Icon 1000 Prep WP Boots
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
Cool boots but large toe box
Bought these this week in the brown color, great fit and style, a little pricey but I was willing to sacrifice some money for style. They are quite stiff but still comfortable, maybe they will become more supple with wear. So far I've been riding in 40-65 degree Virginia fall weather and I've been very comfortable. My Levi's 501 jeans fit over them relatively easily, and with some careful folding you can tuck them into the boot for that "Mad Max" look. They're easy to slide into but the back zipper can be a little finicky at times. My only major complaint is the large size of the toe box. It makes it awkward to shift compared to my work boots I had before, but with a little adjustment in riding style I am able to fit my foot under the shifter. (I ride an 86' CB700SC if that makes a difference) I bought these because I didn't want the usual red white and blue sport bike racing boots nor the ugly clunky Harley boots that make me look like a skinhead. You can definitely pull these off on a sportbike as well as a cruiser and still walk into a restaurant without standing out like a sore thumb. Haven't tried any long walks in them but I don't imagine they would be much good for that.
October 23, 2014
Looks good gets the job done
I get a lot of compliments on these boots. They also feel very comfortable if you are used to wearing work boots. Fit was spot on. Wearing pants inside the boot does take a little extra effort sometimes, but there is plenty of room to fit your jeans if you are neat about how you tuck them in.
Getting in and out can be a little fiddly, but I personally think that just adds to the "cool factor."
One downside to these boots is that they can get really hot. If you live somewhere like Texas where the weather might trick you into thinking you will have a cool autumn day, you may find yourself overheating in 90 degree weather. The gortex wannabe liner does it's job wicking sweat away from your feet, but the boots themselves don't breath. I keep a pair of Van's slip on shoes in my backpack just in case the weatherman lies to me.
Other than that, I love my "Mad Max's."
October 13, 2014
Icon Prep, Look great, feel good need patience to use.
I am a 6"-5" , 210 lb slim guy, size 13 ( D ) medium. Ride cruisers.
If you are accustom to western boots or tall work boots you will find these to be familiar, light and flexible boots but not sloppy fitting. If they are a new type of boot to you they may seem bulky and odd on your feet. Just give the boots and yourself time to adjust to each other. Wear a tall medium boot sock with them like a western boot.The low heel is nice for heel shifting and the sole flexibility after break in is like a good work boot. Don't judge sole flexibility by bending the sole with your hands they need you body weight to flex properly.with time. They seem a bit wide in the arch but this has not caused me any problems and the heel cup molded to my bony heels nicely and there is no heel slipping. The zipper requires some care in using but gets better with use, just be patient and press the sides together to help the zipper come up. Lube the boots with some leather lube cream ( not the shin plate ). I don't find the boots to hot / sweaty at all 75 F and below and they get stuffy approaching 80 F. The shaft diameter fits an average calf just fine but when you tuck the pants cuffs in fold the cuff over neatly toward the inside to take up excess material and this will help the zipper close to.
October 7, 2014
love the look and protection
Order the boot, fits true to size, I wear 11.5 sneaker order 11.5. very snug. But a riding boot is suppose to be snug and tight. It is not a hiking boot. I got this boot knowing its WP for bad weather riding. ( fall, winter). Wore them around house first day to break in a little, ride with them all week, feeling better each day. Yesterdays commute was ~40°. feet nice and warm. Not been in heavy rain yet, can't comment on WP. But this will not be a fair weather boot does not breath well enough warm weather. ( It is a thick black leather WP boot.#
Very stiff boot & thick leather, learning curve with foot controls, hard to feel foot controls well as previous boots #standard work/hike boot#
Jeans fit well over boot, can tuck jean in but a little tight to zip up with jean in boot. Gator takes up some space in there too. Easy on/ off with zipper & buckles.
I am happy with purchase, would recommend. Just understand what they are. # stiff, thick, black leather WP boot.)
October 1, 2014