Motocross boots are one of the most important pieces of gear you can wear. They provide the support and protection you need when riding a dirt bike. However, not all boots are created equal. We’ve created this guide to help you know about some of the best motocross boots for 2016.

We’ve put this article together to highlight some of the motocross boots we have available. Additional colors may be available than what is shown here. Pricing reflects the base model in an adult size at the time of writing. Some models (such as special edition models) may have a higher price than what is shown here. Sales and promotions may lower pricing below what is shown here. Please double-check pricing and availability at the time of your order.

Cooper Webb Wearing Gaerne Boots
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

When you’re shopping for new motocross boots, you’re looking for things like protection, quality, comfort and reliability. However, price is also an important factor, so we’ve built this guide around varying price points. You can check out some of the best options available in each price category along with color choices and information that makes each boot unique.

You can easily click-through to view the product on the core Rocky Mountain ATV/MC website, where you have full access to product descriptions and customer reviews. These can be great to give you more information about a boot. All of our boots are covered by our fitment guarantee, so you can order worry free.

Justin Barcia Wearing Alpinestars Boots

Entry-Level Motocross Boots

Are you only a tentative rider and want to test the waters to see how much you like it before investing in a lot of gear? Or are you on a tight budget and just want some cheap motocross boots that will actually work well? These entry-level boots are what you need.

Fly Racing Maverik MX Boots

Price: $104.99

The Maverik boots provide an incredible amount of value into an entry-level price. There’s a reason that the Maverik line has endured as one of the most popular boots on the market, and the new 2016 model builds on that legacy by providing a new style while preserving great features like the 3D shin protection, elastic gaiter, leather heat shield, steel toe guard and replaceable race sole.

Youth and kids sizes are available.

Fly Racing Maverik MX Boot Colors
Fly Racing Maverik MX Boots Black Fly Racing Maverik MX Boots White Fly Racing Maverik MX Boots Hi-Vis
Black White Hi-Vis

O’Neal Racing Rider Boots

Price: $109.99

For an entry level boot, the O’Neal Rider has a number of proponents and good reviews. It utilizes injection-molded plastic plates and includes a metal shank insert to reinforce the boot’s shape (as well as add support). The buckles are easy to use, and the toe guard protects the sole from coming off. It uses synthetic leather as a heat shield.

Womens and youth sizes are available.

O’Neal Racing Rider Boot Colors
O’Neal Racing Rider Boots Black O’Neal Racing Rider Ladies Boots Black/Pink O’Neal Racing Rider Youth Boots Black
Black Black/Pink (Ladies) Black (Youth)

Thor Blitz Boots

Price: $129.95

The Thor Blitz boot is a great option for those who want a high quality boot at a budget-minded price. It utilizes three buckles and features a shin plate, medial abrasion plate and synthetic leather heat shield. Its unidirectional sole follows motocross standards and includes a steel shank insert. One thing that makes the Blitz boots stand out in the entry-level category is that there are quite a few color options.

Womens and youth sizes are available.

Thor Blitz Boot Colors
Thor Blitz Boots Black Thor Blitz Boots White Thor Blitz Boots White/Orange
Black White White/Orange
Thor Blitz Boots Black/Red Thor Blitz Boots Black/Flo Green Thor Blitz Boots Red/Blue
Black/Red Black/Flo Green Red/Blue
Thor Blitz Ladies Boots White Thor Blitz Ladies Boots Black/Magenta
White (Ladies) Black/Magenta (Ladies)

AXO Drone Boots

Price: $109.99

AXO’s very first product was a motocross boot. Nearly 40 years later, it’s clear that AXO still knows what it’s doing in the industry. The Drone boot is a well-balanced piece of footwear, designed to enhance support and protection while reducing break-in time. It features a synthetic leather heat shield, a stain-resistant mesh lining, foam gaiter, steel shank and more.

Youth and kids sizes are available.

AXO Drone Boot Colors
AXO Drone Boots Black AXO Drone Jr Boots Black AXO Drone Pee-Wee Boots Black
Black Black Jr (Youth) Black Pee-Wee (Kids)

Answer Racing Fazer Boots

Price: $79.99

Answer Racing was founded with the intent to provide comfortable, high quality gear, and the Fazer boot fits the bill well. Although an entry-level boot, it is well constructed with high-impact polyurethane, and it uses genuine cowhide as the heat shield. It’s light and durable. Several rides have also reported that it fits wider feet better than many other boots.

Youth sizes are available.

