Firstgear Mesh Lo Boots
Issues with fit
After researching every short boot/riding shoe looking for something offering a great balance of protection and airflow for hot Southern California riding, I chose these and really REALLY hoped I'd hit the jackpot. Everything looked and felt great taking them out of the box and poking and prodding and bending - I was really happy with the protection these offer.
Trouble is, I wear a 13 in every pair of shoes I own, ordered a 13 in these (biggest size available) and I could barely get the left one on (& it felt very tight once on) and literally couldn't wedge my right foot into the other one. Two changes may have made the difference: 1, a pull loop on the back of the heel to help grip it and pull it on, and 2, the tongue is not an athletic shoe-style tongue (typically only connected at the bottom & open on the sides) but it is fully gaitered/gusseted on both sides, stitched almost to the top, which really limits how wide you can open the tongue/flap to get a large foot inside.
Firstgear seems to have a different sizing breakdown than TCX (at the same time I bought the TCX X-Action for more aggressive & adventure riding). The TCX boot states 48 Euro & 13 US (and it was just a bit roomy actually), while the Firstgear states 46 Euro & 13 US (and was very tight). The difference in fit seems to indicate that I'm a 47 Euro, but Firstgear and TCX disagree on what US size that translates to.
If this boot was available in a 13.5 I'd happily exchange mine for a new pair, as I still think these hit the sweet spot on protection/features, if you can get the right size! Looks like it's back to the drawing board to pick a runner-up that will hopefully fit.
April 11, 2014
Pleased so far
I ordered these boots on a Thursday and they arrived the following Monday with free standard shipping so I can't complain. They fit true to size and feel exactly the same as my Adidas sambas as far as fitment. They have great support and seem to be made of quality materials that will hold up against the rigors of riding but I've only had them a few days so time will tell. My only complaint is they could be a little more "stylish" but I'd rather have something that will protect my already weak ankles and feet in the event of an accident.
April 1, 2014
Great Boot for the Buck
I may be a FirstGear Fan boy but this is the first place I go to. Im a big guy (6,4 235) and I tend to go to FirstGear first because of its American fit. The boots fit well and are nice and cool in the heat. I can even wear them around the office though I normally change to shoes at work. I commute in heavy California traffic so I was looking for a comfortable, cool, summer boot and so far Im very satisfied with these.
March 16, 2014
Get off your bike and go
These are a great first pair of boots. I chose these particularly because I like riding my motorcycle to places; these boots, along with the other gear I purchased doesn't scream "I just got off a motorcycle." These do not look ridiculous to walk around a store or my college. Also, not only are they comfortable to ride with, they are comfortable to walk around all day with.
Most things were five out of five. I gave style four out of five because the "First Gear" branding is bold across the front. I gave four out of five for protection and durability because I can't verify that portion yet, as I have only had them for 3 months. I do believe they will hold up well though.
I absolutely would recommend these boots.
January 20, 2014
Good quality and value. Will be nice for hot weather riding.
November 11, 2013
Would not purchase again
Bought the shoes 1/2 size bigger than I usually wear.They were snug at first but it didn't take too long before they felt sloppy on my feet.Didn't notice a whole lot of air flow,and the tie flap tends to get in the way when tying them. To me, not worth the amount I paid.
October 10, 2013
Great shoe for the price
I ride Harleys out west every year. Depending on the weather, it is hot most of the time.. Leather boots are good but too uncomfortable most of the time. These boots are light weight and comfy. They support your feet where it is needed.
September 30, 2013
Really good boots
Excellent boots, with airflow you can feel. Broke in really fast (a day or so); comfortable for walking off the bike. However, the Velcro flap gets in the way when tying the laces up, kinda annoying.
September 2, 2013