The leather and steel-constructed ICON 1000 Elsinore Boot will draw a crowd and provide superior protection.
The dust cloud slowly dissipates after one rowdy, obnoxious rider slides his knobby-tired GSX-R750 rat bike to a stop in the middle of the crowd chilling in the vacant sandlot behind Starbucks. They’d previously been enjoying a Cliff bar, skinny latte and a stirring conversation about why one dude’s garage built dual-purpose Sportster is more unique than the other guy’s home-grown Seca chopper. All eyes were on the Gixxer-punk as the dust cleared away. The latte crowd gathered around, a Cliff crumb fell on the ground. The Sportster owner gave him stink-eye for a moment then said with a grin: “Nice boots man!”
That’s all fiction of course but that retro-cool scene is the heart and soul of the ICON 1000 Elsinore Boot. These all-leather and steel construction bad-boys will draw attention and protect you in case of a get-off. The Elsinore looks like a mid-70s motocross boot. Designed to elicit feelings of nostalgia, the Elsinore boot brings the coolest protective gear from the bygone era back to the forefront of bipedal protection. They may be fashionable for sure, but they’re functional too.
The upper is top grain leather. It looks oiled, feels supple and the double stitched seams pop out subtly. Riveted steel fasteners and a stamped steel heel plate give them an industrial look while the sole seems well suited for a hike up the hill or a 300-mile off-road ride.
During our week-long Taste of Dakar ride the ICON 1000 Elsinore Boot accompanied us on long, cold street rides that led us to long, dusty journeys along the dirt highways outside of Pahrump, Nevada. Another three days of off-highway duty at Rasor OHV Area proved the Elsinore is more than just a pretty face. They are durable, tough and, most of all, comfortable footwear.
Comfort on and off the bike are hallmarks of the ICON 1000 Elsinore boot, which was a good thing during the Taste of Dakar, where there were plenty of other things to worry about.
From the moment I slid my toes into these babies I knew they were going to be one of my favorites. ICON incorporated steel toe and ankle support for protection along with the steel heel plate and Goodyear Welt construction. The adjustable leather straps are held in place by the steel clasps and an easy-access medial zipper makes it easy to get them on.
Too bad I didn’t know that the first time I put them on… It turns out you are supposed to adjust the straps with the boot off, unzip the zipper, stick your foot in and then zip them back up. Well, duh. It makes sense now but the first 15-minutes of my time with the Elsinore I was cursing ICON for making the damn buckle holes so tight that I could barely pop them into place for the desired adjustment. Once I got one boot on, my fingertips were aching and I wasn’t looking forward to boot number two. That’s when I realized what the medial zipper was for! After recovering from my extreme case of cranial-rectumitis my foot slid easily into the finely constructed boot. The zipper closed with little effort and all was well in my world.
From that moment on I have been an ICON 1000 Elsinore Boot fan. I’ve worn them on ADV rides, OHV rides and even ATV rides. They are comfortable, offer very good support for street or low-impact moto duty. If you don’t like skinny lattes (or even if you do) and you have a keen sense of retro-cool motorcycle gear, check out the ICON 1000 Elsinore Boot.