Joe Rocket Ballistic Tour Boots
Great space boots! I don't think I've ever written a negative review. Seriously I'm not one to complain. I'm easy going, not overly picky. But I hated these boots. I realize that I bought cheep boots, but I'm all about getting what I paid for. And for $90 I feel like i got ripped off (and thats saying something)
The good: I like how tall they are! The soul is flat - great for people like me with flat feet. I Like the styling, pretty plain and simple, modern. Build quality isn't bad - about what I would expect for $90. And thats about all the good I can say about the boots.
The bad: The boots are HOT!!! Like plastic bag hot. Not breathable in the least. My feet started to sweat while trying them on in a 70 degree room. Not good! Now for the bigger issue: its very difficult to get your foot under the shift lever and shift up with these boots. So difficult in fact I had troubles doing it with the bike on the center stand. The boots feel flexible enough walking around but they are a nightmare to shift with. (i never rode with them, I didn't even try) Now to be honest, this my be all my fault - I ride an FZ1 - its a 3/4 upright standard/naked bike. If you ride a harley these boots might work fine. Not recommended for anyone who rides sport bikes/standards/sport touring.
My motorcycle boot resume:
I've ridden since 2005. I've owned 5 motorcycles. I've only owned 1 pair of boots - cheap $100 sidi boots I got on clearance back in the day. Really wish I could get them back.
May 12, 2015
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