Icon Tarmac 2 CE Boots
Great riding shoe!
I got these because I'm stationed in Okinawa. Need the air flow.
Style: They look like a casual shoe. You could wear these out in some jeans and they look good.
Comfort: The insole is a little thin. I'll eventually get the D30 insoles for some more cushion. And due to the retention system, there's a lot of pressure on the vein I have on the top of my feet. Which over time used to reallllly hurt. But the elastic bands have worn in better after some months of riding. The bands are strong, they will last.
That being said, they are comfortable to walk around in. I've done some minor exploring and climbing on rocks with them at destinations. Great shoe!
Flows a lots of air. And protected my feet in one bad crash, and protected my ankle in a lowside. Still not messed up at all. Great for the protection they offer.
You'll most likely really enjoy them.
June 28, 2015
Not really a successor to the original Tarmac
This is an excellent riding shoe for the price. The styling is not my preference, but that's really just a preference. I'd prefer more leather.
Comfort is generally good, except there are some quality issues and it fits a little tight. Fitting tight may be part of the design as it may help keep it on The Tarmac 2 has a lower height than the original Tarmac. The top strap on the originals is higher as well, so its likely better at holding it on your foot without having to make the boot really tight. However, this tightness (mind you its not running small, it just fits very snugly; length feels correct) coupled with a thick part of the edge of the tongue puts a lot of pressure on one part of my foot. It occurs where three sections of material come together, and there is likely too much excess material beyond the seam that has caused a thicker inside the tongue. Its only a problem on one shoe though and I ended up having the tongue on that edge overlap the outside just under the strap. There is an elastic web inside that can also cause a pressure point if it rolls up while putting on the shoe. Not something you notice until a few miles down the road. With the shoe fitting so tight, these little problems that would normally go unnoticed are problematic. Also, I use a shoe horn to get these on. The rear tends to want to collapse if I just try and slide my foot in and I suspect it will wear the inner rear of the boot rather quickly if I don't. The Tarmac 2 is much lighter and smaller overall which probably makes it a better riding boot (better feel and easier to get under or above the shifter). But the original tarmac was much more comfortable to walk around in due to the thicker softer sole.
I can't really speak to the protection but I suspect durability may be down from the originals. I can't imagine the suede toes are going to handle the wear from shifting as well as the rubber like plate on the originals. I will note though that one of the straps on the original Tarmac that I had broke where it folds back at the metal ring. That design allows for more leverage on tightening the strap as the Tarmac 2 does not fold back. Perhaps this was a common problem on the originals and caused them to use the new strap design instead.
Airflow is amazing. While the original Tarmac never really got warm inside, I actually feel airflow in the Tarmac 2. Definitely not recommended for cold/wet weather.
Summing this up, this is a very different shoe than the original Tarmac. It has a much sportier and lighter feel. The originals were heavier and bulkier resulting in a much more urban feel. Their purposes feel very different. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does meet a different set of requirements though. So ultimately, its a matter of preference.
June 22, 2015
The tarmac boot is perfect for street riding.
I purchased the tarmac boot a few weeks ago and they have broken in comfortably. As the boot was a little tight at first. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a stylish yet protective boot
June 8, 2015
could be much better
I am not impressed with these at all despite wearing them daily. I made the mistake of wearing them to Jury Duty once, and that's when I learned NOT to wear them for more than an hour. My feet were in so much pain from just sitting there having the elastic bands pressing on the top of my feet. I use my Icon Battlefield boots for long rides. These shoes also came to me falling apart, the elastic band on the right shoe came unattached the second I put it on.
June 5, 2015
Wont last but nice riding shoe
First off I really like the styling of this shoe. It looks great on and off the bike. I commute all year and put a lot of miles on, so sadly this shoe only lasted one season. They need to reinforce the top boot pad for shifting as mine have torn through the soft suede leather, and the laces all broke. This shoe is not a smart design for everyday use in all weather, they just do no hold up. These shoes breath very well and I have to agree the slip on Velcro closure is great. Comfort wise I had problems with the elastic strap inside the boot that goes across the top of your foot. It was too tight and starts to hurt for long rides. I had to cut mine and then they felt great.
I like the style and design but they need to rethink the function and materials for heavy use.
May 28, 2015
Ordering a second pair
I got these in the red, and they are great warm weather riding shoes. I hate shoes with laces and these go on and off in a second. The elastic works great and keeps them snug. I'm going to order them in black this season so I have options. These are comfortable for me for all day wear, but I have a somewhat narrow foot.
Complaints - the red does show dirt and scuffs pretty easily, and I wish the ankle protection went just a *little* bit higher. It just barely covers the bone.
February 25, 2015
Great Riding Shoe
The shoes fit true for me I normally wear a 11-1/2 in asics & NB and these fit right in with them. I can see them being a 3 season shoe here in Texas as they do flow a good amount of air but I haven't been a to ride with them in hot weather yet. The first fit they were a little tight across the top of my foot due to the elastic but after breaking in the shoes they are extremely comfortable. I can see wearing these as an everyday shoe.
January 26, 2015
Great shoe for everyday riding
The Tarmac 2 is a great riding shoe for everyday riding. I have over 2000 miles in mine and only one complaint. The shoe is so comfortable that sometimes I forget to change out of them when I am done riding and go out in them. But luckily they are stylish enough to pass for a regular shoe.
Good breathability and comfort whether a short ride to store or long cruise around the town. Plenty of ankle support and foot support for shifting and sitting on foot pegs.
November 3, 2014