Top motorcycle touring boots

Comfort, warmth and dryness on and off the bike with these touring boots

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by Jim Blackstock |

For riders who want to go any distance – whether it’s a long day-trip, a hefty commute or for a longer, multi-day tour – a pair of waterproof touring boots is essential. They should offer decent comfort as well as waterproofing to keep your feet dry – there’s nothing worse than getting wet feet on the first day of a long tour – and keep your feet protected as well.

In comparison to sports boots, touring boots will probably be a little more supple to allow you to not only operate the bike’s controls easily but also, move around off the bike comfortably, particularly useful if you’re on a tour and want to get off and explore en route. You may end up sacrificing a little outright feel for the controls but it’s a small price to pay for day-long comfort.

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Ideally, you’ll be looking for a pair of boots with a membrane – Gore-Tex is the obvious one but manufacturers may have their own. You’re also likely to see less external bracing, toe sliders or huge areas of TPU armour on touring boots as you are on sports boots.

The thinking is if you do have an accident, you are likely to be travelling at a slower speed than in sports boots, where you may be on a track for example. However, you should still expect strong heel and toe cups, and shin and heel armour of some description.

Just like other boots in fact, you should also look at the protection. They should be CE rated to either a 2015 or a 2017 standard. Basically, each will rate several areas and give either a score of ‘1’ or ‘2’. Look for as many 2s as possible for an indication of higher levels of protection.

The best motorcycle touring boots - tested by MCN

Alpinestars Web GTX

Alpinestars Web GTX
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When RiDE tested these boots last year, they came out as the Best Buy winner. Unassuming boots,

Alpinestars Web GTX boots

Tested by Michael Guy, two months, 1500 miles - Quality 4/5, Value 4/5

"These have proved 100% waterproof regardless of what winter has thrown at them. They are easy to put on, relatively lightweight and comfortable for walking. They are considerably shorter than the race or adventure boots I normally wear, which means I remain a little concerned about the lack of shin and leg protection.

"But the protection they do offer is good, with reinforced toe, shin and ankle areas. There are advantages to them being short as they are easy to put on, with the winter Cordura trousers I’m wearing easily going over the top of the boot. Feel through the sole is good and the slim design means you have a good connection with the controls."

DXR Skoga

DXR Skoga boots
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Best value waterproof touring boots

For £70 I was expecting to find some compromises in this fully featured pair of waterproof touring

DXR Skoga

Sidi Gavia Gore

Sidi Gavia Gore
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MCN Rated

A tall boot with a flexible front section to allow the foot to move easily on the bike, the Gavia

Sidi Gavia Gore boots

Tested by Jordan Gibbons, two months, 2000 miles - Quality 3/5, Value 5/5

"Lightweight boots with a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane. I was surprised by how dainty they are. To that end, it makes them very easy to put on under jeans and comfortable to walk in. But I could never get away from the impression that they just felt a bit thin. I’d spend an extra £40 and go for Sidi’s Performer Gore, which is a waterproof proper sports boot."

TCX Clima Surround

TCX Clima Surround
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MCN Rated

These Clima boots are made in Cordura and microfibre with a Gore-Tex membrane to keep the weather

TCX Clima Surround boots

Tested by Alison Silcox, three months, 2000 miles - Quality 4/5, Value 4/5

"With a Gore-Tex membrane these textile boots are waterproof and breathable including a clever venting system that allows air to circulate through the sole. They are lightweight and have reinforced shins, toes, heel and a gear-change pad.

"They’re ideal for long riding days and are comfortable both on and off the bike. I’ve put the waterproofing to the test on numerous rides and they’ve not let any rain through. They come to mid-calf and fit comfortably under riding jeans and textile kit, while the velcro adjuster leaves enough room for leathers to tuck in."

Forma Jasper Outdry Boots

Forma Jasper Outdry Boots
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Tested by Richard Newland, two months, 1200 miles - Quality 3/5, Value 4/5

Forma Jasper Outdry Boots

"It’s the lack of protection in these Jasper Outdry boots that’s my only criticism. It’s a shame, because in every other way, these boots have really impressed me. The construction feels very high quality and light, and there are no evident areas where corners have been cut. They’re well finished, and the leather upper appears to resist everything the elements can throw at it."

Alpinestars Stella SMX-6 V2 Drystar Boots

Alpinestars Stella SMX-6 V2 Drystar Boots
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MCN Rated

Tested by Alison Silcox, six months, 3700 miles covered - Quality 4/5, Value 4/5

Alpinestars Stella SMX-6 V2 Drystar Boots

"These are a great pair of boots and in six months they’ve been subjected to all kinds of conditions. I’ve ridden in torrential rain and near-freezing temperatures on a trip to the Shetland Islands, in scorching Italian summer heat as I toured to Venice and am now wearing them for my winter commute.

"They’re made from synthetic leather with stretch panels for comfort and have a combination of zip and Velcro closure. Unlike other waterproof boots I’ve worn, the Drystar membrane is watertight and my feet haven’t overheated in warmer weather."

TCX Baja Gore-Tex Boots

TCX Baja Gore-Tex Boots
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MCN Rated

Tested by **[Richard

TCX Baja Gore-Tex Boots

"Most adventure boots are getting bigger, bulkier, heavier and more complex, so this pleasingly simple offering from TCX is a breath of fresh air. Not only are they skinny enough for you to be able to slide riding jeans over the top of them, but they’re relatively light, the styling is rugged, classy and understated, and they’re comfier than a pair of trainers.

"There’s a Velcro closure at the top and a simple trio of clasp closures that are all micro-adjustable. The lining is sumptuous, soft and welcoming, and nothing rubs or irritates. It’s sandwiched to the outer with a Gore-Tex layer included – and so far they’ve proven completely waterproof."

Eleveit T Expert Waterproof Leather Boots

Eleveit T Expert Waterproof Leather Boots
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MCN Rated

Tested by Simon Brown, three months, 900 miles - Quality 3/5, Value 4/5

Eleveit T Expert Waterproof Leather Boots

"If you aren’t after sliders and squeaky bits around your armour, these touring boots could be for you. Comfortable from the word go, they are made from full-grain leather with suede areas to stop them damaging paintwork. They use a non-Gore-Tex waterproof lining called E-Dry and it has done the business in some pretty heavy downpours.

"They weren't too hot in summer either. Protection wise, there is internal reinforcement at the shin, ankle and toe. The sole is rubber and grips well in the dry but they don’t grip brilliantly on the metal pegs of my Ducati Scrambler. They may do better on other bikes and that is my only real criticism so far. Value isn’t bad."

The Zenith from Richa is remarkable value for a waterproof touring boot that scores a 2 in all

Richa Zenith boots

A modern-looking boot that has zip access on both sides, making getting them on and off easy. They

Dane Esby boots

I've used these boots through two winters and they have been impressive. There's a touch of

RST Paragon 2 boots

A slim, subtle-looking boot, the Roadstar uses a Gore-Tex membrane inside a leather upper and was

Daytona Road Star GTX boots

A pair of short touring boots (the Tracker at the same price is taller), the Warriors are formed

Oxford Warrior 2.0 boots

The Joblins from Held are leather boots fitted with an internal Outdry membrane to keep the

Held Joblin boots

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