Icon 1000 Elsinore Boots
Hesitant purchase, amazing boots! Must have!
I was hesitant about spending the money on boots that I might never wear. I typically wear Chuck Taylor's or a low top, non protective shoe. These boots freaking rock! Extremely comfortable on the long rides, warm (I rode in low thirty degree weather at 80mph), and stylish! Yes be aware the toe is bigger and will take getting used to but I ride a Harley with a big gap for my foot in my forward control. I bought the brown and they look amazingly, just like the pictures.
November 24, 2013
The black leather used in the final product is not as pictured :-(
(Please see the image attached to my review.)
As a few other people have mentioned, the leather is more glossy that what is shown in the promotional image. In the image the boot leather is the same as the shift patch leather. In Anthony's video and what got delivered to many customers the shift patch is the same as advertised, but the boot looks like the leather on police boots. No about of "break-in" is going to change that. They are different products. The boots in the image are clearly brand new. Have you ever seen a company advertise a worn old version of their product? Not unless they are selling it to look distressed, like a pair of jeans.
November 15, 2013
Love these boots, and so does everyone who sees them.
First off, I bought the black after seeing my buddy's brown version of these. They might be the best looking boots I've ever seen, and they have the build quality and protection to back it up.
ONE WARNING THOUGH!
I'm also a bicyclist and used to practice martial arts so my calves are on the "beefier" side and though they fit my foot perfectly, the zipper is pretty tight even with the buckles moved to the last notch... it would be difficult to wear jeans tucked in for me. They haven't completely broken in though so they'll probably fit perfect eventually.
November 11, 2013
Felt great right out of the box. I'm using these with my Honda CB500F and have no issues with the toe box.
I have the black and they do look different than the pictures, but I don't mind. The leather is more smooth looking and the yellow stitching pops more in person.
November 4, 2013
great boot, forward controls beware
I can only really echo what most other reviewers have already said. great design, very well made boot. Stiff, will need a good break in period, although, even after that i would not use these as an all day boot.
These boots and the forward controls on my bike do not play well together. However, since i am determined to use these boots (they are far to awesome to return), i will find some way of modifying the controls to allow for some more space.
October 30, 2013
Very cool, functional, just need to be broken in.
First off, if you like how they look on website, you'll love them when they arrive. Fit was good and true, no problems there, high quality and great looks. The only issue is like most boots, just need to be broken in and they might be a bit warm in hot weather, I've only ridden them in the 60 degree range.. I would definitely get them again.
October 14, 2013
great design and features
I liked them right away, they fit perfectly, have great style and and fit, with well placed internal padding. Having worn them for awhile I can tell they will last.
September 30, 2013
A boot for almost any set of rider needs.
As a relief worker, currently stationed in Haiti, I find myself riding in more diverse and adverse riding conditions than I normally would back home. In any single ride you go on, you can expect everything from paved roads to gravel, giant potholes, boulders/rock (seriously), heat, rain, or all of the above...usually all of the above.
When I ride to work, I wear these boots all day, no matter where I have to go or what I have to do. I have to say, I never expected them to be as comfortable as they really are and still protect me a well as they do. Even with heat indexes reaching into the low 120's, these boots are no less comfortable or warm than my hiking boots or any other pair of shoes I have with me here. In fact, I once had to hike about a mile in them without any discomfort when I was done. Under my boot-cut jeans, most people never realize I'm wearing motorcycle boots. They are substantial without looking like you're wandering around your office in ski boots. That's exactly what I was hoping for while still getting the protection of a full boot.
I tried my normal size, as well as half a size up. My regular size fits fine, but a bit snug if you intend on using them in colder weather (heavy socks) or changing out the insoles for something with more cushion. I went with +1/2 a size for the versatility and for when I bring them home for good and use them in the Fall. I'm 5'-10", 165lbs, with fairly narrow calves, but the Elsinores fit like a glove. I didn't need to adjust a thing.
Break-in was also surprisingly easy. I wore them around everywhere for about two days and they were perfect. More importantly, they still feel that same way after miles of abuse in some really rough riding.
I have to say that I'm a bit surprised by the reviews I have read with any sort of quality or durability concerns. I have flogged the snot out these boots since I got here and, beyond cleaning the dust off, they look as good as new. I did treat the boots with leather protector for a few days before wearing them around, and this may play some smaller part in keeping them that way.
What other riders have mentioned about the toe box being fairly big and needing to adjust your foot controls is accurate. I had to do the same thing. However, if this is your primary boot (like me) it really isn't a huge issue. I was acclimated to them within 3 short trips, but I can see how riders with multiple boots for multiple purposes might find this aspect a little frustrating.
I have been caught out in the rain, but I have never run into any problems with water protection. I think this will depend on how you use the boot. If you wear pants over the boot you're less likely to run into much water penetration, but I don't mistake my Elsinores as all-weather boots. Spray treating really works to prevent excessive weathering.
The Bottom line...I love these boots. They are confidence-inspiring. I really feel protected in them, but I also don't feel like I'm sacrificing anything in the way of style or utility. I have every intention of wearing the soles down to nubs...putting on new ones...and repeating the process. People who know little to nothing about riding complement me on them all the time, having no idea these boots are motorcycle safety gear.
If you are like me, and play favorites with your gear, and are looking for one boot, with real protection, which covers most of things you'll encounter both on and off your bike, these Icon 1000 Elsinore boots should definitely be on your short list.
September 21, 2013