As any experienced dirt bike rider will tell you; the importance of wearing a good quality, specialized motocross boots can not be overstated. If you are trying motocross for the first time, your road bike boots, motorcycle touring boots or hiking boots, will not be suitable for the style of riding you are about to do. If you are new to motocross, then your journey is just beginning. I hope you find many useful articles on motocross advice.
Buying a dedicated pair of dirt bike boots is essential to your safety and your riding experience. You will need the protection they will give you as well as the comfort and maneuverability. Motocross boots are designed to protect more of your lower leg than road boots. During your ride, you may come across loose rocks, tree branches and undergrowth. These natural obstacles will come into contact with your lower legs and feet. A specialized motocross boot is designed to take the punishment of regular impacts with these obstacles.
Your feet play an essential role in dirt bike riding. They are one of the three contact points you have with the bike. Your dirt bike boots need to translate what the bike is doing beneath you. With the right boot, you will be able to feel how much grip the tyres have and how well your suspension is working. Your boot will also provide that all-important protection, comfort and maneuverability.
All in all, there is quite a lot going on!
Of course, if you are already an experienced rider, you will have a clear idea of the type of boot which works for you. If you are about to replace a pair of well worn motocross boots, then you will find our suggestions for intermediate and premium level mx boots to be of most use.
With this guide, I will walk you through the best dirt bike boots available in 2020.
We will look at dirt bike boots in the following categories; entry-level, intermediate, premium and Pro level. Each level has been given an approximate price point if you are searching for your next motocross boot with a budget in mind. I will walk you through some of the key features of motocross boots available for the 2020 season. I hope this will make your decision on which boots to buy, a much easier one.
So, let’s get into it!
Motocross Advice – Best Cheap Motocross Boots 2020
Price guide under $200
If you are starting off-road riding, or on a budget, you don’t need to invest too much to get a good pair of dirt bike boots. A budget motocross boot will give you all the features you need to start riding safely. As a new rider, you may not be sure if motocross is for you. Understandably, a new rider will be budget-conscious.
Some may think that second-hand motocross boots make sense in this situation. I would disagree. Motocross boots have a tough life. The materials used, wear, and eventually, the protection they give will become compromised. It does not make sense to risk your safety when entry-level motocross boots are so reasonably priced. You can buy cheap dirt bike boots new off the shelf, and they will do a great job of protecting you. Or you can purchase cheap motocross boots second hand that may not serve you so well.
Ultimately it is your choice, but we think it would be safer to start your search for cheap dirt bike boots with the new, box-fresh examples we have researched for you in this article. Besides, who doesn’t like a nice new pair of boots for motocross?!
1. Fox Comp – Dirt Bike Boots
We start with a manufacturer synonymous with motocross riding. Fox. The Fox Comp boot takes many of the features engineered into there more expensive ranges, simplifies them, and puts them into a more affordable boot.
An internal lace system achieves a custom-fit around the ankle. Two upper straps and a lower buckle make them easy to use, flexible and give perfect support. Your shin, calf, heel and toe areas are fully protected. The sole of the Fox Comp boot has been redesigned to maximize grip and comfort on the pegs.
- The Fox Comp utilizes design features from more expensive Instinct model
- The Fox Comp has an Internal lace system to provide a secure fit
- The boot provides excellent grip and ‘feel’ on the bike
- TPU shin plate, toe cap and calf guard gives the rider full lower leg protection
Why we chose the Fox Comp 2020
The Fox Comp, despite being an entry level product, offers superior protection. The level of casing and protection is impressive. With a chunky shin plate, full heel and toe casing and inner leg heat panels, the Fox Comp has some of the highest protection in its class.
We love the inner lacing system on the Fox Comp. The simple, effective design pulls the boot snugly around your foot and lower leg to increase feel, and ensure a secure fit. This design dispenses with the need for an inner boot, as well as reducing foot lift inside the boot. For 2020 Fox have chosen to replace the old style adaptive strap, with the standard Instinct style buckle and strap.
If you ride with motocross knee braces and/or have large calves, then you will be grateful for Fox having designed the 2020 boot with a larger diameter top.
Finally, as with all Fox products, the designers have hit the mark. Whatever level you ride at, a Fox Comp boot will perform well and look incredible.
