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The 6 Best Motorcycle Boots – [2019 Reviews & Guide]

The Top-Rated Motorcycle Boots for Touring, Adventure & Wet Riding Conditions

There are few activities in life that can provide the thrill that riding a motorcycle can. Of course, to fully enjoy the experience, the right gear is essential. A pair of the best motorcycle boots is not only crucial in terms of safety, but for comfortable riding.

We’ve spent the last month researching and testing models on our own, to bring you the top-rated motorcycle boots in 3 categories. Also see How To Choose The Best Motorcycle Boots For You.

Best Motorcycle Boots

 Best Touring Motorcycle BootsBest Adventure Motorcycle BootsBest Waterproof Motorcycle Boots
Alpinestars Mens Belize Drystar BootGaerne G-Adventure Off-Road Motorcycle BootsSidi Aria Gore-Tex Waterproof Motorcycle Boots
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MaterialMulti-material upper containing microfiber Full-grain leather upper / synthetic sole Micro mesh rubber upper & Gore-Tex
Weight (Pair) 5 lbs 3 lbs 2.5 lbs
Height8 inches11 inches7 inches
Customer Ratings5.0 / 5.0 4.3 / 5.0 New Product

Also see: Motorcycle Boots – Price Comparison Table


Quick Answer: The 6 Best-Rated Motorcycle Boots – 2019

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

Touring Motorcycle Boots Reviews

#1 Alpinestars Mens’s Belize Drystar Motorcycle Touring Boots

Alpinestars Mens’s Belize Drystar at a Glance:

  • Sizes Available: Men’s US 7-13
  • Boot Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Upper: Multi-material upper chassis
  • Lining: Breathable textile interior DRYSTAR® membrane
  • Midsole: Molded PU foam to make the boot bottom lighter
  • Insole: Internal insole with integrated steel shank

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.

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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.

The boot features strategically placed, high-quality materials to ensure your performance is always top notch. PU-coated leather makes up the lower medial panel for durability, and suede leather covers the higher medial panel with heat press texture for supreme grip.

However, they haven’t slacked on the interior, which is padded with a soft poly foam around the ankle and collar to add luxury and absorb shock.

To keep ankles stable and supported, you’ll find double-density TPU ankle protectors.

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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.


#2 Joe Rocket Meteor FX Mens Motorcycle Riding Boots

Joe Rocket Meteor FX at a Glance:

  • Sizes Available: Men’s US 7-13
  • Boot Weight: 4.2 lbs.
  • Upper: Split-grain leather construction
  • Lining: DryTech waterproof membrane
  • Midsole: Internally reinforced ankle, toe and heel
  • Insole: Synthetic
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.

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Who says you can’t have style and functionality in one? Definitely not the Joe Rocket Meteor FX Boots. Made for all kinds of weather conditions, you can use these year-round with no issue.

To keep feet dry in the summer, a breathable full liner will ensure proper airflow. In the wet seasons, full gusseting and a Dry-Tech interior membrane will keep you dry.

This pair is sure to turn heads with sleek black leather and woven fabric inlays on both the front and back for excellent comfort and control.

One of the biggest complaints about leather boots are scuffing, which the rubberized shift pads on each boot prevents. To finish off the look, reflective piping runs over the upper and heel foxing for safe riding.

If you’re not a fan of buckles, then the zippered design has you covered literally and figuratively. The zippers are thick and tough, but should there be the off-chance that they don’t work, the wide hook-and-loop cover will ensure you’re properly protected. Aside from that, the full-length zippers make taking them off and putting them on a breeze.

The pebble point outsole is aggressive and made with slip-resistant rubber for added durability and grip, as well.

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.


Adventure Motorcycle Boots Reviews

#1 Gaerne G-Adventure Adult Off-Road Motorcycle Boots

Gaerne G-Adventure at a Glance:

  • Sizes Available: US Men’s 9-12
  • Boot Weight: 3 lbs.
  • Upper: Full-grain leather upper
  • Lining: Padded interior
  • Midsole: Synthetic
  • Insole: Synthetic
Gaerne is truly a world-class company with global distribution and top-rated products. These incredibly lightweight adventure riding boots perform well on riding trails and on hiking excursions.

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They offer comfortable protection with interior padding and a leather gaiter, without adding bulk that would make hiking difficult or uncomfortable.

In contrast with the last product, the Gaerne-G Adventure boots are rugged and made to be taken just about anywhere. These adventure riding boots work just as well on a bike or ATV as they do hiking up a mountainside.

Despite being so heavy-duty, they’re surprisingly lightweight, will full-grain leather construction. The initial few wears were a bit tight around the ankles, but after you give them a bit of time they’ll end up fitting like a glove and last for years to come.

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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.


#2 Alpinestars Men’s Tech 1 AT Boots

Alpinestars Men’s Tech 1 AT at a Glance:

  • Sizes Available: Men’s US 7-13
  • Boot Weight: 6.9 pounds
  • Upper: Multi-material upper with co-polymer protection
  • Lining: Full technical textile lining for moisture wicking
  • Midsole: Soft foam surrounding the ankles
  • Insole: One-piece TPU injected insole
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.

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This high-tech boot is another excellent one for the rider who’s always pushing the limits. Perfect for beginners and pros alike, they provide great amounts of comfort, security, and grip. If you’re having trouble finding boots that fit “just right” these could be your Goldilocks.

The ergonomically designed pair can adjust to work with just about any size and shape of foot. The instep was redesigned with Achilles accordion flex zones and TPU triple bucks straps. These wrap from the front to the medial protector and lateral side without compromising flexibility.

