Joe Rocket Big Bang 2.0 Boots
Low cost but very poor build quality
I have had these boots for about 8 months and they are my first pair of riding boots. I find the boots to be quite clunky to walk around in, but at first they seemed relatively protective, so that wasn't a huge deal. I started noticing problems with build quality relatively early on. First, the Laces shredded and broke, due to a combination of sharp edges on the boots and poor quality laces. The pull tabs on the heel broke off just from pulling the boots onto my feet. These alone are warning signs but the boots itself remained protective so I didn't worry, however recently during normal use buckle connector started to disconnect from the boot and quickly completely detached from the body of the boot. Given that this happened from normal use I worry that these buckles would immediately break in the even of a crash and for that reason would suggest anyone looking at this boot due to it's sub $100 price look for something with a better designed buckle system and in general better build quality.
March 9, 2016
OK for riding. Don't try to walk, though.
These things are probably one of the clunkiest and most awkwardly uncomfortable things I've ever had the misfortune of adorning my feet with.
Definitely feel durable and protected.
Comfort is just NOT there. Even shifting on the bike is tough as the toe is pretty tall and, after a while of shifting, begins to hurt my ankle with the boot's height and lack of flexibility. Walking like a normal person in these is tough, unless you're at a Halloween party and you've dressed as a penguin in which case you'll be right in character with these things.
Wish I had the brain to return them when I could've. Now it's been too long.
February 4, 2016
So I had these boots for about a month. They were starting to break in, the clasp was a little wonky but I'd deal, they felt really well armored and werent bad, walking in them was a bit akward but okay. Then one day on my way down my carpeted steps I moved to avoid my dog.
And that's when it happened. I stepped at an angle and the buckle caught my stairs and pulled the clasp out of its housing and snaped its bracked, boots ruined. Had to toss them. I didnt even step down with full force.
January 3, 2016
Great for Riding, and Little Else
I ordered these because they looked like a great budget riding boot, and I wanted something big and clunky for looks and protection. They fit slightly large, as I normally wear an 11 in most shoes and boots. Upon first opening, they are impressive in their build. Very sturdy and will protect if you accidentally (or otherwise) slam your foot into something. The additional hard protection around the ankles is a contributing reason as to why I bought these. The reinforced toe and shift panels shorten the movement required for shifting, and the thick heels slot nicely into some highway pegs. Once you get off the bike, however, that's where my issues begin.
These are not a comfortable boot to walk around in. Immediately, I could feel the upper part of the boot rubbing around to top of my ankles. Within an hour of walking around the house to get used to them, I started to develop blisters. As I said above, they're a very solid build, but this means that there is really next to zero flex in the sole of the boot. This lends itself to a *cla-clunk* walking style, if you step heel-toe like I normally do. Even after wearing them for miles of walking to break them in, they are only slightly comfortable than that first day.
As for durability, well, this is where those two stars were lost. Within the first dozen times of pulling the boot on by using the pull tab at the back, it broke. Just one end of it, mind you, so now it hangs off the back. The laces provided also frayed at the eyelet points a lot, and there is no lace loop in the tongue of the boot, so it usually ends up tucked down to one side. This does not mean that you gain additional air-flow, however. It means that your foot that is already sweating inside the boot will become even wetter if/when it rains.
I'd recommend looking for a boot that has over a 4.0 star rating, because these boots are a solid 2.0.
December 30, 2015
I read the reviews before ordering, but took a chance anyways. I received them and upon putting them on the first time just to wear around the house, they were extremely uncomfortable - stiff and the top was very uncomfortable around my upper ankle. I wore them around the house for about 30 minutes and decided to return them. The buckle was also very flimsy and gave me no confidence it'd last for any period of time.
November 29, 2015
its just not that durable
i think the boots look amazing , you can walk with them actually a big distance without getting tired . my problem with them is that 3 out of 4 leather straps got ripped and the buckle on the left boot broke so i cant actually wear them any more . there is not a lot of air flow in the hot summer here you can get really sweaty and slippery in the boots
October 28, 2015
Not a bad boot
Looks pretty good with a pair of jeans, the boot runs a size large so keep that in mind when ordering. They are very stiff and take a while to break in.
October 12, 2015
Very good with a few budget flaws
The boots are very good. They take about 10 hours of ride time to break in. The are comfortable and I've done a 400 mile day in them and my feet didn't hurt and were ready to ride again the next morning. The airflow is pretty good. I've ridden in temps from the low 90s to mid 40s and my feet haven't gotten too hot or too cold. The boots aren't water proof but hold up against light rain. Like other reviews, the laces get chewed up after a few months. I'm three months into ownership and need to change laces. I've also broken the pull tab on the left boot. It failed at the latest lower stitching. Not a big issue, you can get the boots on without it still fairly easily.
Overall a very good boot for 90 bucks, even if it has a few issues with tearing up laces.
September 7, 2015