Note: If you are riding a more endurance or trials style, look at the Comp-X which is exactly the same boot with a different sole.
2. Fly Racing 2020 Maverick
Fly Racing is another established motocross sports brand. They also have ranges covering other extreme sports. The Fly Racing 2020 Maverick motocross boot has many great features at an affordable price, making them an excellent choice for anyone wanting a budget motocross boot under $200.
Incorporated into the design is a leather heat shield, a top gator to repel dirt, and an impact-resistant moulded shin plate. The Maverick 2020 utilizes Fly Racings trademark design, easy-action buckles.
To make gear shifts smooth and effortless Fly have added grooves to the shift panel on top of the foot, which is a 3D moulded design. These neat features prevent premature wear.
Why We Chose the 2020 Maverik
The Fly Racing range has always inspired confidence. At every level, Fly Racing products represent incredible value for money. With the Maverik 2020 we particularly like the 3D molded gear shift panel. No one wants to miss a crucial gear change. This panel also adds to the lifespan of the boot at a point where friction is high.
Another amazing feature for the price point is the inclusion of an articulated ankle system. The ankle joint needs protecting, and yet also has to be able to move freely. Some mx boots lose their flexibility in favour of impact resistance. With the Maverik 2020 you can enjoy both.
Another favorite feature is the gaitor around the top of the boot that keeps all of that crud and debris out.
A superb entry level boot.
- Leather heat shield
- Shift panel for smooth shifts
- Elastic gaiter prevents dirt ingress and increases comfort
- Quick-lock adjustable buckles with non-clogging function
3. O’neal Element
The first thing you will notice about the O’neal Element motocross boot is the inclusion of a stitched sole design, giving them a retro look. O’Neal Element motocross boots benefit from 50 years experience in motocross. The experience translates into proven safety, comfort and durability.
The O’neal Element boot features injection moulded plates to protect the rider from impacts. There is a metal toe guard that prevents the sole de-laminating, a metal shank insert provides rigid support and ensures the boot maintains its shape. Buckles and straps are replaceable, which will promote longevity.
Why we chose the O’Neal Element mx boots
The O’Neal Element underwent a makeover in 2019 offering a far greater level of protection due to the increased PU panels. We think the increased protection brings it close to the Fox Comp in safety terms.
Another of our favorite features is the traditional stitched sole. O’Neal say that this return to a more traditional design offers greater flexibility over their previous design. We think it is a great reason to consider these mx boots if you prefer a more retro style boot. The retro feel is continued with the half leg, leather heat shield and steel toe cap.
There is a concertina style section in the rear of the leg which adds flexibility, which at the lower price point can sometimes be compromised.
Our main reason for including the Element in the 2020 guide is that it offers a more traditional alternative to the other dirt bike boots in this price point. We like Oneal’s willingness to revert back to a previous design which creates more rider choice, and increased durability
- Stitched on sole
- Metal toe guard
- Supportive metal shank
- Replaceable straps and buckles
4. Axo Drone
Using synthetic materials for the main body, the Axo Drone has a strong resistance to wear and a rigidity that gives excellent support. Impact-resistant plastic plates are utilized in varying thicknesses to provide maximum protection in vulnerable areas and flexibility where needed.
A non-slip interior constructed from a stain-resistant mesh lining and durable synthetics means it will feel comfortable even on the most demanding of rides.
Why we chose the Axo Drone Boot
The Axo Drone is a tried and tested boot. With nearly a decades proven history it has aged well. We particularly like the steel shank sole for increased rigidity. There is also the raised PU molding on the outer foot of each boot which provides excellent protection to the lower buckle.
If you want proven design with all the features you need for an entry level boot then you would do well to consider the Axo Drone.
- Steel shank for comfort and support
- Floating buckle system gives unrestricted alignment
- Quality materials for weight reduction and strength
- Vinyl and foam gaiter to prevent dirt ingress
5. TCX X-blast
TCX is one of the new kids on the block, comparatively speaking. The company was founded in 1999 and have become innovators in design. TCX have the internationally patented Torsion Control System. Every rider on the podium of the 2011 Dakar Rally was wearing TCX Pro 2.1 mx boots. What better testament to the brand’s reliability and comfort!
