TCX Air Tech Gore-Tex Boot
Better than a sum of it's qualities.
It might not win the "best of" in any category but put together, this boot wins.
I only have owned a few boots prior to this, but I question myself "why didn't I buy these sooner?"
Close out prices from Revzilla should help anyone on the fence jump on this awesome boot.
February 8, 2016
Good in the house. How about on the bike?
New England winter = not much riding time.
TCX Air Tech Gore-Tex Boot feels good on the foot (after an exchange). I wear U.S. 13. The TCX size chart shows EU48 being equivalent to US13. Not so on my feet. The 48 boots slipped a lot between heel and "top" front of foot/ankle area. Ordered the last pair of 47 as a replacement. These fit like "glove" on foot. Very comfortable to wear around / walk around house. Issue is, no riding time on these boots yet to know about peg "touch", shifter lever "touch", wind transfer, water proofness, etc... I can write again in summer once riding has begun again.
Otherwise, general fit and finish is solid and comfortable. The Velcro™ flaps are LOUD when opening and the Velcro™ zipper pull (although a great idea) is really "spikey" on the fingers when you grab it to zip up / down. I kind of don't care how they "look" - cuz who's looking at anyone's feet when they're riding? - but they look fine.
I would recommend these TCX boots to commuters and ADV folks...
January 26, 2016
TCX Air does what it says - allows air movement
I purchased my first pair of TCX Air boots in 2011. At the time, I was wearing Tourmaster Solution (1st gen). I can't speak for the current Solution 2.0 variety, but the 1st gen Solutions were hot in warm weather and sweaty in cold weather. They were comfortable on and off the bike, and seemed to offer decent protection for the price. The Solutions are a low-cost 'value' boot that works.
You can literally feel the air moving through the TCX Air boots (even on a well shielded R1150RT).
When the wife learned to ride in 2011, we began sharing abundant adventures and more miles. Since 2011, we've been riding 10k-15k miles each year, and I'm still wearing those five year-old TCX Air's without issue. While our bikes have changed, the boots have been the same all these years. We've been across the Upper Peninsula, to the Tail of the Dragon every year, down the BRP (several times), up Skyline Drive, to Bar Harbor Maine, and on nearly every 'named' road throughout OH, VA, WV, TN, NC, GA. They've been to the 16k ft. top of Mt. Evans in CO then hiked on to the summit, to the top of Mt.Washington auto road, hiked around Barber Vintage MC days (several years), and even did Total Control and Cali Superbike classes with these boots. They are comfortable for riding and hiking, durable, and look good too.
In moderate to warm weather, the TCX Air is a no-brain'er. But it may be surprising just how great they are in cold weather too. Non-ventilated boots get sweaty in all weather and once that happens, your feet are cold no matter what. The air flowing through these keeps your feet from sweating; thereby, keeping them dry and warm - despite cold air blowing through. Also, they are Gortex water proof - never have they leaked on me.
I like them so much that when I saw the closeout pricing, I bought an extra pair (TCX is price-controlled BTW). Opened the box when they arrived, and wow are they stiff! I didn't realize just how worn my pair had become - maybe its time for a new pair after all.
In summary, someone will have a hard time persuading me to buy a different boot (even within the TCX brand). It would need free-flowing mesh, decent protection, along with waterproof Gortex, wide toe box, comfort off the bike, and look good too. I'd imagine that the new version will be very similar - they look about the same, and I'd expect them to perform similarly. The one negative is the level of protection and support they offer. These are 'touring' type boots. They are not intended for racing (sliders, advanced joint and ligament protection, etc), nor do they offer the stability necessary for off-roading adventures. Maybe the newer model addresses these shortcomings?
December 14, 2015
Great All Around Boot
I've put around 12 thousand miles on these boots and so far I love them. These are 100% waterproof and have never failed me in the worst rain. They breathe really well, more so than any other boot I have tried making them great for summers here in NE. I will be using them into the winter with a thicker sock and insole heaters and so far they have been just fine in cold temps (30's and below). Really comfortable, just wear a long sock otherwise the air mesh material can be a bit scratchy.
My one gripe on these would be protection, I had a small rock hit the toecap of the boot at highway speeds and my toe was pretty sore for a while after that. The protection on these is minimal, but they are comfortable to walk around in all day so pick and choose what is important.
I would highly recommend these to any sport tourers/ all year riders in a heartbeat. (I am a 9.5-10 US size and Size 43 fits perfect)
November 21, 2015
Comfortable and breathable
I've had a pair of these boots for a few months now and have been pleased with them. I think they will satisfy most of my riding needs (here in California, anyway) for most of the year. While they do breathe better than my other sport-touring boots, they don't have quite as much airflow as I was hoping for. My feet still get pretty warm on hotter days, but at least they get better circulation with the cordura construction vs the leather on my other boots. I would definitely recommend these boots for someone looking for a comfortable sport-touring boot with better than average breathability.
October 22, 2015
Very practical and comfortable
Good product, I just wish they didn't cost so much
October 12, 2015
Pretty good boot
I purchased these looking for a comfortable boot for touring riding and walking around while sightseeing. They definitely fulfilled that objective.
They have some very well thought out features, like the zipper tabs being velcro so that they can fasten to the boot to ensue they do not come unzipped while wearing the boots.
The ventilation is good. If you get your feet out into the slipstream, you can definitely feel the ventilation and on some 38 degree mornings in the mountains, you could also feel it. That said, even on a rainy day that never made it past the mid 50's, my feet were not cold. Chilly perhaps, but not cold. On hot days, the shin area gets hot because the shin protectors don't breath at all. I really noticed it the first few days and then became more used to it.
My only real complaint is that in what amounts to about 2 1/2 weeks of wear some of the stitching on the side of one boot seems to be unraveling a bit. I'm going to try to stop the unraveling with a little CA glue to tack it down, but it does make me wonder about the long term durability. (My Curiserworks tour boots are still going strong after seven years and 70,000 miles of riding, but perhaps because my feet have changed they have become miserable to walk in, hence the TCX Air Techs.
At this point, I would definitely recommend these boots. They are waterproof, comfortable, and very easy to get on and off.
September 28, 2015
These are the best riding boots I've owned. Actually, they are the only boots I've owned. When I finally wore the first pair out after 5 years of riding, I bought the same thing again. They flow air and are waterproof. They are very comfortable on the bike as well as walking around.
August 25, 2015