TCX X-Move WP Boots
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
I've had these for 2 years, and they are my only moto boots. I've used them for every ride, and they still look great. Since they're waterproof they will run a little warm, but they're still very comfortable. Once broken in, you can easily wear them all day. I haven't crashed tested them, but based on how good they still hold up with the amount I wear them, I wouldn't be worried. I'd definitely buy again!
September 14, 2015
Overall a great product.
Extremely happy so far with my TCX boots. Thankfully haven't had to test out their protection yet, but the boots are extremely comfortable and fit pretty well to size. Since they're water-proof don't expect a ton of airflow if you're simply strolling around.
August 11, 2015
Well designed quality boot for on/off bike that looks good!
After comparing & reviewing short riding boots for the street I was pleased with my purchase of the TCX X-Move.
I typically purchase in-soles as I did with this boot, which I highly recommend for a noticeable increase in comfort. I have had good results with the Force field Roots brand.
The boot is comfortable when walking around at your destination and gives excellent feedback from levers.
It is very well constructed and looks awesome. It is not breathable but I purchased it for fall and spring weather riding so I am fine with that. I consider this boot my cool weather boot.
I am pleased with the bang for the buck and it is a welcome addition to my boot gear.
I range between a 9.5 and 10 with a narrow foot and the 43 fit perfectly with slight break in.
Lastly, love the carbon fiber on the back of the boot, which matches perfectly with my after market carbon fiber pipes and accessories on my bike.
July 31, 2015
Looked at a lot of Revzilla boot reviews before selecting these. Wanted a good casual vs track boot. The X-Move are perfect. Re sizing: I'm a size 10.5. Bought an 11. Felt wide in the toe at first but laced a bit tighter and perfect fit. Also stiff at first, but after a couple days use, now very comfortable on and off the bike. Walking in them even for a good distance no problem. They are water proof so not much air flow, but not a problem. Been in the 80s and humid where I live past few days and my feet very comfortable (no sweating) even after a long ride. Awesome boot.
June 14, 2015