Dirt bike boots are one of the most essential pieces of kit you will buy. In my opinion, you should never ride a dirt bike without wearing proper MX boots or an MX helmet.
Even if you only intend to ride a few hundred feet, wear your dirt bike boots and helmet! Are you riding from the pit to the track? Wear your boots and helmet. Even for a chilled out ride with friends in the local field… You get the picture.
MX, and off-road riding in general, is a sport that can go wrong. Even a low speed spill can hurt. As the speeds increase and the terrain gets more challenging, so the danger increases too. Why am I emphasising this? Well, I have seen some brutal injuries which have happened because the rider didn’t wear dirt bike boots.
As your motocross skills improve, you will demand more from both your bike, and your kit. There are three main points of contact when riding a dirt bike. These are your hands, feet and inner leg. Your backside also comes into play as a secondary point of contact. It makes sense that all these points of contact give you good feedback as to what the bike is doing underneath you. Grip and traction with the bike is very important. If you are catching big air and trying to whip the bike, or if you are pinned down a bumpy straight section, you need to know the bike and you are going to stay connected! Grip and manoeuvrability are key features of a good motocross boot, which will make up to two of our three main contact points when riding.
With this guide I will walk you through the best dirt bike boots available in 2019.
We will look at dirt bike boots in the following categories; entry level, intermediate, premium and Pro level.
The Ultimate Dirt Bike Boots Guide 2019, will walk you through some of the key features of motocross boots available for the 2019 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 Dirt Bike Boots 2019
Price guide under $200
This is one of the most regularly searched areas of MX and dirt bike riding. I suppose this makes sense. A lot of people come into dirt bike riding with a low budget.
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Maybe you have bought your first bike? Perhaps a second hand motocross bike? You are looking to ride for fun. You may not even plan to go to a track with the purpose of racing other dirt bike riders. All you are thinking about is getting out in the dirt and riding your bike for the first time. In this situation, the first thing many riders do is search for second hand or used motocross boots.
This poses a potential problem.
Boots, like helmets and clothing, undergo various stresses and wear and tear. This is especially the case when a rider falls off.
So does it make sense to risk buying a second hand boot, or to search for free MX boots online?
For me, the answer is no. Especially when there are so many cheap motocross boots on the market.
Budget dirt bike boots are not just for beginners. If you are a regular weekend rider, there is no doubt that you will wear out your kit. That is the nature of the sport. So if you are looking to replace your dirt bike boots, but are not riding competitively, or for long periods of time, you would do well to start your research with cheap MX boots.
Having researched the dirt bike boots available there are a number of brand new, cheap boots available to you. I feel that these dirt bike boots give fantastic performance and value for money. They also come with a guarantee, unlike second hand dirt bike boots!
Here is the list of best cheap dirt bike boots which will protect you, when entry-level riding.
1. Wulfsport Trackstar – Dirt Bike Boots
The Wulfsport Trakstar is a great place to start when considering an entry level motocross boot. They have all of the basic features you need, and you have the benefit of a guarantee. Wulfsport claim that the Trakstar is the best value off road boot on the market. Extensive researching certainly backs up that claim.
There are a few things to consider when looking a dirt bike boot, regardless of it’s cost. Ride comfort is a top priority. It is important for your foot to be able to flex when changing gear and moving around on the pegs. If your foot is too rigid, this will lead to pain and fatigue in the muscles around the foot and ankle. For me, this is key. The last thing you want when you are having fun out there, is to have to turn back due to pain. The Trackstar has a flexible sole which will allow your foot to move naturally. These boots also have a nylon and polyester lining which is generously padded.
Given the nature of motocross riding, protection features are high on the list when it comes to buying a dirt bike boot. This is another area where cheap motocross boots can let you down. For the price point, the Trackstars have a full range of features designed to protect you in the event of a fall, or collision of any kind.
One of the most important features is a shin guard to protect the front of the leg. When riding off-road, the legs can come into contact with all manner of objects. Tree branches, scrub, rocks and flying debris are all coming at you at various times. The front of the legs need to be adequately shielded from such debris. The Wulfstar dirt bike boots have a micro-injection shin guard which will go some way to protecting the front of your leg. Finally, they have added adequate ankle protection to complete the job.
One of the nicest features on this entry level boot are the replaceable straps. Another problem with cheap boots is components failing. Straps take a lot of wear and tear. They can easily get snagged on things. If you snap a boot strap, it is comforting to know that you can order a replacement rather than having to buy new dirt bike boots! On this note, Trackstars also have a suede heat shield to stop you burning a hole in them. Nice!
Finally, these boots look great! They come in a choice of two designs, and they look much more expensive than they actually are.