The x-blast has many of the features of the 2.1 for much less money. There are touches of quality such as; fully adjustable, aluminium cam lock buckles, stitched sole, metal toe cap, and polyurethane ankle and toe guard. The TCX entry-level dirt bike boots are a stiffer boot, so if you prefer rigidity, these may be for you.
The X-blast range features the TCX Dual Torsion Control system which prevents your foot from twisting on impact. With a hard tapered rim to seal around you motocross trousers, a steel toe cap to avoid delamination and substantial heat grips on the inner leg, the X-blast is a fierce competitor in the sub $200 category.
Why we chose the TCX X-Blast
The TCX X-Blast has a number of features that we love. First of all the range of movement is great for such a rigid boot. TCX seem to have found the perfect combination of range of movement V rigidity. Admittedly, if you prefer a more flexible boot, you may want to consider one of the other entry level boots on offer. However, if a stiff boot is your preference, and you don’t want to sacrifice your ability to change gear or move around, TCX offers that.
If you have a narrower foot, this is another reason to look at the X-Blast.
X-Blast offers a choice of two soles for the motocross rider and enduro rider. Recessed stitching will mean a longer lasting sole which has less chance of snagging in the way an older stitching design might.
- Adjustable upgradeable plastic buckles
- Replaceable Stitched sole
- Polyurethane on synthetic leather
- Antibacterial, moisture-wicking fabric lining
Motocross Advice – Best intermediate Motocross Boots
Price Guide $201 to $399
1. Fox Comp R Motocross Boots
An example of the design-led thinking is the two lower buckles which are designed to pull the heel of the foot into the boot, preventing heel lift.
A smart floating cuff system gives lateral support as well as increased lateral movement, locking out before you suffer hyperextension of the ankle. The Antilock silicone strap closure system gives extra comfort and flexibility.
The Tech 5 outsole features durable rubber with an internal steel shank for increased rigidity. These motocross boots look fantastic too, with an aggressive, bold design making for a great look at the start line!
Why We Chose The Fox Comp R
When you have a company like Fox Racing manufacturing, they are drawing from years of experience with pro level riders. These guys demand the best when they are riding, and comfort is a big priority for them. It is no surprise that the Fox Comp R is an extremely comfortable boot, right out of the box. They have all the rigidity and protection you will need, but they don’t feel like they need a huge amount of break in time.
Fit is snug, even for a wider foot. The inside of the boot is adequately padded and closure, by way of the silicone strap system used on the comp & instinct mx boots, increases comfort levels no end. The silicone strap is adjustable, and will allow extra flex when moving around on the bike. The toe box is roomy and there seems to be no foot lift (Or heel float, whichever you prefer), when moving around.
Rider safety is taken care of with plenty of armored around around the toe, heel and shin. I like the chunkiness of this boot. It really looks and feels like it will shrug off impact, dirt and debris with ease.
The inner leg has a very large surface are of grip and heat resistant materials. The Fox Comp R has one of the flattest inner leg profiles in it’s class. This means maximum contact with your bike at all times. Again, confidence inspiring, and a real indication of how Fox MX have put all that they have learned into their products.
- Patented Antilock closure system
- Zero heel lift
- Floating cuff system
- Full shin, calf, heel and toe protection
2. Alpinestars TECH 5 dirt bike boots
Consider the Tech 5 as a Tech 7 light – rather than a Tech 3 upgrade.
Alpinestar Tech 5 motocross boots have many design features to provide everything you need in a motocross boot. These include a new design of self-cleaning/adjusting buckle.
Elasticated bellows run up the entire rear of the boot to give class-leading comfort. There is PU protection on the inner side for heat protection.
A biomechanical hinge on the inner side provides flexibility, and the soul is a one-piece “mono fused” design. Small design touches like the inverted lower buckle to prevent damage during a low-side, demonstrate the Alpinestar commitment to racing technology. Moisture-wicking, a solid toe box and a high level of water resistance for their class, make the Alpinestar Tech 5 a real value for money choice.
Why we chose the Alpinestars Tech 5
It is hard to find a more comfortable boot than Alpinestars. The Tech 5 will take a while to break in, but that is not unusual for an off road boot. Once the Tech 5 has broken in, you will find them to be some of the best boots you have ever worn.
