Icon 1000 Women's Elsinore Boots
Don't Rule These Out for Sport Bikes Just Yet
They look even better in person than online, slightly intimidating even. Their construction and heft seem heavy duty and unlike the Forma Harmony boot - which had no weight and wouldn't pass the twist test - these do not buckle in any direction and probably won't for many years.
For me, these fit perfect right out of the box from top to bottom, almost as if custom molded after my foot shape, further evidence they were made for a woman. The custom feeling was enhanced by the ingenious straps which can take you from loose to tight at whatever point on an ankle or calf needed. 2nd pin fit better than the first and as they break in, holes can always be added. Decided to ride with jeans tucked in though cuffing them up looked acceptable as did the They are stiff, but not rigid or restricting. The toes is so solid and the boots so armored that if my foot were run over it would be injury free.
Walking around there was occasional toe bump up against the front on both but they flexed easily enough to where I could see myself wearing them at my destination, even working. Wish they were a smidge longer in the toe though b/c to go up a bit would mean when they break in they would be too large elsewhere.
I love them. I really do. Having worn about a dozen manufacturers boots while motorbiking the past 40 years, the past 10 on sport bikes, it was quickly apparent these were designed to excel at that, while also looking hot. Can't tell you the numbers of looks, honks, and shouts I got from guys and gals.
Last motorbike specific boots I rode in were the waterprrof TXC/Oxtar Sunray, & before that, I had an IXS girly boot which sported only the toe shifter pad to qualify as a biker boot. My go to have been Frye Engineers, CAT Alaska and Carly boots for going out, errands, or commuting. These have the heft of the Alaska's, but the flexibility of the Carly, and protection of the taller Frye and Sunray. And like the TCX boot line, Icon made these to perform while riding, which they do outstandingly.
First thing I noticed was how tough it was to fit between the sliders and pegs/shifter. Finding Neutral to start/warm up took longer than ever before, but toe offs, stops, and bike maneuvering in tight spots or parking seemed easier somehow, even though this boot is the same 1" sole height as my CATs, attributable perhaps to the the stiff height of the shaft.
Accelerating I experienced a lot of missed or skipped upshifts, but had no issues downshifting. After years and years of riding, you get the feel of a bike, and it becomes more instinct than finesse. As the boot loosened, and I realized how I had to point my toe to achieve clean shifts, the number of missed gears decreased. The less thought I placed on how they fit on the bike, the more I could anticipate post break-in comfort and a lifetime of protection.
PROS (and these are biggies):
Most intriguing to me was how much more control I felt this boot provided. It's as if b/c the boot is so stiff, it allowed me to manipulate turns and aversive moves with much more control and therefor confidence. B/c my ability was ratcheted up, I didn't want to stop riding, but longer meant more enjoyable than the last time out.
Although they are rather warm, my Daytona 675 exhaust is routed under the seat but these prevented the scalding heat to reach my legs. The sticky sole kept me planted on whichever pegs I intended to use once I got the feel of the thick toe.
The tops of the both boots would catch on the arm of my passenger peg, which is an easy remedy since they're removable, but pretty alarming the first few times my leg didn't get free to tap the brake or shift, forcing me to grab a handful of clutch.
When standing on the left boot toe while pumping gas, noticed it left a dimple on the interior even after the outer dent disappeared?
My foot slipped down and off the drive side (left) foot peg because of the extreme angle of the toe to get under my frame slider to shift. There is ample traction, it was just how my weight had shifted while pointing my foot down to engage the gear caused the boot to let go.
Revzilla quickly honored the product warranty given my pair had seams on both boots which were sewn onto the out sole rather than under it (see images). In a crash I'd be afraid they would fail at the seams. Unless my shoe guy (I have a shoe guy) could fix that and push the length a tiny bit, not sure I should opt for these again. Unless I pick up the Ducati Scrambler!
Am considering the SIDI Apex Lei for summer but would love Icon to reduce toe height -- which is 3" from outsole to top, making the total height to fit peg space 4". Then women could enjoy some style while riding fully protected. Still have not ruled these out for fall either.
June 23, 2015
BAD @$$ BOOT!!
Icon is killing it with their new boot designs! Great boot, super strong–I could literally have a car run over my foot and I wouldn't feel it–these boots are tough! They fit like motocross boots, very stiff, so great for scooters and cruiser type bikes. Definitely wouldn't recommend these on a sports bike, the toe is too big to wedge into the shifter and peg, plus they hardly bend. So, walking for a long time in these are not ideal. They do heat up, so during summer months, these might be a drag to wear. But they're so bad @$$, you'll get comments on how awesome they look.
