Firstgear Kili Hi WP Boot
Great for touring/commuting
Only had these boots for a couple months now, but have ridden with them in the rain and cold several times and I'm very please. They're also surprisingly comfortable.
My foot size is typically 10.5 EEE, but I ordered size 11 based on other reviews, and they fit very nicely.
December 29, 2014
Good so far
It always take me a while to get used to new gear and this pair is no exception. They are taller, and stiffer than my older boots, but offers a lot more protection than the other boots that I currently have.
Since I bought the boots, it has been cooler weather and I haven't gotten a chance to ride a lot. At first I thought the boots were to stiff and a little narrow, but with a little wear they are getting a lot better, and I think by summer they will be fine. I normally wear a 11 1/2 D and these boots are 12 normal and they fit good, but slightly on the tight side. I have not ridden in any rain so I don't know how water proof yet.
December 8, 2014
Comfortable but Definitely not WP
These boots are great if you only ride in dry weather. I've worn these boots for a little more than 10k miles in all types of weather and terrain.
- Comfortable while riding and walking. No complaints with fit or comfort.
- Easy to put on/take off
- Good airflow to keep your feet from getting overheated
- Good support
- The lever protection pads wore through in no time but the material underneath has held up well
- My biggest complaint is that they call these boots waterproof which is quite a stretch by any means. My Darn Tough merino wool socks were the only reason my feet were not uncomfortable on wet rides.
November 28, 2014
These are great, definitely waterproof, definitely comfortable on/off the bike, definitely built to last, and definitely going to keep your feet/ankles safe and dry while riding. They're easy to put on-- love the zipper/velcro gaiter. My only complaint is the bottom of the gaiter cover (the leather that pulls over the zipper to velcro closed) tends to stick out a bit, just right where the leather comes together on the seam. It's totally an aesthetic issue, and I only think about it when putting the boots on and taking them off. While riding, the boots are the last thing I'm thinking about, as it should be.
November 10, 2014
The boots are claimed as waterproof, but this is not true in real life (also depend what the Firstgear mean under waterproof?)
I do ride every day around 100 km round trip (Vancouver BC).
Last month of riding October - November rain all days.
The boots were ok for "waterproof" couple rain days, but after that got worse day after day. I've tried to apply "waterproof spray" solution for leather - did not help well. Almost after less than a month sole become loose on some points. 9 month later lose are loose half way from the back.
But if you are riding in dry environment, - this boots are comfortable to wear: ride, walk, stay and they are worm as well. Just not waterproof.
November 7, 2014
Nice Boot for the price
I like these boots so far. They were comfortable out of the box, although I think they'll be more comfortable as they break in. I normally wear a size 11-11.5 and ordered a size 11 per the size chart. They fit fine, but if you have a wide foot, you might want to choose a size up. They are a little narrow for me, but I think they'll loosen up once broke in. I rode in the rain on a commute recently and my feet stayed dry, so check on waterproof. Fit and finish is good and they look like they'll hold up for the long haul.
October 7, 2014
Great looking multifunction boot.
I ordered this and the Roam boot as I couldn't decide without trying them on. Both are very comfortable, but the Kili has the style edge. I also prefer the zip and closure on the inside. Boot is on and off without a hitch. Easy to walk in and just right for riding. I have a vintage Triumph and a Kwack Ninja and wanted something that would look right and function on both. Sizing is good. I wear a 10 med. shoe and normally would get a 44 (10.5) boot, but as Firstgear skips that size, I ordered a 10 (43) and seems to fit fine. Only negatives might be the minimal insole which I replaced. The gearchange pad is a bit glitzier than the one shown and and I had to tone it down. Love the boot's contrast stitching, but polished over it lightly to tone it down some as well. No rainy weather yet so don't know how waterproof. Not worried. Bang for the buck is high. Over all, ticks all the boxes for me. Most other review comments were right on as well which helped too. Of course, turnaround was super fast and return of the Roams was a cinch. Thanks Zilla.
October 6, 2014
These seem to be great boots. They are comfortable and have great support. I have not yet worn them in wet or very cold weather. Highly recommend.
October 6, 2014