One of our favorite features is the bio-mechanical hinge system which is a great addition at this price point. While we are on the subject of mechanics, the buckle design on the Tech 5 is one of the best on the market.
Another great thing about the Tech 5 is the high level of water resistance. To be clear, these dirt bike boots are not waterproof. As with many off road boots, waterproofing is not a standard feature. The Tech 5 does keep more of the damp stuff out though, which is a plus for any rider.
- New self-cleaning/adjusting buckle system
- Multi-density construction for comfort and flexibility
- Bio-mechanical hinge
- Replaceable sole
3. Fly Racing FR5
A four-stage high grip sole design provides comfort, grip and balance on the pegs.
The first stage is a perforated plush insole for advanced wicking and comfort on long rides.
The second stage is an injected fishbone design midsole which is lightweight yet very strong. A rigid in-mould flex reducing steel shank further enhances the midsole.
The third stage is courtesy of the fishbone foam layer engineered to absorb shock and vibration.
Finally, a fourth, an anti-vibration moulded traction sole nail the grip and reduce peg buzz.
Other features include dual biomechanical hinges and aluminium adjustable quick lock buckle system.
Why we chose the Fly Racing FR 5 boots
The internals of the Fly FR5 are constructed from a nicely padded, soft lining material. This creates a comfortable environment for the riders foot. There is a deep cushion layer your foot and heel.
As with the Fox Comp, Fly have opted for a molded sole. The one advantage of a molded sole over the stitched on sole, is that your foot will sit deeper into the boot. Fly have made sure the outer sole is durable and grippy, with a brand new sole design for this model.
Gear changes are a breeze with the FR5. The molded sole and thinner toe box allow the boot to sit comfortably under the gear shift, reducing botched changes and false neutrals.
For the safety conscious, you will find a lot more in the way of molded plastic impact zones. As well as the shin and outer boot, Fly have added a deep heel impact zone. With the extra flex provided by the dual hinge, they have been able to add a lot more plastic to the rear of the heel with no negative effects.
Heat guards are more than adequate, providing a good level of grip over two thirds of the inner leg.
The aluminum boot buckles on the FR5 are a significant upgrade from the entry level Maverick from Fly Racing. They are more traditional than the Fox offering in this price point, but the boot is a real winner in so many ways.
In conclusion, Fly Racing have an intimidating product with the FR5. Over specced for it’s price point. This is a boot that could easily be raced, should you be moving up in your skill set. It also provides great comfort and safety for those with longer rides in mind. Superb value for money and available in a wide range of funky color schemes.
- Four-stage high grip sole design
- Dual biomechanical hinges
- Adjustable quick lock buckles
- Padded microfibre gaiter
4. O’neal RDX 2.2
We go back to the O’Neil range for our fourth intermediate boot, the RDX2.2. In the perpetual quest for maximum comfort, flexibility and safety, these boots tick all the boxes. The O’Neil RDX pivot system allows the maximum range of movement for your foot.
The bike side of the RDX2.2 boot has rubber plates for grip and heat resistance. These motocross boots are an excellent option for taller riders as height adjustment is possible through innovative design.
Hyperextension protection is all part of the flexible, hinged heel construction.
The shin plate is adjustable, allowing you to tune the fit around the calf area, and a service kit can be purchased to keep your boots in tip-top condition. In keeping with intermediate level motocross products, the straps, buckles, rubber sole, foot insert and upper body are all replaceable. With such flexibility in fit and so much attention to serviceability, the RDX2.2 is one of the most reliable boots out there.
Why we chose the O’Neal RDX2.2
O’Neal are another manufacturer that have put time and effort into their boots flexibility. Natural foot movement is not compromised, and lateral rigidity remains at a level where injury from lateral forces is reduced.
The level of spec is high as a whole, but the buckle designs are also up there with the best. The buckles are aluminum, which is expected at this price point, and feature a double pin lock for extra security on closure.
- Full tilt RDX pivot system
- “Army rubber” sole with steel shank
- Height adjustment for taller riders
- Many replaceable parts
5. Sidi Agueda
Named after the MX1 track in Portugal, Sidi has followed a more traditional route with the Agueda, making it lighter than your typical motocross boot. The Agueda would suit ATV riders and other off-road riders as well as motocross. Sidi’s synthetic leather is durable, lightweight and breathable.
