So you are shopping around for the best adventure motorcycle boots on the market are but just can't decide? Don't worry we have you covered. We have put together the most in-depth review of the top brands, best boot for all budgets and detailed all the features and user feedback so you can get the best boot for your next adventure. We have narrowed down the best selling dual sport adventure boots. Let's get into it.
For the people that want to skip the in-depth details, above is our summary of the best adventure motorcycle boots and dual sports boots that you can order today.
Adventure motorcycle boots – Product reviews
How to choose the right pair of adventure riding boots
First off, there is a lot to consider when buying the correct adventure riding boots that suits you and your riding style.
A few things to keep in mind are:
- How much protection does the boot give you
- How they perform when you are off the bike
- What environments you ride in
- What kind of riding you are doing
- Armor and protection
- Sole design
Protection may seem obvious to point out, but there are boots that provide different levels of protection to different areas of the lower leg, shins, ankle, and foot. Furthermore, adventure motorcycle boots also made for activities off the bike which require flexibility and lessen the protection from different types of injuries, like impact, ligament damage and twisting.
The vast majority of foot motorcycle injuries are metatarsal fractures (49.1%) talar fractures (26.4%) and os calcis fractures (13.2%)
What are metatarsal fractures? Metatarsal bones are the long bones in your foot that connect your ankle to your toes. When deciding on a boot, there is a compromise between protection of the metatarsal bones and the flexibility in the boot making it easier and more comfortable to ride long distances and to walk when not riding. The question here is do you want the best protection, or better comfort when walking?
As adventure motorcycle riders we are open to the elements and some of us live in areas where the weather is an important decision factor when buying a new adventure motorcycle boots. When adventure riding or touring, adventure riders tend to go for an all round boot that can take on any weather condition that comes their way. Poor protection against the environment can hinder a riders capabilities to operate the controls sufficiently. There is also nothing worse than having wet and cold feet, so all boots in this review have a waterproof membrane to keep water out but still remain breathable, also the boots have been reviewed on gaiter height and rated on keeping water out when crossing rivers. Gore-Tex is the main player in this field but like all boots, they need to be looked after, washed and impregnated to keep the boot waterproof. More on boot material later.
If you ride in an area where rain is common, a waterproof boot maybe your best bet, if you ride in hot conditions, boots with good ventilation and airflow like the BMW Airflow Motorcycle Boots will be the best option. Although not a true adventure riding boot.
Second to protection, an adventure motorcycle boots grip is the second most important safety feature to consider.
We are riding at high speeds, sometimes standing up on the pegs riding over rough terrain, the connected surface between boot and footpegs is less than a credit card. Footpeg designs play a large part having a secure footing, but so does the profile, rigidness, and design of the sole.
Also, the grip is an important factor when you stop to get a solid footing at traffic lights and when off-road riding. Having a boot clogged full of mud makes it even more difficult to pick up a fully loaded adventure bike after a spill.
If you have worn out the sole, consider taking the boots to a shoemaker, they still exist but many may have to pre-order a sole that is rigid enough with an adequate sole profile for riding. Ask for “trekking sole” type replacements.
Aggressive profiles provide better stability. Resoling is a good way to breathe new life into old motorcycle boots
The sole material is important depending on what type of riding you are doing. Soft soles will give you more grip but tend to wear out faster, especially on spiked pegs that tend to eat away at soft soles.
Harder type soles provide better durability and resistance to wearing out but provide less grip. When buying a boot, especially adventure motorcycle boots, for the best results we recommend a harder sole compound with an aggressive profile. This combination will give you the durability you need, and a high level of grip.
Choose a motorcycle boot that is oil resistant. This is especially important for road riders where oil buildup at traffic lights and gas stations will make footing slippery and you drop the bike.
Stiffer soles are generally better for offroad use.
Get boots that have a harder sole compound with an aggressive profile and is oil resistant.
There are three main types of closures that motorbike boot manufacturers use. Zips, Velcro®, and quick release buckles. Often boots use a combination of these to achieve a snug fit and easy fitting and removal.
It is best to stay away from Zip closures, especially in off-road or dusty environments. Zips in these environments need regular maintenance (Candle wax works great to lubricate the zip) and often once a zip is broken, the whole boot needs to be replaced.
