Comment: These are the most comfortable boots I've had the pleasure to use. They are light weight, easy to put on, not too hot in the mid-day sun, and warm at 45 degrees and 65 MPH. I had them on for 8 hours the first day of arrival right out of the box. I found the size chart to be accurate for me. I will buy these again when the need comes.
The first boot on our bang for your buck list is the Cortech Latigo Air Boot.
This is a mesh road race boot that is going to stack up against your
S-MX 5’s or your
Joe Rocket Speedmasters, but with a difference in price of up
to a hundred dollars in some cases. These boots are all about comfort and
connection to your motorcycle. They don’t have as rigid of a TPU material in the
impact areas as the Alpinestars do, so they don’t offer quite as much crash
protection, but the flexibility and feel for a road race style boot is amazing.
They feature armored areas in the shins, and heels, and on the medial and
lateral sides of the ankles that are connected across the back to give the boot
some rigidity. They also feature flex areas on the instep and Achilles area, a
reinforced shifter pad, and replaceable toe sliders. Overall, these are going to
be a fantastic solution for someone looking to do some track days on a budget.
The next boot I want to show you is for the aggressive street rider looking for
some extra protection, without the high cost of top grain leather. The Vega
merge is a boot that is going to compare in style to the Joe Rocket Velocity
VX2’s, the Speed and Strength Moment of Truth Shoe, or the AStars S-MX 1 Boot,
but are made of much less expensive materials. The uppers are made of manmade
leather and suede, and the toebox and heel don’t have as much reinforcement as
the higher end brands do. They do, however, feature a replaceable TPU toe slider
and a three part closure system for precision adjustability. They also have a
nicely done oil resistant outer sole and a removable insole.
The next boot we have is a classic and a customer favorite, the Icon Patrol
Waterproof Boot. This is a boot that is in a class all by itself. There are
multiple styles of military shoes available from other companies, but they are
all missing something compared to the Patrol Boots. Some are even less
expensive, but they’re not waterproof, or they don’t have covered laces, or they
are shorter, with only a single buckle. The Patrols feature a tall, rugged, oil
resistant outer sole with a removable insole. You get a top grain leather upper
with a reinforced toebox and heel cup. You have dual, adjustable metal buckles
with covered, quick cinch laces with a waterproof gusset, and a moisture wicking
liner to keep your feet cool. They’re available in black or brown, and will look
awesome on or off the bike. Any way you slice it, these are very durable, high
quality military style boots, that are competitively priced for all that you are
Next we have a great choice for the cruiser guys, the Milwaukee Classic Harness
Boots. These Milwaukee boots have all of the looks and style of brands that cost
up to three times as much money. Seriously, check the price on the listing, you
won’t believe it. They are constructed using a full grain leather upper, with
detailed all metal hardware. They feature a slip and oil resistant outer sole
with a removable, machine washable insole. The feature I like the best is that
they added a zipper down the back of the boot. Now you have a boot that is easy
to get on and off, but the placement of the zipper on the back doesn’t detract
from the classic look of a harness style boot.
Now let’s take a look at one of the best values in touring boots, the TourMaster
Solution 2.0 Waterproof Boots. These Solution 2.0’s have all the durability,
wearability, and protection of boots that can cost nearly twice the money, and
they do it by using high quality manmade materials instead of leather. The
uppers are made of a polyurethane material. They only use leather where you
really need it, in the flex panels on the instep and upper Achilles area. The
boots are lined with a waterproof and breathable Hypora membrane, and there is
plenty of protection in the form of a reinforced heel cup, shin plate, and toe
box. The soles are high grip and oil resistant and the boots are easy to get on
and off due to the zippered entry with a waterproof gusset that is protected by
this Velcro panel.
Now, to be clear, a good value is not necessarily the least expensive version of
any given product. A good value can sometimes be one of the more pricey
versions. What makes an item a good value is the high quality of an item versus
the price. Again, you’re looking for bang for the buck. These Alpinestars Joey
waterproof shoes are a perfect example of a top of the line, bang for your buck
riding shoe. These are a street styled shoe, obviously. So, some would argue
that one fifty plus for a street shoe is a little excessive, that is until they
take a closer look. This isn’t an ordinary shoe. First, the uppers of these
shoes have a light wax treatment. This offers the first layer of the shoes
waterproof characteristics and also helps keep the shoes from staining, features
your Nike Air Force’s sure aren’t going to have. They also feature a waterproof,
breathable liner - a final barrier to keep the water out.
In addition to the waterproofing, they also feature a substantial amount of
protection. There are armored areas in the ankles, a reinforced toe box and heel
cup, and an oil resistant and anti-slip sole. They do all this, while
maintaining the look and comfort of an everyday street shoe that looks good with
many different types of clothing styles.