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Great boot for the price.
True to size fit, good for wide feet. Comfortable to walk in. No complaints so far.
May 19, 2014
Good first boot
Boot so far is good, not greatest, but good for the price. Was in the 9.5 size, ordered a 10 and it fit perfectly, shifting is easy, toe box seems secure, looks like manufacturing is a little off, the left foot flex front looks crooked compared to the right, but they will work.
April 28, 2014
Reliable as an everyday water-resistant boot.
Finally, a water-resistant boot that doesn't kill my extremely wide feet (12EEEE U.S. size; the size 13 product fits well) or cause issues with my oversized calf muscles (thanks to the Velcro adjustment).
The manufacturing on these boots isn't totally perfect; there were a couple small (less than an inch long) spots between one sole and the boot upper that pulled apart while walking in them to break them in. Applying a little additional shoe adhesive permanently fixed this for me. I tend to run into this problem with most average boots, as the break-in process for my feet pulls hard at the sole adhesion.
I don't have problems shifting with these boots, but this may vary for you. It depends on where you intuitively expect to feel the shift lever on your foot, as the sensation might be different from how other brands or models fit you.
It's not a high-endurance boot, but should serve well as an everyday riding boot if given a little care now and then. Very good performance in wet or cold weather; even usable to walk through snow if the need arises. For the price, it's a good product even if it's just as a spare for wet riding.
January 9, 2014
boots with the fur??
so these boots are inexpensive, provide nice protection and look cool. however these boots are super stiff and its hard to feel controls and make it a workout to shift and have a sensitive touch to brake and shifter levers. i wouldnt want to walk for very long in these boots either. so for a long ride say highway cruising these would be great! but on for twisties i would like something that is easier to maneuver and provides better feedback from controls.
October 7, 2013
Budget boot for a first time rider
You could say this boot has a "Pay-Less Shoe" -type fit and finish. It will likely last a year (or longer) and it doesn't look bad from 2+ feet away. I'm not a fan of the amount of Velcro (but there is a zipper too) so I'll likely get something with clamps/snaps after this pair wears out.
I wear a size 12-13 wide and I bought a size 13. The width is good but the length is a little long so hopefully it will not cause shifting troubles. I do not own a bike yet to test this out.
I bought this to wear for my beginner MSF class. I just wanted a less expensive boot because I'm expecting to have to replace them after my first year of riding. I figured if you start out with a cheaper boot, you'll figure out what features are most important to you once you start riding more.
July 12, 2013
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Todd V:As a rule, touring boots don't breath particularly well, specifically because they are meant to be water-resistant or waterproof. However, touring or sport-touring boots are good when the weather is unpredictable or can get rainy at a moment's notice (hint: Florida or the Pacific Northwest).
For waterproof boots, I always recommend keeping a supply of odor fighting powder (such as Desenex powder, which is also an antifungal agent, so it reduces the risk of mold growth). If using these boots in the summer, consider using those carbon filter insoles (e.g., Odor-Eaters).
These boots don't collect as much sun-heat as others I've tried, though, which is a good thing (especially given that the primary color is black!). So I don't get really bad foot perspiration overall. For the price, that's a really good plus in its favor.
The one downside to this boot model is that -- like pretty much all waterproof boots -- the soles are glued to the main body of the boot (as there aren't any seams on the underside of the main body). So the soles won't hold up to wear caused by walking in the boots heavily, unless you keep up with sole maintenance.
So inspect the boots every few weeks or so. If sole separation starts, gently pull the sole back a little, apply Shoe Goo with a plastic knife to the boot's underside, then push it together. Wipe away excess with a paper towel.Apr 22, 2014