Bates Footwear Enters Motorcycle Market

January 23, 2015
Bryan Harley
By Bryan Harley
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A new player with a long-standing history will soon be entering the motorcycle footwear arena. Bates Footwear, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, debuted its new Powersports Collection January 21 at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The collection is comprised of two divisions, Speed and Street, with two offerings in each. The SP500 “Adrenaline” and SP500 “Beltline” of the Speed division offer added levels of protection while the Street division, designed with styling and comfort in mind, consists of the ST250 “Marauder” and ST250 “Taser.” Bates new motorcycle footwear reportedly will be priced in the $130 to $170 range and is projected to hit the market in Spring 2015.

“We’re excited about this grouping. We’ve studied this category for a while and said how can we design a product with the performance, coming back to our military and tactical experience, to work with riders in a bigger business opportunity for us down the road, a new business development, but designed by listening to the marketplace and what they (riders) need,” said Onder Ors, President of Bates Footwear.

Bates has been building boots for the U.S. military and law enforcement members for decades. The company was already manufacturing boots for motorcycle officers and stated many military members were already wearing their boots while riding their motorcycles, so entering the moto-footwear realm seemed like a natural progression. Bates took what it already knew about performance, fit, and protection and expanded it by consulting focus groups to discern what motorcyclists look for in a riding boot.

The new moto-centric footwear will be constructed from many of the same materials as its military footwear. All four boots will have a waterproof membrane teamed to high abrasion leather and nylon with oil and slip-resistant rubber outsoles. The two boots in the Speed collection have Poron XRD Ankle Protection, Poron XRD being a lightweight material that is initially flexible but stiffens as it disperses energy upon impact. The “Beltline” and “Taser” models both feature a ghillie lacing system. After handling all four at the press event in Vegas we can vouch that they are lightweight yet pliable which should equate to being all-day comfortable. Initially the Bates moto-boots will be available in both medium and extra-wide widths.

Bates Footwear has been in business since 1885, while the history of its parent company Wolverine extends back to 1883. It is an American-based company out of Rockford, Michigan, that “is best known for being the largest supplier of military boots, selling boots in over 60 countries around the world.”

Here’s a description of the new Bates Footwear line of motorcycle boots courtesy of Acorn Woods Communications.

SP500 “Adrenaline”
The Adrenaline is created for the truly driven rider who is looking to maximize comfort and performance without sacrificing protection. The SP500 offers the highest level of protection, with features like Poron XRD ankle protection to dissipate impact energy, abrasion resistant leather, and an oil and slip resistant rubber outsole for maximum grip. Comfort features like a waterproof lining and cushioned insert make this the perfect boot for sport, touring and adventure riders.

Waterproof
High Abrasion Leather
Poron XRD Ankle Protection
Molded Heel Counter
TPU Toe Protection
Molle Ankle Strap for Containing Laces
Oil and Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
Colors Available: Black Leather

SP500 “Beltline”
The Beltline boot combines abrasion resistant leather with breathable nylon panels, making it the ideal leather boot for summer riding. This boot offers the same protective features as our flagship Adrenaline boot, including XRD ankle protectors, molded TPU protectors on the toe and heel and an oil and slip resistant outsole.
Waterproof
High Abrasion Leather
Poron XRD Ankle Protection
Molded Heel Counter
TPU Toe Protection
Molle Ankle Strap for Containing Laces
Oil and Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
Colors Available: Nylon, and Black Leather/ Red Nylon

ST250 “Marauder”
Ride in style with the Marauder boot. The Marauder features an aggressive urban style, while still incorporating protective elements like a molded heel counter and TPU toe protection. An internal midsole system and waterproof lining make the Marauder the ideal choice for walking the city streets once the ride is done.

Waterproof
High Abrasion Leather
Molded Heel Counter
Internal Midsole
TPU Toe Protection
Oil and Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
Colors Available: Black Leather/ Nylon and Grey/ Urban Camo

ST250 “Taser”
The Taser is a lightweight boot with a slim design that looks great both on and off the bike. These stylish boots offer many of the same protective features found in our flagship SP500 boot, but with a unique style that makes the Taser truly stand out from the crowd. For the style conscious, the Taser offers the perfect combination of great looks and even better performance.

Waterproof
High Abrasion Leather
XRD Ankle Protection
Molded Heel Counter
Internal Midsole
Hidden Lacing System- No Hardware
Oil and Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole
Colors: Black, Black/ Red, and Grey/ Black