Joe Rocket Big Bang 2.0 Boots
I've had this boots for roughly 6 months now, wearing them almost every day. It is a comfortable pair of riding shoes that I where in a wide range of temperatures (low 40 - low 90's). Good style and decent protection. However, this shoes have several faults I have found over the course of its use.
1) Eats up shoelaces: Shoelace holes are coarse, so whenever I try to tighten the shoes, I can feel the shoelaces slowly thinning away. I have had to go through 3 shoelaces in 6 months period.... I wish the manufacturers had used smoother edges to prevent scraping the shoelaces as much as it does now.
2) Latch attachment will come off: Thus far, both of the plastic bases for the latches came lose from the shoes. I had to use superglue to reattach these parts to the shoes. Given $100 price tag, I would've expected better product quality.
Having said that, I can see these shoes lasting me for some time, though I would go through many more pairs of shoelaces and gluing them up from time to time.
December 1, 2014
You can't get this boot in Canada, so I ordered it out of the States. It was well worth it. Very happy
November 17, 2014
It is stylish, but not as comfortable as wanted
I usually use European size 43 (or US 9.5 wide) or even 44 (US 10). Taking into account the advice from Revzilla and other customers, choose size US9, and it is still.... roomy. I can easily use 2 layers of socks :).
Despite the room, the boots are not easy to put on or take off... and my lags do not ache after 1 week of using them (2-3 hours per day in average).
On the positive side, it seems warm enough (in temp 5C/40F), and stylish. And it feels as strong and durable.
October 31, 2014
Excellent All-Around Boot for the Price.
I have been using these boots for my daily commute for the past 3 months. So far they are holding up fine. They are comfortable for wearing all day as I have done so a few times already. They look great and I get compliments on them often. I am very happy about the quick-lock buckle system as it keeps the laces together and helps with support. What surprises me is the feeling of me feet being cooled while I'm riding. My feet don't get too hot and I never have a problem with moisture, which is a plus. Only complaint about these boots were the laces and lacing system. The initial install of the laces were a challenge because of the design of the eyelets. It The shape made it pretty difficult to lace up. Also the laces seem like they will need to be replaced soon as the eyelets are slowly ripping them. No big deal as they are inexpensive to replace.
October 24, 2014
Good boot on, and off, the bike!
I've been stomping around in these for a few weeks now and have gotten them loosened up quite a bit. When I first put these on I was Frankenstein-ing around a bit, but like any good leather boot they loosened up after putting some miles on them. Previous reviews warned of poor lace quality, but I've found that if you take your time lacing up, and are mindful of the angle you pull the lace against the metal eyelets, the laces are good. The other review warnings about the stability of the pull-tab on the back have prevented me from testing this feature, so I can not comment on the validity of the statements, but obviously I believe them. The description of the features is accurate, with padded angles and a nice strap to hold down your laces. The toe grips are likely more of an aesthetic than functional addition, but they line up with the shifter on my cruiser. The sizing is a bit large, so if you are a half-size go down, not up.Overall I am pleased with my purchase and believe I will be riding in these for quite a while.
September 29, 2014
Great overall for the price
the bigbang 2.0 is a great riding boot for short trips and local driving. looks great under a pair of jeans and feels sturdy for protection. took about 2 days to break in and fit slightly large. for the price you cant beat this simple boot.
September 17, 2014
Good Starter Boot
Been commuting in these for almost 9 months. They run a size large but are quite comfortable. I can wear them all day with no issues - have even been hiking short distances in them. On the bike there's not a ton of airflow unless you point your toe downward. The tongue's not attached on the sides so they can get a bit wet if you're caught out in the rain.
Biggest problem I've had is that the lace grommets are really sharp and I've had to buy new laces twice already because they keep getting shredded. Definitely worth the price for a versatile boot.
September 11, 2014
I bought these because of the price and style. The back leather loop on one of the boots broke the first time I put them on and broker on the other boot within a week. The quick lock buckle, while nice, pulled out of the side of the boot within a month. I wasn't able to wear them long enough to determine if they were comfortable.
September 2, 2014