Icon 1000 El Bajo Boots
! year later
I bought these about 1 year ago and they have just gotten better with time. Style is top notch, I get stopped about these boots all the time. As pretty much everyone says they start off very stiff, they get better but not a ton. That being said, when you ride in them you will appreciate the stiffness and feel like you could kick a tank at speed without getting hurt.
They have held up really well with time. The shifter pad is suede so it gets a little rough but that is the icon style. All in all its been a year and I'm still really happy I bought them!
February 9, 2014
El Bajo or El Guapo?
My original intention was to get a pair of Icon's Elsinore boots because I have lusted over them since they first came out. Once I had found enough change under the couch cushions I realized that I needed to be honest with myself: the Elsinore boots really require a level of confidence that I just don't possess. Why get boots that go so far up (and look awesome doing it) when I know that I'm not the kind of person that would feel comfortable tucking my pants into them? After all, the Elsinores deserve to be on display for all the world to see. So, until my assertiveness training classes kick in I think the El Bajo boots are the way to go.
I ordered my Bajos in brown, mostly because I'm into browns, tans, and earth colors and also because it looks like the black boots kind of hide the details. And details there are...these boots look awesome. Style-wise, about the only thing I would change would be the color of the thread in the stitching. From the main product photos on Revzilla one might think the thread was tan but it is actually yellow. Not horrid but a curious choice. At least that yellow thread appears to have been stitched very well...studying my boots as I write this reveals no problems in that regard.
I find the boots to be comfortable for the most part. Like other reviewers have mentioned, they are pretty stiff out of the box. For some reason my right boot initially hurt the inside ankle bone after a couple hours, though after breaking the boots in for a few days this has diminished. One area that Icon could work on is providing more padding on the upper inside part of the boot. There actually is a pad near that area where the boot zips up but it is positioned in such a way that it didn't help my poor tibia. In any case it looks like the boots loosen up if you just give them a few days of wearing them around (glad they have the kind of styling where you can do that and not look like a space cadet).
In the box with the boots is a comically large instruction manual. I didn't read it but I assume it must cover a bunch of languages because it seemed to be about as thick as my motorcycle owner's manual. A nice touch by Icon is the inclusion of some replacement hardware, including an extra metal heel plate.
After a week of wearing El Bajo I noticed a few scuff marks around the toe, but this isn't a bad thing...I get the impression that the boots will look even better with a worn-in appearance like a favorite leather jacket.
The two leather straps and buckles on each boot are functional...you can tighten or loosen them (3 holes on each strap) to get a better fit. My boots arrived with the straps buckled in the middle hole and that seems to be the best place for me. Because of the zipper on the opposite side of the boot the straps are a set it and forget it kind of deal...the zipper is all you need bother with to put on or take off the boots.
These are now my favorite good weather motorcycle boots (no idea about their performance in the rain and I hope to never find out). I recently traded in my BMW K1600 GTL for an Iron 883 in order to get "back to basics". The downside is that it can be hard to find boots that match the style of the Harley and aren't your typical black motorcycle boots. These fit the bill perfectly and look great both on and off the bike.
Keep in mind that because these boots are from Icon you won't be earning any Zilla Cash. I had forgotten about this and was thinking that with these boots and the Roland Sands Barfly gloves I also ordered (see my disappointed review of those) I would have $10 in Zilla Cash coming my way. It stung when I learned I was getting none at all, but at least the free shipping and great Revzilla customer service (should you need it) help.
January 26, 2014
Look great and feel great. A little bit stiff when I first got them but have broken in nicely. Very nice leather
January 13, 2014
Exactly what I wanted
I was looking for boots that I could wear at work if I didn't feel like changing my shoes. These fit the bill, and they're pretty comfy, too. The only reason I didn't give them five stars is because they're not waterproof.
December 15, 2013
Great way to combine safety and style
I needed a set of boots that I could also wear in the office. These were a perfect match of both protection and style. They take a little time to breakin but so far they have been comfortable, easy on my feet, and capable of being worn all day. I bought the brown/tan boots which do tend to show the dirt and grime from riding around an urban area.
November 4, 2013
I bought 2 pairs of these boots, one in each colour. I am not disappointed they are truly awesome boots. I disregarded the straps on the boots thinking that they would just be for show, they aren't. I have used the straps to get the perfect fit.
Would highly recommend.
October 28, 2013
Not horrible, not good either
As others have pointed out these boots look great, but unfortunately after riding in them for a few months I've got to say they are a pain to wear. Overly stiff around the top and in the toe box makes it very difficult to shift and leads to bruising / fatigue over longer rides or more aggressive rides (due to the extreme angle /pressure required to get under the shifter).
October 9, 2013
hard to shift gears in. no air flow.
To be honest the looked cool but where way to heavy, hot, and hard to walk in. They are also way to thick and I can't fit them under to shift gears!kinda important right!
Like I said, great look, leather is amazing, but not practical.
Shave some of the bulk down and I would buy them again for the look and quality.
October 7, 2013