World-beaters: Best waterproof touring boots for year round riding

For road riders, getting your kit right is never more important than when you’re contemplating big miles and a pair of waterproof motorcycle touring boots is a good place to start.

If you’re just undertaking a short afternoon ride, safety of course is still important but you’re unlikely to experience extremes of weather or require day-long comfort. If you’re purely on track, safety takes precedence, if you’re style conscious and riding a scrambler or retro, fashion plays an important part, and so on…

But when you’re riding 100s of miles a day on road, possibly through all weathers, the requirements of motorcycle kit can be very demanding – and nowhere more so than with boots.

With the possibility of extreme weather, waterproofing is a must, which in itself rules out many other types of motorcycle boot such as racing/sport or fashionable, lace-up urban types. They also need to offer both decent warmth, to cope with cold weather, yet also the possibility of ventilation.

All of these considerations need to be factored into your particular requirements and taste, along, obviously with price, when considering a pair of waterproof motorcycle touring boots. Which you go for is up to you – but to help in your choice here’s our current pick of the best.

On top of both of those requirements are the needs for safety and superlative, day-long comfort – although some touring boots see a slight trade-off between these two demands by having shorter, more ankle-length designs which reduce safety slightly in favour of flexibility and comfort.

Price: $327.67
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Let's start with some of the undoubted best touring boots available, although by being so they also come at a hefty price. Italian premium motorcycle clothing brand Alpinestars should need no introduction and the Web GTX are their top-of-the-range touring boot offering.

They’re fully CE-safety rating certified, have a 100% waterproof GoreTex membrane, a leather outer, a steel shank in the sole and double concertinaed sections and a single access zip. Not cheap, admittedly, but they did win RiDE’s waterproof touring boot test so will perform well.

Read our full Alpinestars Web GTX review

CE approved: Yes
Price: $249.00

With most touring associated with adventure bikes these days it's natural for riders to be swayed towards adventure or off-road boots, but watch out! Off-road boots by their very nature can be very rugged, rigid, heavy and uncomfortable. This is where adventure touring boots like these low cut versions from Forma come in.

With a smart adventure style, they’re made from quality full-grain oiled leather, have a Drytex lining, plastic buckles and Velcro tabs for easy fitting, have an air pump system for comfort, an anti-slip sole for when you’re off-bike and much more.

CE approved: Yes

Another affordable but well-featured, low-cut, waterproof touring boot, but this time by more well-known brand Spada, are these Icon boots, which are also highly rated.

It’s a 100% waterproof short boot with leather outer and lining, a single zip with Velcro strap fastening, an anti-slip moulded sole, PU moulded ankle sections and also moulded gear change panels, enough all round to make them a great, comfortable, affordable touring boot.

CE approved: Yes

Read our full, comprehensive review of the RST Paragon 2 boots
Price: 316.07 (was £434.99)

These specialist touring boots by highly regarded German boots specialists Daytona are one of the most highly-rated waterproof touring boots of all, have received the 'RiDE Recommended' tag from sister magazine RiDE and bristle with top-spec features, as they should at the price!

They’re in top-spec waterproof cowhide, are waterproof and breathable with a climatic Gore-Tex membrane, have a Velcro fastener for perfect fit, an anatomically-formed climatic insole, two zip fasteners and more and even come in different width sizes.

CE approved: Yes
Price: 109.99 (was £149.99)

TCX are another highly regarded motorcycle clothing brand, especially for their boots and these waterproof touring examples again prove there are good, affordable alternatives to the premium offerings.

These full-length touring boots are in full-grain leather with a waterproof membrane, feature a novel ankle protection system, reinforced heel and gearshift panel, come with a grippy touring sole and feature CE-certified protection – not at all bad for a boot costing just over £100!

CE approved: Yes
Price: 70.99 (was £149.99)

Finally, a boot specifically for women that proves that ladies touring boots don't have to be without style or waterproofing. Again by TCX, these are made in full-grain leather yet are designed with a stylish heel.

They come with a waterproof membrane, a proper CE-certified protection system, have an anatomic and replaceable insole, a shin plate with a subtle embossed logo and even a treaded touring sole for superior grip on and off-bike.

CE approved: Yes

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