Winter blues beaters: Best winter motorcycle boots

As we head into winter, those of us who ride year-round often turn our attention to biking kit that will provide the best warmth and weather protection, and a good quality pair of winter motorcycle boots is fundamental.

All-season textile jackets, trousers or suits are of course also important, along with winter gloves, neck warmers, thermals and perhaps even heated gear. Keeping your core warm and dry is vital, but so is looking after your extremities, especially when it comes to maintaining machine control. Your hands and feet are particularly vulnerable to cold and wet and if not protected adequately, it can make a trip miserable.

To guard against that you need either winter motorcycle boots, or at least multi-season, boots that are not only waterproof, most likely via the use of a membrane, to keep out both rain and road spray, but also have thermal liners or insoles to keep your tootsies warm.

There’s a huge choice of winter motorcycle boots available, covering all budgets and styles and even for men and women. But which are the best? What styles and specifications are out there and what do you get for your money? To help you decide, here’s our pick of some of our favourites.

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Price: £197.95 (was £279.99)
Italian brand Sidi specialises in motorcycle boots and have a quality reputation. The Performer is an all weather sports touring boot, which scores an impressive CE level 2 for abrasion, cut and impact resistance. A Gore-Tex membrane keeps moisture moving the right direction, with a Teflon mesh and Cambrelle lining for comfort. Extensive external armour provides both style and protection, and the nylon toe sliders are replaceable.

Pros

  • Quality winter-specific design
  • Respected brand
  • Impressive features

Cons

  • Not the cheapest

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Price: £266.70 (was £329.99)
The Infinity is TCX’s technical touring boot. Construction is a suede leather and synthetic hybrid, with a genuine Gore-Tex membrane for waterproofing and breathability. An adjustable fit is achieved with a BOA-style closure, with hook and loop for the shin panel. For comfort there’s an Ortholite footbed and the sole is Groundtrax rubber for traction and grip.

Pros

  • Trusted brand
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Technical styling

Cons

  • Style may not appeal to all

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Price: £179.99 (was £249.99)
Lightweight, but heavy duty, full-grain oiled leather adventure boots from footwear specialists Forma. Waterproofing and breathability is handled by a Drytex liner and dual adjustable ‘unbreakable’ buckles make sure they stay put. The lightweight rubber sole is dual density for grip both on and off the bike, and has a stainless steel shank in the mid-sole for protection.

Pros

  • Waterproof features
  • Tough styling
  • Premium construction

Cons

  • Limited to adventure bikes

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Price: £239.99 (was £309.99)
Big, hefty, motocross-inspired adventure boots can make decent winter motorcycle boots due to their rugged, chunky designs. This Corozal design from premium Italian brand Alpinestars also benefits from its Drystar waterproof membrane system, not to mention PU-coated leather, microfibre and suede upper, breathable textile lining for maximum comfort and warmth and chunky rubber sole.

Although bulky and a little clunky, there are extensive flex zones and adjustability for impressive comfort and when it comes to protection, not much comes close.

Pros

  • Rugged, protective adventure design
  • Waterproof features
  • Impressively warm and comfortable

Cons

  • Not cheap

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Price: £89.99 (was £124.99)
A great value boot from a long-established, well-respected motorcycle clothing brand that's designed to be 100% waterproof and used year-round. The Aurora features various stretch panels to cater for wider calves. External TPU armour on the shin, heel and gearchange pad provide protective reinforcements and a waterproof membrane keeps feet dry. Construction is PU coated leather, with a ‘touring’ compound sole.

Pros

  • Water-resistant features
  • Year-round design
  • Decent price

Cons

  • Not as warm as some

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Price: £89.99 (was £119.99)
From top rated clothing brand Richa, the Drift is an all season sports styled waterproof boot with replaceable toe sliders. Upper construction is matt finish leather, backed by a breathable Hipora membrane for climate control. An offset zip makes slipping them on and off the foot easier, and external TPU reinforcements on ankle, heel and shin provide protection.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Waterproof and protective
  • Proven brand

Cons

  • Integrated vents may mean they're not as warm as some

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Price: £74.99 (was £89.99)
German brand Pharao’s cowhide leather commuter and touring boots are made waterproof thanks to a breathable ClimeMax membrane. Hook and loop strap fastenings make entry and exit easy, with TPU armour and SuperFabric reinforcements for protection. The polyester mesh lining is fast drying and provides comfort too.

Pros

  • Good all-round value
  • Lots of features
  • Easy fit strap fastenings

Cons

  • Not the most stylish

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Price: £204.99 (was £274.99)
This are the mid-height version of Sidi’s premium adventure boot, which boasts a Gore-Tex membrane for waterproofing and breathability, plus an inner gaiter to keep dust out. Double adjustable buckles and a hook and loop flap provide a secure closure and the non-slip sole provides traction on all surfaces. Full grain microfibre and suede construction.

Pros

  • Proven design
  • Quality brand
  • Year-round use

Cons

  • Slightly pricey

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Price: £326.24 (was £434.99)
Real top-of-the-range winter motorcycle boots with the top-of-the-range price to match. German brand Daytona has long been at the top of motorcycle boot production and the Road Star is its flagship road touring boot.

This version features a Gore-Tex membrane so is waterproof and they are made from fully hydrophobic cow hide. They also feature anatomically formed climatic insoles, twin zip fasteners and their quality and reputation is second to none.

Pros

  • Prestigious brand
  • Fabulous features
  • Top quality construction

Cons

  • Quite pricey

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