Answer Racing Fazer Boot Colors
Answer Racing Fazer Boots Black Answer Racing Fazer Youth Boots Black
Black Black (Youth)

Intermediate Motocross Boots

The intermediate range ups the quality level quite a bit, but these boots are still available at a great price. Many brands’ entry-level boots are actually in this category. If you know that you’re committed to the sport but still need to shop on a budget, this is a great price range to shop in.

Fox Racing Comp 5 Boots

Price: $199.95

The Fox Comp 5 boot is really a step up in quality compared to the boots already mentioned, but it’s still excellent for anyone looking for a great option at a low price. The Comp 5 boot features buckles that are secure and easy to use, complete with adjustable straps for a comfortable fit. It includes a shin plate for impact resistance from roost. One of the things that really make this boot stand out is its comfort level, even from the first few times you wear it.

Womens, youth and kids sizes are available.

Fox Racing Comp 5 Boot Colors
Fox Racing Comp 5 Boots Black Fox Racing Comp 5 Boots Orange Fox Racing Comp 5 Boots Red
Black Orange Red
Fox Racing Comp 5 Boots White Fox Racing Comp 5 Ladies Boots Black/Pink Fox Racing Comp 5K Youth Boots Black
White Black/Pink (Ladies) Black/Silver 5K (Kids)

Alpinestars Tech 1 Boots

Price: $199.95

The Alpinestars Tech 1 boot borrows many of its primary designs from the core DNA of Alpinestars’ higher end boots like the Tech 8 or Tech 10. This includes easy-to-use, self-aligning buckles. It also includes the “flexi-blade” system that offers excellent movement while maintaining great ankle support – the only boot of this price range to offer such a system. Other highlights include a focus on comfort and durability throughout the design and materials used.

Alpinestars Tech 1 Boot Colors
Alpinestars Tech 1 Boots Black Alpinestars Tech 1 Boots Black/White Alpinestars Tech 1 Boots White
Black Black/White White

Gaerne GX-1 Boots

Price: $199.99

Gaerne’s solid reputation extends down to the GX-1 boot. Like the more expensive Gaerne boots, the GX-1 is made in Italy and uses a high level of quality in its materials and craftsmanship. The buckles are easy to use and effective. The boot uses genuine leather on the inner face along with a breathable internal fabric that offers comfort right out of the box.

Gaerne GX-1 Boot Colors
Gaerne GX-1 Boots Black Gaerne GX-1 Boots White
Black White

Thor Ratchet Boots

Price: $189.95

The concept (and the name) for Thor’s Ratchet boot came about as a result of a problem common with MX boots: the buckles. Rather than try to reinvent another buckle system, Thor utilized the ratchet system that is already common in other industries. The result is a boot that makes it easy to get a custom fit every time. It also includes other great features like contoured shin and ankle plates, leather chassis construction, bio-foam lined interior and more.

Thor Ratchet Boot Colors
Thor Ratchet Boots Black Thor Ratchet Boots White
Black White

Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots

Price: $219.95

The Alpinestars Tech 3 boot consistently pulls in positive reviews about the amount of protection the boot offers for the price. The boot includes a patented “ankle-brace” system, a contoured shin plate protector, poly-fabric lining, extended gaiter, reinforced leather plate and more.

Womens and youth sizes are available.

Alpinestars Tech 3 Boot Colors
Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots Black Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots Black/Blue/Chrome Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots Black/Green/Chrome
Black Black/Blue/Chrome Black/Green/Chrome
Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots Black/White Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots Superwhite Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots White/Red/Chrome
Black/White Superwhite White/Red/Chrome
Alpinestars Stella Tech 3 Ladies Boots Black Alpinestars Stella Tech 3 Ladies Boots White/Black Alpinestars Stella Tech 3 Ladies Boots White/Violet
Black Stella (Ladies) White/Black Stella (Ladies) White/Violet Stella (Ladies)
Alpinestars Tech 3S Youth Boots Black Alpinestars Tech 3S Youth Boots White
Black 3S (Youth) White 3S (Youth)

Premium Motocross Boots

If you don’t want to shortchange yourself with boots that are too cheap, the premium range is where it’s at. This is where you’ll find a high level of quality. These boots provide excellent comfort, control and protection. When you wear a premium boot when you’re on your bike, you’ll feel great and will be able to focus more on your riding than your footwear.

Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots

Price: $349.95

The Alpinestars Tech 7 boot offers a quality option that’s suitable for those who need a high level of comfort and protection. It features Alpinestars’ signature buckle system that is self-aligning and easy to use. It has a narrow profile and low toe box that makes it easy to shift and brake, providing an enhanced feeling of control. The TPU blade system offers great flex and an excellent range of motion – all while protecting you from hyperextension of the knee and ankle.

