Icon 1000 Prep WP Boots
These boots are made for ridin
Bought these to brave the Canberra winters. First week @ -7Cel. No cold air, feet not frozen off.
Comfortable from the get go - when they break in expect them to be even better. Worthwhile investment.
June 9, 2015
Things to consider
Fantastic looking boot. The vintage styling is outstanding.
1) Style - A great modern interpretation of a vintage motocross boot blended with a Mad Max style. That said, it's not over done and these could be worn under jeans/pants where ever casual shoes are appropriate.
2) Protection - The leather is thick, tough, and layer in the right places without being overly rigid.
3) Quality Construction - They appear to be a well built boot with good or better workmanship and attention to detail.
1) Sizing - Multiple issues for me in this category
a) No wide width available - I normally wear a wide shoe/boot but can often wear a normal width depending on the footwear. I ordered a 1/2 size larger than normal and these boots were still way too narrow for me. The length was OK but if you have a wide foot these may not be for you.
b) They run small (not talking about width here). These run at least a 1/2 size smaller than "normal".
2) Hot - this boot is NOT for summer. I wore the pair I ordered for about 15-20 minutes in my air-conditioned living room and could not wait to get out of them for the hot feet. I would only wear these in the winter or really cool temps in spring/fall.
I really wanted to keep these boots. I decided to return them to avoid spending $270 on uncomfortable feet.
Hey ICON - I think the attempt to provide a waterproof lower is admirable. That said, offer a summer version of this boot WITHOUT the waterproof lining. Current design will really limit sales and. Moreover, offer this boot in normal and wide widths.
June 6, 2015
Killer boots, man!
Pros: comfortable (break in nicely, but you wouldn't want to hike in them), waterproof (tested); looks/style; build quality is great, have been durable (used daily for 3 months & nothing is coming apart yet); protection is better than most touring/cruising boots.
Cons: as other have noted, they have a tall toe box (but you will probably get used to it). The zipper & snap system, while pretty rad, can be a bit cumbersome (they are not the quickest to get on & off); not very breathable (but they are waterproof).
June 1, 2015
I love the retro dirt bike look, but there are a lot of just for looks straps and snaps. The zipper is a little sticky if you actually get them in the dirt. Nothing had broken off or ripped off though. They are a little narrow but they seem to be stretching out a little as they break in. I'm wearing them on an Adventure Touring (f800GS) bike for cross county trips not a dirt bike, so I think they will be fine.
May 18, 2015
My Favorite Boots
I purchased these last fall and have worn them for about 6 months. I’m very satisfied.
Likes: They are very comfortable on and off the bike. These are not the kind of boots you want to wear on a hike or at work, but for short walks, such as into a restaurant, or a short shopping trip, they are perfect. Protective qualities are top notch. I like the fact that they protect a good part of my leg, more than three-quarter length boots I have. The leather is thick enough that I feel they offer much better protection than some boots I have owned with synthetic materials. The styling is one of the things that drew me to this boot initially. You are definitely making a statement with these, especially when warn outside of your pants, which is what I normally do. However, they are not as wild looking as Icon 1000 Elsinores. I do not feel these are hot as some have complained, although I have not worn them in temps above the 80s yet. Summer is coming and I suspect that once temps hit the 90s or above, I may be switching to a different boot. I also find that whether a boot is hot or not often depends on the socks you choose. If I’m riding with thick cotton ones, it does make a difference.
Dislikes: The zippers are tricky sometimes. The zipper on one boot has a slight pucker in it that make is challenging to zip.
Sizing: I wear 12 shoes and have a wide foot and 12 fit perfectly. However I wear very thin polypropylene socks when I ride. If I wore thick cotton socks, I’d probably have to upsize.
March 21, 2015
Batman's Clown Shoes.
The sole is falling off the and button snapped off. There is no adjustment in the boot at all; just hope they wont pack out on you. I wore them around as much as I could to break in the ankle so I could even sift my bike. Now l can shift and so does my heel, in and out of the pocket that is. The sole looks like it has a welt but it doesn't, its a fake stitch. Other people have said how they are warm, this is true, its because the boot has a liner in it. I guess this is how they make it a one size fits all leg. Disappointed big time. For $270 these boots should be for life!
March 18, 2015
I've been wearing these boots for about 2 weeks now, and they are fantastic! They look great (I purchased the brown ones), the fit is perfect, and appear to be very durable and well constructed. I tested out the waterproofing by standing in ankle-deep water, no problems. They are fairly comfortable to walk in, and I suspect that they will become more so after they break in further.
As for riding with the boots, no complaints, however I ride a pretty small bike and I had to adjust my shifter lever to make it a bit easier to fit the boot underneath, as the toe of the boot is kinda tall - no biggie. The boots seem to have good traction on pavement and even painted road surfaces; I do not fear for my feet when it comes time to put my feet down, even under dangerous circumstances.
My one and only complaint is that the lower zipper-cover snaps snap in a forward direction on the inner side, which means that as I walk there's a chance that I'll catch the snap-strap on something (like my other boot) and the force of it will cause the snap to pop open. This is a minor annoyance and I'm sure after a few more weeks I'll adapt to avoid this issue.
March 3, 2015
Great boots with plenty of protection and moderate comfort
The fit on these boots are right on. I am a size 9.5 narrow and I bought size 9.5. The foot fits well on the bed of the boot and it's neither wide nor narrow. The boot looks expensive and well made but the sole it's very cheap and doesn't have much support or cushioning. I replaced the sole with a green high arch sole from superfeet and now the boots are more supportive and comfortable. While on my bike my left boot didn't have much feel for the shifter so I decided to use a small plastic clamp to flatten the toe box for about 1/4 inch and that did the trick. Since the boot has a shifter pad the change is not noticeable. These boots have a lot of protection and your feet will be safe in case of a crash; However the lower edge of the shin protector puts some pressure to the the top of your foot which causes discomfort if you are wearing dress socks. since I don't have motorcycle high socks, I used a pair of skiing socks and the discomfort was gone. To break in the boots I wore them to the office for 9.5 hours. During that time I started to feel discomfort after 8 hours but it wasn't painful. These are great boots with plenty of protection, moderate comfort, good to walk around, and they look great.
October 28, 2014