Don't Rule These Out for Sport Bikes Just Yet
They look even better in person than online, slightly intimidating even. Their construction and heft seem heavy duty and unlike the Forma Harmony boot - which had no weight and wouldn't pass the twist test - these do not buckle in any direction and probably won't for many years.
For me, these fit perfect right out of the box from top to bottom, almost as if custom molded after my foot shape, further evidence they were made for a woman. The custom feeling was enhanced by the ingenious straps which can take you from loose to tight at whatever point on an ankle or calf needed. 2nd pin fit better than the first and as they break in, holes can always be added. Decided to ride with jeans tucked in though cuffing them up looked acceptable as did the They are stiff, but not rigid or restricting. The toes is so solid and the boots so armored that if my foot were run over it would be injury free.
Walking around there was occasional toe bump up against the front on both but they flexed easily enough to where I could see myself wearing them at my destination, even working. Wish they were a smidge longer in the toe though b/c to go up a bit would mean when they break in they would be too large elsewhere.
I love them. I really do. Having worn about a dozen manufacturers boots while motorbiking the past 40 years, the past 10 on sport bikes, it was quickly apparent these were designed to excel at that, while also looking hot. Can't tell you the numbers of looks, honks, and shouts I got from guys and gals.
Last motorbike specific boots I rode in were the waterprrof TXC/Oxtar Sunray, & before that, I had an IXS girly boot which sported only the toe shifter pad to qualify as a biker boot. My go to have been Frye Engineers, CAT Alaska and Carly boots for going out, errands, or commuting. These have the heft of the Alaska's, but the flexibility of the Carly, and protection of the taller Frye and Sunray. And like the TCX boot line, Icon made these to perform while riding, which they do outstandingly.
First thing I noticed was how tough it was to fit between the sliders and pegs/shifter. Finding Neutral to start/warm up took longer than ever before, but toe offs, stops, and bike maneuvering in tight spots or parking seemed easier somehow, even though this boot is the same 1" sole height as my CATs, attributable perhaps to the the stiff height of the shaft.
Accelerating I experienced a lot of missed or skipped upshifts, but had no issues downshifting. After years and years of riding, you get the feel of a bike, and it becomes more instinct than finesse. As the boot loosened, and I realized how I had to point my toe to achieve clean shifts, the number of missed gears decreased. The less thought I placed on how they fit on the bike, the more I could anticipate post break-in comfort and a lifetime of protection.
PROS (and these are biggies):
Most intriguing to me was how much more control I felt this boot provided. It's as if b/c the boot is so stiff, it allowed me to manipulate turns and aversive moves with much more control and therefor confidence. B/c my ability was ratcheted up, I didn't want to stop riding, but longer meant more enjoyable than the last time out.
Although they are rather warm, my Daytona 675 exhaust is routed under the seat but these prevented the scalding heat to reach my legs. The sticky sole kept me planted on whichever pegs I intended to use once I got the feel of the thick toe.
The tops of the both boots would catch on the arm of my passenger peg, which is an easy remedy since they're removable, but pretty alarming the first few times my leg didn't get free to tap the brake or shift, forcing me to grab a handful of clutch.
When standing on the left boot toe while pumping gas, noticed it left a dimple on the interior even after the outer dent disappeared?
My foot slipped down and off the drive side (left) foot peg because of the extreme angle of the toe to get under my frame slider to shift. There is ample traction, it was just how my weight had shifted while pointing my foot down to engage the gear caused the boot to let go.
Revzilla quickly honored the product warranty given my pair had seams on both boots which were sewn onto the out sole rather than under it (see images). In a crash I'd be afraid they would fail at the seams. Unless my shoe guy (I have a shoe guy) could fix that and push the length a tiny bit, not sure I should opt for these again. Unless I pick up the Ducati Scrambler!
Am considering the SIDI Apex Lei for summer but would love Icon to reduce toe height -- which is 3" from outsole to top, making the total height to fit peg space 4". Then women could enjoy some style while riding fully protected. Still have not ruled these out for fall either.