To aid with increased natural movement, the microfiber front allows for flex but ensures you receive great levels of support from all angles.

The upper is comprised of a lightweight but cushy microfiber which is made to last and provide comfort, formed into an anatomical profile to work with the angles of the human foot and ankle.

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.

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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.


Waterproof Motorcycle Boots Reviews

#1 Sidi Aria Gore-Tex Waterproof/Breathable Touring Motorcycle Boots

Sidi Aria Gore-Tex at a Glance:

  • 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

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.

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This high-end Italian brand always manages to produce great quality, and their Aria Gore-Tex boots are no exception. Offering stability, protection, and style they’re actually quite the bargain in comparison to other comparable models.

The black-on-black boots are best-suited for wet environments, and are quite possibly the best overall in that aspect. The double-stitched pair feature Gore-Tex to ensure excellent breathability while still remaining waterproof.

While they’re quite stiff when they land on your doorstep, they will eventually break in though we noticed it takes longer than normal. Rather than 2 or 3 rides, you’ll have to suck up and be a bit uncomfortable for 5 or 6 before they start molding to your individual feet.

Once this happens it’s more than worth it, as the Technomicro leather and reinforcing armor will keep you completely protected.

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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.


#2 TCX 9912W Mens Track Evo Waterproof Touring Motorcycle Boots

TCX 9912W Mens Track Evo at a Glance:

  • 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

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.

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The TCX Track EVO WP Boots are a pair that are incredibly engineered to ensure you’re protected, but never restrained from the natural movement and the grip you need.

The uppers are comprised of wear-resistant microfiber which can take a beating better than almost any other in this price range. The PU frame is lightweight yet durable enough to last for years to come, and is made to work with your body rather than the other way around.

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The PU adjustable shin plate Is also very sturdy, and to be honest, looks cool to boot. Despite being so rugged, the boots are very breathable. The inner fabric liner allows for air to flow in and out with ease, while double compound PU padding around the ankle will brace you comfortably and absorb shock.

To make sure you’re properly fastened in, the ergonomically designed, micro-adjustable aluminum buckles are there to help. While they’re lightweight, they’re very resilient and resistant to corrosion which is perfect in wet environments.

These boots have an aggressive tread pattern, allowing excellent grip on your pegs or on the ground.


Motorcycle Boots Comparison Table

Touring Motorcycle Boots PriceSizes AvailableBoot WeightUpper Constructed Customer Ratings
Alpinestars Mens Belize Drystar Bootfrom $235.29Men’s US 7-135 lbs. Multi-material upper chassis4.1 / 5.0 Stars
Joe Rocket Meteor FX Mens Motorcycle Riding Boots$107.99Men’s US 7-134.2 lbs.Split-grain leather construction3.5 / 5.0 Stars
Adventure Motorcycle Boots
Gaerne G-Adventure Boots$251.95US Men’s 9-123 lbs.Full-grain leather upper4.0 / 5.0 Stars
Alpinestars Men's Tech 1 AT Boots$111.90 Men’s US 7-136.9 lbsMulti-material upper with co-polymer protection4.7 / 5.0 Stars
Waterproof Motorcycle Boots
Sidi Aria Goretex Black Motorcycle Touring Boots$317.99Men’s EU 38-478.82 lbsMicro injection and mesh5.0 / 5.0 Stars
TCX Track EVO WP Bootsfrom $124.99Men’s US 8.5 – 126 lbs.Suede, leather and microfiber3.1 / 5.0 Stars

How to Choose the Best Motorcycle Boots For You

If you are an avid motorcycle rider you know the second most important thing after your bike is your boots. A pair of the best motorcycle boots can make a daylong ride more comfortable, safer and more enjoyable altogether.

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

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The boots we review and compare in this article are generally meant to be worn on sports bikes and adventure bikes (aka dual sport bikes). Harley boots are another class of biker boot altogether, which we cover in another motorcycle boots review article.

Also see our article on Winter Season Motorcycle Riding.

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.

Gaiters

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 from bottom of heel to top of the back.

Weight

The total weight of the pair of boots.

EEA / CE – Certified

EEA

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.

CE

The CE certification mark is recognizable worldwide and seen as a high mark for consumer standards.

Motorcycle Boot Purchasing Considerations

Weather

Weather/climate/environment you ride in is a major consideration to selection. 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.

Protection

If you tend to fall or strike objects and risk injuring yourself often look for extra support and reinforcements.

Dual Purpose

Some adventure riders will hike in their riding boots; others keep them strictly on the bike. Consider your activity and select a boot that works with your full range of activities.

Common Materials Used to Manufacture Motorcycle Riding Boots

EVA Foam and Lycra

EVA Foam

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.

Lycra

Lycra – is a synthetic type of synthetic fabric that is very elastic. It is also called Spandex or Elastane. The brand name “Spandex” is commonly known to be an anagram of the word “expands”

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 lighter 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:

  1. Waterproof
  2. Stain-Resistant
  3. Abrasion-Resistant
  4. Anti-Bacterial
  5. Flame Retardant
  6. 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.


Thanks for reading The 6 Best Motorcycle Boots. We hope that this article gave you all the information you needed to select the brand and type of motorcycle boots that are right for you.

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Richard Moore

Richard is an avid adventure traveler with extensive trekking experience. In 1998 he weathered category 5 Hurricane Mitch on the northern coast of Honduras. He has mountain-biked, hiked and 4x4 toured extensively in the U.S.A. , Mexico and Central America. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys road touring, dual-sport and motocross riding. Richard lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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