TCX Air Tech Gore-Tex Boot
Good summer boot. My second pair.
I bought my first pair of the Air Tech back when they were Oxtar. I ride a lot so I end up in hot weather and quite a bit of rain. I don't care for the soles on these boots so I have a better sole put on. But even with the extra expense of changing the sole I still like the boots enough to buy a second pair. And I'll probably buy a third pair when I wear these out.
May 15, 2013
GoreTex!!! I commute around the Big Island, Hawaii
I commute approximately 160 miles round trip four to five days a week. Each ride takes me from average temperatures of mid 80's(f) to down into the 40's(f). Each ride I'll usually get sunshine, rain and fog. When it's foggy it's wet and cold, when it's rain it's moderate to
torrential. These boots are of great fit and finish. My feet are cool and dry in the heat and warm and dry in the fog and rain. As long as I don't have to walk in them much (for normal sole wear) I can see these boots lasting me years! Oh, and they are reasonably comfortable to walk in. I wear a size 10.5 to 11 in Nike or Addidas running shoes. These boots are a size 45/11 and fit well with a bit of wiggle room. I think that not too tight of a fit will optimize the GoreTex breathe ability and general air flow. I will never buy any boots without GoreTex again. (I am slowly upgrading all my outerwear to include GoreTex material as well!)
March 11, 2013
I can testify that these are indeed waterproof. Bought them after checking out the reviews, to ride in Malaysia. Wanted a hot weather boot that could take monsoon rains but was till breathable in hot and high humidity environments. These came through with flying colors. Rode about 300 km in on/off torrential rain and socks stayed dry. Despite me not having rain pants on. My Coolmax socks stayed dry at the end of the hot days ride as well. The fit was slight roomy inside as expected from reviews. I added a pair of inserts and that solved the problem. Comfortable enough to walk around with as well. Overall I am very very pleased with these boots. A bit undergunned for track use but more than adequate for street and touring.
February 19, 2013
THIS PRODUCT KEEPS YOU COOL AND DRY
ONE BOOT FOR ALL SEASONS.TCX AIR TECH-GORE TEX TOOK A 500 MILE CAMPING/ROAD TRIP IN BOTH COOL MORNINGS & HOT AFTERNOON , TEMPERATURES, IN NOVEMBER, IN FLORIDA. COULD FEEL THE AIR FLOW, IN THE HEAT OF THE AFTERNOONS. WALK COMFORTABLY SETTING UP CAMPSITE (ALSO COMFORTABLE WHEN I WALK, ON ASPHALT & CONCRETE). FITTED A BOOT LINER IN BOOTS, WHICH KEPT OUT THE COLD AIR.IN THE CHILLY MORNINGS. WHEN IT IS RAINING MY FEET STAY DRY. WHEN I RIDE IN S.E. TENNESSEE IN THE WINTER I PLAN ON USING THE BOOT LINER AND THICKER WOOL SOCKS, OR HEATED SOCKS. SHOE SIZE 12.5 SIZE 46 COMFORTABLE FIT REVIEW BY GA LIMEY
November 12, 2012
Bought for an Alpine Adventure trip (mostly roads)
Great boots. They keep my feet warm and dry while everyone else on the trip had some sort of issue with their boots after more than a few days of rain. Also I was worried that the boot would be too hot for true summer weather of 90F+. Turns out these worked great in the hot weather too, my feet were warm but were able to breath. Great entry and exit with interior zipper. The opening is adjustable for the largest of calve muscles. The only thing that I would recommend, if you are heavier or have issues with your feet, get some sole inserts. These aren't necessary for riding, but the walking that can occur between rides, more than a few hundred feet can start to wear on you.
July 21, 2012
Nice Concept - but do they fit?
I’m keeping these TCX Air Tech Gore-Tex Boots, but I am luke warm on them. I find the fit a little strange. I usually take a 43. In an Apinestars boot after break-in, the fit is spot on. These feel slightly large, a little wide at the back of the foot, and a little narrow in the forefoot. Ideally I’d take a EE width, but it’s hard to find in a M/C boot. What is particularly strange is that the right boot feels tighter than the left - at least in the toe - and I’ve noticed this with other TCX products. I know what you’re thinking… No, my feet are not different sizes, at least not when wearing other brands of shoes.
The boot is definitely cooler to wear on a hot day. I have not tried them in the rain yet, so I can’t speak to the waterproofing. Protection is a bit of compromise; there just is not a lot of structure. However, you’d be way better off than in a sneaker or a lower cut boot in a crash.
I am hoping the boot breaks in a bit, and the comfort improves over time. They are fine on the bike, but I wouldn’t want to take a 5-mile walk in them.
Like most things, it is all about the fit. If you do get a good fit in these, and you are not looking for the ultimate in protection, these might be a great option for you as a warm weather touring boot.
June 4, 2012
Excellent foot protection, well ventilated.
I commute everyday and my main concerns when buying a new pair of boots are safety and ventilation. I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil - heavy rains and hot weather from October to April - and mild, dry weather (with occasional rains, like today) the rest of the year. These boots fill my needs almost perfectly. They are rigid enough to protect your feet without being unconfortable and fit very well to me (I have a high arch and a wide foot). It is a little bit difficult to tap dance on the shifter, mainly upshifting, but I am getting used to it. I faced a mid to heavy rain today (atypical at this time of the year) and my feet stayed dry and comfortable, without any trace of sweat/humidity. The materials used are excellent, including the GoreTex membrane, and the leather is of good quality, as well as the synthetic materials. It seems very resistant to me.
May 14, 2012
Tall footbed, breathes well -- but minimal protection
As others have mentioned, there's a lot of "height" inside this boot, leaving a fair amount of airspace between the top of my foot and where the "tongue" would be if this were a shoe -- advantage being good ventilation and great comfort. But I do worry that in a crash, all this extra room -- coupled with the boot's extreme flexibility -- would allow my foot to twist and break.
There is no arch support, so factor in the cost of aftermarket insoles if your feet aren't extremely flat.
And all that extra height in the foot area means that you might have to adjust your shifter position to get the boot under your shifter.
Plus, there is near-zero ankle protection. Perhaps in a low-speed slide, the mesh and rubber accents would keep the skin on your bones. But if any part of the bike impacts the boot in a low-side, the probability of shattered bones seems high.
Moreover, I disagree with the reviewers who say the boot fits wide. I have three pairs of SIDI boots (42 and 43), and the Air Tech (43) is definitely more restricted in width in the mid-foot region directly behind the toes. The Air Tech is also much pointier at the toe, and therefore significantly longer than any of my SIDIs.
With all that said, these boots are indeed very comfortable, and I can wear them hours at a time -- even off-bike -- without any hot spots or discomfort.
May 12, 2012