Firstgear Mesh Lo Boots
I buy runners in size 10. Maybe the odd time a 10.5 . Wide foot, given a choice will pick an "E". Ordered these in size 11. They are definitely not too big. JUST wide enough.
Had them delivered to the hotel in Park City Utah as I was on a trip down there. Temp was in the high 90's to 100. Bought these for my planned month trip in Mexico next April. First impression: Not much open weave material? Comfy. Light.
I removed the laces and just use the velcro fastener.
I tried my best to actual feel air flowing into the boot. No can do.
Wore very thin dri-Wear socks, still no feeling of air movement. That said, my feet were never hot, never sweaty in 100 degree weather riding the freeways and city roads of Salt Lake city. They work great, just not the air flow I expected. In retrospect they do exactly as claimed, flow enough air to keep your feet from cooking. They are comfy like a slipper, way better than any other boots for walking in and I'm happy with them.
Build quality seems to be fine on mine.
July 14, 2014
Great Boots! You could actually wear them all day
The air flow on these boots are exactly what I was looking for and the style as well.
I like taking day trips with my buds and didn't want a heavy boot that would cause my feet to sweat. Also, they are more casual looking and comfortable just in case you wanted to stop and walk around.
May 19, 2014
Not long lasting.
One year later and they started to fall apart.
I do not ride over winter and i probably have 1500 miles in these shoes and they are falling apart. Very soon I will lose one of the top lace loops and then it will be unsafe to wear.
See pictures for details.
Another very annoying thing is that Velcro hook-and-loop ankle strap does not align nor secures your ankle at all. Have no functionality except to hide shoe laces and enhance looks.
Cannot speak of protection level and hope i will never have to regarding any of my riding gear.
This is below the average shoe, but for the money in just passes average - barely.
May 2, 2014
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