TCX X-Move WP Boots
More comfortable than I expected.
Great boots whether riding a cruiser or a sport bike,(I ride both). I've logged nearly 1000 miles in these boots since receiving them last week. Temperatures ranging from mid 40's to mid 90's. Very comfortable and very sure footed at intersections and other places like parking lots and driveways when you have your feet on the pavement.
July 21, 2016
Perfect daily beater boot
If you're reading this you're probably in the market for a commuter shoe/boot. You don't want to sacrifice protection but also don't wanna look like you're on a moon mission when meeting up with friends or heading to school. Look no further. This is the boot for you.
I wear 10 1/2 in most shoes, sometimes 10. I wear 9 1/2 in Chuck Taylors. I also have normal width feet. I bought these in size 44 and they fit perfectly.
They're kinda like pumas. I tend to wear slimmer fit riding jeans so the narrow profile of these boots complements them very well. I can still fit my pant legs over them. If you're into the big baggy riding jeans these might not go well with them, but I'm not sure. They're very comfortable and pretty stiff at first.
I did WAY too much research before deciding on these babies. So spare yourself and just buy these! After putting on the X-Moves the increased sense of protection was immediate compared to the Icon Truant 1000s I've been wearing for the last 2 1/2 years. Full wrap around ankle protection, mid height, and a stiff sole/heel inspires confidence. They're pretty stiff but I read they break in a bit. Which is fine I don't plan on hiking in these. For a daily beater these are perfect.
These are the absolute best protection you can get for a commuter boot imo that look "normal". (Buy some Supertech R's for the twisties). Now I didn't buy these for the style necessarily, I just wanted something that looks reasonably normal that fit my price range and protection standards. Forget buying one of those other "riding shoes" that look more like shoes, because you lose a lot in regards to protection. These still do look like riding boots imo but they're a good compromise. They look fine, really.
Pull the trigger you won't regret it.
July 7, 2016
Good boot, but maybe not for wide feet
I like this boot, and I want to keep liking it, but if I ride long in them my left pinkie toe starts to hurt pretty bad. Length wise they seemed spot on but width, not so good.
They are super easy to get in and out of. I did find that the leather pull tab on the zipper came off easily.
I can vouch for the water proof (great) and they breathe well.
I'd love them, and ride/wear them all day, if my pinkie toe didn't kill me after an hour. So I ride them on iffy weather days to work, and take off when at the office.
May 16, 2016
Great budget shoes
Firstly, these are riding shoes, not boots. They come up past my ankle by ~1-1.5 inches (5'8" tall). These boots are indeed waterproof, to an extent. Water will not get into the shoe so long as it doesn't get around the tongue. So long as you don't go splashing around in deep puddles, these shoes will indeed keep your feet dry. The liner also helps wick moisture away from sweat.
Main features these have compared to other riding shoes:
1. Extra stiff sole
2. Shoe completely covers the ankle, with plastic support plates on either side
3. Toe slide mimics an actual riding boot
The reason I say these are not boots:
They lack the overall height, durability, and protection of a true riding boot. These shoes are also made from cheaper materials than a true boot.
I generally ride as a commuter/weekend rider and these fit my riding style perfectly. I used to wear steel toe work boots for my gear, but these give much better protection. These are more breathable than my boots, even though I have seen others complain about them not venting enough. Protection should always outweigh comfort. I do not need a true riding boot, my pants ensure rain doesn't get around the tongue of the shoe, and these are a great value for what you receive.
April 26, 2016
Best mid-height boot or shoe out there (better than Alpinestar SMX3)
I bought the Alpinestar SMX-3 and the TCX X-Move, in order to compare them. I am returning the SMX-3, preferring the X-move for a multitude of reasons. This review is basically a comparison of the two.
I purchased both, looking for maximum protection as a mid-height boot that would fit under my skinny jeans (cuff 15.5 cm), under which I cannot currently wear any of my full height boots. This will fit under the cuff of my skinny jeans and just below the built-in shin protectors of my leathers.
As Anthony describes the SMX-3, the TCX X-Move really is a boot and not a shoe, extending well above the malleoli and completely covering the Achilles' tendons. Functionally, I would define this as a boot rather than a shoe because it provides comprehensive protection of the entire ankle. In this respect, oddly the X-Move is actually more of a boot than is the SMX-3, since the latter provides no rigid support or hard protection over the inside part of the anke (see below). Be aware, of course, that neither the SMX3 nor the X-Move provides protection of the leg (shin) itself.
