Tuesday, March 15

Motorcycle Touring & Commuting Boot Guide

Our Touring and Commuting Motorcycle Boot Guide for 2011 includes all of our top picks for long-distance touring and everyday commuting. The criteria for this portion of our Warm Weather Motorcycle Gear Guides was that the boots had to have an element of waterproof breathability, be protective, and be stylish enough to rock under a pair of jeans around the office or upon arrival at your destination. There are some boots brand new for this season, some mainstays of the lineup for a couple years, but the bottom line is this: all of these boots will perform extraordinarily well in all types of weather conditions and keep your foot comfortable all the while.

Check out our Motorcycle Touring and Commuting Boot Guide:



First in our lineup is the Alpinestars Roam Waterproof Boot, which was brand new for Fall of 2010 and is one of the most solid value picks in this range of boots. At under $160, the Roam provides protection from all the elements via the proprietary Drystar waterproof breathable membrane, which will keep all precipitation out while allowing perspiration to pass through, keeping your foot cool and comfortable. The synthetic leather construction offers solid abrasion resistance and there are reinforcements laterally and medially in the ankle, in the heel and the toe cup. This entire boot is CE rated which means that Alpinestars went that extra mile to ensure this boot's safety and performance.

Next up we have the REV'IT! Rival H2O Boot which has been a staple of the lineup since its release in 2008. The Rival utilizes REV'IT!'s proprietary Hydratex waterproof breathable membrane to keep the foot dry but also free of all perspiration. The exterior is constructed of premium cowhide leather with two Cordura inserts equating to an extremely abrasion resistant boot. REV'IT! didn't skimp on the style either, as this is one of our top fashion picks in the group. Hard part protectors at the malleolus, heel, toe box and a thermo formed shin plate provide a great deal of protection. The rugged Skywalk sole coupled with the anatomically shaped foot bed offer solid grip but also a great deal of comfort in the Rival H2O.

Our next pick is the TCX X-Five Plus Gore-Tex Boot, which ushers in our three boots in this category that utilize Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membranes, which offer the highest level of waterproofing and breathability of any comparable membranes. A complete redesign for 2011, the X-Five has been TCX's worldwide bestseller for many years and maintains a classic touring boot style. Italian design, including full grain Italian cowhide leather, give this boot a distinguished look and vibe that will be extremely stylish under a pair of jeans. Combine this with hard part protection in the shin plate, lateral and medial malleolus, and reinforcements in the calf, heel cup and toe box, and you've got one of our top touring picks for 2011.

Perhaps the most stylish of this entire range of boots is the brand new for 2011 Dainese Nighthawk Gore-Tex Boot, which combines slick style, protection, performance and comfort into one of our top picks for this year. With Gore-Tex waterproof breathability, thermoformed shin protection, nylon ankle protection, with reinforcements in the heel cup and toe box, the Nighthawk also uses the rugged and comfortable Skywalk sole. We could go on and on, but what it boils down to is this: the Nighthawk represents everything we've come to expect from Dainese, extreme levels of attention to detail, the highest quality materials and design which add up to the most fashionable motorcycle gear you'll ever wear.

Last but not least, the brand new for this year Sidi Laguna Gore-Tex Boot couldn't be left out of the mix, and did you really think we'd leave Sidi out of our touring choices? Sidi's newest boot is a classic touring boot with Gore-Tex waterproof breathability, a top grain leather construction, with highly abrasion resistant yet flexible Cordura inserts. The Laguna also has plenty of protective elements, with reinforcements in the toe box, heel cup, at the ankle, a nylon shin plate and a hard nylon inner sole. Sidi also double stitched this boot in all impact and high-wear areas. As with the rest, the Laguna looks great under jeans, offers high levels of protection, waterproofing, and will be extremely comfortable for everyday wear and long-distance touring.

Check out our full range by visiting the Waterproof Motorcycle Boots page at RevZilla.com.

-RetroZilla

Previously:
2011 Motorcycle Boot Guides
TCX X-Five Plus Gore-Tex Boots Review
Dainese Nighthawk Gore-Tex Boots Review
Sidi Laguna Gore-Tex Boots Review
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