- Designed to withstand tough conditions
- Adjustable and replaceable straps/buckles
- Suede heat shield
- Available in black or white
- Available in sizes 39-48
2. Fly MX Maverik
The Fly Maverik is another hot contender for the cheap motocross boot category. This boot ticks all of the boxes required for a first time dirt bike rider, or a rider looking to replace a boot within a budget.
Lets deal with comfort first and foremost.
The Fly Maverik boot has a number of features designed to increase comfort when riding off-road. A motocross rider will find themselves going up and down the gear box many times in a ride. The Fox boot goes one step further than other dirt bike boots at this price point, with the addition of an articulated ankle.
This increases the range of motion available for gear changes so that the rider is not working against the boots rigidity. The design allows movement to take place without sacrificing the structural integrity of the boot. This will allow longer periods of riding and also maintains the all important support required for the ankle.
The Fly Maverik boot also has an elasticated gaiter around the top. This increases comfort where the boot meets the calf and keeps out unwanted debris. This comfort is extended to the inside lining, which is well padded.
Although the soles of this boot are fairly stiff out of the box, they break in nicely and their contoured profile will allow a more natural walking gait when you are off the bike. This is definitely something to consider of you are touring off-road and will be walking around more than the average dirt bike rider.
Protection is excellent for a boot at this price point. The rubberised heat guard is over sized, running almost to the top of the leg. This provides great protection from heat sources to both the boot and your leg. It is nice and grippy too. Allowing the novice rider to experiment with the grip techniques required for off-road riding.
The toe area is protected by a wrap around section, which is topped off by a metal toe guard. Flex panels all over the boot are generous and increase the boots flexibility and allow the rider greater freedom when riding. Shin guards come in the form of plastic moulded, oversize panels which inspire confidence and add to the dirt bike boots aggressive styling.
When it comes to the construction of the Fly Maverik, we see some really neat features. The recessed stitching gives the look and feel of a much higher priced product. The soles are also stitched on. This attention to detail means that the boot will last longer as the soles can be replaced by a shoe repair shop for extra longevity. This will pay dividends over time.
Other areas that I think are worth noting here include the straps, which have a memory locking system and open design. Once you have found a good setting for the straps, you don’t need to worry about adjustment every time you put the boot on. Simply snap them shut and that is it. I like this feature, as it is one less thing to think about when going through your pre-ride set up. Also, as time passes and the boot gives, or your leg size changes due to natural weight gain or weight loss, you can adjust accordingly.
The open design of the buckles makes sure that mud and debris is easily removed rather than it building up in the mechanism, causing malfunction or failure. Finally, the grip levels on the sole are really good, with a hard outer sole to increase durability.
All in all the Fly Maverik is an extremely competent boot for very little money. It mimics the kind of features you will find in higher price point boots.
- 3D moulded plastic shift panel with added grooves and texture
- Articulated rear ankle
- Pre-shaped moulded plastic 3D shin
- Inner ankle panel made of durable and flexible plastic
- CE Approved to EN13634:2015
- Moulded rubber outsole
- Rubber heat shield
- Elastic gaiter
- innovative one-piece plastic injected ‘fish tail’ mid-sole
- Adjustable quick-lock buckle
3 Thor – Blitz
Personal taste is a big factor when choosing your dirt bike bitz! Every one has their own preferences. I have chosen these budget dirt bike boots to feature as they are ideal boot for riders who prefer a stiffer boot.
The Thor Blitz are constructed from robust moulded sections, joined together with recessed stitching. Whilst they provide manoeuvrability in the right places, they are definitely stiffer than other dirt bike boots. This could actually be an advantage if you require increased support due to a long term injury or physical condition, or if you just prefer a stiffer boot. These boots can take about ten hours of riding to break in, but if you like a stiffer ride, these are a great boot to consider.
Comfort levels are good. The interior lining is more breathable than other other boots at this price point, as they include a breathable mesh section. My thought here is that water ingress may be an issue. A breathable mesh will let water in. With that in mind they may not suit a rider who uses the boots in all weathers for extended periods. If you are a fair weather rider who favours shorter rides, these dirt bike boots will provide you with all you need. If you are looking for a secondary pair of boots for dry weather riding, these may well tick that box.
Safety features come in the form of pre-moulded sections for shins and ankles. The toe cap area is also tough and features a replaceable metal toe guard. The Thor’s tough and solid reputation continues in the sole of the boot. A steel plate runs through the moulded sole to give unparalleled protection at this price point. The Thor Blitz is the second boot in this class to feature a replaceable stitched in sole for a longer boot life.
Heat guards on the Thor Blitz are synthetic panels. I like the extra grip they provide when the side of your leg is in contact with the bike. They also do a great job of keeping heat away from your leg. The injection moulded shin plate completes leg protection.
All in all this is the perfect choice for anyone seeking a secondary dry weather boot, or requiring a stiffer construction from their dirt bike boot. The Thor Blitz provides the widest range of designs at this price point. With four colour schemes to choose from you are bound to find the right one for your set up.
