Spada ST1 WP boots, £99.95
Time tested: 1800 miles/two months
What’s good? Reassuringly sturdy, these boots are both decent value at under £100 and packed with protection with hard plastic armour at the heel, shin and ankle – plus very solid-feeling toe protection. I have actually fallen off in them, but it was only a low-speed topple after a van reversed into me (don’t ask), so not a proper test of how they would perform in an accident. Waterproofing comes from a Hippora membrane and has been fine so far, keeping the rain out during my 17-mile commute to the office. Comfort-wise, they took a few days to break in but are welcoming both on and off the bike; my lock-up is a five-minute wander from the house, so I comfort for walking is a factor for me.
What’s not? They are quite clumpy compared to other boots I have worn, leading to a couple of fluffed gear changes to begin with. Also, the zips occasionally snag on the inner lining and one of the screws which secures the toe-sliders has come out and got lost.
Quality rating: 3/5
Value rating: 4/5