Best Motorcycle Riding Boots

The Best Motorcycle Boots Reviewed for 2017/2018

If you are an adventure rider, you know the second most important thing after your bike is your boots. A pair of motorcycle boots can either make or break your ride.

In this article, we review the top motorcycle riding boots on the market, and also provide a Buyer’s Guide to help you make the most informed purchase decision.

The boots we look at are generally meant to be worn on sports bikes and adventure bikes (aka off-road bikes). Harley boots are another class of biker boot all together, which we will cover in another article.

Also, see our other motorcycle gear reviews: Best Helmets, Best Bluetooth Helmets, Best Winter Motorcycle Gloves and Best Motorcycle Rain Gear

Quick Answer: The Best Motorcycle Boots

Best Touring Motorcycle Boots

  1. Alpinestars Mens’s Belize Drystar Motorcycle Touring Boots
  2. Joe Rocket Meteor FX Mens Motorcycle Riding Boots

Best Adventure Motorcycle Boots

  1. Gaerne G-Adventure Adult Off-Road Motorcycle Boots
  2. Alpinestars Men’s Tech 1 AT Boots

Best Waterproof Motorcycle Boots

  1. Sidi Aria Gore-Tex Waterproof/Breathable Touring Motorcycle Boots
  2. TCX 9912W Mens Track Evo Waterproof Touring Motorcycle Boots

Best Motorcycle Boots

 Best Touring Motorcycle BootsBest Adventure Motorcycle BootsBest Waterproof Motorcycle Boots
Alpinestars Mens Belize Drystar BootGaerne G-Adventure Adult Off-Road Motorcycle BootsSidi Aria Gore-Tex Waterproof/Breathable Touring Motorcycle Boots
editors choice
MaterialMulti-material upper containing PU-coated leather, microfiber and suedeFull-grain leather upper / synthetic sole and midsoleMicro-injection mesh and rubber upper / mesh-lined with Gore-Tex
Weight / Height5 lbs / 8 inches3 lbs / 11 inches2.5 lbs / 7 inches
Tread Design
Shallow tire tread for comfortable walking Heavy chisel saw-tooth for traction on dirt, mud and rocksShallow serpentine tracks for walking and water traction
Customer Ratings5.0 / 5.0 4.3 / 5.0 Not Available

 Best Touring Motorcycle Boots Reviews

Alpinestars Mens’s Belize Drystar Motorcycle Touring Boots

  • Sizes Available: Men’s US 7-13
  • Boot Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Upper: Multi-material upper chassis incorporating PU-coated leather, microfiber and suede leather
  • Lining: Breathable textile interior lining throughout boot; integrated breathable DRYSTAR® membrane for all-weather performance
  • Midsole: Molded PU foam to make the boot bottom lighter without compromise performance
  • Insole: Internal high modulus polyamide insole with integrated steel shank reinforcement for structure and support in the arch area
  • Footbed: Removable anatomic EVA foam and Lycra® foot-bed
  • Outsole: Highly flexible sole thread made of Alpinestars’ exclusive vulcanized rubber compound
  • Closure System: Buckles made from durable TPU and glass fiber reinforced nylon; buckles are replaceable and include micro-ratchet memory system and quick-release/lock
  • Standards: CE certified

If you enjoy long tours and are looking for a pair of men’s riding boots equal parts comfort and protection, Alpinestars Belize DryStar Motorcycle Boot is perfect for you. Not only is the outside of the boot protected by high-quality coated material like leather, microfiber and suede, but the inside padding is extremely comfortable. Integrated soft foam surrounds the ankle and collar for comfort, fit, and additional shock absorption.

These boots are quick and easy to take on and off, thanks to a wide-entry aperture opening. The buckle closure system allows for easy adjustment around the calf area, so you can find your perfect fit, allowing for ultimate ankle movement while riding and standing on pegs.

These boots tend to make a good walking boot on flat ground. In our opinion, it’s the ideal combination of a highly-protective, and extremely comfortable, biker boot.

Joe Rocket Meteor FX Mens Motorcycle Riding Boots

  • Sizes Available: Men’s US 7-13
  • Boot Weight: 4.2 lbs.
  • Upper: Split-grain leather construction; padded upper cuff
  • Lining: DryTech waterproof membrane
  • Midsole: Internally reinforced ankle, toe and heel
  • Insole: Synthetic
  • Footbed: N/A
  • Outsole: Non-slip aggressive sole
  • Closure System: Large entry full length zipper with zipper cover
  • Standards: N/A
If you are looking for a pair of urban motorcycle boots but don’t care for buckles, the Joe Rocket Meteor FX Boots are an excellent zipper boot. It’s ideal for dry or wet conditions, thanks to a waterproof lining and rubber gear shift protector.

The boot also has 360˚ reflective striping, so you can ride day or night knowing you are totally visible.

These boots are quick to break in and are guaranteed to keep your feet warm and dry. The more you walk in these, the more comfortable they get. If you like cushy footbeds, you might want to get an additional insole for these boots.