April 10, 2015
Not for Sport Bikes
These are hot boots! Very very stiff outa the box.
Been breaking them in for a week now. Loads of protection in the right places. I wear a 8 1/2 and that's what I ordered- my toe is right at the top...I think they will wear in and fit just right as leather does.
These boots are really not good for sport bike riding- cannot hardly fit under the shift peg-
I think I might stick the toe in a vice and flatten them out. (without my feet in them).
April 9, 2015
Beefy Boots Not For Large Calves
I wore these boots all day yesterday in order to start the break in process. I found they were wider than they should be in the heels but fit snug in the rest of my foot. Feet are a bit sore today! They are a very tight fit on my calves. They do feel like motocross boots at first but I'm sure that will get better as they break in. I don't really think they are worth the price but you are paying for the looks.
March 18, 2015
Just Keep Getting Better
I actually purchased these from a different place but I had done all my research here so I wanted to put my two cents in. The first pair I bought fit great, I went down a half size like the other reviews said. I had them shipped to work and decided to start breaking them in but about 2 hours into wearing them (mainly at my desk) the zipper had busted under the zipper pull. Luckily I was able to maneuver my foot out of them. I returned them and received a new pair. The new pair has been great except that this pair is slightly too small. I have to wear paper thin socks so my toes don't bang up against the front of the boot.
I have very skinny legs and basically no calves so the tightness other reviewers have mentioned was not an issue for me. They felt like snowboard boots at first because they are so snug and rigid but they feel extremely protective. I've been wearing them riding for about 3 months now and they are breaking in nicely. I have tightened up the buckles as they have worn in so there isn't as much of a gap between my calves and the boots. With my jeans tucked in it can get tight around the ankles where my pants bunch up.
I was not a fan of the yellow contrast stitching but I just went over it with black leather dye and now I am perfectly happy with them. These are probably the only motorcycle boots that I actually like the look of, and even more so now.
Some people have wondered about the air flow and breathability of these and I haven't had a problem. Yesterday I went riding for about 3 hours and it was 95-100 degrees throughout the ride and I never even noticed my feet being hot. Did the same thing today and again, no issue at all.
I did have to adjust the shift lever so the boots would fit but now that that is set up I'm good to go. Overall I love these boots and feel so safe in them, I would recommend them for sure.
March 15, 2015
Great features and style
I can wear between a 9-10 women's size, so I chose 9.5 and so far this seems to have been the correct choice. The toe box seems a little short for the size, so that my toes are just about touching the front of the boot, but the foot bed is wide and the heel is roomy, so that if I had gone up a half size the boots would not fit properly. I also think they will stretch just a little after extended wear and I don't want them to be too big.
My calves aren't large, but I run and walk often so they're a little wider than usual, but these fit great. I had to undo the buckles to get them on the first time but after that I zipped them, adjusted the buckles, and have had no problem getting them back on without undoing the buckles.
These boots are also not as clunky and heavy as I had thought they would be, based on the other reviews I've read. They're clearly heavier than a normal shoe but I was thinking it would be a workout to lift my foot: not the case. it's obvious you'll be well-protected by these boots.
Style-wise, they're awesome, like Mad Max awesome. The yellow stitching is not as vibrant as I had thought it would be, again, based on previous reviews. I wouldn't black it out and think it adds some character to the look of the boots.
March 12, 2015
New rider but wanted good boots. Got these end of season and haven't ridden in them yet. They fit well. Initially apparent they are meant more for riding position than walking, but I'm breaking them in a bit over the winter. They have a stiff shank, extra ankle protection, and are adjustable with the buckles... easy on/off with the zip. They seem warm, so not sure about air flow. Plus they look awesome, even with tights and a skirt (which is not how I'll ride). Haven't had other riding boots so no ideas about how features compare.
November 18, 2014
These Boots Kick Butt
These boots kick butt! They're true to size and pretty comfortable. I have pretty beefy calves so I sit on the last hole but they fit fine. The style is outstanding, I get a lot of compliments. (I wear them with my jeans tucked in.) The toe is a little too stiff and beefy to get under a toe shifter so invest in a heal shifter because these boots are worth it!
September 9, 2014