What To Look For In Motorcycle Boots

By: James Gunaseelan

Buying a good pair of motorcycle boots can be an exercise in patience unless you know what to look for in motorcycle boots. Here are a few points you can keep in mind when you go searching for one:

1. Motorcycle boots should be at least 160 mm in height, and must provide impact protection for the shins, instep and ankles.

2. The soles that are sewn are stronger than the ones that are bonded. Often, the glued soles come off when the rider drags the feet along the road while stopping the bike.

3. The soles should be oil resistant and waterproof. You should be able to walk through a puddle. Fortunately, most leather motorcycle boots can manage this with ease.

4. Lighter boots are better in summers.

5. The leather should be ISO 11642 compliant. This is a test of color fastness in water.

6. Your boot should have at least 10 mm clearance from the edge to the upper.

7. Uppers should be abrasion resistant.

8. Leather should be at least 2.5 mm thick and soles should be 4 mm not including the cleats.

9. Contoured boot soles aid in traction and should be made from a durable material.

10. The leather used should be thick enough to offer protection but supple enough to be comfortable and soft.

11. A flex panel in the ankle area is very comfortable. It allows you to flex your ankles while applying the brakes, or even while walking.

12. Flex sections are missing in engineer-style slip-on boots because the wide upper allows enough movement within the boot. However, slip on boots are also likely to slip off.

13. Its best to have boots secured to your ankle with laces, zippers, hook-and-loop straps or a combination of the above.

12. The lining in a motorcycle boot is very important. It should keep you dry, ventilated and snug in all kinds of weather. Wearing the right socks can also make a big difference. Stores that sell serious backpacking equipment will in all likelihood have high-tech socks.
13. Functional motorcycle boots must provide enough tread for stability. A tread pattern that runs sideways as well as fore and aft is great.

14. Thick rubber soles help to absorb vibration. You can also consider some padded inserts. There are enough available at the local stores.

15. Motorcycle boots should provide adequate heel and toe cups designed to flex under pressure.

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