Alpinestars Tech 7 Boot Colors
Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots Black Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots Black/Green Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots Black/Red/Yellow
Black Black/Green Black/Red/Yellow
Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots Black/White/Red Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots Orange/Black/White Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots White
Black/White/Red Orange/Black/White White
Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots White/Blue/Red Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots White/Orange Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots Cyan/Black/Red
White/Blue/Red White/Orange Cyan/Black/Red

Gaerne SG-10 Boots

Price: $379.99

The Gaerne SG-10 boot is known for offering exceptional quality and comfort. It features a long-lasting dual composite rubber sole and the “Razorback Pivot System” for excellent flex and fitment. It also includes a supercross shank, heel bumper and memory cell inner foam. The SG-10 provides an experience that gives much more expensive boots a run for their money.

Gaerne SG-10 Boot Colors
Gaerne SG-10 Boots Black Gaerne SG-10 Boots White
Black White

Alpinestars Tech 5 Boots

Price: $269.95

The Alpinestars Tech 5 boot brings the quality that Alpinestars is known for to a premium boot without the premium price. The Tech 5 incorporates a durable and lightweight construction that is comfortable, water resistant and easy to clean. It includes features such as precise and effortless buckles, a well-designed pivot system, and a polymer on the medial side of the boot that provides both durability and grip.

Alpinestars Tech 5 Boot Colors
Alpinestars Tech 5 Boots Black Alpinestars Tech 5 Boots White/Black Alpinestars Tech 5 Boots White/Red/Blue
Black White/Black White/Red/Blue
Alpinestars Tech 5 Boots Black/Red/Yellow Alpinestars Tech 5 Boots Red/White/Black
Black/Red/Yellow Red/White/Black

Gaerne G-React Boots

Price: $299.99

The Gaerne G-React boot utilizes top-notch quality in its design and materials. Its pivot system provides a great level of support and comfort. The grip guard is well regarded for its exceptional ability to provide grip and keep you on your bike and in control. It also does a great job displacing heat from the exhaust pipe.

Gaerne G-React Boot Colors
Gaerne G-React Boots Black Gaerne G-React Boots Orange/Black Gaerne G-React Boots White
Black Orange/Black White

Fox Racing Comp 8 Boots

Price: $329.95

The Fox Racing Comp 8 boot is durable, rigid and comfortable. It offers excellent support and control. The boot features a dual heat panel that provides great grip while you ride. The buckles use a cup fitting that is both easy to use and secure. Inner foam provides the ankle with support, and an integrated steel shank in the midsole provides additional support to the boot.

Fox Racing Comp 8 Boot Colors
Fox Racing Comp 8 Boots Black Fox Racing Comp 8 Boots White Fox Racing Comp 8 Boots Aqua
Black White Aqua
Fox Racing Comp 8 Boots Blue/Yellow

Top-Grade Motocross Boots

If you only want the best for yourself, this is the right category for you. These are the boots the pros wear. They include all of the top features to make sure you’re comfortable and protected. These are (quite literally) the best motocross boots that money can buy.

Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots

Price: $599.95

The Alpinestars Tech 10 represents the best that the brand can give with a boot – and that’s saying a lot! The buckles are easy, convenient and self-aligning. The grippy sole is removable and replaceable. A dual blade system in both the front and rear of the boot helps prevent hyperextension. The quality materials and design provide an unmatched level of comfort, control, support and protection. The Tech 10 also includes an inner bootie for additional support.

Alpinestars Tech 10 Boot Colors
Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots Black Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots Black/Green Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots Black/Red/Yellow
Black Black/Green Black/Red/Yellow
Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots Cyan/White Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots White (Vented) Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots White/Blue/Red
Cyan/White White (Vented) White/Blue/Red
Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots White/Orange Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots White/Red/Yellow Alpinestars Eli Tomac Tech 10 Boots Black/Turquoise/Red
White/Orange White/Red/Yellow Eli Tomac Black/Turquoise/Red
Alpinestars Justin Barcia Tech 10 Boots Black/Red/Blue Alpinestars Trey Canard Tech 10 Boots Black/Red/Yellow Alpinestars RV2 Tech 10 Boots Green/Black
Justin Barcia Black/Red/Blue Trey Canard Black/Red/Yellow RV2 Green/Black

Gaerne SG-12 Boots

Price: $529.99

The Gaerne SG-12 is one of the most popular boots among top motocross professionals. It is stiff, secure and durable, ensuring that it will effectively protect your foot for many years to come. The patented Dual Stage Pivot System is exclusive to Gaerne and provides excellent protection and support. The shin plate is adjustable to ensure the right fit for a variety of leg sizes and to accommodate knee braces. With a removable foot bed and memory foam, you’ll enjoy enhanced comfort and balance from the moment you first wear the SG-12.

