TCX X-Cube Boots
On and off the bike, this boot delivers superior comfort and control.
I love these boots. I can't say enough great things about them, the fit is snug and secure, the confidence-boost from the amount of protection they offer is insurmountable, and the style is great on and off the bike. The waterproofing is very efficient, I've ridden in the rain a lot, and never had a soggy foot. I marked airflow as average because I wasn't looking for a boot with good airflow as I often ride in cold weather, so marking it average was definitely a good thing in my eyes.
It takes a little bit to break them in, but after a week of riding and walking, they begin to form nicely to your feet and even your riding style. I noticed that shifting became almost second nature and the boot felt like an extension of my bare foot, which I suppose would be the point.
The only thing I would say is not ideal with these boots are the in-soles. They are not secured to the inside of the boot and therefore, often when walking around, they slip around inside and become wedged in sometimes awkward positions. I think if you get a second set of insoles, this problem will be solved. It might also be a good idea anyway just because the stock insoles are not very sturdy anyway and that's probably what led to the problem in the first place.
Basically, these boots are fantastic, and if you're thinking about buying them and have spent months tirelessly researching for the perfect pair, stop here. You're home.
October 11, 2014
Excellent winter/early spring boots
After trying 5 or 6 different boots, these are by far the best waterproof winter boots I've tried. They are really comfy, they are warm but I have ridden with them in moderate heat without any problems.
I´m definitely going to get the air version for the summer.
September 29, 2014
These TCX X-Cubes fit the bill nicely!
Straight up. I love these boots, even with their flaws. They won't be returned! I'll be wearing these to their destruction, I think.
I don't buy any clothing online. Ever. If I can't try it on, I don't want to deal with it. But I have such issues with footwear, and I needed new boots for riding.. and I can't find any that work for me/fit me here...
I finally broke down. I watched a few reviews from Anthony and Revzilla on various boots... read a few from the public... and made a choice. These here TCX X-Cubes seem to fit the bill. Not too expensive, nice protection, not loud, seem to be pretty nicely made... Ok, let's try 'em. Now... if only they'd fit...
*They do*. I don't have to reship for a different size! Sweet!
So far, they're the best fitting shoes/boots I've had in a LONG time. I almost shed a tear. I ain't kidding. It's that kind of a struggle for me. Which is why you can't have these back, guys, sorry. I'll put up/fix the minor quibbles I got with 'em before I take another chance, thanks.
The quick version of the good parts:
They fit me!
They look good.
They seem to grip in wet, gravel/mud parking lot as I'm shoving my bike around #didn't slip at all!) as well as various pavements and condition. Can't speak for oil resistance though, didn't hit any yet with 'em.
They're comfy enough that I wore them at work all day. But I wouldn't recommend driving a manual transmission car. Doesn't feel quite right to me.
They wick away the moisture, no kidding, even in the Houston muggy and hot air. Feet were dry at the end of the rides. Fantastic, that. And they were not real hot, no more than any of the other stuff I wear makes me. Comfy, again.
They're waterproof, but I don't know if I'll need that, for I have boot covers for that purpose.
Protection schemes look to be very good. I hope I never find out, of course.
The 'meh' part:
They're not nearly as cool temperatured overall as I'd like, but given the overall performance, I don't much care either. They're not uncomfortable, but they're not air flowing beasts either.
The 'This could be better' parts:
The laces are too long... or too short if you wrap them around the boot, under the pull up loop, and back to the top above the retention strap. The second is how I do it.
There aren't enough lace holes/straps/? at the top, as there seems to be at least one to two missing up there. To me, anyway.
The retention strap is not recommended for football player type calves, like I have. Can't get enough Velcro on it. It needs to be longer. If you're a twig, it'll work great, and the laces would be long enough for that wrap trick, no problem.
I'm keepin' deez!
The laces will be exchanged for slightly longer ones, for I like the wrapping version of tying them up.
The retention strap will be dealt with. Whether that's somehow getting a longer piece of velcro affixed, or just cutting the thing off. Either will work for me. Mods and farkles, right?
But even with the minor issues above, these are fantastic. If I could get through an entire day with these on in this area, I'm set. I like them tons, they work really well for me, and again, since I've had so much trouble in the past with shoes/boots... they are a welcome surprise. Having the protective hard pads and material makes me feel better about these too, for others I've worn were just service boots.
Glad I found 'em! Thanks so much!
September 22, 2014
Excellent fit, comfortable.
I was unsure as to the exact boot I wanted. I watched several video reviews and this one has not disappointed. Fits well and I feel as though I am getting great protection in the ankle area. I would recommend this product.
September 16, 2014
Amazing for the Price
Bought these boots as my first REAL motorcycle boots. Best purchase ever. For only $140, these boots look good, have fantastic protection, and are waterproof.
They look great which is what you expect from TCX. The cool lines that wrap down the sides are what I like best. They're surprisingly comfortable, and not just while riding. I walked in them on an 8 hour trip (about 3 hours of walking) and didn't notice any soreness or tiredness. Maybe look into new insoles but not really necessary.
They are waterproof so that means they aren't very breathe able. Took them off at the 8 hour trip and even after I was sitting for the hour car ride home, I took them off only to realize how f***in hot they were! About 150°(obvious exaggeration). Didn't bother me too much since it was a bit cold out while I was riding. Also, drill another set of holes higher up the boot. The length of the laces and the number of holes doesn't match well. I just added another row of lacing by punching two new holes above the factory set.
September 15, 2014
Warm and comfortable
Comfortable off the bike as well. Fits well, not bulky. Laces a little too long. toe guard should have been a little bigger. Overall a good buy.
September 8, 2014
As boots go, this is a good one. I feel confident riding in them, it is also comfortable walking around (walked couple of miles without problem). Ankle is well protected and shifting if very comfortable.
The only downside are the laces are too long, I need to put 3 knots in it and they are really warm especially for the summer. When you ride - no problem, but as soon as you stop...Come fall they will be perfect, but in 75+ weather - too warm, but not like in a ski boot of course
September 3, 2014
Love the boots, wish the following was better:
I wore these boots day in day out on a 17 day, 5,000 mile cross country rode trip . I am very satisfied with how protected I felt, the flexibility, and the styling of the boot.
However , airflow is dismal, I am not sure what other reviewers who claim their feet stayed dry are talking about . Grip on the sole is surprising slippery . Be prepared for the boot to slide across smooth surfaces, not much grab on the sole. In regards to the absurdly long laces, I drilled two additional holes all the way up to the very top of the boot. This allowed me to lace the boot higher, thereby shortening the lace to a reasonable length .
Overall this boot is a great value even considering the weaknesses I brought up, and I would buy again.
July 19, 2014