This is an excellent boot, probably the best calf-height boot out there. For those looking for a "shoe," this is also probably the best motorcycle "shoe" type product out there, as another reviewer mentioned, though this does extend a fair bit higher than a true motorcycle shoe.
Compared to other calf-height boots out there, including the A* SMX3, the TCX is superior in terms of protection. It rises just slightly (about 1 cm) higher than the SMX3. In addition, the A* has a weight cut-out for the Achilles tendon in order to make it easier to plantar flex the foot. As a result, there is less protection over the back of the ankle just over the Achilles tendon than the TCX. The TCX X Move is 20% more rigid in the toe box and mid foot, and a full 30% stiffer in the ankle. Most importantly, the TCX provides hard (rigid) protection over both the lateral AND medial malleoli (outside and inside angle bones). Unfortunately the SMX3 has only soft support over the medial malleolus (the inside angle bone that would be crushed by a bike in the event of a low side).
One downside to the TCX X-Move is that it lacks the thick beefy slippery plastic race-style slider of the SMX3, which is a descendant of its race boot predecessor. The TCX has a thinner hard-rubber and plastic slider, which I am sure would hole up on the commute, but probably not the track, which it is not intended for.
The only other downside to the TCX X-Move-WP (for "water-proof") is that it does not have great airflow. But they are waterproof. I do wish these came in a perforated version or had some vents. That said, these are a solid three-season boot anywhere. They are probably four-season in Northern California where it never really gets too hot except for a couple of days out of the year.
The SMX3 has a decided racing style aesthetic. Though very comfortable, I would feel weird (fashion-wise) wearing those around the workplace. The TCX has more the appearance of a really cool looking street boot that would look quite good with a pair of jeans.
In terms of fit, the lacing system of the TCX is more adjustable. The only real adjustment in the SMX3 is the ratcheted strap. The TCX X-move, employing the decidedly less sexy lace system, is infinitely adjustable along the full height of the boot. In contrast the A* SMX3 only adjusts tightness at the level of the upper foot just past the ankle. (Although the A* has its usual velcro strip over the inside part of the boot, this is really just to access and cover the zipper mechanism; it really provides no or little means of adjustment of fit.) As a result, the X-move really does fit like a glove right out of the box.
I wear Size 42 and 8 1/2, but have wide feet. In Sidi I need a Size 43. In Alpinestar I wear a 42. The X-Move in Size 42 fits me perfectly. It started off feeling slightly on the narrow side, but after wearing them around the house for an hour, I was convinced the fit was perfect. If they start off feeling narrow at the beginning, they do get roomier in the toes after wearing them a bit. If they fit well straight off the bat, you need not worry about them becoming loose with wear.
(As an aside, Alpinestar hasn't quite perfected its new ratchet system. The teeth slip and will not consistently engage the ratchet for the last 25% to 30% of the length of the adjustable tongue. The ratchets do tend to slip. Also, the ratchet system strap lies a bit too low down on the foot, such that it irritates that prominent bone on the top of the foot towards the inside of the foot (the medial cuneiform, I think).
In summary, the TCX X-Move and the new Alpinestar SMX-3 both are really excellent boots/shoes. But I give the clear upper hand to the TCX X-Move. X Move is also $30 less than the A* SMX3!
Check out my photos: TCX X-Move on the left, Alpinestar SMX-3 on the right!
January 7, 2016
Some High Quality Boots
The TCX X-Move boots have exceptional build quality and are extremely comfortable on the bike. The feel of the pedals afforded by these boots is great and the fact that they are low profile means they easily find small sport-bike pedals and levers. The style is definitely technical, but not so technical that you can't wear them around a bit off the bike- I wear them at work and it's not like everyone stares. These are definitely flexible enough to be comfortable wearing around for shorter periods, but you won't mistake them for street shoes. Be sure to wear socks that are taller than the boot as the upper cuff of the boot can be a little uncomfortable if you don't. I haven't tested the waterproof claim of these boots yet, but given the exceptional fit and finish of the product, I have no doubt that they'll prove water tight.
September 29, 2015
I have wide feet, about an "E" and do not like to order shoes or boots unless I can try them on first but REVZILLA has very good service so I gave these a shot. The walking shoes that I always buy are size 11 "W". Ordered these in size 11 and the fit is way better than expected. Got these for warm weather conditions and wearing all day is no problem. They fit on the pegs and under the shifter nicely. Also nice to walk in. No complaints at all.
September 28, 2015
Buy it, excellent product, the best boot for the purpose of sport cruise.
September 21, 2015