Icon 1000 Elsinore Boot Review

DR Tested

$245

Yes, Icon is pretty much a street-only motorcycle gear company, but when I saw that it had a boot named "Elsinore" I had to check it out. Icon makes no claims of the 1000 Elsinore being an off-road boot, but since this is Dirt Rider I figured I'd see just how dirt worthy it is.

First off, this boot looks sweet, no two ways about it. The brown leather (also available in black), yellow stitching, and five-strap peg-and-hole buckle system all work in congress to exude a retro dirt look. What you can’t see is the internal steel shank and the padded interior ankle protectors. Also, the sole is mated to the upper with a traditional Goodyear welt construction for durability. Since undoing the straps each time would be a little tedious, Icon put a full-length zipper opposite the buckles.

I used this boot for dual-sporting and trials, but I also went on a real dirt bike trail ride wearing them. To be honest, I only wore them on that trail ride because I was recovering from an ankle injury and I couldn’t get my foot into a normal boot, but with the zipper, I could slip right into the 1000 Elsinores. These fit my feet perfectly; I wear a 10.5 in normal shoes, and, since they come in half sizes (unlike most moto boots), I got a pair of 10.5s. They feel like a nice pair of construction boots once on, the toe box is roomy but not overly so, the heel is comfortably rounded inside, and the arch has a good amount of support. Above the ankle, the fit is slimmer than off-road boots, and you’d be hard-pressed to get shin guards in them, but since they are shorter than typical boots, this wasn’t a problem for my particular knee/shin guards.

Break-in was pretty much nonexistent, but this boot’s simple design has its pros and cons. On the plus side, they offer great range of motion and let you feel the controls like no moto boot out there. This is ideal for dual-sporting where you don’t need that much support and even better for riding trials since I could be very precise with the pedals. Also, the sole is softer than off-road boots’ soles, giving great grip on the pegs and great off-the-bike comfort. I wore these under Dickies all day on a few occasions, and I was totally comfortable.

On the downside, all that comfort, feel, and range of motion come at a cost. There is very little support that is needed for full off-road riding or even dirt-heavy dual-sporting. I didn’t realize how much I relied on the stoutness of off-road boots for dabbing until I was in a riverbed with the Elsinores and, when I would put a foot down for balance, my ankles would roll on rounded and angled rocks. Also, just tipping over and having the bike land on my foot didn’t feel that great. No damage was done, but it wouldn’t have been an issue in off-road boots. Also, I know these boots are designed for bikes with electric start, but when I kicked my CRF450R to life, the footpeg left a small slice in the leather that didn’t go all the way through, but with a few more kicks it would have.

Overall, I’d say these boots are 75 percent “show” and 25 percent “go” (but keep in mind when you look at the rating, these are not intended for full-on enduro racing). If you have a KTM EXC or DR-Z400, you probably spend more time on the trails than you’d want to with these boots. But if you have a mellower dual-sport, trials bike, or—better yet—an old Honda CL77 Scrambler, these boots are a must. Plus, with all the scratches, dirt, black worn patches, and such, they look even better!

DR Tested Rated: 76
Style 19/20
Comfort 9/10
Function 35/50
Wash/care 7/10
Price 6/10
Contact: icon1000.com