TCX X-Miles WP Boots (Size 40)
Great price point for what you get. The boot is a tad on the larger size, but that actually worked out great as I was able to put in my orthodics, and that filled it perfectly (not that I need the orthodics for riding... but it feels good to walk around in them more).
Speaking of wearing them around while not riding. I actually got to work and forgot to change out of my boots all day. It was a comfortable fit so, there was no worries. Just I kinda had to laugh, as when I wen to change "back" from my work shoes... I didn't need to. People at work were saying at that point "why was I wearing my boots all day?"
January 30, 2016
A Great Touring / Commuting Boot
My old boots were eight years old and well worn. The waterproofing failed me in the early spring so it was clear to me that it was time for new boots. I started my search. I have a very wide foot (EEE+) so it's difficult to find a boot that fits. The gear geek that I spoke to at "Zilla" recommended that I try something in the TCX lineup as they tend to run a bit wider. So I did, and found that these boots fit both me and my riding style (sport touring/ commuting). I still took them to the shoe maker to have them widened a bit which made the fit perfect for me. Keep in mind that I'm a simian, so you humans shouldn't have that problem :-)
What I like:
1. As long as your gear is waterproof down to the top of the boots you will have dry feet in the rain. I was astounded at how well these boots remained dry in tempest like downpours. The interior gator and exterior material create a superb moisture resistive interface.
2 Basic but cool styling! The upper makes an interesting dihedral with the foot of the boot giving it a slightly aggressive look. I liked that. The branding is subtle but stylish as well.
3.Excellent protection - exceptional heal cockpit for the price with outstanding upper protection for the shin and malleolus. The toe is hard but not overly vertical so it fits under the controls very nicely.
4.The boot breaths very well in the summer and winter. I will say that one of the things folks forget about WP boots is that they tend to insulate better in the colder months. These do a fine job of that below 40 degrees with a thick pair of socks and a sock liner. Wearing thinner socks in the summer tend to keep the temperature well balanced in the boot. In no way is this boot meant to compete with a full-out summer boot.
5.Comfort - The topside elasticated bellows transition is an excellent feature that I really enjoy. In the absence of this type of detail it can make one feel as though they are wearing cardboard, and that is not the case for this boot. The upper is pliable and predicts the areas that typically cause discomfort i.e. the top of the boot at the shin. In this case a very nice little half moon of foam has been provided to aliviate shin bite. The sole is stiff. I prefer that for the type of riding that I do. The boot took six months of weekly riding to break-in. Don't read that to be s a detrement just the nature of the boot. The liner is comfortable for walking around but does have a tendancy to follow your foot upon exit.
6.Safety - The sole is sturdy and provides great street traction on both dry, oily and wet payvement. Lose gravel or sand could create some movement underfoot while on the bike..If that is a concern, then you may want to consider a boot with a deeper tread. There is a nice little built in heal reflector as well.
7. In and Out - The velcro can be grabby but it does a nice job in cinching down the boot. The instep strap may be the boots single best fit feature. It secures the overall fit and puts the boot a click above other boots that are missing this detail at competing price points.
8.Exterior - inspires great durability. I was scepticale of the toe shift panel but it has proven to be faithful and robust for the past six month with no signs of wear. The only thing that could make this boot a bit better would be a toe slider but it is not necessary from my point of view.
Pricing - An amazing value for the details and style. You can get less boot for the money but not likely more boot at this price point with similar features, styling and build quality.
For once, I don't have any dissatisfiers to point to in one of my reviews. This is a very good product. Buy this boot for touring and commuting if you want to be well protected, dry, cool or warm. If you need more style or street presence then look to another boot.
Shiny side up!
December 31, 2015
My second pair of TCX boots and the quality is the same - excellent. These strike a great balance between shoes and boots. Easy on/off, walkable, yet pretty protective.
October 24, 2015
Okay entry level boot, but short on durability
I've had these for about 15 months now, and I'm a daily commuter, so they are certainly well broken in by now. They're supposed to be waterproof, so air flow is NOT supposed to be good. In light rain, they've done fine, but in heavy rain I had some slightly damp socks though I can't be sure if the water came through the boot or into the boot from above.
Out of the box, looked and fit okay. Revzilla sizing info was right on. The foot bed was was rather hard and the "hook and loop" retention strap couldn't quite tighten things up. I bought some off the shelf foot liners at the grocery store and the boots' fit was greatly improved.
Durability has been a big disappointment. The stitching is fraying at several different points; both the stitching of the major leather panels, but also at the edges of the panels and the stitching along the hook and loop sections. Frayed stitching is probably going to be a weak point for water ingress. The biggest problem is the so called "hook and loop" straps that keep the boots on appears to just be wearing out and not holding tight like it once did. I'm guessing generic hook and loop material is cheaper to manufacture with than name brand Velcro, but the lack of quality is evident. The H&L stuff just doesn't hold reliably. Any minor flex of my foot, and I hear that familiar Velcro ripping sound we all know - but I shouldn't be hearing the sound at all when I'm just walking up stairs or duck-walking the bike into a parking space.
Budget doesn't allow for new boots now, but next time I'm definitely going for boots that rely on buckles rather than hook and loop fastening.
January 16, 2015
When I get it
From all the reviews I'll be safe and stylish with it so of course i had to pick ill make another review when i get them
December 7, 2014
Comfortable but sturdy and stylish
I wanted a good boot that I could also wear at the office, so didn't want a hardcore motorcycle boot. I also wanted waterproof, and so far these boots have been great! Have not worn them in a downpour yet, so cannot comment on waterproofing, but have been caught in some showers and road-kickup with no problems.
I've worn these on hot and cold days and my feet have been comfortable. Boots have good protection at ankles and heel.
Easy to get on and off and are comfortable to wear all day.
October 27, 2014
Super boot! Good toe box and comfortable (walking) sole.
I've ridden 1000 miles in these boots and have had 2 'get offs'. Foot/lower leg protection is superb. The right medial ankle TPU makes engaging the rear brake pedal #Triumph Trophy# initially a challenge but easy to do with a little practice. Strongly recommend the boots!
October 9, 2014
TCX X-Miles WP Boots
Great boots! Wear an 8 1/2 so 42 is great. Wide in the toe area. Enough flexibility at the top for comfort on the bike.
Month old and seem well constructed. Appear to be a quality product.
September 12, 2014