the style and functionality of this Guardian Tall
motorcycle riding boot, but
would prefer it in a shorter height,
River Road also
offers a shorter height version of this boot called simply the guardian.