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MCN Biking Britain survey: short boots

By Rob Hull -

Boots

 04 November 2009 17:35

Each week we bring you the latest results of our massive reader survey.

From the votes of 12,000 readers, here are your top short city riding boots.

1. Daytona Sport Easy GTX, RRP: £229.99
MCN Shop best price: £199.99 from TopGear Superstore
Not only does this boot have a watertight and breathable Gore-Tex membrane, the outer leather is a soft, greased, water-repellent cowhide. They have two side zip fasteners to make it faster to get them on, ankle protection both inside and out, reflective panels for night riding and a plastic reinforced inner sole with a steel protective inlay.
MCN Biking Britain Survey results
Overall  91%
Comfort 92%
Fit  93%
Looks  75%
Quality  94%
2. Daytona Journey XCR, RRP: £179.
MCN Shop best price: £161.99 from The Biker Store
This short Daytona boot is made from full-grained, water-repellent greased cowhide/perforated leather. It has a textile lining for breathability and for optimum heat dissipation to prevent overheating of your feet. They have two velcro fasteners and a reinforced gear change cushion from abrasion resistant PU foam.
MCN Biking Britain Survey results
Overall  87%
Comfort 94%
Fit  90%
Looks  71%
Quality  95%
3. TCX X-Cube, RRP: £99.99
MCN Shop best seller: £78.25 +£5.95 P&P from TopGear Superstore
This TCX boot’s main construction is a combination of suede leather and an AirTech fabric. There is a polyurathene ankle support and a speed lacing system with overlap Velcro closure to make them quick and easy to put on. The sole is oil and petrol resistant just like more traditional bike boots.
MCN Biking Britain Survey results
Overall  87%
Comfort 87%
Fit  87%
Looks  87%
Quality  80%
4. Sidi Street Burner, RRP: £159.99
MCN Shop best price: £134.95 from TopGear Superstore
This is Sidi’s shortened race boot option, sharing many of the same lower features of the Vertigo Corsa. It has the same shock absorbing heel cup, ankle support brace, Tecno-II fastening system and ventilated system that runs through the replaceable toe sliders.
MCN Biking Britain Survey results
Overall  86%
Comfort 83%
Fit  83%
Looks  90%
Quality  95%
5. Rev’it Fighter H20, RRP: £134.99
MCN Shop best seller: N/A
These waterproof Fighter H2O short boots are ideal for commuting or summer touring, combining comfort, safety, and a casual look. The boot features an oil and petrol-resistant sole, and the heel and toes are protected by thermo formed plates. The casual design of the Fighter H2O easily passes as a casual trainer.
MCN Biking Britain Survey results
Overall  85%
Comfort 80%
Fit  88%
Looks  78%
Quality  80%
6. Alpinestars SMX-2, RRP: £149.95
MCN Shop best price: £129.95 from GetGeared
Utilizing technology from the S-MX 4 road boot, the S-MX 2 is a low cut, performance street boot. Incorporating much of the protective technology present in its larger sister boot, this boot offers great flexibility without sacrificing safety. Toe sliders are replaceable and there is a tensioner across the top of the foot.
MCN Biking Britain Survey results
Overall  82%
Comfort 82%
Fit  84%
Looks  83%
Quality  80%
7. Alpinestars One-O-One, RRP: £99.95
MCN Shop best price: £85.45 +£5 P&P from The Biker Store
The One-O-One is a more street focussed boot than the SMX-2 – it has a more traditional lacing system, a perforated tongue to get better airflow to the feet, a suede-lined anti-sleep ankle, plastic moulded heel plates for protection and a sticky rubber sole that’s designed to work in wet conditions.
MCN Biking Britain Survey results
Overall  81%
Comfort 81%
Fit  83%
Looks  80%
Quality  81%
8. Puma Flat2 V2, RRP: £89.99
MCN Shop best price: N/A
The Flat 2 V2 is a performance boot specifically tailored for the urban rider. Thanks to the 360° degree ankle protection cockpit, which combines TPU molds and inner foam inserts, this boot offers improved stability as well as lateral impact protection. It has TPU inserts on the medial and lateral ankle level and toe inserts in the forefoot for increased protection in the event of a crash.
MCN Biking Britain Survey results
Overall  80%
Comfort 76%
Fit  80%
Looks  88%
Quality  84%
9. Frank Thomas Air Rider, RRP: £59.99
MCN Shop best price: £59.99 from George White
This is a full grain leather riding trainer from Frank Thomas. It has inner and outer hard plastic ankle discs for protection as well as a double-fluted steel shank in the sole. The mesh liner is anti bacterial and the sole itself is anti-slip. It has a faster and simple fastening system with a fold over Velcro flap.
MCN Biking Britain Survey results
Overall  74%
Comfort 74%
Fit  77%
Looks  71%
Quality  71%
10. Hein-Gericke Travel, RRP: £69.99
MCN Shop best seller: N/A
This is Hein-Gericke most trainer focussed riding boot, but as with all Gericke stuff it’s practical and functional with a waterproof and windproof membrane. You can customise the lacing for your best comfort, has removable insoles, reflective panels on the heel for riding at night and inner and outer ankle protectors and a reinforced plastic sole.
MCN Biking Britain Survey results
Overall  72%
Comfort 76%
Fit  70%
Looks  68%
Quality  84%