Tour Master Coaster WP Boots
Great boot, love the height, protection and look...but wish the sole could be of higher quality.
I have worn these Tourmaster boots for nine months and have ridden approximately 30,000 miles since having them and its still going strong. My left tread is starting to fade away because I tend to only place my left foot on the ground at stops. My right tread still looks great...as though I can still wear them for another six to nine months. Maybe if I start only putting my right foot down at stops. :) I purchased these for the look, protection, height of soles and the zipper access.
The upper boot is high quality, leather, protected and has a quality zipper to allow easy on and off capabilities. I was apprehensive about having a zipper access because I've had one fail on me on a boot made by Magnum. Plus, it was difficult to fully zip the boot without loosening the laces, which defeated the purpose of a zipper access. However, these Tour master boots proved me wrong, and I have new faith in zippered boots. I can put on and take off my boots with one hand...love it. I've also worn these boots in several rain storms and my feet stayed dry. As for ventilation, my feet have never gotten sweaty...I just wear drifit or running socks when the weather is hot, cotton socks on normal days and wool (ski or snowboard) socks when its cold.
As for the soles...the great thing about this boot is the soles are tall. So if you are not completely flatfooted while on your bike or you just want that little extra height to give you more peace of mind, these boots are great. The bad thing about these soles are they are cheap quality. They can wear very quickly and according to my shoe guy, the base is made of cork and is hollow. Strange Tour master built the top portion so well, but short cutted the soles. The good news is, after you wear out the soles, you can have the soles replaced to a very high quality oil/slip resistant sole...and replace the hollow cork middle to a quality material. I believe the labor and materials is about $60 to resole. Still cheaper than getting another pair of boots.
I've just purchased my second pair of Tourmaster Coaster boots so I can still wear a pair while the other is getting resoled.
September 10, 2014
looks good on paper, terrible execution
These boots are pretty comfy, and not to hot for summer, but the soles are made of cheese. After two weeks of commuter duty, I noticed the sole on the left beginning to chunk off bits of the lugs. At three weeks now, several of the lugs are missing and there is a small hole into the "air cushion" portion of the sole.
I like the built in protection with armor at the ankles, heels, and toes.
The fit is maybe a little narrow, but they break in a little.
Like the other reviewer said, they are very noisy at first. They do seem to quiet down a bit as they break in, though.
July 24, 2014
Worth the money but a few caveats
Shipped lightning quick. Overall they are solid boots and well worth the money ($103).
It's hard to tell from the pictures but the stitch on the toe is slanted across the top, so don't expect a fashionable toe cap; they look like motorcycle/military boots. I was a little disappointed by that because the photos make the stitching look symmetrical. If the designers do a revision I think they'd sell more of these if they did a symmetrical cap 'cause they're otherwise really great looking boots.
They provide great ankle support and seem like they'll hold up well, although the glue/seal between the sole and the leather has already com apart on the back heels of the boots. I'm worried this could potentially mean wet feet, but the stitching is still well intact and so far so good. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the way I take them off because they're a bit difficult to remove. They're also very high and bulky by design so don't expect to be comfortably sitting on the floor with these on or anything like that. They are purpose-built for protection/style.
The zippers seem strong and they stay up. I couldn't image getting these off without them. The laces are plenty long and high quality. They're comfortable even without an insole. The leather is solid enough to withstand abrasions but soft enough to be malleable and easy to break in. They're good boots.
I normally wear a 10 and these seem a little loose in the top of my foot and in the toe. I'm gonna have to get thick insoles for the front half of my foot. Meanwhile, the heal sits awesome and I've had no discomfort whatsoever breaking them in. I recommend trying a half size down if you don't want to deal with insoles or layered socks.
Time will tell but I think I'd buy these again.
October 14, 2013
1.5" heel; very tall. They're stuffy and get sweaty just wearing them for 10 minutes in my living room. The insert pad is about as thin as paper and useless. The zipper doesn't allow enough loosening to take off the boots by itself; you still need open the laces. The zipper seems like a break-point. Doesn't instill confidence. The leather is VERY noisy when walking. It squeaks and chirps like a batman costume. Trying hard to like them but I ultimately don't. Returning them.
September 7, 2013