Agueda buckles are the fully adjustable cam-lock type, and there is TPU protection in all the vulnerable areas.
All the bolt-on parts are replaceable, making the Agueda range another boot designed with longevity in mind.
Why we chose the Sidi Agueda
The Agueda made our 2020 line up as it provides the perfect half way house between a full on motocross boot and a more trials style boot. If you need a boot that will work well in a dual sport capacity then the Sidi is a good place to start looking.
In line with this ethos you will find the Agueda to be one of the lightest boots in this class. A point to note is that Sidi do tend to fit narrow. If you have a wide foot do expect the Agueda to fit narrow, or with a “European” sizing.
This is not the sort of boot you would race in a full on motocross race. That said, the weekend rider, adventure rider, ATV or weekend warrior, who wants a high quality boot will find the Agueda to hit the spot.
- “Technomicro” synthetic leather
- Triple stitched on, replaceable sole
- Lightweight construction
- Elastic gaiter
Motocross Advice – Best Premium Motocross Boots
Price Guide $400+
1. Fox Instinct 2020 boots
The new Fox Instinct is a development of the model used extensively by champion motocrossers worldwide. The 2020 Instinct offers superior performance right out the box, as would be expected for a premium product.
Fox has developed their rubber compound, “Duratec”, for the insole protection and burn guard.
The biomechanical hinge will lockout preventing hyperextension and thus preventing injury. The sole is designed to allow the foot to sit lower, allowing more natural gear changes and control.
Aesthetically the boots look very aggressive and ready for action. You can choose from four bright colours. Expect competition level performance from one of the leading off-road boot manufacturers.
Why We Chose The Fox Instinct dirt bike boots
The Fox Instinct is one of the best motocross boots out there. For the serious rider, who is looking for maximum protection, the Instinct is a benchmark boot.
The grip levels of both sole and inner leg are incredible, with the slim design making sure you keep in contact with the bike even during your gnarliest rides.
New for 2020 is the replaceable sole design which only enhances what was already a winning boot.
- “Duratec” rubber compound for grip and heat resistance
- Lock-out hinge prevents hyperextension
- Low ride chassis for comfort and control
- Replaceable sole
2. Alpinestars Tech 10
The Tech 10 has a dual-hinge system for a full range of movement and preventing hyperextension. The inner boot provides class-leading comfort and support. Alpinestars Tech 10 is engineered to give comfort right from the off. One of the main advantages of a premium construction boot is that there is little need to go through the wearing in process.
Tech 10 is lightweight compared to other brands at this price point, and Alpinestars have used four different densities of TPU to protect vulnerable areas. The TPU on the bike side is rubberized for grip and heat protection, and the two lower buckles are placed across the front of the boot to keep them away from the mud and out of harm’s way.
The Tech 10 is fully maintainable and has many replaceable parts so that it will keep performing.
Why we chose the Alpinestars Tech 10
Alpinestars upgraded the Tech 10 after our 2019 best guide. In doing so they their flagship boot into one of the best motocross boots we have seen.
First of all Alpinestars have lightened the boot by over 1lb. This considerable drop in weight makes the boot lighter to wear, but also contributes to the overall power to weight ratio. Competitive riders are always looking for weight gains, even in the smallest components.
The inner leg has undergone a makeover, replacing the large area of suede which appeared on the old model, with a much moor hard wearing rubber section. This not only increases the protective qualities, but in practical terms, makes the boot easier to clean.
The toe cage is now narrower improving gear shifting and making for more accurate riding. A brand new front flex panel, which connects the lower buckle and second buckle, gives rigidity and shock absorption to the front of the boot. This feature will now see the boot soaking up far more of the impact.
A well designed inner foot shell keeps your foot firm and secure, while allowing feel to be transmitted from the pegs, to your foot, by way of a hinged section hidden inside the sole of the shell.
We also love the inclusion of the inner ankle bootie, a feature which carries over from the old design. With the new Tech 10 design, the inner bootie has all of the new flex and shell features mirrored in its design. This si to ensure all of the gains from the outer boot, are not lost with the bootie.
When a manufacturer goes to these lengths to improve an already competitive product, then we have to take note.
