Adventure motorcycling is unique. It incorporates elements of touring, but it also includes off-road riding. Make sure that if you own an adventure bike, you have gear that’s up for the task. When you’re looking for boots, make sure that you get something that can handle the rigors of adventure motorcycling and offer incredible comfort for those long trips.
First and foremost, don’t neglect safety and protection. Regular footwear – even if it’s “heavy duty” – will not offer you the same protection as purpose-built riding boots. Adventure motorcycle boots offer the impact protection you’d expect for off-road riding along with abrasion resistance you need for the street. However, some boots also offer additional shin protection and ankle support.
Adventure riding frequently incorporates many activities that aren’t riding at all, including everything from short hikes to meandering around a campsite to pleasant visits at local diners. You need to be comfortable walking around in your motorcycle boots. That means that while you still need protection and support, you also need a certain amount of flex.
There are several other features that can be nice, like good enough tread to give you enough traction when handling your bike when you’re not riding it (such as if you need to pick it up). Depending on where your adventures go, you might also want to consider waterproof boots. Several adventure boots are specifically designed to keep water out in all circumstances (even if you’re standing in a stream) while still being breathable.
Of course, everyone’s adventures tend to be a little different, so we’ve assembled a good selection of boots to make sure that you can find something that best fits your needs. Some boots are so geared up for adventure bikes that they include the word adventure right in their name. But we’ve also got other options, like boots which are designed more with the touring aspect in mind, and we’ve got some shorter boots as well if you tend to avoid off-road riding and don’t need ankle support. We also have several trials boots which – although weren’t designed for adventure bikes per se – have been quite popular among some adventure motorcyclists.
We’ve got great prices and industry-leading brands. Check out our selection and pick up your next pair of adventure motorcycle boots today!
Kyle in MI
My son is particularly hard on riding gear, other brand boots only last us one season. The original Crossfire 2 SRS attracted me to SIDI for the ability to replace the soles with just a screwdriver. We used the SRS 2's for two seasons and his friend is still wearing them. The SRS 3's are holding up just as well or better. KCRead All Reviews
Eric in OH
I was initially disappointed I could not find the Alpinestars Tech 2’s anymore, so took a chance on this half boot. I use them for street riding. Pleasantly surprised thus far. They are broken in after only a couple rides, and are reasonably comfy. A little narrow, but works for me. If you’re looking for a street boot, or pit bike boot, this is a good choice.Read All Reviews
ERIC in IN
I’ve put about 20 hours on these boots and really like them. These are my first pair of trials boots so I have nothing to compare them to other than a pair of Gaerne SG 11 MX boots that I bought a few years ago. Sizing Standing against a wall with a ruler on the floor my foot measures 10 3/4”. I ordered a size 10 and they fit perfectly. I have wide feet and there is plenty of room. My Gaerne SG 11’s are also size 10 and the fit is similar. Durability I’ve worn these boots for probably 20 hours riding my trials bike and walking around in them. The sole has held up fantastically against my S3 Hard Rock foot pegs and I've had no issues with the buckles breaking or leather breaking down. Waterproofing I haven’t spent a lot of time in the water with these boots but I have stepped in the creek with water over my foot and my foot didn’t get wet. I haven’t put any waterproofing oil or anything on them. Comfort I was a bit concerned about walking in these because a review video said they had a very stiff sole. They don’t feel any different than a work boot to me when I’m walking. The “stiff sole” is actually a bonus on my trials bike since I’m standing all the time. I debated getting these or the Gaerne trials boot but read that the Gaerne sole was not quite as stiff and can cause discomfort in some people after a while. Compared to my MX boots these boots were broken in out of the box. Very flexible and comfortable. I’ve been wearing these in the heat of summer and have not noticed my feet being too hot or sweating more than usual. Protection Trials boots can’t compare to a MX boot for protection but they are significantly lighter and way more flexible. There is a plastic shin guard, shin padding and some sort of plastic guard above the heel on the back of the boot. There apparently is some sort of reinforcement in the toe and heal area but I can’t feel it walking around. The toe box is stiff like a steel toe boot. These boots are taller than some of the other trials boots which is also a plus to me because during a tight turn the boot will be rubbing the side of the bike and not my calf. I have never worn knee braces so I can’t say if these would work with them but there seems to be a lot of adjustability in the calf area. Value These boots had everything that I was looking for in a trials boot and were significantly cheaper than the other options. Short of them falling apart tomorrow I would buy them again.Read All Reviews