Quick release closures are the best system to provide a perfect fit, they can force larger amounts of pressure across stiff adventure motorcycle boots making the fit snugger and the construction of the boot more rigid offering better protection. They can also be replaced in most cases but more about that a bit later.
Keep in mind your sanity, self-locating closures are super handy. The best closures we found for adventure motorcycle boots are taken directly over from their motocross counterparts. These are hard wearing, self-locating and easy to use, they are also designed to work when the boot is heavily soiled and covered in mud.
Avoid zips and use quick release closures that are designed for motocross boots.
Armor and Protection
Armor plating used in the right locations could mean months on crutches or walk away (literally) without serious injury.
Looking back at the most common foot injuries in motorcycling, placement of protection should be located in high impact and outer areas. We recommend armor (Normally molded TPU plastic/Kevlar) in the upper shin area to stop wayward branches/stumps breaking Tibia and Fibula bones (bones that connect your knee and ankle)
The next critical location for motorcycle boot armor is around the heel area, the best boots integrate this armor into a rigid sole providing lateral rigidness throughout the boot and stop hyperextension and twisting.
Armor and Protection Summary
The more armor the better and armor that is integrated into a rigid sole provides the best protection.
Pricing of adventure motorcycle boots
Price is an important factor in the purchase decision. Motorcycle boots start from as little as $50 all the way up to $600 plus for specialized boots. In short, you get what you pay for… Researching this guild, we found the average price for a great pair of boots is around $260-380.
Considering hospital bills in the USA, this is is an exceptional deal for something that could save you a lifetime on crutches or worse. When deciding what pair of boots suit you best, leave the price point decision to the very last, life and limb should not have a price tag.
According to NTDB “NTDB-NSP showed that lower-extremity injuries were the most common injuries sustained by motorcyclists”
If you are can’t purchase mid to high range motorcycle boots, the lower priced motorcycle boots are always going to be better than common everyday shoes.
As the old saying goes: “Don’t dress for the ride; dress for the slide.”
Motorcycle Boot Pricing Summary
In short, you get what you pay for but any motorcycle-centric boot is better than everyday shoes. Lower-extremity injuries were the most common injuries sustained by motorcyclists
Leather VS synthetic for adventure motorcycle boots
Most boots are traditionally made from thick leather, more and more motorcycle boot manufacturers are investing into material research and providing synthetic materials that have a higher abrasion resistance, better waterproofing qualities, and better breathability.
Synthetic materials (AKA Full grain microfiber) are generally lighter than leather and cost less. Synthetic motorcycle boots are on par with leather regarding abrasion resistance, the material is less bulky and can be washed and waterproofed repeatedly.
Both provide sufficient protection and functionality, one difference is leather is viewed to be aesthetically more attractive and has a better style. But with the advancement of material design, synthetic materials are catching up rapidly.
Leather VS Synthetic boots summary
Don’t be put off by the new style of synthetic boots, they come with many advantages, leather boots are tried and tested.
Removable and Replaceable Parts
Having replaceable parts on a motorcycle boot is great when a part is damaged due to overuse or broken because of an accident. Many motorcycle boots come with a small set of spare parts for this very reason, keep in mind for the common parts that get damaged throughout the lifespan, replacement parts can be ordered directly from the manufacturer to extend the boots lifecycle. So before you throw the riding boots away, contact the manufacturer to see if they offer replacement parts. The most common parts that need replacing are the quick release buckles and hardware that hold the hinge system in place.
Some boots have removable liners and inner soles that make it incredibly easy to wash dirty inner padding. Regular washing will extend the boots lifespan as mud and dust get embedded in the fabric and with motion, it can destroy the boot from inside out.
Removable and replaceable parts summary
Contact the manufacturer for replacement parts before discarding your motorcycle boots. Wash inner liners regularly to avoid foreign particles destroying the boot from the inside out.
When deciding on what motorcycle boots are best for you, take note of the following construction points, these will not only show the quality of the motorcycle boot but dictate protection levels and durability.
Double or triple stitching – This will dictate how the boot holds together in the event of an accident, often the boot is trapped between the motorcycle and tarmac and immense force is applied to the seams of the boot. To prevent the boot tearing apart, double or triple sticking is a must.