- Dual heel compression sole to absorb impact
- Dual hinge system for comfort and prevents hyperextension
- Lightweight design
- Inner boot for class-leading comfort and support
3. Gaerne SG12
One of the things we like about the SG12 is the “easy in – easy out” design incorporating lightweight alloy buckles. There is an impact absorbing heel cup and a breathable gaiter to keep dirt out. The footbed is dual a composite, anti-shock rubber which allows the foot to breathe and provides protection with shock-absorbing materials.
Why we chose the Gaerne SG12
With a Gaerne SG12 you are investing in a boot that will last. Quality of construction and careful use of tech materials has made the SG12 one of the most durable motocross boots you can buy
Expect a wide fit despite being from a European manufacturer. This attention to fit is carried on with an adjustable upper leg system which will allow you to tune the boot into your leg size, so if calf fit has been an issue, you will not experience that with the SG12
Gaerne have designed the SG12 with serious competition on mind. Expect a shock absorbing heel cup with lots of PU all over the boot to protect you from impact.
The winning feature on the Gaerne SG12 has to be the buckle design. Whatever conditions you ride in, these buckles will work. With buckle design being a big bone of contention among riders at every level, a good buckle design is very important.
- A patented dual-stage pivot system
- Adjustable shin guard
- Dual composite footbed
- Easy in – Easy out design
4. Sidi Crossfire 3 & 3 SRS
The Sidi Crossfire 3 is at the forefront of motocross design. Engineered for more comfort the Crossfire 3 has Sidi’s patented adjustable calf design, allowing you to adjust the boot to fit your size calf, up too 22 inches diameter.
The heel has three extended ribs running up the back of the boot, giving flexibility and making gear changes easier. The buckles and straps incorporate a memory retention strap system, allowing the rider to adjust the straps one time only.
The sole is of a bolt-on design and fully replaceable, as are many of the other components. The heel of the boot is anatomically shaped to allow the foot and leg to align naturally and recessed stitching keeps things neat and tidy underneath.
Why we chose the Sidi Crossfire 3 SRS
When looking at motocross boots in the premium level, the advantages of one manufacturer are often slight. If you are paying north of $500 dollars for a boot, you can expect to get all the latest technology. There are a couple of features which make the Crossfire 3 and 3 SRS stand apart.
The Crossfire 3 is a boot that could last multiple seasons. Almost every part is replaceable, and with the SRS you get the addition of a replaceable sole too. This is a home fit product, so you won’t have to go into your dealer for new soles. The extra benefit here is that you wont spend time without your mx boots.
The Sidi Crossfire 3 + SRS come from a well developed range which ensures that the product is at its peak level of design, so there will be no nasty surprises down the line.
- Patented adjustable calf design
- Bolt-on adjustable sole
- Memory retention system straps
- Dual flex system
5. TCX Comp Evo
The TCX Comp Evo boot is our final pro-level offering for 2020 and has every feature of a top-level motocross boot. The Evo takes over from the out-going Comp 2.1. The most significant design change is with the sole which has been replaced by a Michelin sole, giving durability and class-leading grip.
The boot benefits from TCX’s dual flex control system for maximum comfort, support and a full range of movement while preventing injury with hyperextension lock.
The two lower buckles have TPU deflector pads to prevent anything from catching the buckles, which are self-cleaning and self-adjusting.
All in all, the TCX Comp Evo is a serious motocross boot for the more advanced rider or the rider with a high budget.
Why we chose the TCX Comp Evo motocross boots
The TCX comp Evo are yet another competition level motocross boot. Comp Evo’s hold their own against the Fox Instinct, Alpinestars and other leading products.
The Michelin sole provides fantastic grip and TCX Comp Evo is another product that repels water well.
This is a thoroughbred motocross boot, so you can race with confidence. Protection levels and safety features are world class.
- Michelin moulded sole
- Dual flex control system
- Micro-adjustable self-cleaning buckles
- Internal high grip zone heat guard
So there we have our ultimate guide to some of the leading motocross boots on the market for 2020. Whatever your budget, and whatever level you ride at, we are confident that you will find the right boot for you somewhere in this list. Take some time to think about where you are in your development as a rider. Try to buy as high up the ranges as you can afford in order to avoid having to upgrade too soon.
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