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Head To Head: Street Touring Boots

Chaparral Motorsports
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August 25, 2016

225-1515-0007Meteor FX Waterproof Boots


Manufacturer: Joe Rocket

Price: $119.99

Colors: Black with reflective piping.

Sizes: 7-13

Weight: 3.4 lbs (size 13)

Closure System: Zipper to high ankle with full length Velcro overclosure

You'll get a lot of bang for little buck with the [mageProductLink sku="225-1515-0007" title=""]Meteor FX Waterproof Boots[/mageProductLink]. These boots are the lightest of the three coming in at just under 3.5 lbs (size 13), and come up the bottom of the calf. They are constructed of a split grain leather and feature a DryTech waterproof membrane. The full zipper, found on the inside of the foot, allows for easy on/off while the Velcro zipper cover helps protect the zipper and keep water out. On the front and back is heavy-duty waterproof textile in an accordion pattern to provide full flex and ankle articulation. The Meteors offer the most night time visibility with reflective piping running up around the back of the heel and up the outside front of the foot/shin. These boots offer pretty extreme soles compared to the others with a tread pattern similar to a turf shoe. Both the left and right boots feature a grippy rubber shift protector pad.

 

038-3403-0585Overlord Boots


Manufacturer: Icon

Price: $175.00

Colors: Stealth Black, Grey/Flo Yellow, White/Red.

Sizes: 8-14

Weight: 4.0 lbs (size 13)

Closure System: Zipper to high ankle with Velcro tab closure at top

More of a street style boot, the [mageProductLink sku="038-3403-0585" title=""]Overlord[/mageProductLink] boots fall right in the middle weight-wise, weighing in at 4 lbs (size 13) and also come up to the bottom of the calf. The boots are comprised of a leather upper that is combined with overmolded mesh and articulated textiles for optimum fit and flexibility. Protection is provided by TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) shin, heel and ankle plates. This is the only boot in this comparison that offers extra toe protection with a replaceable toe scuff plate. You will also find TPU strips over the inside toe area on left boot for easier shift lever operation. The closure system is on inside of the foot. While the boots look pretty technical, the soles may leave a lot to be desired for some riders, as they are more of a sport bike-style with minimal tread. What many may like about these boots however, is that they are available in two other color ways, giving you the option of something other than just another pair of black motorcycle boots.

 

043-2141-X-38All Road Gore-Tex Boots


Manufacturer: Sidi

Price: $325.00-$345.00

Colors: Black

Sizes: 5-15

Closure System: 2 pull over Velcro cinch tabs with locking teeth, large Velcro over closure patch at calf/shin area

Le crème de la crème, the [mageProductLink sku="043-2141-x-38" title=""]Sidi All Road boo[/mageProductLink]t is the premium piece of footwear in this matchup. The mix of materials used to make up this boot: Technomicro (synthetic leather material), Cordura, and Gore-Tex make it extremely abrasion resistant and versatile for just about any weather conditions. Get caught in a sweltering Daytona downpour? No problem, the Gore-Tex inner membrane will keep your feet dry and still allow them to stay cool and breathe. A mid-calf boot, the All Road is the tallest and weighs the most of the three at 4.6 pounds (size 13). Unlike the other two, the closure system is on outside of the foot and is comprised of two pull-over Velcro cinch tabs with integrated teeth for extra bite. A large Velcro patch at the top makes for easy adjustability. The soles are comprised of a dual compound and feature engineer boot-style tread. The boots have carbon fiber-like accordion sections on top of the foot as well as over the Achilles for easy movement. There's also internal heel, ankle, and toe protection along with Tehcnomicro toe shift/brake pads over the top of the toes. A small perforated triangle above the Achilles is backed by reflective material to help those behind you see you.

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