Firstgear Mesh Hi Boots
Completely satisfied for the price
I chose this boot because it is vented, and for the price. My feet do not do well in a non-breathable shoe or boot.
I ride a '14 FJR1300.
First impression out of the box was they look great, appear to be well constructed, and are very light weight. I'll break up the rest of my review by category.
Stitching is all straight and tight, with no loose threads sticking out anywhere. Leather parts are nice quality. Shift patches are sturdy rubber with a grippy texture/feel. The zipper isn't YKK, but appears to be heavy duty and the pull is metal, large, and easy to hold. The sole is no stiffer than a new hiking shoe, and will likely get more flexible as they break in. They grip well on both wet and dry pavement. They are pretty flat, with not much rise, if any, in the heel. There is a removable foam insole that is very thin.
There is a hard panel in the front of the shin as well as foam padding. There is a hard contoured panel and foam padding over the outside ankle bone. There is no hard panel over inside ankle bone, but there is a foam pad. Plus due to the velcro flap over the zipper, there are two layers of leather which are stiffened considerably by the velcro. So while not full hard armor, definitely not unprotected. There is a hard heel cup and toe box.
Depending on the shoe, I where an 8, 8.5, or 9 US, and I have a regular width foot. Based on other reviews of these running on the small side, I ordered a 9 US/42. This fit me very comfortably, with room for a heavy sock if desired, or a thick gel insole. As referenced above, the insoles that come in the boot are very thin, so I will be replacing mine with some nice ones.
These boots are very comfortable! The ankle is able to flex reasonably well, and sole flexes well enough to walk easily. I am certain that they will break in and the sole will get even better. I have walked around in these for about two hours so far, both indoors and out, and have not noticed any pressure points or any hard parts digging into my feet or ankles. In fact, while walking around I forgot I was even wearing motorcycle boots. I just got back from a 5 hour ride and was very happy with them. The airflow was not quite what I was expecting it to be, but it was noticeable, and I can tell that this will make all the difference for me when it gets hot. Temps today went from 60F to 50F, and my feet were very comfortable. The shift patch lined up absolutely perfectly, too. They open enough to be easy to get on and off.
First of all, this is not a $3-400 pair of racing boots, and one should not expect them to be for $140. And being vented you can't expect an extreme level of armor. That being said, for the money, these boots are everything they should be and then some. No, they can't be resoled and last for 10 years. They are disposable boots, but I would expect to see 2-3 years from them easy. If any issues arise with them, I will update my review.
March 18, 2016
Came Apart in Less Than One Year
The inner liner ended up with a hole at the back heal area of both boots that ripped wide open, exposing the heal of my foot to very rough and sharp unfinished leather. So build and material quality is pretty poor. The only thing I can really say was good about them is that they do flow massive amounts of air, and will keep your feet reasonably cool and dry in even the hottest weather. However, in colder weather you will need a wind-blocking sock on over your regular or warm winter socks to keep your feet from freezing. But regardless of all of that, I cannot recommend them due to the poor materials and build quality.
February 9, 2016
comfortable and inexpensive
This is my first pair of riding boots, so I have no way to compare them to other boots. I was riding in my Ariat lace up work boots, which work but have little protection.
These boots are so comfortable I find myself leaving them on around the house. Air flow is moderate. Grip on the sole seems perfect to me.
Protection is moderate. The toe and heel and the outside of the ankle have hard protection; the inside of the ankle has several layers of leather.
The fit seem American and right on. My right foot is bigger than my left foot, so I sometimes have trouble getting a good fit. I bought these at my true size, 12. I would say they are about average width.
For the price these are excellent.
October 26, 2015
Great Warm Weather Boot
Purchased these for riding from LA to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. Figured the mesh might help me stay cool. I was right. It was especially noticeable when I took my feet off the pegs on the freeway. I could feel the air flowing right through the boots.
When I first tried them on, I thought they might be just a bit tight, but they loosened up very quickly and are quite comfortable. I've worn them all day at work a few times (desk job, so not a ton of walking) and been just fine.
I'm not completely sold on the protection level, but they sure beat a pair of tennis shoes. Again, I bought these with more of an eye toward comfort.
Overall, very satisfied and would recommend these to anyone who's riding in hot weather.
October 22, 2015
Good, Cheap Boot
I bought this boot as a part of my initial gear purchase as a new rider. Being in central FL, I was after a boot that was cool (temperature, mind you), offered protection, didn't cost a ton, and didn't look like a space boot, ski boot, but just a normal boot that I could wear to work once I got there.
It certainly met the first three criteria. So far, it's been fine it both ~90 degree days as well as 60 degree mornings. The zipper and Velcro make it quick on, quick off, which is nice. The boots seem sturdy enough to offer decent protection should it become necessary.
Style is very much subjective, but it's still a little more space-man than I'd prefer. If I could've found a cheap, basic, black boot with fewer design flourishes, I think I would've done so, but for the price, and given how often I look at my boots, they worked for me.
They're comfortable enough to wear off the bike too. I spent last weekend walking around a convention and my feet never really bothered me. So, that's my way of saying that they're comfortable.
Sizing is a little weird, but that's just shoes in general to me, I wear a 10 in a Nike, 10.5 in a new balance, and a 9 with these. Took a return but the 9 fits my foot well.
October 22, 2015
Good Summer Touring Boot
After a friend of mine was in a significant motorcycle accident, breaking his foot and shredding his combat boots, I decided I needed more motorcycle appropriate riding boots to replace the combat boots I normally wore when riding. I have the first gear Rainier Jacket and Escape pants and love them, so First Gear was a top contender when looking for motorcycle boots. These boots are very comfortable, they feel like a pair of socks when riding and are very flexible for walking around at stops. There’s a little room to adjustment by pulling the Velcro flaps a little tighter, which works for me, so I assume that’s flexible enough for the average rider. I bought the mesh boots for the summer months, hoping that these boots would stay cool during the 90 degree summer days in the Ohio. After riding I realized that the perforations aren’t very effective on bikes with forward controls. That aside, I was still very comfortable on the hottest days this summer, so I assume anyone with mid controls of rear sets will be very happy with ventilation.
After a few weeks, the First Gear decals started to peel off. While this is by no means a deal breaker, it does make me a little concerned about longevity. Because they’re a motorcycle specific boot, I assume they are stronger and more durable than my unsuited combat boot, but I admit these “Touring” boots do seem pretty simple, so I admit I am a bit concerned about durability in an “off” (I hope I never find out), but for the price, I cannot complain.
Overall the boots are extremely comfortable and affordable, I would recommend them to anyone looking for commuter footwear for summer months.
October 5, 2015
Great, cheaper boots!
They don't do much for me in terms of air (FL) but they look nice, feel nice, and don't seem to bother me if I work in them throughout the day.
August 11, 2015
Great Phoenix Arizona Summer Boot
I commute for an hour each way on the highway in the Phoenix heat. The Firstgear Mesh Hi Boots are a great boot for Phoenix Arizona in the summer. The temperatures going to work vary from the 80s to the 90s while the temperature coming home ranges from the high 100s to the low 110s.
With my previous boots, my socks were quite sweaty above the foot by the time I arrived at work in the morning. With these boots, my feet get plenty of ventilation, even though I wear leather chaps that cover the entire top of the boots.
Tonight I left them on for four hours after I got home. My feet were comfortable the whole time. That was *not* case with my other boots.
The zipper is solid, and the Velcro that closes over the zipper is generous. There is a reflective oval on the back of each boot.
July 30, 2015