Icon Reign Waterproof Boots
Kept my feet dry
They run a bit snug, so get a 1/2 or full size size up. They're great rain boots. Can't wear with pants in the boots because they're hard to close without zipper popping open. Have to wear with pants over the boots. Wish I had ordered next size up. Most important though, was caught in a serious downpour and my feet stayed nice and dry.
May 14, 2013
Seems well built but not perfect, VERY comfortable, runs a tiny bit small.
I ordered these because I couldn't order the Gaerne waterproof ones I wanted, and because I couldn't cough up $250 for Alpinestars SMX-5's. Received them and tried them on, and first impression I was generally impressed.
The cut of the leather isn't perfect, it's a little off in some spots, but nothing disgusting by any means. Over the whole boot, it seems acceptable, or even good, for the price. They look nice, and I ordered in grey because they more or less matched my jacket and black is boring.
Now, I had previously bought and returned a pair of AWFUL (now that I compare it) Joe Rocket Honda-branded boots at a dealership, and they were:
- not leather, the vinyl was already cracked in several places
- kind of ugly
So compared to that, the Reign's are great. I'm usually a size 9.5, so when I got these I just ordered that size based on reviews saying they're true to size. They are actually quite small, I was surprised at how compact they are. Slipping them on, it's a bit tight to zip the zipper up, and I'm a little afraid that after good use the zipper will break, so I try to reduce pressure on it as much as possible when I put them on. You'll want to step up at least half a size, probably a full size if you want to be able to slip your pants inside, if you have sport leather pants. My Scorpion Deuce pants obviously go over the top.
However, once they're on, they feel super comfy, and they are honestly even what I'd call plush. Walking around is easy and comfortable. Once the leather's molded to my shape and broken in, it'll get even better. Obviously, they'll get hot, with no venting, but I haven't tested them on a ride yet.
Bottom line, would've gotten a half-size up (half sizing is a great idea, btw), and gone with a 10. Other than that, putting them on carefully I reckon these should last me a good 2 years. If they're as waterproof as they say they are, great boot.
April 23, 2013
Great boots! Order large!
I received these boots a couple days ago. The boots look great and I love all the protection features.
That being said, I sold them to my neighbor and will be ordering a different brand. There are a couple things to take into consideration when ordering these boots.
1. They run small. I typically wear a size 10 in Nikes, I ordered a size 10 boot and had to struggle just to get my foot in them, there was no way it would zip up. My neighbor wears a size 8.5 to 9 in normal shoes and the boots fit him great. I would recommend ordering a FULL size up in this boot from what you normally wear.
2: If you are a vertically challenged rider as I am (5'7"), these boots will make it difficult for you to get up on your toes as they are preformed.
All that being said, these are great boots. They look great and appear to be well constructed. Just know what you're getting into.
April 20, 2013
a very good boot
These boots are both a good boot for the money and a good boot.
They offer a lot of protection for a road boot. The sole is stiff and grippy and it offers additional protection on the front, rear and sides. There's ankle protection on both sides as well as heel and toe caps along with shin protection.
The boot has normal american sizing. There was some movement when walking so I put in an arched insert and that tightened it all up. The rear pull makes them pretty easy to get on and the zippers pull it all together. I have no problem walking in them - not hiking boots, but then again, they're not hiking boots.
One zipper became undone - not while on the bike - but it's self healing so I just pulled it down and rezipped - I'll keep an eye on it but so far so good.
On the style side - they look good - tough but not over the top. The leather and fabric are good quality and they fit well under straight leg jeans. They're not baggy at the ankles and I don't think they will be. Very nice.
I looked at a lot of boots and there's nothing in this price range that offers the same protection and style. It would be nice if there was some reflective material - but that's the only gripe.
April 12, 2013
Very good boot so far!
A little warning to those with a high foot arch... You may need to order one size up to allow room to get your foot in the boot. That was my case. Even then it was a little tough at first - but they've broken in nicely. Note they're a little on the narrow side as well...
One thing I would like to see in this boot is a taller inner membrane. It stops 4" from the top of the boot - but it hasn't been an issue yet - it's barely tall enough to overlap w/ my rain pants.
February 25, 2013
Solid protection from solid product
These boots feel snug but aren't uncomfortable. Definite value for purchase, I've had no problems with the zippers. The boots do feel a bit warm, not sure if that's a good thing or not yet. Overall I feel much better protected wearing these boots than the work boots I used to wear. I have a feeling these boots will last.
They aren't the easiest to put on but they hold your foot secure and feel very protective. They aren't terrible to walk around in as long as you don't have to bend up and down a lot. They take awhile to break in, I've had these boots a month and they are still stiff walking down stairs
February 10, 2013
Dry socks and feet!
I've had these boots for 6 months now. I commute to work every day, rain or shine. Not once have my feet gotten wet on my hour long commute. Drenching summer rains have not gotten through. My feet haven't even noticed this cold, wet winter. They keep my feet warmer than I expected. But this also makes my feet hotter in the summer. It's function is to be waterproof, not breathable. Plus my feet are usually hotter than most.
Feet stay comfortable on the bike. The shank is more rigid, meaning no foot fatigue from being on the pegs all day. But that also translates into not being comfortable for walking around much. I can walk around at work in them, but I wouldn't want to walk more than I had to. I usually change into some shoes at work for both appearance reasons and comfort.
Zipper pulls have held up well so far, but I am a bit more cautious with them.
Traction on wet pavement is good. Only time I slipped a minute amount was when I stopped and foolishly put my foot down on one of those painted sections of the road. Even then, the boot held fine.
Boot could use a bit better protection, on the ankles specifically. But it is pretty darn good on a sub-$200 waterproof boot.
I love mine. I'll buy another pair if these ever wear out.
January 16, 2013
I've only been wearing the Reigns for about three weeks now and haven't had a chance to try their water-proofing. However, I can say that I am definitely please with the boots. I had trouble finding boots that would fit comfortably with the knee/shin guards that I wear. But these fit perfectly and actually even help to keep them from sliding down my leg as they usually did. The only down sides to this boot (IMO) are that the ankle protectors aren't hard plastic, they're a soft and 'bendable'. The zipper can also give you a bit of trouble if it isn't aligned thoroughly before zipping. And lastly, the top of the ankle protector can sometimes 'dig' into my ankle, but only when I lean to an awkward position. Overall, they are comfortable and I would buy them again.
January 7, 2013