Best Adventure Motorcycle Boots Reviews

Gaerne G-Adventure Adult Off-Road Motorcycle Boots

  • Sizes Available: US Men’s 9-12
  • Boot Weight: 3 lbs.
  • Upper: Full-grain leather upper
  • Lining: Padded interior
  • Midsole: Synthetic
  • Insole: Synthetic
  • Outsole: Lug sole
  • Footbed: Removable footbed
  • Closure System: 3 buckle closure system
  • Standards: N/A
These incredibly lightweight adventure riding boots perform well on riding trails and on hiking excursions. They offer comfortable protection with interior padding and a leather gaiter, without adding bulk that would make hiking difficult or uncomfortable.

These boots are versatile, breathable, waterproof, and fit true to size. You might feel a bit of a pressure point on your outside ankle bone for the first few wears, but once the boots are broken in, they will fit like a comfortable glove.

Alpinestars Men’s Tech 1 AT Boots

  • Sizes Available: Men’s US 7-13
  • Boot Weight: 6.9 pounds
  • Upper: Multi-material upper constructed from lightweight, abrasion resistant and durable microfiber with anatomically profiled copolymer protection
  • Lining: Full technical textile lining for comfort and moisture wicking
  • Midsole: Soft foam surrounding the ankles and collar offer comfort and shock absorbing performance
  • Insole: Innovative one-piece TPU injected insole, reinforced by a metal shank inside and co-injected toe reinforcement
  • Footbed: Replaceable EVA footbed with textile lining on top
  • Outsole: Alpinestars exclusive high grip outsole and replaceable stamped steel sole guard
  • Closure System: 3 polymer buckles, a ratchet with memory and a quick release/locking system with self-aligning design for easy, precise closure.
  • Standards: CE certified
This is a great boot for every adventure rider. It is designed with ergonomics in mind, and adjusts to almost every foot shape and size. The instep was redesigned with Achilles accordion flex zones, and ergonomic TPU triple buckle straps wrap from the front to the medial protector and lateral side without compromising flexibility.

An extended PU synthetic gaiter seals out water, dirt, and debris, so you can focus on riding. If you happen to bail, don’t worry – these boots have contoured TPU calf protector plates, TPU higher medial protectors, and TPU outer lateral ankle and heel protectors, so you have lots of protective support and resistance to impacts.

Best Waterproof Motorcycle Boots Reviews

Sidi Aria Gore-Tex Waterproof/Breathable Touring Motorcycle Boots

  • Sizes Available: Men’s EU 38-47
  • Boot Weight: Manufacture does not specify
  • Upper: Micro injection and mesh
  • Lining: Lined with Gore-Tex waterproof material
  • Midsole: Inner and external ankle support
  • Insole: Nylon
  • Footbed: Microfiber inserts, removable arch support pads
  • Outsole: Non-slip rubber sole
  • Closure System: VELCRO® brand and zipper closure system with an elastic panel adjacent to the entry zipper that allows a bind free zip and fantastic fit
  • Standards: N/A

If you enjoy cruising in wet conditions, you need a pair of Sidi motorcycle boots. These are by far the best waterproof motorcycle boots we’ve come across. With a sturdy no-slip sole, Gore-Tex waterproof membrane, full-length gaiter, fully encapsulated heel cup, and reflective panel, you can ride in the wettest conditions without worry.

Thanks to the Gore-Tex membrane, zero water gets in, but moisture and sweat gets out. Your feet will remain dry, comfortable, and at the perfect temperature.

TCX 9912W Mens Track Evo Waterproof Touring Motorcycle Boots

  • Sizes Available: Men’s US 8.5 – 12/Men’s Euro 42 – 46
  • Boot Weight: 6 lbs.
  • Upper: Suede, leather and microfiber
  • Lining: Waterproof lining
  • Midsole: Polyurethane shin plate, shift pad and malleolus inserts
  • Insole: Manufacture does not specify
  • Outsole: Specific tread for superior grip on any terrain
  • Footbed: Manufacture does not specify
  • Closure System: Three polyurethane adjustable buckles
  • Standards: CE certified

The TCX Track Evo Waterproof Boot is super comfortable and less bulky than many motocross boots. These motorcycle boots are ideal for light off-roading, endure, ATV, and adventure riding in dry or wet conditions. These boots have an aggressive tread pattern, allowing excellent grip on your pegs or on the ground.

How to Choose the Best Motorcycle Boots For You

Motorcycle Boot Terminology

Don’t be overwhelmed with all the components that make up a motorcycle riding boot. Once the structure of a motorcycle boot is broken down, it’s actually quite simple to understand.

Upper: The material of the upper part of the motorcycle boot.

Insole: The bottom interior part of a motorcycle boot. Insoles are a part of the boot and cannot be removed, unlike footbeds, which can be taken out.

Footbed: The bottom interior part of the boot that the foot rests directly on top of. Footbeds can be removed. Ideally, you want a footbed that is comfortable, flexible, and offers breathability and resistance to foot bacteria.

