Fox has seemingly done the impossible and in our estimation created a nearly flawless motocross boot.
About three years ago, Fox enlisted the help of AMA Motocross and Supercross champion James Stewart to help create the greatest motocross boot ever conceived. After 18 months of rigorous on-track testing, Fox has emerged with what is being touted as the greatest MX boot ever, the Forma Pro/Forma Pro Stewart.
Those are pretty big words, even for a leading MX company, so we put Fox's top-of-the-line boot to the test in the granite-infested hills of John's Peak in Southern Oregon and anywhere else we could do some knobbie digging.
Fox has seemingly done the impossible and in our estimation created a nearly flawless motocross boot. With the help of Mr. Stewart they have produced a boot that comforts the foot, ankle, and calf area the very first time the boot is worn. No break-in time is necessary, which is quite unusual for an ultra-protective motocross boot; sometimes weeks of wear are necessary for a reasonable amount of comfort. However, the Forma is a revolution in motocross footwear - simply slip them on and head out onto the track or trail.
The Forma Pro and Forma Pro Stewart only differ in the aesthetic design. The Stewart model is available in metallic/blue, metallic/silver, silver, and Stewart Titanium while the Forma Pro is available in black only. The interior of
An extra $15 buys you the Fox Forma Pro Stewart model and the knowledge that you're riding in the same boot as Mr. James Stewart.
the Stewart model is also lined with a zebra pattern for extra flash. Other than the appearance the two products are identical.
The Forma is constructed of polyurethane on the exterior with the standard non-abrasive leather patch on the inside of the boot. The material held up well during our months of testing and provides plenty of flex during ride time, but maintained enough rigidity to protect our ankle and foot.
The interior of the boot is constructed with materials designed to help keep water out but still allow for the foot to breathe on those hot days. While the boot does a good job of keeping small amounts of water out, the Forma Pro can't handle massive puddles and really rainy days.
The fully adjustable aluminum buckles and molded rubber straps easily pop in and out of place and we never encountered a faulty snap during our time with the boot. The bottom of the Forma Pro is made of rubber and has held up extremely well during our test run. However The Forma Pro lacks a replaceable sole insert which could possibly make them die an untimely death if wear is extensive.
What we love about the Forma Pro: The boots conformed to a multitude of testers' feet and legs extremely well, thanks in large part to the anatomically contoured shin plate. Fox went a step further and increased the area of the shin guard to accept knee/shin guards and knee braces.
Comfort doesn't mean a thing if the boot doesn't protect the foot and ankle. Not surprisingly, the Forma is engineered to optimize lateral and linear movement, yet maintain a level of protection which prevents twisting of the ankle. Fox also added shock-absorbing material into the midsole, while pressure-dissipating pads beneath the buckle straps enhance stability and overall fit. A calf-skin strip on the inside of the heel area prevents the boot from slipping and chafing a rider's heel.
What we didn't like about the Forma Pro: There wasn't much to complain about, but our Editorial Director, Ken Hutchison, believed the boots might be a tight fit for those with chunky calf muscles. He had the boots adjustments set to the maximum so the shin guards would fit properly inside the boot.
What Our Testers Said:
Brian Chamberlain (Creative Director):
Brian Chamberlain makes like Bubba in the Fox Pro Forma Stewart.
"Wow. The Forma Pro is the most comfortable boot I've ever put my foot into. It's very well padded and very cushy. There was little or no break-in time, and they provide plenty of movement in the foot area. Hardware was easy to use as well."
Simon Blair (Superstore Manager):
"I've owned several different brands of top-notch boots and the Forma Pro is the most comfortable I've ever had. I mean, there is literally no break-in time and it felt like a well worn boot, but with all the protection and stiffness of a new boot."
Ken Hutchison (Editorial Director):
"The Forma is a great boot, very comfortable and yet provides excellent protection for the foot and ankle. The only thing to complain about is that the boots might not accommodate bigger guys who wear shin guards. I had the straps adjusted all the way out so I can imagine guys with abnormally large calf muscles might have trouble. Other than that the boot is top notch in quality and craftsmanship."
In short, this might be the best motocross boot we've ever tested. We had a difficult time finding anything to complain about and every rider who donned the boots ended up gushing about how much they enjoyed riding in the Forma Pros. Alpinestars' Tech 8s
, our previous first choice in MX footwear, is more rigid and its inner bootie design might offer a bit more protection, but they aren't as plush and are more of a hassle to slip on. Fox did a brilliant job of providing a simpler, more comfortable boot while delivering a high level of protection. They're also about $75 cheaper than the high-tech Tech 8s.
At $224.95 suggested retail, the Forma Pros aren't cheap, but as good as these boots appear to be, it just might be the best 225 bucks you'll ever spend on riding gear.
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