- Pre-curved injection-moulded shin plate
- Three fully-adjustable straps allow for a custom, rider-specific fit
- Fully synthetic heat shield provides temperature resistance
- Injection moulded medial abrasion plate with integrated shift protection
- Mesh liner promotes airflow without sacrificing comfort
- Uni-directional outsole with a steel shank insert
- Injection moulded positive-lock buckles
- Tested and certified according to European Standard EN 13634:2010
Motocross Advice – Best Dirt Bike Boots 2019 – Intermediate
Price Guide Under $300
As we step up to the intermediate level, motocross boots increase in both quality and features. Although still very affordable, expect to see more protection and shock absorption. Boots in this category tend to be more comfortable too. This can be important when riding for extended periods or at higher speeds.
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With brands like Fox or Gaerne, their lowest price point motocross boots start in this category. These dirt bike boots are great for you if you are an entry-level rider, but can spare the extra budget to get a better quality boot. They are also good for a more experienced rider who is upgrading from budget level too.
1. Fox Comp Motocross Boots
We make rules to break them. Sure, these dirt bike boots should sit in the category above as they are under $200.00. However, the fox comp boots perform like an intermediate MX boot, and for that reason they lead the under $300 category in this article. Intermediate performance from a budget price point equals a real value for money product.
Fox are a legendary motocross brand. They have a stable of world class riders in their camp. The partnership with HRC (Honda Racing), sees riders including Tim Gajser, Brian Bogers and Calvin Vlaanderen wearing a full compliment of Fox kit. These guys will be wearing the instinct boot for 2019. The Fox Comp draws heavily from the higher priced Instinct boot to deliver a top quality product.
Lets have a look at how comfortable these dirt bike boots are. There are two main features which set this boot apart from the cheap dirt bike boot category.
The first feature Fox have used, is a truly unique inner lacing system. This works in a very similar way to a snowboarding boot. Once you foot is in the boot, a sleeve like inner lining is drawn snugly around you foot and ankle using a laced system. One pull on the lace anchors your foot in firmly in place. This totally eliminates foot lift (heel float), keeping the boot locked on tight.
This ingenious system is complimented by Fox’s active lock, straps. The top two straps on this dirt bike boot are made from silicone straps. These hook into place without using a traditional buckle. Not only does this system allow for differences in leg size, but more importantly it allows a range of stretch and give. This means more manoeuvrability around the shin area when you are moving around on the bike. This is a simple but highly effective feature. I also like the fact that this system is not as vulnerable as traditional buckles when it comes to dirt and debris.
This boot is made from Fox’s Synthetic leather material. It is very comfortable and lends itself more toward the all day rider and that is where this boot scores highly. There is a level of sacrifice when it comes to competitive race riding, as the Comp boot may not be as rigid as other intermediate and premium dirt bike boots. This can be a big plus if you are leaning towards all day leisure riding. Waterproofing is another consideration as these boots are not fully waterproof. That is a common thing with MX boots.
There are a number of safety features which make the Fox Comp a great buy for the beginner to intermediate rider. The 2019 model has a much larger shin guard than its predecessor. In fact it is much larger than a lot of it’s competition too. This inspires confidence when riding. The plastic protection zones continue around the calf guard, heel cap, and toe box.
Fox has also addressed the issue of side protection. The inner leg has a top to bottom, heat shield made from a tough synthetic pad. This pad gives exceptional grip. When you are using your leg to grip the bike frame, a much larger surface area comes into play. Nice touch!
The fact that Fox have made a budget boot that performs at intermediate level really puts it into a class of its own. I see this boot as one that will take you from a beginners level and still hold its own when you reach an intermediate level of riding.
There are some sacrifices at this price point. The sole is totally moulded and cannot be replaced. It is not the most rigid boot in either the cheap or intermediate class, but that can be one of its strengths, depending on how you intend to ride and your own personal preferences. There are a nice range of designs to pick from too. All in all a real contender for your first serious motocross boot.
- Built off of the championship-proven Instinct boot
- Internal lace system for a custom fit around ankle
- TPU shin plate, toe cap and calf guard
- Instinct style lower buckle
- Adjustable ActiveLock closure system on shin plate
- Durable rubber burn and medial guard
- Durable rubber outsole with internal steel shank
2. Gaerne GX1 Dirt Bike Boots
When it comes to the intermediate motocross boot, under $300, then the Gaerne GX1 is a prime example of what to look for. Gaerne have an excellent reputation when it comes to their boots. Italian design flare, coupled with the use of quality leather and synthetics mean that the GX1 has the look and feel of a higher price point. Right out of the box, you can see where the extra money has gone. These dirt bike boots are beautifully constructed. You can tell a quality product when you hold it in your hand. These are a definitely in that class.
