TCX Track Boots
Protection at the cost of comfort. Break-in most definitely required.
DISCLAIMER: I have not used these boots other than having tried them on inside my house before deciding to return them. I have no experience of having used them on the bike at all. The following is more of an impression and recording of my decision process, which may help other buyers.
I bought these as the first dedicated set of motorcycle footwear. Protection was of the highest priority, and I immediately ruled out the low-cut boots and riding shoes. I am a runner by addiction (few marathons and planning for more), and well-being of my lower body is not something I'd ever want to give up.
The Good: TCX Track boots met that 1st requirement of protection very well. First time I put them on, I felt very secure around ankle cockpit and in front of the shins. Toe box and heel box are ample strong to inspire confidence. Sole seems to be quite stiff, with provision for toe flex (as in when tip-toeing with full body weight on them, but not for toes flexing up or down by their own muscle strength). Combination of stiff toe-box and stiff ankle-articulation may lead to some loss of feeling for the controls, but not something one wouldn't get used to.
The Bad: The inner portion of TPU shin protection end up digging into the shin, because of their concavity. In the picture, I have highlighted this area in green in the second photo attached. What is shown is not an optical illusion or photographic artifact. Instead of conforming to the circumference of the boot and taking convex curve shape, a portion of the top edge is either flat across, or even curve slightly inward. These contact points create very uncomfortable spots right against tibia. I'd hazard a guess that these will result in chafing or abrasion upon extended usage. This becomes an issue every time I put weight forward (leaning against the shin guard) or dorsiflexing the foot (every up-shifts and modulating rear brake). Since the material is hard TPU, I'm not convinced that they will gradually warp over time to conform the shin contour. I am unsure as to whether this was a manufacturing defect or just the way they are meant to be. If former, other buyers shouldn't have to worry, since RevZilla's customer service has proven itself time and again to be of utmost excellent. If latter, I do hope others do not run into this problem. I don't consider my physique to be extraordinary outside the median distribution curve.
The Looks: the suede leather outer construction is very pleasing, with rest of the design as what I'd call handsome without shouting. I may be a budding motorcyclist in terms of dedicated gear, but my taste for full-leather-clad outerwear hasn't developed quite yet. Although shin protectors are substantial in thickness, slim-fit jeans (slimmer than boot-cut, but not the hipster skinny kind) will go over them with little effort (see attached photos). In some sense, they make me think of slimmed-down snowboard boots with necessary reinforcement for motorcycle application.
In conclusion, this purchase had reaffirmed my belief in TCX prioritizing in protection. I will certainly buy another pair of TCX boots. I just feel that this particular pair may have been one step too far in the right direction for my particular use. Having seen full-length protection, I will probably go with something slightly lower like TCX Air Tech GTX boots next, which lost the bid initially due to lesser shin protection. They will still do well with protecting ankles while allowing more freedom, with added bonus of waterproof & breathability of Gore-Tex.
TL;DR: Although I personally decided to return, I still recommend these boots to others for the amount of protection you get for the money.
February 12, 2014
So cool the wife wants them for her now.
The boots are a great fit and look really cool, also they are more comfortable than they seem, great boots and for a real good price.
January 7, 2014
I have quite a few different brands boots littering my floor as I keep trying different ones and giving them a shot to break in for my wider feet. I read that TCX tends to make boots that fit well on folks with wider feet and boy were those reviews right. I love these boots. I like the fit, the look and generally I've not found anything I don't like about them.
I would totally recommend these for ADV or in my case street riding.
August 27, 2013