Tour Master Response 2.0 Boots
Comfortable shoe, but poor quality
First the good. These boots are super comfortable right out of the box. Comfortable enough that I would wear them even when not riding. The level of protection is decent for the price. Now the bad. Within the first few weeks the top tabs that hold the laces broke. wtf? I have 10 year old hiking boots that use the same system and are fine. Second, the velcro closure piece across the top of the boot is too heavy for the velcro - if you don't get it on perfectly (line up the velcro, push and twist to make sure its engaged) it falls off. Usually while walking. Really annoying. Finally, the stitching started to fail. That's when I bought some new Alpinestars. On sale they were about the same price as these boots. Much better quality,
August 6, 2016
Great all around boots
Given their price point, they are an excellent pair of boots. Completely water proof and very comfortable to wear around the whole day.
They are not the highest quality and look a little worn out for the 2+ months I've been using them, however no problems with stitching and velcro.
July 19, 2016
Good bang for the buck
Immediately comfortable boot. I wish it had a heel but other than that very comfortable and wears well.
May 31, 2016
Boots looks pretty standard. Fit is spot on for me. I think laces are kind of silly but you can easily tuck them under the strap and put your jeans over them to keep them out of the way. I found the sizing a little narrow. After riding for a few hours my feet felt a little cramped in there. Could probably better adjust the laces and strap to get a better fit depending on your feet.
I think the air flow is pretty legit. My feet didn't get too cold or too hot in some days where it was rainy and like 30-40 degrees. Feet were not wet either.The shift pad is nice but isn't as stiff as I expected on some bikes with a touch shift lever I could feel some pressure pushing down on my toes. I don't expect that it will wear out too quick regardless. Ankle support is only on one side so that could def be better.
Good boot for the price. Kinda narrow which can be uncomfortable after long rides. Good airflow and decent support. Not really a big heel on this boot. Looks pretty generic. Does the job.
April 12, 2016
Waterproof and durable, I have a pair I bought in 2013 and they still look like new, paid $99 for them. Amazing bang for the buck.
March 21, 2016
great riding boot
This is a great boot, very comfortable, and descent protection. I don't seem to sweat a lot in them. Although like most of my shoes if i wear them all day it does start to get a little warm. They are a little clunky at first, just like a new cowboy boot is, but after a short time they break in. The ankle doesn't close as tight as I thought it would but still gives good protection and the ankle goes far enough up that my pants cover any gap. The toes isn't as round as I thought it would be, it is a little more like a round point. Still very roomy. I sometimes wear a 11.5 and sometimes an 11, and I ordered the 11, fits great. My actual measurement of my feet is 11 and 1/4 inch. Overall I am very happy with this purchase.
March 9, 2016
An old favorite with some declining quality control issues.
This is my second Tour Master Response 2.0, and I had the original Tour Master Response before that. I really like the classic, conservative look, all-weather protection, and retaining strap for the laces. Unfortunately due to a consistently steady decline in quality control, this MAY be my last Tour Master Response. My original boot was awesome, and I decided that's all I ever needed. However, when it eventually wore out it had been discontinued for the 2.0.
The differences between versions 1.0 and 2.0 were:
1) a matte leather finish (instead of a polished finish)
2) a redesigned shift-pad (less dramatic looking and now on both L and R shoes for symmetry)
3) a lace-retaining strap (instead of the old giant front flap)
4) the lacing loops were now made from a nylon material (instead of leather)
5) Protective ankle material is now hidden, no longer a design cue, is more comfortable & more forgiving of slight differences in anatomy (old version had giant circles on the ankles, but both provide more than adequate protection).
Subjectively, version 2.0 is a more attractive and classic looking boot, as the 1.0 had a couple polarizing design features (giant shift pad & ankle protectors, and large front flap), although I also thought it was also a very good looking boot.
Tour Master Response 1.0 (my very first MC boot)
Wore daily, all day, all weather, for about 3+ years, and still have them for back-ups. I'm not hard on my shoes, but I do use them consistently. They received normal wear. The ONLY problem was the heal eventually started to break down, likely due to inserts I was using on all my shoes. This is probably not a problem with the boot, as the inserts change the position of my foot inside the boot, raising my heel higher than the shoe was designed for, creating more stress on the back of the boot. I would buy these again if they were still available.
Tour Master Response 2.0 (first 2.0 pair)
This boot was not built to the same quality standards. I wore it the same for a couple years, but eventually had to replace it because the stitching in the toe area failed. If I recall, the earlier production runs of version 2.0 also had a finger loop in the heal to assist getting your foot in.... this broke after a short amount of time. Both laces snapped during service, which isn't a deal-killer, but illustrates cheaper materials were being used (I replaced them with the old ones from my version 1.0). I don't recall if the heal started to break down, but since this happens to ALL my shoes when I use inserts, I won't count this against the boot.
Tour Master Response 2.0 (second 2.0 pair)
Since I really like the style and features of this MC boot, I replaced my retired 2.0 with another pair. We got off to a pretty bad start. The very first time I laced up the boot one of the lacing loops popped out. The material itself didn't break; this was a workmanship/QA issue, as it wasn't properly stitched or anchored into place. I know Revzilla probably would have been awesome about a replacement, but I decided to live with it because the rainy season was starting and I didn't want to go another day with wet feet. This production run no longer has the finger loop at the heal, so that wasn't there to break. It's now about 2 years later, and I still use them. The rest of the boot has actually held up pretty well, including all the stitching and leather. One thing of note, however, is I changed the way I use/wear them. Although I still wear them daily, I'm now much more intentional about loosening the laces before jamming my foot in, I no longer wear them around when I'm not riding, and I no longer use inserts. If it weren't for weak lacing straps, I'd be much happier.
NOTE: Writing this detailed review caused me to slightly change my opinion from not recommending these boots at all, to recommending them with some caution about it's weak spots, recommending care not to stress them.
February 25, 2016
Tour Master Response 2.0 Boots
I have worn regular pull on boots for years as a personal and police bike rider. Pull on boots are great for riding but have a tendency to be clunky walking wear.
The Tour Master Response boots are comfortable and great to walk around in. The ankle & foot protection is very good and you get enough air to keep your feet from cooking. If I was still working the streets as a patrol officer, these would be a very good everyday wear boot to wear. I like the velcro top closure as it does not restrict movement but keeps your covered. Great boot. Highly recommend as a alternative to traditional boots.
November 16, 2015