When choosing a dirt bike boot in the sub $300 category, we are looking at the same metrics of comfort, safety and protection. The Gaerne GX1 hits the spot in all three categories.
There are a couple of points to remember when considering this boot. First and foremost, the GX1 is not waterproof. This rules it out for all-terrain touring. Secondly, as it is a price point boot, Gaerne have had to make a saving somewhere. Sensibly, this saving seems to have mainly been in the inside of the boot. I would recommend allowing a little extra for a high quality after market insole. These are minor points for MX riders, but other off-road riders might want to take them on board.
For comfort, many riders feel that leather is hard to beat. As leather gives over time, you end up with a really personalised fit. The GX1 has the same quality leather as their top end boots and so the high end feel is immediately noticeable. Expect these dirt bike boots to break in beautifully.
Comfort is enhanced with an elastic gaiter around the top of the boot, which you would expect at this price point. However, an extra feature which I really like, is the large Velcro closure tab. Not only does this mean that the rider can get an exact fit around the leg, but it also allows the boot to fit perfectly regardless of the style of MX trousers you are wearing. As this boot tends to lend itself to other forms of off-road riding as well as motocross, you may find this handy.
Being a stitched sole, the boot will last longer. As and when the sole wears out, you simply take it to a shoe repair shop and have a new one stitched on.
Safety features are present in abundance. Quality moulded plastic sections protect the ankle, toe, shin and achilles. The construction is top notch. Everything is joined together well, not only in terms of construction, but also looks! The GX1 boot is a seriously good looking piece of kit. Heat protection comes in the form of a suede grip guard. This looks great, with the styling. It may be that it has less grip than other designs.
The buckle system is robust and easy to use with or without gloves on. A higher level of engineering is evident here, with solid, screw fit replacement buckles. A stitched in sole which offers good flexibility and comfort on and off the bike, completes the design of this beautiful intermediate motocross boot. The GX1 is very light too. Weight is not generally a consideration until we start looking at race boots, however the GX1 comes in at under 4lbs (1.2kg), which is extremely light!
With design featuring so highly in Italian culture, it is no wonder the colour schemes are second to none too. There are five designs to chose from in the 2019 range. KTM motocross riders will be particularly pleased to see the stunning orange and white option.
Really the only factor which may make you think twice here, is the fact that the dirt bike boot isn’t waterproof. However, this is not unusual when it comes to motocross race boots. Consider your need and if you can live with that, then this is a hard boot to beat.
- High-quality, durable cowhide with plastic protectors
- DUAL-TECH ANKLE SYSTEM for more safety and flexibility
- Adjustable calf width by displacing the top two buckles
- Shin and knuckle protection
- highly comfortable fit
- Shaft height about 36 cm
- Microfibre lining with ergonomically shaped inner padding
- 4 wide aluminium buckles, adjustable and easily replaceable
- Suede grip guard and heat protection
- Switch reinforcement made of sturdy plastic
- Anatomically shaped, replaceable insole
- Replaceable sole with steel core. Oil and gasoline resistant
- Toe protection is via a replaceable metal toe cap
Fly FR 5 Intermediate Motocross Boots
Fly have gone all out to design the perfect intermediate motocross boot. They have undertaken extensive research and listened to feedback from riders to create a brand new product. The Fly FR 5 has been designed from the floor up and packs a whole host of neat design features for the intermediate dirt bike rider. Lets take a look at what they have been up to.
There are a few really well thought out features that make sure you are comfortable when riding off-road in this boot. The first is the dual hinge ankle system. This is a feature usually found on premier and pro range boots. It is a great move on Fly Racings part, to include this feature at this price point. A hinge ankle system will dramatically increase foot manoeuvrability when changing gear and braking.
The boot will also absorb shock far more effectively under load and impact. With a hinge system, all of this can be achieved without sacrificing the rigidity of the boot when vertical pressure is applied. This is particularly important when landing a big jump for example. Dual hinge will also lead to extended boot life. As more traditional boot designs tend to give with age, you will experience the support of a new boot for far longer with the FR5.
The rigidity of the Fly FR5 is enhanced by the addition of a steel plate in the sole of the boot. This reduces flex and also eliminates unwanted foot peg feedback. Modern motocross foot pegs are often aggressively sharp, with deep grips. Some dirt bike boots do allow the rider to feel a foot peg through the sole and can lead to rider fatigue and discomfort. The steel plate will take away the unwanted feed back and leave you in touch with your bike, but without the unwanted discomfort.
The internals of the Fly FR5 are constructed from a nicely padded ad 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 moulded sole. The one advantage of a moulded 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 moulded sole and thinner toe box allow the boot to sit comfortably under the gear shifter, reducing botched changes and false neutrals.