Midsole: The layer of material between the inner soles and outsoles. The midsole provides support, helps with shock absorption, and protects the foot.

Lining: The interior sides of a motorcycle boot are composed of lining and padding. Some lining and padding are for comfortability, others offer functionality like water resistance or insulation.

Outsoles: The bottom portion of the boot that makes contact with the ground. The outsole is attached to the upper. Motorcycle boots tend to have durable outsoles, made of tough rubber or other material that offer friction to avoid slipping.

Shank: The supportive structure of a motorcycle boot, between the insole and outsole. The shank is a critical part to any motorcycle boot, as it diminishes the load incurred by the wearer’s feet. Shanks can be made of steel, fibreglass, Kevlar, and a range of other materials.

Gaiter: Gaiters protect your feet and legs from harsh environments and weather. They can range in height and materials, depending on what they are intended to do.

Height: The height of the boot.

Weight: The total weight of the boot.

CE Certified: Motorcycle boots that come with this certification mark are up to the health, safety, and environment protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area. Products that are designed or manufactured in the EEA but are sold outside of it can bare this marking. The CE certification mark is recognizable worldwide and seen as a high mark for consumer standards.

Motorcycle Boot Purchasing Considerations

  • Weather/climate/environment you ride in.
    If you tend to ride in wet conditions, you definitely want to find a boot that is waterproof and will keep your feet dry. If you ride in cold temperatures, you’ll want to find a boot made with insulation padding.
  • Level of protection.
    If you tend to fall off your bike and injure yourself a lot, look for extra support and reinforcements.
  • Some adventure riders will hike in their moto boots; others keep them strictly on the bike. Consider your activity and select a boot that works with your style.

Common Materials Used to Manufacture Motorcycle Riding Boots

EVA foam and Lycra

EVA – which stands for Ethylene-vinyl acetate – a soft, yet durable polymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate. EVA is used in a wide range of products, from flooring to crafts, sports equipment, and set design.

Flip-flops are often made from EVA, because it is soft and flexible, without having sponge-like quality. EVA foam and Lycra is commonly used to manufacturer footbeds and insoles in sport bike boots.

Polyester

A common synthetic fiber material that is stretchy, crease-free, tear-proof, abrasion-resistant, and absorbs little moisture, making it a helpful component in any biking boot, as it helps transport moisture away from the body. One downside of polyester is its tendency to pill. Polyester is very light, retains its shape, and is resistant to both sweat and UV rays.

Polyamide

Like polyester, polyamide is a synthetic fiber that is tear-proof, abrasion-resistant, and absorbs little moisture. Polyamide is also stretchy and crease-free, but can be prone to pilling. Out of all raw textile materials, polyamide is the most resilient and durable, even when wet.

TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane)

TPU is a polyurethane plastic with elastic, transparent, highly resistant qualities. It is resistant to oil, grease, and abrasion. It is also three times more temperature resistant than standard EVA foam material.

PU (Polyurethane)

Polyurethane is an injection-molded synthetic material containing millions of tiny air bubbles. PU is used to manufacture motorcycle boots because it is light than rubber or PVC, lasts up to three times longer than boots made from rubber or PVC, and is flexible, soft to the touch, and comfortable. PU has many advantageous properties for biker boots, including waterproof, stain-resistant, abrasion-resistant, anti-bacterial, flame retardant, and anti-fungal properties.

PU-Coated Leather

Leather that has been treated with polyurethane is resistant to water, abrasion and other external elements. PU coating helps leather to dry quicker and remain soft and durable.

Full-Grain Leather

Full-grain leather is made from hide just below the animal hair, which is the tightest hide on an animal. As a result, full-grain leather is the strongest, most durable, and moisture-resistant type of leather.

Split-Grain Leather

Split grain leather is made from the bottom layer of animal hide. It has excellent properties for motorcycle boots, like a high level of water resistance, flexibility, abrasion resistance, and puncture resistance.

Gore-Tex

Gore-Tex is one of the best waterproof materials for motorcycle boots. Gore-Tex membrane is composed of pores that are 20,000 times smaller than water droplets, but 700 times larger than a water molecule. This means external water will never penetrate inside your boot, but perspiration can easily escape.

Lug Sole

A thick rubber sole that has deep indentations in a pattern designed to provide a strong grip. Lug soles are common in sporting and work shoes.

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About El Tigre

Richard M. aka El Tigre is an avid adventure traveler with extensive trekking experience throughout Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. In 1998 he weathered category 5 Hurricane Mitch on the northern coast of Honduras. He has mountain-biked, hiked and 4x4 toured extensively in Central America, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico. In the summer of 2004 he lived among the Kuna Indians of the San Blas islands in Panama. Today, he manages a real estate investments company based in San Jose, Costa Rica and organizes adventure travel excursions to Costa Rica. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys sport touring and dual-sport riding. Richard lives in Arizona.

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