Back with another bounty of gifts that are sure to please, Motorcycle USA dedicates this installment of our 2012 Motorcycle Gift Guide to boots. There are serious motocrossing kicks and others that look ready for a weekend hike, boots that will turn heads at Sturgis or keep you in with the cool kids at a track day – whatever your preference; our editors have you covered in the 2012 Motorcycle Gift Guide to boots.
Alpinestars Scout WP Boot
We are often plied with the very top of the line gear, but to be honest it’s also nice to get our hands on something that is a little more economical. In this case it’s the Alpinestars Scout WP Boot. Suitable for Steetbikes, Dual-Sports and everything in between, the Scout is off-road style foot protection that won’t break the bank at $249 but will provide top-dollar protection from the elements. The waterproof leather keep my feet dry during the stream crossings and rain showers we encountered during the 2013 Yamaha Super Tenere Two-up Review. Afterwards a wipe down had them looking good as new again. Theses boots reach well beyond their price range in construction, function and comfort. – Justin Dawes.
Icon 1000 Elsinore Boots
Leave it to Icon to blur the lines between street and dirt as they injected the street-minded Icon 1000 Elsinore Boots with rugged, old-fashioned motocross styling worthy of its namesake. The Elsinore Boots are made from durable top grain leather and have five buckled straps running up the side. The sturdy boots are reinforced with a toe that feels hard as steel, a molded leather shin plate and a swath of leather in the foot shifter area. The interior of the boots have been stitched together with a breathable mesh liner and extra padding underneath. All this goodness with the convenience of being able to slip into the boots thanks to a zipper that runs the inner length. Rugged looking and ruggedly built, we made the rounds from Daytona Beach to Sturgis stomping around in the Icon 1000 Elsinore Boots and we’ve got the Buffalo Chip mud on them to prove it. We give these boots an enthusiastic “Two Thumbs Up!” – Bryan Harley
Black or Brown. Sizes 8 -14.
Speed and Strength Hard Knock Life Boots
If you’re looking to get a quality road boot for under $100.00, then the Speed and Strength Hard Knock Life Boot is for you. Constructed of perforated leather and textile material, the Hard Knock boots allow air to flow without sacrificing protection. There are external PU protectors as well as molded toe and ankle reinforcements. The “Lock N Load” aluminum buckle and adjustable strap ensure a snug fit while the “Under Cover” lacing system helps to keep the shoestrings from getting caught on anything.
Dainese TRQ-Race Out Air Boot
During the 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Frist Ride, I had the opportunity to slide my yams into the Dainese TRQ-Race Out Air Boot. I am a big fan of Dainese’s boots that go inside your leathers or pants, but I had never worn the “Out” version. The fit for just about any footwear from the Italian gear company is spot-on, and the ST-TRQ Race is no different. The ventilation is exceptional and the soles offers just as much feel as your bare feet. – Justin Dawes.
Joe Rocket Speedmaster 3.0 Boots
The Joe Rocket Speedmaster 3.0 Boots deliver much of the performance offered by more expensive track-focused designs, including ample armor protection. But these boots offer a comfortable base for street riding conditions and make for pleasantly long days in the saddle. Particular praise goes to the effective air flow from the perforated design. Anyone who’s ruined a good pair of boots by scraping their toes through the corners will appreciate the Speedmaster 3.0’s magnesium toe sliders, and more aggressive track junkies than us can make use of the magnesium sliders on the heel and calf. The Speedmaster 3.0 is an ideal high-performance boot for the aggressive sportbike rider who can only hit the occasional trackday. – Bart Madson
Fox Instinct Boot
I like The Fox Instinct motocross boot more than any other that I have ever owned. I have always struggled to find boots that offer superior protection but that are also light. The trade-off used to be that I had to wear boots that were protective but also came with a ton of weight. The Instinct boot was the solution to the problem. It is a top-notch boot engineered to perfection and tested by racing legend, Ricky Carmichael. The boot offers great comfort and requires very little break in time. On top of all that, a state of the art appearance enhances the visual aspects of the boot. If you are looking for a new set of motorcycle or ATV riding boots for Christmas this is the boot for you. – Frankie Garcia.
Icon Field Armor Chukka Boots
Back in 2007 Motorcycle USA reviewed the Icon Field Armor Chukka Boots and they continue to be a choice product for cruising the highways and byways. Resembling a pair of hiking boots, the Chukka’s have breathable mesh and leather to allow for protection and ventilation. Injection molded toe and heel armor that hold up over months of daily use. The sole grips the pegs well and a rubber shifter interface panel on top of the toes helps to keep from slipping while shifting gears. It also includes a mid-foot buckle for a tight fit.
Alpinestars Tech 10 Boot
Alpinestars Tech 10 riding boots are the gold standard in the motocross and off-road riding world. And for good reason. From the fit and finish, to level of safety, outright comfort, and durability, it’s clear Alpinestars has engineered a fantastic riding boot that makes riding safer and more enjoyable. While they can’t be deemed cheap, if you’re looking for the finest off-road riding footwear you won’t find anything superior to the Tech 10. – Adam Waheed.