TCX X-Rap Gore-Tex Shoes
These were my first pair of motorcycle boots and I needed something that would work with my job because I didn't want to be lugging around another pair of shoes. After checking out every "urban riding shoe" online that I could find, I emailed revzilla to ask about sizing and they recommended this one hands down for flat, wide feet like mine because these run on the wider side, but are pretty true to form for the length (for reference, I wear a 10 in Converse and an 11 in basically everything else, and I ordered a 44 in these and they are perfect, if not maybe a tiny bit long). As for looks, I had no idea what color "anthracite" was, but it's basically as dark a gray as you can get before it's actually black. You may as well just call it a black shoe. The best part is that they honest to god look like a regular tennis shoe when you pull your pant leg down over the ankles, and they feel awesome walking around in them. For a couple days, the top of the shoes creased downwards right onto the knuckle of my both of my big toes, which was actually kind of painful every time I flexed my foot, but on the third day I guess they had broken in enough that it was completely gone. I just spent my first 10 straight hours walking around in them and they felt great all day. Highly recommended!
December 29, 2015
First off, they run big. I wear a 13 or 14. I ordered a 13 and was way too big. Sent back and after a seemingly eternity really only 4 business days got my 12. They fit!
They are the most expensive shoe/boot I have ever purchased by a long shot but I justified it by the protection aspect. Glad I bought them.
October 12, 2015
TCX X-Rap GTX = Fantastic riding shoe
First it must be said I'm not a high top shoe guy. With that said after a couple to times out my ankles got used to the new deal. Now I ask myself, what was I thinking. Out of all the boots I have owned these shoes provide as much protection and far more ankle support. More mileage will tell if the durability score can become a 5. If you want good protection that is a comfortable when taking breaks off the bike look no further. Looks = 10
September 21, 2015
I love these shoes
These shoes were my third gear purchase after helmet and jacket. I've been riding for 13 months (3200 miles) and there is still no significant wear to the shifting toe, the sole, or the laces. I'm starting to think these things will last forever. Very comfortable off the bike. I've even looked for wear inside where the heel slides against the back of the shoe when the feet are inserted. Nothing! I don't go looking for rain to ride in but the few times I've been caught in rain the feet stayed dry. Airflow is decent. If it's hot enough your feet are going to sweat in anything. I wear a size 9 so ordered the 42's. Fit is great with maybe a little too much toe room but the width is perfect. They may come with sticker shock but in several decades I'm betting I'll be wearing them in my casket and they'll still look new!
September 17, 2015
TCX X-Rap GTX "Chucks"
These are great "chuck" styled boots. While "less overtly protective", they're still rated a "2-2-1" in the CE ratings (almost level 2), and the good casual look and less aggressive styling is great for everyday use. I do appreciate that it comes with hi-viz laces on top of the white laces.
I am usually a US Size 10 shoe, but I had to send back the size 44 (US Size 10) for a smaller size. Got the 43, and even that is a little generous, but with my wool socks on, they're good to go (figured I would wear wool for longer rides and in cooler climate anyways). that's why I rated them as a "small" fit.
I rated them slightly narrow, because compared to most US-made shoes, they are narrower than they are wide. They are not narrow like Dainese, but certainly LONGER than most US sizes for the same width.
I am just breaking them in now, but all in all, a great looking boot that's comfortable. The hard protective bits are also very confidence inspiring. (I did read a forum post-crash-review, where the X-Rap WP were worn - the boot was damaged due to a long slide with the rider's leg pinned under the bike during a low-side, but the rider walked away unscathed, thanks in no small parts to these boots. That's one of the reasons why I chose these, besides the excellent RevzillaTV and Gear Guides.)
September 3, 2015
Not writing home
These came quick enough. First thing that jumped out at me upon opening the box. DIRTY. Looked like some one walked through a coal bin wearing these. The white shoe strings looked like they had a fine black dust on them as did the white outer edge of the sole. Nothing that could be wiped off, it is now a part of the fabric. At first I wasn't sure I wanted to pick them up for fear I'd have that black on me and what ever they touched. Not to worry, it won't rub off.
I generally wear a 10.5-11 these are marked 10. Putting them on is tight because the tongue is attached high up and there is no room to spare. On and tied the shoe string is on the short side. I mention this because on all my shoes I end up having to cut off 6 inches or more. These I had to pull up tighter than I would liked to have but given what was left to knot, had to. The fit on length and width was good for my foot, however there felt like there was too much space on top of my foot. I put in some jell inserts and now it feels a tid bit tight. Thinking they will stretch out a little. I went for a short ride with these and the temp was in the low 80's. My feet didn't feel hot but not cool enough that I would wear these in place of my normal low cut summer shoes for walking around.
I would never buy these again. They are darn expensive and I see no advantage here that could justify this cost. Gore Tex? Didn't ride in the rain yet so can't address this but even so it's a lot for so little.
August 30, 2015
Good looking, expensive, warmish
I bought this shoe for a cross country chopper race. I wanted a waterproof shoe that was comfortable. I rode 43 hours straight on a hardtailed chopper and the shoes were a good choice. They were dry in the rain, a little warm when it was hot and felt good at night when it was not. I've had the shoes for 7000 miles on the chopper and 6000 on my bagger and they look like new. Even though they were expensive, I am happy with them.
August 24, 2015
This is a good shoe for lightweight protection and that off the bike look. It runs large, so I ordered a 43 when I usually wear a size 10 US. It fits comfortably with some room to spare.
It's comfortable to walk around, but will probably need to upgrade the insole for all day use. I like that people don't even notice that you're wearing a protective shoe but I still have that peace of mind.
August 17, 2015