Looking for the best protection for your feet when out riding? This motorcycle boots review and ratings report may steer you in the right direction.
* Overall satisfaction is an individual rating and not a combined total of all ratings. Brands with equal overall satisfaction ratings are listed in alphabetical order.
Canstar Blue research finalised in September 2016, published in September 2016.
You’ve nailed down your dream motorcycle, so now it’s time to complement your purchase with some motorcycle boots. Motorcycle boots are for more than just good looks when out riding – decent ones provide crucial protection to your feet and lower-leg as well as comfort and a good fit. And if you’re one of the 10 per cent of our survey respondents who said style was their main driver for purchasing boots, then looking good while being protected is also a bonus. For a motorcycle boot brand to do well, it’s evident that you need to excel in many different categories to win over consumers.
To get an idea of what Aussie riders look for in a good-quality motorcycle boot, it not only needs to have style – it also needs substance. We surveyed hundreds of riders about what makes a great motorcycle boot and what influences their decision to buy the boots they do:
In our first year of producing customer satisfaction ratings for motorcycle boots, we can announce that Alpinestars has taken out our award, scoring five stars in all criteria, with no other brand scoring five stars in any category.
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Perhaps one of the biggest drivers of purchasing decisions, value is more than just a cheap price. Aussie riders want the best performing boot for the best price achievable. With the average spend in 2016 for motorcycle boots sitting at $227, motorcycle boots are not something you want to skimp over. Quality boots should be comfortable, protective and have a good fit all at once to be worth their salt. Alpinestars took out five-stars in this category, while Fox and Triumph scored four-stars, and Aussie company Dririder, and BMW scored three.
It’s no use having a pair of boots if your feet come out of them after a long day of riding looking like smashed carrots. Comfort was a big driver in influencing customers’ decisions, so brands need to provide adequate support and protection in their boots, while at the same time making it so riders actually want to get into the boots. Alpinestars here again scored five stars, while Dririder, Fox and Triumph all scored four, with BMW trailing at three-stars.
Similar to comfort, if a boot doesn’t fit well, then it’ll likely be uncomfortable – just like with any regular shoe. Ill-fitting boots are not just uncomfortable; however, they can also pose a safety issue. It’s best for the boot to be snug, and snug around the ankles but not constricting or too loose. In this category, Alpinestars took out the competition with five-stars, while Dririder, Fox and Triumph scored four, with BMW scoring three-stars.
The most important category for anything in the motorcycle world, having boots with good protection is paramount, and a lot of our survey respondents agreed. An adequate boot can prevent injuries like nasty road rash as well as ankle and leg breaks. The best boots are made of heavy-duty leather with strong abrasion resistance, which is reinforced with metal and plastic components in impact zones. Alpinestars again took out top spot with five-stars in our ratings. In a familiar fashion, Dririder, Fox and Triumph were awarded four stars, with BMW being awarded three.
Motorcycle riders go through a lot, not counting the severe weather we’re sometimes subjected to. If you’re spending over $200 for boots then you’ll want them to be up to the task. Of course, durability will be dependent on how much you ride, but you should seek a boot rated decently for durability so you can ride, and ride, and ride. Alpinestars were the clear winner here with five stars awarded. Fox and Triumph took out four-stars, while Dririder and BMW fell behind with three stars apiece.
Like any shoe, a motorcycle boot should be both supportive, easy to get on and moderately breathable. Also consider the closures – Velcro, laces, and buckles – whichever you prefer or think would offer the easiest and best fit. Other things to consider are reflective piping around the boot so you can be seen easily, as well as the material used for armour, such as Kevlar or carbon. Grip is also a huge factor. All these features have their pros and cons. Alpinestars was the clear winner in this category, winning five stars, while Fox and Triumph earned four, with Dririder and BMW earning three stars each.
Rounding out the list, and least important from a practical purpose, but perhaps the most important criteria for some, style should also be on your list of considerations. If you’re one of the ten percenters who favour style as a main purchasing influence, then again, Alpinestars may be the boot for you. The brand scored five stars, while Dririder, Fox and Triumph scored four, with BMW left in the breeze with three-stars. If you’re torn between two pairs of great boots that fit the bill in other categories, then choosing one with the better style may be the best bet, and Alpinestars were rated the most ‘stylish’.
Canstar Blue commissioned I-view to survey 1,079 Australian motorcycle riders in order to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used motorcycle boots in the last three years – in this case, 401 Australians.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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