Icon 1000 Prep WP Boots
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
Great looking boot but a couple of things to consider.
Unfortunately, this boots style doesn't match its comfort or durability (insole). The insole is flimsy and should be made with much better material given where this boots is priced in the market. I tried upgrading to a better insole from another pair of boots and the fit made it too uncomfortable. Getting the boot on and off is a challenge due to tight fit across the top of the foot right above the ankle. It's in the 60's today in Seattle and my feet got hot after wearing the boot a couple of hours. This is a Fall/Winter early Spring boot based on my experience. Styling A+ but some refinement needs to happen here: more room above the ankle, and a better insole would make a huge difference. I do like the way this boot feels while riding my Super Tenere. I'm going to keep these boots and hope for the best.
September 25, 2014