Tour Master Solution WP Air Boots
Verdict is Out
I previously owned the original (cold weather) Soltion 2.0's. After several years, 20k miles on the bike, and who knows how many miles off the bike, i finally wore through the soles.
Looking for a replacement, the new "air" version seemed like a great chance to fix the only thing not-as-great about the original... man were they warm in the summer. So i bought the same size in the Air and off i went.
The boots look fantastic, and the durability / manufacturing (1 month in) appears equivalent to the original pair I loved so much.
But my size didn't fit at all. Painfully tight in the toe box. So i sent them back (painlessly, thank you RevZilla!) and switched to wide. Length is right, arch is good... toe box still makes my toes go numb if I don't wiggle them around / use them.
Here's to hoping they stretch or break in. Until then, my verdict is still out.
June 24, 2016
Solid Waterproof Boot
I had sent back my first pair because the stitching on the Velcro zipper pull was coming undone. Of course the ZLA staff were rockstars replacing it quickly. Minor issue, but I prefer my new things in new condition.
I remember initially thinking they were going to be too narrow as I put them on for the first time and walked, but they broke in quite nicely both for walking and riding position. I certainly wouldn't take them hiking, but I have worn them around the office for a day and didn't have any discomfort.
Riding in spring/summer has been comfortable, however my feet will sweat quite a bit if I am not moving on the bike or if I am standing in the heat too long with them on.
As for Waterproof, I have zero complaints. I have been in light and hard rains, gone through some sizable puddles, and between my pants/boots I have not gotten wet at all.
The boots were tough to get in and out of at first, but after they broke in it is significantly easier. My first pair or real MC boots, so I didn't know what to expect. I have been very happy so far. I am interested to see how they hold up in high 20's and low 30's temperatures this fall/winter. I don't suspect it will be a problem at all.
Longevity is still TBD.
June 21, 2016
These boots fit great [46 wide] they are comfortable on the bike and grip well when I put my foot down. I even wear them while walking my hunting dogs. Comfortable boots!
June 16, 2016
$129 for what?
All these great reviews I expected so much more. These feel like a $20 pair of rain boots. They're flat on the bottom so if you have any kind of arch, expect to walk around with overpronated feet. The overall structure of the boot does not feel sturdy, I couldn't trust my feet and ankles would be protected in these. The toebox is really high, I can't touch the top of it when point my toes up. Completely disappointed is not even close to how I feel about this product.
June 3, 2016
Great Boots for the Price
My first experience with motorcycle boots. These fit great right out of the box and just keep getting better. Seem to have good air flow while also providing waterproofing. Very comfortable, good looking boot, and seem durable for the price. The zippers have very secure velcro adhesion. You need to be careful when zipping them up, the zippers have a tendency to bind onto the inner lining, and when new can be hard to zip. If any problems might develop I would guess it would be with the zippers, but if careful when zipping them you should be fine. The only other thing I noticed is that the soles will leave a lot of scuff marks if you drag them or even when walking if you drag a heel.
May 31, 2016
Overall excellent value
I ordered these as they are the only high protection boots I could find that offer wide sizes for less than $300. Overall, they have done what I expected them to. They are not super stylish, but are definitely adequate and don't stand out in a crowd. They are comfortable enough that I sometimes wear them for most or all of the day. I haven't tested the waterproof capability so not much to say there.
The wide sizes are appreciated, but they are actually less wide than I expected. I previously had size 11.5 SMX1 boots, which seem to be pretty wide as normal sizes go. I thought I could do 11W in these as the SMXs are a bit long, but 11W were way too narrow and didn't have much room in the instep. I ended up with 12Ws, which are a little long and still a little tight width wise, but much closer to my real size than any other boots I've tried on.
The build quality on these seems a little variable. I don't see any problems with the stitching or leather, but my left boot has a hard bump (feels like excess plastic) under the leather next to the shift pad, and the right boots heel cup feels a bit deformed. Neither of these issues affect the comfort or functionality of the boots and I can't feel them unless I'm thinking about them already. However, I would check them when you get them to be sure that there aren't any major defects.
Airflow is less than I would expect for a boot with air in the name. I don't really ever feel any air flow when riding, but as long as I'm moving they do tend to stay fairly cool so I guess air must be going somewhere.
Not much to say about durability. I've worn them for maybe 20 rides and the outsoles have no visible wear. The rest of the boots look well broken-in but with minimal wear. I will say that they do not stretch out significantly. If they don't fit right out of the box, I don't think they'll get a whole lot better over time.
Despite the issues, I really think these are tremendous value for money. They offer way more protection than boots that I have payed more for in the past, they come in wide sizes, and they have no glaring flaws. I very well might buy another pair when my current ones wear out.
May 24, 2016
Built to last
When walking in them, they somewhat resemble a downhill ski boot. Have footwear to change into if you are going to be walking; going into a store is fine. I had tried them on in a cycle shop, so I bought them knowing this. I was expecting a little more air flow, so at 85deg, it is still as warm as a leather boot, although the rest of me was warm as well as I was wearing riding pants and jacket. My feet did not end up sweaty, so there must be some air working through. At 42deg, my feet were a little cool, but not cold, on a 35 min ride. I normally wouldn't plan on touring under 50deg, so these boots fit the bill.
May 14, 2016
Excellent Product for the price!!
These are the PERFECT boots for hot weather, I´m from Monterrey México ( 2 hrs South from Texas ) very hot weather , always around the 100F, but we also have a crazy weather where we are at 105 F and 1 hour later heavy rain or even hail! VERY GOOD air flow, I tried them in light rain , kept my feet dry!!!, comfortable to walk around, Reflective paterns, GOOD visibility, These boots are slightly large, I wear 91/2 in my Merrels or Dr. martens, I bought them 9 and i have enough space for ticker winter socks, i might be using one of those gel inner soles. In general very good boots for the price
May 12, 2016