Icon Patrol Waterproof Boot
Fantastic Waterproof Boot, except for one problem.
These are the most comfortable boot I have ever worn. I can wear them all day without my feet getting tired or sore. I have worn these in heavy rain and my feet stay dry. The only problem, a major one, is that the eyelets are made of fabric and tear very easy. On both boots almost all the eyelets have torn apart. These boots are true to size if you wear a normal sock. If you want to wear a thicker sock during cold weather you need to order 1/2 size bigger. I would buy another pair but wish they had stronger type eyelets.
May 17, 2013
No stars for build quality.
I am trying to be fair in writing this. I fundamentally like the boots. I had purchased these sometime prior to taking my motorcycle course last year, thus I am over the 1 year warranty period. I used the boots for last summer's riding season here in Canada, where the season is not long. I have used them for about 4 rides this year as well. The sole is separating between layers of the sole on my shifter side, and an eyelet made of nylon for the laces has worn through on my right boot. If I was to have lived in the US and had been riding all year round, there is no way this boot would have lasted through the 1 year warranty period. I contacted ICON but received no help there. No acknowledgement of the defects. I was overall disappointed with the service. Maybe wait until they update this product with more dependable features before purchasing, or just buy another company's product, with better durability and service.
April 23, 2013
Outstanding but for those eyelets
I've had these boots since August of 2011. I have loved most every aspect of them. They look great and I find them super comfortable. They feel solid, like they will protect my feet during a spill. The quick lace system is a great feature. The buckles are maybe a little too easy to catch on things and come undone.
The only real issue I have with the boots is the eyelets that the laces run through. The eyelets are made of fabric and the friction from the laces causes the eyelets to fray and eventually fail. I've had two eyelets in each boot fail so far, the top two on the right boot and the next two down from the top on the left boot. This is a design flaw. Those eyelets should not be made of fabric given the friction they are subjected too when you snug up the laces.
I have pics but I'm getting an error trying to add them to the review.
March 21, 2013
great boots, but probably not for me
these boots are very nice. They would be great boots for someone going on a long tour and potentially riding an adventure touring bike long distance, in the rain, cold, whatever. But I need something for commuting. These are ok to wear at the office... But if I had to walk around all day, I would hate them. So I'm thinking about returning them for something a little different. I have a few days left for them to grow on me.
But for the categories I listed above... This is a wonderful boot.
March 18, 2013
34k miles and 2yrs later still in excellent shape
My feet have never been wet in the past 34k+ miles, nothing has fallen off or gone loose and temps from 15 - 90 degrees don't make me uncomfortable wearing this. Incredible, really.
bought this boot and have done many ADV and long distance trips on it. It's a waterproof boot that has truly been a year round boot for me - I have been wearing it riding in Michigan winters in below freezing temps, to going on two track trails in 80-90 degree weather in northern Michigan. This boot has been from MI to Seattle, Albuquerque, Tampa... I have never been uncomfortable wearing these on a motorcycle. Being an MSF instructor I do stand all day in these boots and they are still surprisingly comfortable. Buy this.
March 15, 2013
Buy this boot.
A sturdy, comfortable, good looker in a protective and waterproof shell - what more can be expected?
Only possible improvements: The ski-boot type clasps could be easier to handle, and there could be a pull up loop to assist with entry.
January 7, 2013
Needs Breaking In.
Out of the box these new boots will need breaking in. They are getting more comfortable every day. The only problem I found is that they have this plastic piece holding the shoe laces together. If you walk a bit in them, it will start to rub against your shin and irritate a bit. I learned to move them to the size. I may have bought a size too small. I bought size 10 when I Normally wear 10 sneakers and 9 1/2 business. I walk a bit in these boots so I feel like they will get better over time.
January 2, 2013
Stylish boots with good protection
These boots don't look too bad. They have a bit of a puffy moon boot look on account of the padding in the tongue. It sort of puffs out when the cam buckles are tightly snapped. And the cam buckles sort of give a ski boot look. But those are sometimes the comprises one has to make in order to get ample protection. They do look fairly normal off the bike with a pair of jeans. Certainly better than some of the more technical touring and race gear. I'd say these boots are kind of a hybrid between touring/race boots and casual boots, with a bit of a slant towards the touring side.
These boots feel very solid. The adjustable cam buckles really secure your ankle. These boots are not going anywhere when the cam buckles are locked. The leather is very stiff adding further to the protective features. I did find that the boots were a bit too stiff at first, where flexing the ankle to shift and brake were challenging. The boots have since broken in nicely and I can walk in them for hours without fatigue. These boots are substantial. In fact, the chunkiness of these boots make it impossible for me to fit my toe under the shifter of my cruiser. I had to adjust the shifter upward to it's max and still it's a bit of a tight fit.
I haven't thoroughly tested the waterproofing on these boots, but looking at the construction I think they hold up just fine. They don't have any real ventilation and as such tend to get quite warm. Which is great in cooler weather, not so much when it's sweltering out and your feet sweat profusely. I have ridden in the fall and winter with these boots with wool socks, in low temps of ~35F and not once did my feet feel cold.
The speed lace feature is nice, although the lace lock-down is a bit bulky and I find it can cause discomfort if I don't place it in the right spot or the cam buckle is too tight.
The plastic mating ends of the cam buckles are secure to the boots with philips head screws, which is great since you can always replace them if they break or wear out. However, I find they loosen up over time and I have had a screw pop off once while removing the boots. So you'll want to occasionally tighten them down with a screw driver. Or better yet, add a drop of lock-tite to each screw to ensure they stay put.
Overall, these are great boots and offer a good compromise between price, style, comfort and protection.
December 21, 2012