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Oxtar TCX-Pro Boots Review

Friday, August 24, 2007
Hey  if they re good enough for factory superstars they ve got to be doable for a few magazine testers.
Hey, if they're good enough for factory superstars they've got to be doable for a few magazine testers.
The Score

Before changing their name to TCX, Oxtar loaned us a set of their TCX-Pro boots for an evaluation. We figured that since guys like Kevin Windham and Cyril Despres buckle up a set of these babies, it couldn't hurt if we did as well. Even though we're not superstar motocross or rally riders, the Oxtar TCX-Pros have plenty of features that can serve regular mortals as well as the factory elite.

The Scoop

As with any pair of new kicks, the Oxtars were super stiff right off the back. We were sure that things would soften up after a bit of break-in, but after several rides it wasn't getting any easier to move around in the TCX-Pros. These boots were stiff from the box to our gearbag and then back into the box again after months of testing. It's not necessarily a bad thing, though, with the amount of protection that goes along with that. The Torsion Control System has a trio of rigid sections that are connected via a series of slots and lugs. With four flex points, the TCX design is supposed to allow for "normal bending movement of the foot without the annoying deformation of materials used typically for traditional boots." It certainly prohibits any excessive movement, but the bending movement is a little unnatural in that we have a hard time moving at all.

"Wearing the TCX design makes me feel almost invincible as far as injuries are concerned," says MotoUSA tester,
Oxtar s top-shelf model  the TCX-Pro  utilizes three main hard parts to prevent unnatural bending and limit the amount of material binding.
Oxtar's top-shelf model, the TCX-Pro, utilizes three main hard parts to prevent unnatural bending and limit the amount of material binding.
Brian Chamberlain. "Unfortunately, there are times when that's all I feel. But, even though they are a little hard to move in, I was able to experience first hand how much protection they provide from potential injuries."

The incident he is referring to was an unexpected meeting of his foot and a trailside log that smashed his left dog between the unmoving obstacle and his Honda's footpeg. After drying his tears, BC was able to walk away and finish out the ride. A bruised foot bone is never fun to deal with, but it's a sight better than a crushed one. A steel toe, shank protection, heel guard, ankle pads, leather heat shields, PU toe protector and shin plate, aluminum four-buckle closure system, top gaiter and a dual-compound sole are all barriers that protect a rider's delicate digits from harm.

The buckles, sole and steel toe are all replaceable, but our boots never showed any wear throughout the testing. The sole was especially impressive in that the dual-compound rubber has held up better than any boot we've tested to date.

Oxtar uses an inner bootie that must be removed every time in order to put it on. We never figured out how to slip our foot in with the bootie in place, but part of the reason was the bootie design. There is a stretch panel on top of the bootie that's supposed to allow a small amount of variance in size and form tight to the rider's foot. However, the seam that is stitched across the top doesn't stretch at all, which puts the squeeze on. We eventually cut the seam and it allowed the bootie to fit better and helped alleviate the tingling we first experienced due to the tight fit.

"I generally like a good bootie," admits Chamberlain, "but I'm just lukewarm on the Oxtar TCX-Pro. Yeah, it makes it easy to get into the boot, but the bootie is so tight that it cuts off some of the blood to my feet. A minimal amount of cushion on the sole also contributes to the tingling."

The Sentence

The booties are a little tight  so trying on a set is definitely a must. They do come out easy though and are simple to clean which everyone around you will appreciate.
The booties are a little tight, so trying on a set is definitely a must. They do come out easy though and are simple to clean which everyone around you will appreciate.
If there's one thing we're not worried about while wearing the TCX-Pro models it's getting a hyperextension or twisted ankle. The amount of stiffness in the boot makes us feel extremely secure once we manage to get into the vein-squeezing booties and uber-stiff outer boot. Durability and craftsmanship are both features that earned high marks from our testers, but comfort and value are the intertwined weakest links. Long break-in, hard soles and a lack of feeling at the pegs and levers make us wonder if these are really worth the $380 pricetag. For only 20 bucks less than a pair of Alpinestars Tech 10s and 45 bones south of the euphoric Sidi Crossfire, we think there could be a little more to these as a top-shelf boot. Then again, if you're the type of rider who needs the stiffest thing on the market, these might be for you.

"Basically it comes down to this," orates BC, "if I wanted something comfy to walk around in all day, I'd hook up some fuzzy slippers. But, if I'm going to strap it on and do some hard riding I'll take it extra stiff any day."

Make sure to watch the video for additional comments on the Oxtar TCX-Pro Boots.

Product: Oxtar TCX-Pro Boot

Color Options: Black, White, Blue, Red

Sizes: 7-14

MSRP: $379.99

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Comments
Raul Mihail -Tcx Pro II  February 18, 2009 04:18 PM
The TCX Pro II are manufactured in Romania, so i had the chance of buying a black/silver pair at half the price (170 Euros instead of 360 Euros all the other sources). I own a Yamaha XT600Z Tenere 3Aj and maybe this bike has an aluminium shield "issue" as this piece blasts the water exactly on the top of the boots. I haven`t seen people saying anything about this so i want to tell it - the boots are useless in what concerns protection from water entering inside them. I had a totally new pair which, from the first slop left me wet. The water is entering through a portion of reversed leather situated on the inside of the boots, at the ankle region, behind the plastic articulatios system. Also, if you`re having thick feet and your boots are not perfectly (tight) closing you are also very likely to see water entering through the front boot tongue. This is manufactured from a material that looks like neoprene but is instead some elastic polyester. I have a friend who bought the boots from the same source, who is in the same situation. At least this one is solvable, by using hidrophobic spray. Another defect would be the squeechy sound the reversed leather (once impregnated with water) makes. This, at least, is funny. On the plus side, these boots are very comfortable and are very breathable (through the same reversed leather and the front tongue). So, if you are into motocross and desert riding (no water riding situations) buy them! If you are into trail/forest riding avoid them. Still, quite good and without showing any problems in the mud.
robert -oxtar tcx pro  January 31, 2009 07:50 PM
sweet boot , very stiff and not a bit of comfort but they will do the job. I woul know as because a am a professional mx racer and i race for team eat my ass!
Maximus -Boots  January 13, 2009 07:35 AM
I'm quite sure if you hit your toes hard enough with any boots you will get hurt. Tell your boyfriend to keep his toe nails shorter. These boots work really well. I've hitted my toes and ancle into rocks and tree stumps and kept on riding... These are a little stiff when brand new, but this property will make these boots long lasting.
Josh -HA  November 14, 2008 12:47 AM
I too crushed my foot in these boots I made a lovely trip to the ER as well. I will never put these boots on my feet again. Its funny there little story above is the same thing that happened to me and my foot is destroyed!!!!!!!
Kindra -Oxtar boots  November 5, 2008 03:20 PM
My boyfriend had a pair of these boots and they didn't work out to well. He bought them brand new and figured they looked like a good boot. He had only rode in them a couple of times when they were put to the test. He was riding a trail and kicked a rock, which threw him over the handle bars down a hill. He took his boot off and his sock was filled with blood. His toe litterally blew up. His toe nail came off of his big toe and he fractured it. The boot didn't hold up too well. The still toe which was supposed to protect his foot didn't do such a good job. The steeltoe was pushed in. He was taken to the ER where his toe was reconstructed and sewed back together. His foot is all bruised up and he cant walk. The DR. said he would not be able to walk for 6 weeks. These boots are still new and he said he would never wear them again. He will stick with Alpinestars. These boots aren't good.