Speed and Strength Urge Overkill Boots
Firstly , the stitching is terrible on this boot. Second, from factory one of my buckles doesn't "snap" closed making it feel loose. I work on the Ramp at an airport and they work great for walking and as a work shoe, but the first 4-5 days were rigid and tough to get through. Great after that. I wore them in Alaska as hiking boots and they held up good, tested the waterproof factor then, and it held up. Pretty good overall, but would not recommend because of stitching and buckle issues. Others with the same shoe seem to be having the same problem, not one off.
November 3, 2014
Great Boot but with design/contruction flaws
I’ve had these boot for over a year now. I have a somewhat wide foot any many boots run narrow. This fits very well. The boots are very comfortable and seem to offer very good protection. They work well in a variety to climates. I’ve used these on 40 degree days and 105 degree Arizona afternoons. I can only give these 2 stars because of the construction. First, the heal pull straps are attached very weakly with single stitching and will come off easily. Mine did. What was more frustrating was that the part the buckle the strap attaches to is only superficially glued onto the exterior of the boot. Given the rest of the boot seems well made, I was really surprised at the cheap and weak way they attached the buckle. I had one pop right off just by buckling the boot on after a few weeks of use. I was able to epoxy it back on, but I’m concerned they are probably not going to hold if my foot is torqued in a crash or they are dragged along the pavement. They really should have attached it through the thickness of the boot with some sort of backing plate, not just gluing it on.
August 3, 2014
Buckle broke on original pair after wearing them only a few times. RZ replaced them with an updated model. The pull tab on the back of one of the replacement boots tore off the first time I put them on, the stitching was such that it just perforated the fabric making it very easy to tear off. I should have spent more and bought SIDI's or AlpineStars. No more S&T for me.
April 21, 2014
I'm on my 3rd pair of these shoes, so lets go into some details.
First pair I ordered looked and fit great, however on the right shoe, the top latch was a bit hard to unlock, but it didn't bother me too much at the time as I was just excited to go riding in a real bike boot instead of my sneakers. After a whole weekend of riding, taking the shoes on and off, the latch totally ripped out of the shoe... Look at photo 1 and 2. Returned them defective at no cost to me.
Second pair. Once I received the new shoes I didn't even get to put them on before I noticed that on the right shoe (again), the bottom strap did not latch on at all. It clipped closed but unlocked itself with the slightest amount of tug. When strapped down and on the foot, once you made a move to take a step, the latch unlocked and released the strap to swings around all over the place. Another warranty return.
I've just received my 3rd pair, and so far so good. Everything seems to latch correctly and the fit is good. Time will only tell how these will hold up, and with the poor weather ahead I won't have any riding time for a week before they really get tested. I do feel like with the one year warranty I will probably be replacing them again though. Also, as many others stated before, the straps will need to be trimmed to really get a tight fit, but I will hold off on that incase these fall apart, next time thought I will get my money back and stay away from Speed and Strength.
I really do like these boots, they fit great, they have lots of room for the people with wide feet, they are very adjustable with the straps, they are totally waterproof, and they cover your ankles. That is a lot for a $125 boot, but the quality however is just not there, or perhaps a lack quality control in Pakistan (where they are made).
Ps. Just got my Speed and Strength Jacket and one of the zippers is busted out of the box.
March 25, 2014
What's with no half sizes?
Didn't think I'd like these as much as I do. Had to take the Euro 10, no conversion to 10 1/2 avail. A bit snug at first, particularly getting on, but they are loosening up with wear. The clasp attachments are too long, even adjusted all the way in, but not a big deal as they don't effect comfort and they sure as heck aren't coming off when closed. Haven't used in summer yet, but I expect them to be pretty hot as the waterproof membrane inside does its job well. Nice and warm in the cold temps, so they might just end up as 3 season boots. A little too reminiscent of old style ski boots to wear anyplace but on the bike, so they are vehicle specific for me. Great ankle protection, which is what I was looking for in the first place.
March 11, 2014
Spot on for what I was looking for in a WP boot
First, I have *lots* of riding shoes and boots, from A* to Sidi to Speed and Strength to Bilt. I've been looking for a good waterproof warm weather boot for a long time. This fits the bill. I've had S&S Moment of Truth riding shoes for a while, and love them, so decided to give S&S's Urge Overkill boots a try.
This is what I was looking for (and what these boots address), and in this priority:
1- Comfortable (if they're not, it's a deal killer from go).These are wide and roomy, and offer great support. Order 1/2 size smaller than what you are.
2- Well built / durable. The Moment of Truth's have held up great, and these have the same features, and exact same sole. Some have a problem with buckle/clasps. I was a little unsure when I first saw them on the Moment of Truths. But, turned out to be a good idea, reliable, and they work.
3- Waterproof. Been in the wet, but not yet in a driving rain, however, not a drop of moisture inside so far.
4- Comfortable in warm weather. They're great up to 72F so far. Hasn't been any warmer, yet.
5- Price. Speaks for itself.
These are 3/4 boots, so they're not shin protectors (which I find cloying in the summer, anyway). But, they have plenty of protection, they're substantial, light, and comfortable. The opening is narrow, as someone mentioned. However, it's really not an issue getting them on.
Very pleased with them.
March 7, 2014
Great comfort, style, fit
Roomy so you can wear thicker sox if needed. Very comfortable. Love the styling. Soles have a slight heel detail that is good for hooking on the peg for cruising, but my previous boots had a completely flat sole so I needed to get used to the pronounced heel. The buckles provide a secure fit, but if you have slim ankles/feet, you will probably have to shorten the adjuster straps to give you enough closure of the tongue. Fortunately the straps slide out easily for trimming. They are plenty warm, at least for winter in SoCal, have ridden with them in high 40's with just thin wool socks and they are fine. Have also ridden with them in low 80's and they didn't get overly hot.
March 3, 2014
An Excellent Boot - If you Tweak It a Bit
After researching different boots, I finally decided on these and I haven't been disappointed. They are quite stiff at first and getting them on the first few times does have you questioning whether they'll fit or not, but they break in pretty quickly. Once broken in, they're comfortable enough for riding and walking around after you park your bike. I probably wouldn't want to go on a long hike in them, but they're comfortable nonetheless. They also run wide, which is a plus for me, and was one of the factors that helped me make my decision to purchase them. The plastic tabs that adjust the clips are probably going to be too long, unless you have ankles like tree trunks, but they are very easily trimmed with a pair of shears and still work flawlessly. They feel very solid and instill a lot of confidence that they'll provide good protection in the even of an accident.
February 12, 2014