For the safety conscious, you will find a lot more in the way of moulded 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 aluminium 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 colour schemes.
Motocross Advice – Best Dirt Bike Boots 2018 – Premium
Price Guide under $450
Premium dirt bike boots are the choice of advanced riders. I would suggest that this is the starting point for any rider who is regularly racing in competitions. It is also a starting point for Xtreme MX. (Extreme Motocross). These dirt bike boots are specifically designed for sustained punishment and increased rider comfort. All of the main players in motocross, supercross, and other off road disciplines will start here. Premium boots provide the ultimate motocross experience for advanced weekend and competitive riders alike.
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Premium dirt bike boots use high quality materials, lightweight components and advanced safety features. These factors become evident when riding your bike hard. The increased comfort, protection, and durability are exactly what the aspiring champion or hardcore leisure rider need.
At this price point you will find all of the features and benefits any motocross rider will ever need. Advanced design and high tech materials are often the result of extensive R&D processes. Each manufacturer will have been through exhaustive tests and these dirt bike boots have most likely been through successive generations of design process. You are paying for the years of experience and development. You cannot really go wrong with a premium motocross boot. Your choice may well come down to brand loyalty and personal preferences.
If you are a rider who would like to spend a bit more for your own comfort and well-being , then you should start in the Premium class. If you are racing every weekend then you should also be shopping in this price range. Lets dive into the best motocross boots available in the premium class, 2019.
1. Fox Comp R Motocross Boots
Beautifully designed and with some neat features, you can confidently race this boot with a lower budget than some of it’s direct competitors. I think that this highlights just what value for money Fox MX products are. As you will see, there some sacrifices to make if choosing the Comp R over other dirt bike boots in this class. If you are a rider that wants to race, but you have a tight budget, these boots will deliver the goods. For that reason they make our top 3 premium boot list against what is frankly, some pretty stiff competition.
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 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 armoured 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.
Soles are a one piece moulded Duratech ™ material. Very grippy and shock absorbent. I guess this is one of the draw backs of this boot, albeit a minor one. I can’t see any way that you can replace the sole, so, once the sole is worn out the boot will need replacing. That said, the sole is a chunky beast, so it may well last a few seasons, depending on your ride style.
Ankle protection and shock absorption are built in using a neat cup system that will protect you from sideways movement and hyperextension. If you watch the tech video on the Fox Comp R, you will see that it has a compression stop built in. This is actually a very simple but effective method to prevent injury.
All in all, you can expect great performance from the Fox Comp R at a very low price point. If your budget is tight and you want to race without sacrificing key safety and comfort features this is a great boot to choose. It may have a much simpler design, with less complex features, but they perform extremely well. Check them out.
2. AlpineStars Tech 7
Alpinestars are, without doubt, one of the leading motocross boot manufacturers. Their products are worn by pro class riders in many off-road and track disciplines. When you pick up an Alpinestars boot you are immediately struck by the complexity of design and the attention to detail.
The Tech 7 could really be seen as a “Tech 10 lite”. It has many of the advanced features of the world class Tech 10. The 2019 Tech 7 has a whole bag of goodies which place it firmly in our top 3 premium motocross boots to buy in 2019. So let’s get started:
When it comes to comfort, the Tech 7 is no slouch. A well padded inner lining gives advanced support and comfort. The microfibre gaiter keeps out the wet and muddy stuff, along unwanted debris. One of the things I really like about the Tech 7, is the oversize Velcro closure system. This makes sure the boot sits nice and tight over a large section of the upper boot.
Comfort levels are further enhanced with a dual hinge system. Really, every boot in this class should feature some kind of ankle hinge design. The Alpinestars Tech 7 has a system which allows fantastic flexibility and comfort. The high level of design and material technology make these dirt bike boots rideable straight out of the box. Any residual stiffness soon passes, but you can effectively stick them on and ride away.
Unlike the tech 10, the tech 7 has no inner bootie. This means a wider fit. The tech 7 has a superior internal lining with ample padding and absorption. In fact the Tech 7 is one of the wider fitting dirt bike boots on the market, so it is ideal for those with wider feet, or those who like to wear a thicker inner sock.
So how does the Tech 7 score on safety?
A low toe profile design ensures easy shifting, so you should have no trouble hitting the right gear every time.
One thing that immediately strikes you as you look at the Tech7, is the narrow profile The four strap system is designed with the straps falling within the overall boot profile. This reduces the chance of snagging the boot on rogue debris or obstacles and will protect you from the boot unclasping on impact. The Tech 7 uses the same lock and latch system as the Tech 10 – a tough and replaceable aluminium latch, designed to keep dirt out. This system is very easy to use with or without gloves on.
