Firstgear Kathmandu WP Boots
These are my first pair of motorcycle boots and I must say that I am very happy with these. They are incredibly comfortable and I would not hesitate to ride cross country in these, in fact I p lan on doing just that. The fact that they use buckles and velcro instead of a zipper was very appealing to me and they work together well. The buckles took a little getting used to as far as adjustment. The tread provides great grip and I have no reservations about planting my foot at a stop because I know it is not going to slip. The reason I give them three out of five stars on airflow is because they don't seem to vent at all (which I suppose is to be expected since they are waterproof), so if you are looking for a summer specific boot and you live in Arizona these may not be the right choice, but if you live in the mountains and are frequently ride in colder weather then these are fantastic! They seem to be durable enough to last for years to come. The sizing was right on for my normal shoe size, I don't think you'll need to go up or down if your everyday shoes fit correctly. I definitely recommend these boots.
April 15, 2014
I'm not sure why there are so many reviews calling this boot wide, as this is one of the narrowest boots I've tried on in a while. Admittedly, I have wide feet, but I bought up with that in mind. I wear an 11.5 wide, so I got a 12. Too narrow. Okay, makes sense, so I returned it for a 13 - just as narrow, but longer! Seems like a nice boot, but if your feet are at all wide, don't bother.
April 10, 2014
Plastic Buckle Broke on Second Ride
I know these are budget boots, but I would have expected them to last at least one season.
While I was out riding (on pavement) with these boots, I felt something flopping around on my right foot. Upon looking down, I saw that the lower buckle and strap were flapping in the wind. I pulled over, thinking that I hadn't gotten the buckle latched properly, when I discovered that the plastic piece that is riveted to the tongue flap had snapped in half, allowing the strap to come off. It does not appear to be repairable because it is riveted, plus half the plastic piece is now missing.
These boots hadn't even gotten dusty yet.
As far as fit is concerned, they are marked EUR 45, US size 12. I have found that all of my other boots (work and hiking) are size EUR 46 or 47, US size 12. They fit slightly tight, but I was hoping that would improve as they broke in. A 12.5 would probably be perfect, but they don't appear to come in half sizes,
The general construction seems good. Maybe the piece that broke on mine was merely a fluke, and was already cracked from the factory.
April 2, 2014
well worth the money
I bought these for long distance rides but now I wear them almost all the time while riding .They are both warm and comfortable.The fit ,as in the video ,is a little wider which was exactly what I wanted .They fit really good out of the box and are very good for walking with no break in period .Very easy to put on and take off with the velcro and buckle snaps.They dont look as hardcore as some moto boots but are very reasonably priced
February 10, 2014
Nice boot for the price...
First impression... The boot fit is excellent, I wear 10 1/2 and ordered an 11. Overall construction, seems well made, I like the fasteners and Velcro closures, makes getting the boots on and off much easier. There is no arch support or cushioned insole in the boots, so if that is an issue for you as it is me do as I've done an add a gel insole. The boot being mostly leather has broken nicely and feels good on the foot. I would rate these boots as a medium grade boot as far as protection, they are NOT a motocross boot so if you're looking for primarily an off-road boot this is not it. What it is, is a waterproof dual sport boot, think of it as a 70/30 boot. 70% on road, 30% off road. Comfortable and with a good insole you can walk around in them. They are not a $500.00 SIDI boot and the price reflects that. They are a good all around boot that'll keep you feet dry.
January 21, 2014
Solid pair of boots for a very good price
These boots are a very good value. I would categorize them as light duty (read comfortable) adventure style boots. The build quality is good and they were comfortable right out of the box. Protection is intermediate with hard toe and heel cups and padding on the ankles. I would definitely buy them again. I've always had good luck with First Gear products.
December 27, 2013
Not so waterproof
I have contacted First Gear to have these boots replaced under warranty (RevZilla's return policy is awesome, but, understandably I can't return these to them since I've worn them). I received the boots two weeks ago and was happy with them until today when, for the first time, they encountered rain. It was a steady rain during my ~10 mile commute and about half-way through I noticed that my left in-step was wet and a couple miles later my right toe area was wet. It was 36F and I am not too happy about the situation. I realize I didn't buy the most expensive boots available, but I bought them thinking that they might actually do what they're advertised to do. These are currently a waste of my time and money. I hope I can revise this review at some point --perhaps I received a faulty pair, but I won't be doing so until the situation is corrected.
November 26, 2013
Good for touring/commuting
These are a pair of well made, good looking boots that can be used for touring, commuting and some amount of off-roading. I usually wear a size 43 if D width or 45 for regular width. Ordered a 44 in this. Good fit, though it required a little bit of breaking in. Very comfortable to ride whole day long and then walk around in.
November 10, 2013