Connection to the boot – The upper or outer parts should be integrated into the sole of the motorcycle boot. This will make the boot extremely rigid in the event of an accident and keep your feet safe. Some uppers are “over-molded” a process where the upper boot is fused with the sole by injection molding. This is a great construction method, be aware some manufacturers make it look like the sole and upper are sewn together but in fact, this is simply a dummy sewing line for aesthetic reasons.
Get double or triple stitched motorcycle boots only. Overmolded upper to sole construction provides the best boot stability.
Fitting and Sizing
Getting the correct fit is essential for comfort. As brands have slight differences in sizes and widths, buying a new brand of adventure motorcycle boots online can be daunting. Make sure you see the manufacturer’s sizing guidelines and keep in mind that one foot could be a half size bigger than your other foot. This is completely normal and common.
If you are unsure on sizing, most shops offer returns with no restocking fee and often free return on shipping. Order a few sizes and return the products that don’t fit if it’s accepted. Just make sure you take care of the motorcycle boots you return and avoid cuffing and marking them or making them dirty, they must be returned new so the retailer can sell them.
If you ride in colder conditions and regularly where thick isolation socks keep this in mind when choosing the correct size. All manufacturers have detailed sizing charts.
Measuring adventure motorcycle boots
Most of you know your boot size, but here is a guild to finding the correct motorbike boot size if you are unsure. Make sure you measure your foot accurately as possible, down to an eighth of an inch (3mm) since will affects the fit. Again, remember to measure with your socks.
To make it easier, trace your foot onto a piece of paper and measure the length.
Foot Length (in)
Foot Length (cm)
U.S. Men Size
U.S. Women Size
|9 1/2||24.1||5 1/2||7||37 1/2|
|9 5/8||24.5||6||7 1/2||38|
|9 3/4||248||6 1/2||8||38 1/2|
|9 7/8||25.1||7||8 1/2||39|
|10 1/8||25.7||8||9 1/2||41|
|10 1/4||26||8 1/2||10||42|
|10 1/2||26.7||9||10 1/2||43|
|10 3/4||27.3||9 ½||11||44|
Woman’s adventure motorcycle boots
Women get the short straw generally in the adventure riding gear market. Even though the motorbike manufacturers have upped the game and supplied a variety of ADV bikes, most adventure motorcycle boots are designed for men. This is simply the case that the market has more men riders and manufactures concentrate R&D and manufacturing resources on this.
Women’s moto boots simply come in smaller sizes and are in fact unisex. To the best of my knowledge and research, I can’t find a true adventure motorcycle boots specifically targeted at woman. Even womensadvriders.com recommend the boots in this article. Better yet, take the review from Kinga onherbike.com, she is a long-term overland traveler with extensive experiences with the Forma Adventure Boots.
Woman’s adventure motorcycle boots Summary
The boots in this article come in smaller sizes for women riders. Many of my female adventure rider friends use: Forma Adventure Off-Road Motorcycle Boots
All of the adventure motorcycle boots in this review are top of the range and you won’t go wrong with any of them. The boots I have listed are used by long-term adventure riders and the gear is put to its absolute limits. We have also ordered and tested all these boots too. Nothing better than hands-on experience.
What’s important for you when buying a pair of adventure boots is comfort and the adequate protection you need for your riding style, if its predominate off road-riding then you need a stiffer sole and more armor, if it’s more touring on tarmac, then comfort and flexibility is important.
Once you have decided on one of the boots, check the manufacture sizing charts, they know the American and European market and make boots to fit specifically for these riders.
Let me know in the comments below if you think a boot should be added to this list or your experiences with these boots, at ROGUE we want to keep info up to date and relevant to help find people the gear they need.
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Motorcycle boots are protective, but they cannot protect you from every type of injury. Please ride safely!
Rider, designer, and hustler. Adventurer and vagabond. Beer connoisseur. Conqueror of Africa, a survivor of bandits and anti-malaria crusader. I have been on the road for 15 years, traveling to far-flung lands on bike, horse or backpacking. Today, running a number of online ventures in the motorcycle industry. – Currently, Traveling in Asia.