Moulded shell protection comes in the form of a large moulded shin plate. No surprises here, The shin plate does what it is supposed to for a boot of this class. What does make this boot stand out is a neat twin blade system either side of the leg. The addition of this system gives rigidity and shock absorption in vertical planes and extended flex and comfort over solid shell side sections. One of the main benefits of this blade system is the protection it provides against hyper extension and hyper flexion in the knee and ankle. Now you can land those big jumps with the utmost confidence.
A honeycomb rubberised heat guard keeps things under control, providing ample inner leg grip.
Although the Tech 7 has a moulded sole, Alpinestars have used their own hi tech rubberised compound. If you are considering these boots you need not worry about durability here. The Tech 7 features fully replaceable insert where the boot comes into contact with the foot peg and the entire moulded sole can be replaced by Alpinestars footwear specialists. This is a boot that will last for a long time.
Finally, Alpinestars products are renowned for their great looks. The Tech 7 has an insane number of colour schemes! All in all, the Alpinestars Tech 7 is one of the best premium price point boots you can buy for motocross in 2019.
3. Gaerne SG 10 Dirt Bike Boots
This is the second boot to feature from Italian manufacturers Gaerne. The SG10 is the former flagship boot for the family run European company, who make all of their dirt bike boots in house. As with all Gaerne boots, the finish is stunning.
Constructed from full grain leather and using traditional double stitch methods for the sole of the boot, there is a real classic feel to the SG10. That said, the SG10 is as high tech as other dirt bike boots in this class. The construction does lead to a stiffer boot and it may need some breaking in, such is the nature of the processes used. For some riders this will be a preference. So how does the SG10 stack up?
When it comes to comfort, the leather and stitched sole give a predictably high level of comfort and a very personalised fit over time. A microfibre gaiter with a Velcro closure keep things tidy in the fit department. One of the key comfort features of the SG10 is a memory foam inner lining and ankle pad.
As with other memory foam products, you will instantly notice how snug and padded the interior of the boot is. This makes the SG10 one of the most comfortable dirt bike boots to wear. Given the stiffer sole and slightly narrower fitting of the SG10, this does give a very distinctive characteristic to the boot and you you would do well to try some on and make sure it suits your tastes. If it does, you will be a big fan from the moment you put the boot on
Safety features are as you would expect at this level. A one piece bio-mechanical system with ankle hinging gives all of the necessary shock absorption, flex and rigidity, whilst retaining reduced lateral movement to prevent hyper flexion – Gaerne’s razorback system gives a one piece plastic exoskeleton shell which sits separate to the main boot in a floating design.
This means there are less technical components and individual sections to the boot. If you compare the Gaerne to the Alpine Star, it is immediately apparent how much simpler the design is. Whether this is an advantage or disadvantage is not the point. It does give the Gaerne a character of its own, without sacrificing safety or comfort. You can make your own mind up as to which you prefer by trying them on for size.
As you would expect, there is a low profile toe box and cover, providing ample grip and topped off with Gaerne’s tried and tested steel toe cap.
Heel impact protection is provided by a tough plastic heel cup with a neat quick shift lip for quicker starts off the line. The ability to change into first gear with your heal whilst lifting your leg from the floor is a neat idea. With practice you can use this feature to get the jump on your fellow riders into turn 1. That can’t be a bad thing!
At the bottom of the boot we see the traditional double stitched one piece sole in use. The SG10 has a dual compound sole. This provides a soft section for the sharp foot peg zone and harder compound sections on the heel and front of the foot.
Finally, the closure comes from aluminium, replaceable buckles. The SG10 is a top quality motocross boot. The traditional features and materials used do give a sense of the old school when it comes to the design, which will speak to a large number of riders. It is beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear if you like the stiffer sole. Don’t forget to check it out if you are looking for a premium dirt bike boot for the 2019 season.
Motocross Advice – Best Dirt Bike Boots 2019 Pro level
Price Guide $500+
If you are looking for the best dirt bike boots money can buy, then this is the category for you! You cannot go wrong with dirt bike boots priced over $500.00. You are in the company of the best motocross and off-road riders in the world.
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When you ride on, or beyond the limit, you need the confidence that your equipment can handle the job. Any doubt in your mind will translate into problems. Motocross racing and extreme MX require the rider to be totally focussed on the track ahead. Any doubts about whether your foot is going to slip off the peg, or thoughts that you are going to miss a gear and so on, will manifest in your riding style.
As with all extreme sports, a dirt bike rider needs to be able to visualise and relax. The more you can visualise the track ahead, the more fluid, confident and seamless your movements will be. This makes the bike more controllable and will knock off those all important fractions of seconds.
These are the dirt bike boots that Pro riders wear. These boots include the highest level materials with top-notch features for a better riding experience.
1. TCX COMP EVO 2 – Michelin
We have referred to TCX boots earlier in this article as ones to check in a lower price point. In pro level, these boots get a section of their own. The TCX Comp Evo Michelin is a true racing thoroughbred. At this level you will find all of the comfort and safety features required for any dirt bike rider. So lets see what this boot brings to the table.
