Boots are critical for protecting your feet and lower legs, yet shouldn’t encumber your ability to operate and feel your motorcycle. They also need to stay comfortable over a long day of absorbing bumps and landings. Of course, they should do it all at a dirt-cheap price. Most cheapie boots are generally not up to the task, but once you start approaching $200 you can find boots that perform on par with the best available. If value is measured not only in cash outlay but performance, these three boots sit right there at “great deal.”
Alpinestars Tech 3
- Great arch support, also feels a little high in the heel to promote an aggressive stance.
- Good support and protection in a boot that you never have to think about when you’re riding.
- Quick break-in time yet a sturdy sole.
- Looks a lot like the more expensive Tech 7 and a little like the top-of-the-line Tech 10.
- Feel heavy.
- Most expensive boots in the group.
- Buckles are finicky.
This is a full Alpinestars boot at a value price. Nothing stands out about this boot, in a good way.Sizes: 5-16, no half sizes
Colors: Black, white, gray, black/red
Optional Configuration: High-traction off-road sole in brown/green or black colors.
- Very comfortable, with good protection and a sturdy sole.
- Double hook-and-loop front closure.
- Low toe box, easier to get under the shifter.
- Quick break-in.
- Narrow toe area takes getting used to. You may miss the brake a few times at first.
- Buckles don’t snap closed easily…at all.
- Angular shape can catch on some bikes, especially true with the KX250F.
A comfortable boot with unique style, but the angular features can catch on plastic.Sizes: 5-14, no half sizes except 10.5?
Colors: Black, white?
Optional Configuration: None
Fox Comp 5
- Excellent feel of shifter, brake and pegs.
- Super supple and comfortable when riding.
- Extremely comfortable for time off the bike, walking or bulldogging down hills.
- Zero break-in time.
- Great print options add style.
- Sized small compared to other boots; 9 feels like an 8.
- Doesn’t look as high-tech or modern as the other two boots.
- Doesn’t feel as protective or supportive as the other boots.
The tennis shoe of the bunch. An excellent “first real boot” for anyone worried about feeling too restricted or disconnected from their bike.Sizes: 8-15, no half sizes
Colors: Black, white, Encore (pattern), Sin City (pattern)
Optional Configuration: Full-traction outsole off-road model.