Gaerne SG-12 Boot Colors
Gaerne SG-12 Boots Black Gaerne SG-12 Boots Black/Hi-Vis Gaerne SG-12 Boots Black/Red/Hi-Vis
Black Black/Hi-Vis Black/Red/Hi-Vis
Gaerne SG-12 Boots Blue Gaerne SG-12 Boots Red Gaerne SG-12 Boots Red/White/Blue
Blue Red Red/White/Blue
Gaerne SG-12 Boots White Gaerne SG-12 Boots White/Green Gaerne SG-12 Boots White/Orange
White White/Green White/Orange
Gaerne SG-12 Boots Blue/Grey Gaerne SG-12 Boots Green/Grey Gaerne SG-12 Boots Hi-Vis/Grey
Blue/Grey Green/Grey Hi-Vis/Grey
Gaerne SG-12 Boots Orange/Grey Gaerne SG-12 Boots Red/White
Orange/Grey Red/White

Fox Racing Instinct Boots

Price: $549.95

The Fox Racing Instinct boot has adherents in the highest ranks of the MX industry. It is known for its unparalleled level of comfort. The inner liner is breathable, and the outer construction is durable. The buckle system is simple and efficient. Fox’s proprietary Duratac compound (so named because it is both durable and tacky) provides one of the best soles on a motocross boot. The dynamic core stabilizer provides excellent lateral ankle support and prevents the ankle from hyperextending.

Fox Racing Instinct Boot Colors
Fox Racing Instinct Boots Black Fox Racing Instinct Boots Black/Orange Fox Racing Instinct Boots Red
Black Black/Orange Red
Fox Racing Instinct Boots White Fox Racing Instinct Image LE Boots Pink Fox Racing Instinct Libra LE Boots Blue/Red
White Image LE Pink Libra LE Blue/Red
Fox Racing Instinct Union LE Boots Aqua
Union LE Aqua

Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots

Price: $575.00

The Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS boot offers a high level of protection without sacrificing feel and control. The dual hinge system offers a good range of motion while preventing hyperextension and hyperflexion. The anatomically shaped heel enhances ankle support and stability. The buckles are easy to use and effective. One of the best things about the Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS is that you can replace so many parts yourself – the abrasion plate, the shin plate, the heat shield and the sole. This boot will last a long time.

Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boot Colors
Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots Black Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots Black/Fluorescent Orange Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots Black/Flo Yellow
Black Black/Fluorescent Orange Black/Fluorescent Yellow
Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots Black/Grey/Flo Yellow Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots Flo Orange/White/Blue Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots Flo Yellow/White/Blue
Black/Grey/Flo Yellow Flo Orange/White/Blue Flo Yellow/White/Blue
Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots Grey/White Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots Red/White/Blue Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots White
Grey/White Red/White/Blue White
Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots White/Black Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots White/Black/Flo Yellow Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS Boots White/Orange
White/Black White/Black/Flo Yellow White/Orange
Sidi Crossfire 2 SR Black/Fluorescent Green Sidi Crossfire 2 SR Boots Black/White Sidi Crossfire 2 SR Boots Light Blue/Black
Black/Fluorescent Green Black/White Light Blue/Black

Forma Predator Boots

Price: $529.00

Forma doesn’t yet have the name recognition that some of the other big brands get, but that doesn’t mean that the Predator boot isn’t on a similar level of quality. It includes all the features you’d expect in a top-level motocross boot, such as a dual pivot flex control system, rubber heat gripper inserts, injection-molded plastic protection and a microfiber interior. It is also made in Europe.

Forma Predator Boot Colors
Forma Predator Boots Black Forma Predator Boots Black/Yellow Forma Predator Boots Patriot
Black Black/Yellow Patriot
Forma Predator Boots White Forma Predator Boots Green
White Green

Zach Osborne with Gaerne Boots

There’s a lot to be excited about with the 2016 lineup of MX boots, and you can find all of these excellent options at Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. Regardless of your budget, we’ve got a great boot for you. If you’re interested in a discount, don’t forget to check out our closeout motocross boots as well – you can find some great boots on clearance!

We’ve highlighted some of the best MX boots in this article, but please visit Rocky Mountain ATV/MC to view our full selection:

Blake Baggett Wearing SIDI Crossfire 2 SRS Boots
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo