Best motorcycle touring boots as chosen by MCN

Best touring motorbike boots, tried and tested by MCN staff
Best touring motorbike boots, tried and tested by MCN staff
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For riders who want to go any distance – whether it’s a long day-trip, a hefty commute or for a longer, multi-day tour – a pair of sturdy motorcycle touring boots is essential.

They should offer decent comfort as well as waterproofing to keep your feet dry – there’s nothing worse than getting wet feet on the first day of a long tour – and keep your feet protected as well.

Here is a selection of the best motorcycle touring boots – tested by MCN.

Tested by Michael Guy for two months and 1500 miles

Price: £165.85 (was £219.99)
These have proved 100% waterproof regardless of what winter has thrown at them. They are easy to put on, relatively lightweight and comfortable for walking. They are considerably shorter than the race or adventure boots I normally wear, which means I remain a little concerned about the lack of shin and leg protection.

But the protection they do offer is good, with reinforced toe, shin and ankle areas. There are advantages to them being short as they are easy to put on, with the winter Cordura trousers I’m wearing easily going over the top of the boot. Feel through the sole is good and the slim design means you have a good connection with the controls.

Read our Alpinestars Web GTX review

Pros

  • Easy to put on
  • Lightweight and comfortable for walking
  • Reinforced toe, shin and ankle areas

Cons

  • Lack of shin and leg protection
  • Quality
    4.0
  • Value
    4.0
Outer material Leather
Inner material Textile
Sole Rubber
Heel type Flat
Shoe width Medium
  • Outer side zipper closure system for easy entry and exit
  • Internal support is provided by injection-moulded plastic on the ankles
  • Plastic moulded shin plate covered by a pressure stamped section of leather
  • Internal heel counter is layered under the leather
  • Vulcanised rubber compound sole with side wrapping design
  • Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining
  • Removeable anatomic perforated foot bed
  • Rear reflective insert for night-time visibility
  • Soft microfibre instep flex zone
  • Water-resistant full-grain oil leather upper
  • Multi-density EVA padding
  • CE certified
Alpinestars Web GTX

Best value waterproof touring boots

For £70 I was expecting to find some compromises in this fully featured pair of waterproof touring boots. But I've been pleasantly surprised by them - they're comfy, light, dry in all weathers and look more attractive than leather alternatives. Slim and flexible enough to wear on a cramped sports bike and casual enough to wear off it too.

Read our in-depth DXR Skoga review here

Pros

  • Comfy and light
  • Dry in all weathers
  • Look good on and off bike

Cons

  • Not the greatest quality
Armour Ankle and shin
Gender Uni-sex
Material Microfibre
Purpose Touring
Retention Hoot-and-Loop, Zip
Construction Microfibre and synthetic
  • Waterproof and breathable membrane
  • Fixed polyester lining
  • Integrated rubber gear selector protectors
  • Ankle and tibia reinforcements for ultimate safety
  • Accordion zone on the instep and Achilles tendon
  • Hydrocarbon resistant rubber sole
  • YKK zip and hook and loop closure
  • Reflective insert on back of boot for better visibility

DXR Skoga

Tested by Alison Silcox for three months and 2000 miles

MCN Rated
Price: £199.99 (was £269.99)
With a Gore-Tex membrane these textile boots are waterproof and breathable including a clever venting system that allows air to circulate through the sole. They are lightweight and have reinforced shins, toes, heel and a gear-change pad.

They’re ideal for long riding days and are comfortable both on and off the bike. I’ve put the waterproofing to the test on numerous rides and they’ve not let any rain through. They come to mid-calf and fit comfortably under riding jeans and textile kit, while the velcro adjuster leaves enough room for leathers to tuck in.

Pros

  • Waterproof and breathable
  • Reinforced shins, toes and heel
  • Vegan friendly materials
  • Quality
    4.0
  • Value
    4.0
Armour Heel and shin
Gender Uni-sex
Material Textile
Purpose Touring
Retention Zip, hook-and-loop
  • Breathable abrasion resistant Cordura fabric construction
  • Gore-Tex surround technology with side sole opening
  • Internal waterproof and breathable lining
  • Micro-injected gear change patch
  • Reinforced shin plate and heel counter
  • Zip closure system with a hook and loop band
  • Anatomic and replaceable footbed
  • Vegan friendly materials
TCX Clima Surround

Tested by Alison Silcox for six months and 3700 miles

MCN Rated
Price: £237.49 (was £269.99)
These are a great pair of boots and in six months they’ve been subjected to all kinds of conditions. I’ve ridden in torrential rain and near-freezing temperatures on a trip to the Shetland Islands, in scorching Italian summer heat as I toured to Venice and am now wearing them for my winter commute.

They’re made from synthetic leather with stretch panels for comfort and have a combination of zip and Velcro closure. Unlike other waterproof boots I’ve worn, the Drystar membrane is watertight and my feet haven’t overheated in warmer weather.

Read our in-depth Stella SMX-6 V2 Drystar review here

Pros

  • Superbly comfortable
  • Completely dry
  • Highest rating for protection

Cons

  • None I have found
  • Quality
    4.0
  • Value
    4.0
Armour Toe sliders, shin, ankle
Gender Women's
Material Lorica
Purpose Race/road
Retention System Hook-and-loop, zip
Construction Microfibre
  • Waterproof breathable lining
  • Front and rear bellow zones for flexibility
  • TPU lateral ankle brace support between gastrocnemius, shin and ankle
  • TPU injected shin guard, calf protector, heel counter, shift pad, ankle brace and toe sliders
  • Double density ankle protector on medial side
  • Instep Achilles accordion flex zone
  • Internal insole with shank reinforcement
  • Medial side entry opening with elastically mounted zip and wide hook and loop closure
  • Internal toe box protection
  • Breathable textile interior lining
  • Compound rubber sole with rubber grip and water dispersion and durability
stella

Tested by Emma Franklin for eight months and 3000 miles

An excellent pair of boots for anyone who wants comfort and ease of use. Absolutely spot on for daily use, they’ll keep your feet dry, warm and happy on the daily grind or during UK touring trips.

