The Scott 250 boots have many of the same features as the Scott 450 boots. This important piece of motocross safety gear retail for $180.
Scott entered the boot market with two different models – the 250 and 450. The Scott 250 boots are the more affordable pair and utilize a non-bootie, non-hinged design. In the months we’ve been wearing them, they have proven themselves as worthy entry-level gear. Colors are limited to black or white and are available in sizes 6-13. I wear a size 11 and the Scott kicks fit correctly in length and width even for my bony toes and flat soles.
The toe box isn’t particularly thin, but after a single long day of riding I was shifting normally and never had to adjust the shift lever. Break-in took 2-3 rides before really loosening up and providing the best comfort. Adjustable straps help keep the boots tight but require monitoring as they will slip periodically. Fully floating buckle clasps make it very easy to get the buckles locked into place. The bottom buckle is reversed to stay out of harm’s way – a good thing because the buckles are a little bulky which causes them to catch and still come undone. I’m not a fan of the reversed design (even on more expensive models like the Alpinestars Tech 10) because they make boots seem bulkier.
The molded toe on the 250 has held up to my foot-dragging habits, and the stitching is unaffected by several months of riding. Build quality is solid, especially the new sole compound. I did manage to break a buckle where the strap clips into the floating plastic hinge. It’s easy to see that this is a high-wear area, but it is screwed into position and could be replaced. Otherwise the only other damage is a torn gaiter from snagging the footpeg during an awkward dismount. The Italian-designed boots have proven fairly durable and all components, including leather heat shields, have survived repeated pressure washing.
An anatomical design makes the Scott 250 comfortable to walk in around the pits considering it’s not hinged. The upper calf area has room for a knee brace to slip inside and helps keep them in place. One area the 250 has room for improvement is in waterproofing. These allow water easily through the nylon overlap area and straight onto the ankle and top of the foot, so we tried to avoid puddles as much as possible.
A slim, flat profile helps grip the motorcycle and the sole is tacky against footpegs but resists wear.
No product is perfect, and the entry-level Scott 250 boots have some slight faults, but for a boot well under $200 they impressed me. Styling is sharp, they clean easily and comfort is relatively high with thicker padding inside. It does retain some heat and occasionally it binds on the inner ankle when dabbing the foot on the ground, but not often. Having worn the Scott 450 boots as well, I actually prefer the more affordable 250 model. Neither has the top-shelf feel of some high-end market offerings, but for what they are the 250 has fewer bulky plastic pieces and feels lighter. I have not suffered any injuries in either boot, but feel they offer comparable levels of safety with snug support. These are definitely worth the meager price and I’ve recommended them to several friends on a budget.