Firstgear Mesh Lo Boots
When I opened the box to see the word "premium" on the shoe box I laughed. This product is in no way, shape, or form premium, it is a bargain product. After removing the shoes form the box, my second impression was that these shoes look very cheaply made with very cheap materials (think that big box store where everything is made in China, except these boots are made in Pakistan).
Putting them on, my impression of them went down even further. As others have pointed out here in the comments, the lace loops look and feel very cheap, and in fact have ripped for some people. Like others I found the Velcro strap to be purely fashion and it serves no purpose at all. It has just an inch of velcro and is not adjustable. My size 10 feet and ankles have to much wiggle room with the strap as tight as I could get it.
The punchline to this joke pair of boots is the ankle "protection." I can not believe that no one has commented on this before myself. The stitched in hard plastic ankle protection sits below my ankles. Apparently FirstGear has no knowledge of human anatomy. Every other pair of boots I have tried on or owned placed the ankle protection over the ankles. The fact that these boots have the protection below the actual ankle leads me to believe in a bad crash scenario these boot may do more harm than good.
That being said, the toe box feels like it offers a good amount of protection and the tread is fairly thick and stiff.
If you want a pair of poor fitting, poorly designed boots for less than $100, by all means purchase these. But, if you want a pair of boots that will offer actual protection and longevity of use, spend another $50 bucks more and get something better.
March 20, 2015
Can't go wrong with these
First and foremost, I ordered these in my shoe size and they fit perfectly.
What more could you want of a pair of street motoboots? They're rigid, protective, well-built, decent-looking, and not very expensive. The airflow really kicks in around 50mph and feels awesome on warm days. With thick socks on, I can also wear these in the winter without getting cold. The shift/brake lever pads are rugged and show no wear after hundreds of miles (my bike's levers are rubber-coated).
There are just a few areas I'd like to see improved. The velcro closure should really be swapped out for micro-velcro to keep the laces from getting stuck in it and fraying. These boots could also really use pull loops at the heels to make them quicker to put on. Lastly, I wish the heel was thicker, as right now they suck to walk around in, but I know most motoboots are lousy on foot.
All in all, a solid, simple pair of boots that don't break the bank.
March 13, 2015
When I first put them on I thought "oh-no" their too narrow, but after a very short time, and although they still feel narrow, they are comfortable and don't cause any discomfort. I can wear them for hours.
March 2, 2015
I had to return my first order because I ordered a size 10(no half sizes) and it was too snug. I wear a size 10 1/2 normally. I ordered size 11 next and it was a perfect fit. I love the style despite what others say. Could not be happier
January 27, 2015
Just what I expected - and with good fit.
I would have given the boot 5 stars but for one minor problem that isn't even a problem, but an inconvenience: The velcro closure stands right in the way of tying the boots. This fact is found in many shoes w/ that feature. A little piece of velcro where the strap meets the boot would be great - for "tying back" the strap while tying. (I might start doing that myself.)
December 10, 2014
Bang for your buck, you can't beat this.
I got these as my first of real riding boots. I needed something I could wear all day which consisted of: Riding somewhere, walking around for a few miles then riding home.
These shoes were VERY uncomfortable the first 2-3 days I wore them. I got blisters, the bed felt very narrow and was smashing my pinky... It was terrible.
The weekend after I got these I just sat there for about 30m trying to stretch them any way I could. Boy am I glad I did that.
These things fit like a dream now. They're comfortable to walk around all day in. When I say all day I mean riding to somewhere, walking between 1-5 miles in them, relaxing a bit then riding home. I constantly wear these 9 hours a day and when they break in they feel .
If you can get these on sale I would HIGHLY recommend them. I don't think there's a better of shoes out there for riding around the same price as these.
December 1, 2014
Cool boots in more ways than one
I simply do not like heat, I'm a cold weather guy so when I can use a product that will help keep me cool and comfortable I'm all in. These boots are spot-on sizewise, no breakin required. Cool and comfortable and nice to walk in. Supportive without being too stiff and work well on the bike (Goldwing) with regards to shifting and braking. I can really feel the airflow at any speed, NICE! I would highly recommend these and now I don't get swampfeet in the summer riding around.
November 24, 2014
Value for money
I am a beginner, about to take the test in Singapore. I bought these boots as I do a reasonable amount of walking (I'm a nature guide). These boots are comfortable to walk in and perform as expected while riding.
The main problem in Singapore is the humidity, which causes mould on any leather material, so no fault of the boots. I just need to clean and maintain the boots regularly.
Fit is mostly good. I have unusual feet, quite wide with narrow ankles. The velcro straps can't be tightened enough for my ankles, again no fault of the boots.
Part of the edge of the soles was worn away against a bicycle wheel when I was riding back with the boots strapped to the bicycle frame. Bike '1': Boots '0'. They still function well.
I am not qualified to comment on protection as I have not yet tested them in a spill.
I would buy a replacement pair when these finally go to boot heaven. Good value for money.
Thinking about the Mesh Hi Boots now.
October 18, 2014