The TCX Comp Evo Michelin is a synthetic leather boot encased with a generous amount of plastic armour. The plastic armour is effectively, two large wrap around sections, one for the upper leg and one for the ankle and foot area. These two pieces are connected together using TCX Double Flex ™ technology. This design is a big step forward from their old system, providing a much sleeker boot with fewer technical components. This is a big plus when riding hard in race conditions. There are less pieces to break, or get clogged up.
Inside the boot you will find a double density foam cushion, to hold your ankle and foot in place. The slim, simplistic design, coupled with the cushioning, does make this a very light feeling boot. The TCX has a wrap around gaiter, plus a top gaiter to achieve maximum comfort and protection. Being a full on MX boot, don’t expect waterproofing. The two point Velcro closure system, with its breathable liner keep the mud and debris out, whilst allowing your leg to breathe.
Safety features at this price point, are very similar on all boots at this price point. They are all world class. With the TCX Comp Evo Michelin, there area few points that stand out:
One of the first to note is the Michelin sole featuring tire technology. TCX have partnered with Michelin to proved a technical sole which has rain displacement, zones, various grip patterns and dual compounds. This gives the TCX the right amount of grip and durability in each section of the sole. Being a moulded sole, it is a thinner profile and has the right amount of flex.
Moving up, a reinforced steel toe box is wrapped in a generous, low profile plastic moulding containing grippy shifting panels. One of the things I like about the TCX, is that the plastic moulding wraps around the whole of the foot in one section. The armour is a “one piece shoe”, from the toe, all the way around to the heel cup. One of the neat features here is the use of elevated mouldings which keep the lower and 2ndbuckles flush to the boot profile, preventing snagging against other riders and obstacles.
As mentioned before, the whole “lower” is tied to the upper armour via the new, ultra slim double flex ™ control system. This new generation of TCX MX boot offers 18 degrees of forward motion and 15 degrees backward motion, making shifting and moving around a breeze. You can expect great protection against hyperextension/flexion and they allow the right amount of lateral movement.
The top section of plastic armour is fully replaceable. This means that the whole shin guard can be removed and replaced if required. You can also adjust for different calf sizes which is a nice touch for those with bigger calves. A fully replaceable, self cleaning/aligning, aluminium buckle system is used on all 4 straps.
For grip and heat protection 3 rubberised grip sections are strategically places on the inner leg. These are not the biggest grip zones on the market, but they do the job nicely. This may be where rider preference comes into play.
The TCX Comp Evo – Michelin is a pro class boot, that has some neat features over it’s competitors. TCX are renowned for their funky designs and the 2019 MX boot range is no exception. Check them out.
- UPPER: high wear resistant microfibre and PU frame
- LINING: breathable fabric with double density foam around the ankle area
- Armour: Double Flex Control System; PU adjustable shin plate; polyurethane toe guard, internal HIGH GRIP ZONE heat guard, rear polyurethane heel reinforcement
- BUCKLES: 4 aluminium adjustable buckles, ergonomic design
- SOLE: high wear resistant MICHELIN® HYBRID MX sole
- SIZE RANGE_EU 38-49; US 5-14
2. Sidi Crossfire 3 SRS Best Dirt Bike Boots
Sidi are another world class motocross boot manufacturer. Italian design and years of R&D have seen Sidi at the top level of dirt bike riding for many years. The Crossfire 3 SRS is the new version of their old Crossfire 2 boot. While it has many of the same design features they have made a few key changes.
SRS stands for sole replacement system and this is an indication of what this boot is all about. The Crossfire 3 SRS is a fully serviceable product as every major component can be removed by means of screw systems. At this price point, it is comforting to know that almost every part can be fine tuned and replaced. This does that the boot is constructed from a lot of parts. More on this as we go.
The Crossfire 3 is made from synthetic leather and is non waterproof. The double stitched Italian design follows a more traditional construction method, which is then encased in numerous armoured parts. This is the first point to note. The Crossfire 3 takes more setting up than other pro level dirt bike boots. With so many adjusters, and a relatively complex buckle system, you will find you need to spend some time getting the boot set up to your specific tastes. Once you have it set though, you need only negotiate the 4 buckle system for ongoing use. They are a little fiddly to do up, but this results in great closure and increased comfort.
They are not the lightest boot on the market, weighing in at just under 5lb (2.2kg), but they do feel like a part of you once on. The Crossfire 3 are also one of the wider and stiffer MX boots available in this class. If you are looking for a bombproof, solid boot, then the Sidi Crossfire 3 are probably for you.