With the Velcro ankle closure and mid-length style, they’re absolutely ideal for those who may struggle getting side opening boots on and off, or for riders with large calves who struggle with the fit of a regular length boot and don’t want to compromise on shin protection. Top quality at a brilliant price – you can’t go wrong, really..

Read our in-depth RST Axiom Mid CE review here

Pros

  • Supreme comfort
  • Easy access
  • Assuring protection

Cons

  • Not the best looking boots
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Looks
    3.0
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Protection
    4.0
  • Value
    5.0
  • Verdict
    4.1
Construction Microfibre upper, rubber sole, Sinaqua waterproof/breathable membrane
Type Mid-length touring boots
CE Rating EN13634:2017 2/1/2/2 IPA WR
Armour Soft armour at shin and ankle
  • Velcro closure
  • Non-slip sole
  • Reinforced toe box
  • Gear shift pads
The RST Axiom Mid CE boots, rated 4 stars by Emma Frankin
Price: £71.99 (was £89.99)
The Zenith from Richa is remarkable value for a waterproof touring boot that scores a 2 in all areas of the CE rating. They feature leather uppers with a Hipora membrane to keep water out and the foot comfortable and warm but not sweaty. When I tried these, I found them tricky to get on and do the zips up, a consequence of chunky calves - but when on, they were very comfortable and kept almost all water out on a particularly nasty wet ride.

Pros

  • Trusted brand
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Reasonable value

Cons

  • Not the most stylish
Armour Shin, ankle
Gender Uni-sex
Material Leather
Purpose Touring
Retention system Hook-and-loop, zip
  • Hard wearing leather construction
  • Internal waterproof membrane
  • Hook and loop with zip closure
  • Gear change pad for added durability
  • Treaded rubber sole for added grip
  • Flex zones for added walking comfort
  • Reflective heel insert for night visibility
  • Softly padded at heels and shin

Seal of Approval - We've tested this product and have found it performs well

A modern-looking boot that has zip access on both sides, making getting them on and off easy. They are a relaxed fit, so thin and thick socks are accommodated, useful for cold conditions. I've also used these and found them to be comfortable, flexible, warm when cold and vice versa, thanks to the OutDry membrane that allows the foot to breathe. They have kept all water out on the bike, gaining a RiDE Recommended award.

Pros

  • Look stylish and contemporary
  • Putting them on and taking them off
  • Comfortable and flexible

Cons

  • Not the cheapest motorcycle boot
Armour Shin, heel
Gender Uni-sex
Material Mixed
Purpose Touring
Retention Hook-and-loop, zip
  • Cowhide construction with Cordura
  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable
  • Outdry laminated membrane construction
  • Gear shift pads on both boots
  • Reflective materials included in boot design
  • Oil and fuel resistant soles
Price: £326.24 (was £434.99)
A slim, subtle-looking boot, the Roadstar uses a Gore-Tex membrane inside a leather upper and was given a Recommended award by RiDE. They feature two entry zips to make putting them on and off simple and there are two Velcro tabs to get the right fit at the calf. There is plastic ankle protection and on the shin, and they are available in standard, wide and extra-wide fittings for various feet profiles.

Pros

  • Easy to put on and take off

Cons

  • Quite expensive
Armour Heal, ankle and shin
Gender Uni-sex
Purpose Touring
Retention System Hook-and-loop, zip
  • PU foam sole
  • Anatomically formed climatic insole
  • Full hydrophobic cowhide
  • 3M-Scotchlite heel reflectors
  • Non-slip rubber sport sole
  • Waterproof and breathable with Gore-Tex climatic membrane
  • Velcro fastener for different gastrocnemius sizes
  • Two zip fasteners for quick and easy use
  • Reinforced gear pad made from abrasion resistant PU foam
  • Plastic ankle protection on both sides - padded inside with special foam
  • Wide shin protection, padded with latex foam inside
  • Plastic reinforced inner sole
  • 3M-Scotchlite heel reflectors
  • Non-slip rubber sport sole

What to look for in a pair of sports touring boots

In comparison to sports boots, motorcycle touring boots will probably be a little more supple to allow you to not only operate the bike’s controls easily but also, move around off the bike comfortably, particularly useful if you’re on a tour and want to get off and explore en route. You may end up sacrificing a little outright feel for the controls but it’s a small price to pay for day-long comfort.

Ideally, you’ll be looking for a pair of waterproof boots with a membrane – Gore-Tex is the obvious one but manufacturers may have their own. You’re also likely to see less external bracing, toe sliders or huge areas of TPU armour on touring boots as you are on sports boots. The thinking is if you do have an accident, you are likely to be travelling at a slower speed than in sports boots, where you may be on a track for example.

However, you should still expect strong heel and toe cups, and shin and heel armour of some description. Just like other boots in fact, you should also look at the protection. They should be CE rated to either a 2015 or a 2017 standard. Basically, each will rate several areas and give either a score of ‘1’ or ‘2’. Look for as many 2s as possible for an indication of higher levels of protection.

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