Icon Patrol Waterproof Boot
Speed lacing system disaster
I really liked these boots when I first bought them. The comfort, fit, and look all appealed to me. What has been a nightmare, however, is the speed lacing system. The cloth eyelets are terrible with the laces... it is fabric creating friction against fabric. I have owned these boots for 14 months now and eight of the eyelets have failed, as well the sheath of one lace separated from the core. I hand sewed replacement eyelets for five of the failures, two remain broken, and one of my replacements failed. I loved the system when I bought it, I didn't mind the laces at all. I love the boots which is why I repeatedly repaired them. They leak water and are not waterproof. I ride almost every day and don't know if I'm expecting too much from the gear.
Awesome boots, but with a disaster speed lacing system. They were waterproof for the first few months, but no longer. I would not recommend.
September 29, 2013
Second Pair - good boot.
For the price (@ $130 range) this is an excellent product. This is my second pair, the first pair I abused lasted for over 60 000 miles of fairly rough riding. The only caveat is that they run a tad small - but they also stretch over time - and they're nowhere near waterproof. The water resistance is largely compromised by the low profile, but aside from that they also leak. That said, they're still a very good low profile boot, especially for everyday riding.
September 24, 2013
Great waterproof boot
I bought these as a replacement for my Accelerant waterproof boots, which I used for so long on so many different activities, I wore a hole in one. Right out of the box, they looked great. I tried them on and they were very comfy. You can easily pull jeans over them, and they look very stylish. Riding with them is great. I have already noticed a thread on the front of the right boot got frayed in two, but some super glue should fix it. The only bad thing about these boots is they don't breathe at all. But they are waterproof, so you can't really expect them to. The waterproofing works well. Get some good socks to draw out the sweat from your feet, and even in hot weather these boots will be great!
August 26, 2013
Good boot, runs half size small
Good boot overall, I like the buckle system and boot height. They seem to run half size too small but Revzilla has great return policy. They are warm on sunny days but that's due to them being waterproof. One issue with the speed lacing is that plastic piece gets pressed against my shin and hurts. I ended up cutting it off and tying the laces. Could use more or better armor on ankles but good boot overall. Good balance between comfort and protection.
July 15, 2013
Good product for the price
Boots are nice, they seem well made and should last for many km. The toe area looks alittle cheap, not sure how it will look after hundreds of shifts. They are very stiff and i am finding it hard to shift properly, i hope they will lossen up with time. They are warm, but that is to be expexted from a water proof boot.
July 2, 2013
This product has great features
Lota good features for the money - they are a bit stiff and tight at first -but they seem to be breaking in nicely. If your looking for a shorter water proof boot --- this is a nice one.
July 1, 2013
Good alternative to standard MC boots.
I had a tough set of criteria when looking for boots. They needed to be waterproof, preferably no velcro closures (they don't seem to last long), offer decent protection and look OK with Docker-type pants. This criteria quickly narrowed the field. I picked these Icon boots as they appeared to offer better protection than similar lower-rise boots from other manufacturers, and had buckle as opposed to lace closures on the outside.
The boots have fit the bill very well. I wore them around the house and to work a few days to break them in. I loosened the upper buckle to the loosest setting during this time. I then set out on a 4-day, 750-mile ride, temps in the low to mid 80s. I didn't expect great air flow given the design of the boot, and it wasn't in my criteria in choosing a pair of boots. Regardless, the boots were all-day comfortable. I really didn't think about them much. They feel very sturdy, and are easy to get on/off with the buckle closures. I generally don't tighten the laces unless expecting rain, which I never encountered.
I did have to adjust my shift lever to account for the size of the toe box of the boot - no big deal. While I wouldn't wear the boots to work if I needed to be more formal, they are fine for most days. When standing, the buckles don't show much. I wear them in the office as opposed to changing into shoes while at the office as some days I am frequently in and out the door; too much of a hassle to keep changing back and forth.
As for fit, I wear 7.5 or an 8 in US size, purchased the 8, and they fit well.
So, if your criterion for your next set of boots is similar to mine, try a pair. The only reasons I didn't give them a higher rating was because I think most everything can be improved upon, and I thought they were slightly pricey. However, with Revzilla's free shipping and some Revzilla cash or some $10 discount I think I had, it seemed worth a try, and I'm very satisfied with the Icon Patrol boots.
June 24, 2013
awesome all-day-wearable boot
I'm new to biking so have no experience with other boots with which to compare these.
But for me they're great. I've been looking for gear that can be worn socially without screaming 'biker' - these do just that: they look like Caterpillar boots and are comfy as!
They're light, yet seem to provide ample support around the toe and ankle. The leather / nubuck is really nice. Stitching and glued seams all look to be well done and don't look like they'll fall apart. Add to that the clever incorporation of functional extras, like the reinforced toe cap and the consideration to prevent wear and tear of the leather upper when shifting gear.
One of my favourite things #and a really big tick# is that the rubber sole is really REALLY soft. This makes for a nice all-day-wearable boot that has ridiculously good grip on wet surfaces. These things are like stickies!
Only gripe is that if you have Pacific Island feet like me then these can look a bit odd because the leather tabs don't really stretch all the way across the front of the foot. But hey, I'm being a tad picky now!
I love them. Good job Icon :)
June 16, 2013