Icon 1000 El Bajo Boots
seems pretty good so far!
This is my first real pair of motorcycle boots. However, compared to the others I tried on, these feel sturdier and they look awesome. I like being able to step into these once the straps are buckled appropriately. My only knocks are the lack of shin protection and the floating ankle protectors rub sometimes.
They fit true to size(I'm a 9.5) and I did not have to change the shifter position on my triumph thunderbird storm. They seem like great boots!
April 2, 2014
Great boot but runs a half size too small
I read reviews on different sites about the sizing of this boot. Some read they sized a half size too small, some a half size too big, and others sized correctly. So, I decided to split the difference and order my size (11). Guess what? The boots I received fit a half size too small. I promptly returned them for exchange. RevZilla was excellent. I ordered the replacement boots a half size larger and they fit like a glove. Er, well, you know what I mean.
The boots are beefy and stiff. I had to adjust the shift lever/peg offset on my bike to get my toe comfortably under the shifter. No problem. Given their substantial stiffness and weight, they still wear comfortably with no chafing or blisters. The buckles on the side ensure a good comfortable fit. After a couple of days wearing them around they are starting to break in nicely and they don and doff easily with the zippered sides. I really like these boots. Not only do they look nice, but they are some serious safety gear. As an aside, I ordered the brown ones and was told by a coworker that they look like golf shoes (ha, ha). I still love them, though. If looks mean nothing to you, get them for the protection. Great boot.
March 31, 2014
Rear ankle strap tore.
Just received them today they are already RMA'd and heading back as I Type this. The boots arrived quick and in perfect condition. Revzilla shipping and return process is second to none. The EL Bajo's look amazing and are seemingly very durable. Their aesthetic is great and the materials used seem premium and justify their price point. The pair I received however were defective. Upon my very first fitting the ankle strap on the right boot tore as I was slipping them on. The leather piece itself was clearly defective as it actually tore in two. Typically in this case the stitching lets go at one end and you get a busted strap. The leather strap actually tore about 1/4 inch above the lower end stitching. I have other icon products and never had any issues with quality, always top notch for the pricing. I believe I just got a bum pair unfortunately because despite the strap, once I had them on their fit was spot on and they seemed extremely tough and durable. They are super stiff, but that is to be expected from a new pair of reinforced leather riding boots. I hope to try again because I really do like these boots.
March 24, 2014
Icon 1000 El Bajo
Wanted a short cut boot that offered good protection, that would also look good with a pair of jeans around the office and these fit the bill. They are stiff, but I wear them all day and have no issues after walking. They are true to size, Size 13 in Tennis Shoes, size 13 in these boots fit great. The quality of these boots is amazing, styling can't be beat!
March 13, 2014
! 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