Comfort levels are great when riding. The inner boot has a microfibre, hi tech lining with great wicking to draw moisture away from your leg. They use Velcro closure and feature a robust gaiter and wrap around design to keep debris out. Breathability is good, with the outer shell incorporating a number of vent points.
These boots are NOT made for walking. The toe and heel area are constructed from a hard plastic compound which can be a bit slippery when moving around off the bike. On the bike, they do the job. Sidi has probably used this harder compound as the toe and heel are not replaceable on this model. A 4 point screw replacement sole is designed for DIY servicing. This is a significant improvement on the old boot which had 17 screws! The sole has a full length internal plate to add to the Sidi stiffness.
Safety is not an issue with the Crossfire 3. This is what these dirt bike boots do best. They are solid! Every part of the exoskeleton is replaceable. With multiple kick plates, and all the expected plastic guards, you will feel well protected. They will require a short break in period.
The robust nature of the boot continues with the ankle and heel protection. Using a more traditional looking dual hinge system, hyperextension and reflexion are taken care of. A chunky heel cup is married to a multi layer front section which includes raised mouldings to encase the lower two buckles. This is another improvement over the old model. This raised profile is extended around the inner kick plate. For a technical boot, made up of so many parts, the Crossfire 3 has a surprisingly smooth outer profile.
Finally, new grip patterns on the shift plate cover a wide toe box. This boot is not as narrow as you might expect from an Italian manufacturer, so riders requiring a wider fit will appreciate their design.
In conclusion. this is a very robust boot. It is stiffer and wider than others in this class and really favours the rider looking for that bombproof feel, without sacrificing mobility. It has numerous replaceable parts and can be fine tuned in multiple ways. If you like more hands on adjustment and DIY repair when choosing your dirt bike boot, then the Sidi could well tick all the boxes for you. The Sidi Crossfire has a huge range of designs and colours.
- Replaceable shin plate
- Micro adjustable and replaceable buckle system
- Exclusive and patented FLEX SYSTEM with hyper extension block
- Wider calf upper (+ 3 CM) – adjustable
- Replaceable metatarsus block
- Plastic reinforced toe cup
- Rigid, shock resistant, Anatomically shaped heel cup
- Nylon inner sole with removable inner sole arch pad
3. Alpinestars Tech 10 Best Motocross Boots
The Alpinestars Tech 10 really is at the top end of MX boot design. The all new Tech 10 has a number of features which allow it to double as an enduro or all terrain product. A floor up redesign has brought in increased comfort, while retaining rigidity and support that Alpinestars riders know and love. You should note that the new design boot has the same name as the old Tech 10. If you are shopping for this boot then make sure you are searching for the newer model.
So what is new with the Tech 10?
The old Tech 10 was renowned for being a really stiff boot. Maybe too much so. The new design is all about making this flagship MX boot more comfortable and streamlined. The investment has paid off, giving a super light MX boot weighing Just over 4lbs!
The Tech 10 is the only boot in our line up that has an inner bootie as standard. This has been redesigned to be shorter and more flexible. The hinges are slimmer than the old bootie and they have been designed to give more flex working in unison with the outer shell.
Coming to the outside of the boot, we now see a dual hinge impact system. This works alongside the blade system at the rear of the leg, to give a superior rigidity, with maximum flexibility. This was one of the drawbacks of the old Tech 10 and Alpinestars have nailed the design on this model.
Front flex is improved with a new plastic insert design inserted within the front bellows. You can expect the new Tech 10 to take a lot more punishment in the area above the top of your foot. The bellow design keeps things fluid when moving around on the bike.
The new design also features mixed density Plastic armour. These multiple layers which encase your foot, achieve far more flexibility over old model. A low profile toe box incorporating new grip designs assist smooth gear changes.
Further improvements can be found when you get to the inside panels. The old boot utilised leather heat shields which wore through fairly quickly. The new boot has far more resilient panels with improved rubber grips.
Another neat feature with the new Tech 10 is the dual compound impact sole. If you are a more extreme rider who is regularly landing big jumps, this is going to be of interest. The new Tech 10 uses a system which is similar to an EPS helmet design. A shock absorbent compound is fitted within the heel to maximise shock absorption when landing from extreme heights. This system is fully replaceable for when the shock absorber has reached the end of its life. Also the sole itself is replaceable, although neither of these is a DIY job.
Finally, stronger slimmer straps with Alpinestars renowned replaceable aluminium buckles, make sure the boot stays on. They are easy to use and one of the better designs on the market for this kind of strap
The all new Tech 10 is an outstanding version of this popular boot. Pros and advanced riders will appreciate the increased comfort and longevity of what has always been one of the top pro MX boots on the market.
So there we have it. Everything you need to know about buying a motocross boot in 2019.
I hope you have found the right boot for you. I am sure that by carefully considering your skill level and budget, you will end up with a dirt bike boot that will grow with you.
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