Best waterproof motorcycle touring boots for year-round riding

Big touring miles demands not just boots that are safe but comfortable, warm and waterproof, too.

Riding a motorbike in waterproof touring boots

by Jim Blackstock |

For road riders, getting the right motorcycle kit is never more important than when you’re contemplating big miles and a pair of waterproof touring boots is a good place to start.

If you’re just undertaking a short afternoon ride, safety of course is still important but you’re unlikely to experience extremes of weather or require day-long comfort. If you’re purely on track, safety takes precedence, if you’re style conscious and riding a scrambler or retro, fashion plays an important part, and so on...

But when you’re riding 100s of miles a day on road, possibly through all weathers, the requirements of motorcycle kit can be very demanding – and nowhere more so than with boots.

With the possibility of extreme weather, waterproofing is a must, which in itself rules out many other types of motorcycle boot such as racing/sport or fashionable, lace-up urban types. They also need to offer both decent warmth, to cope with cold weather, yet also the possibility of ventilation.

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On top of both of those requirements are the needs for safety and superlative, day-long comfort – although some touring boots see a slight trade-off between these two demands by having shorter, more ankle-length designs which reduce safety slightly in favour of flexibility and comfort.

All of these considerations need to be factored into your particular requirements and taste, along, obviously with price, when considering a pair of motorcycle touring boots. Which you go for is up to you – but to help in your choice here’s our current pick of the best.

Let's start with some of the undoubted best touring boots available, although by being so they

Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex

They’re fully CE-safety rating certified, have a 100% waterproof GoreTex membrane, a leather outer, a steel shank in the sole and double concertinaed sections and a single access zip. Not cheap, admittedly, but they did win RiDE’s waterproof touring boot test so will perform well.

Read our full, comprehensive review of the Alpinestars Web GTX boots here.

CE approved: Yes

With most touring associated with adventure bikes these days it's natural for riders to be swayed

Forma Adventure Low WP CE Approved

With a smart adventure style, they’re made from quality full-grain oiled leather, have a Drytex lining, plastic buckles and Velcro tabs for easy fitting, have an air pump system for comfort, an anti-slip sole for when you’re off-bike and much more.

CE approved: Yes

At the more budget and affordable end of the touring boot price spectrum, but still packed with

Agrius Taurus

They feature a micro-fibre leather outer construction with extra panels at the toe, heel and gearchange, for durability, have a neat, simple, loop and hook closure system for ease of fitting and comfort, have a fully waterproof lining, a reinforced sole and their low cut again means maximum comfort – all for under 60 quid.

CE approved: Unknown

Another affordable but well-featured, low-cut, waterproof touring boot, but this time by more

Spada Icon WP

It’s a 100% waterproof short boot with leather outer and lining, a single zip with Velcro strap fastening, an anti-slip moulded sole, PU moulded ankle sections and also moulded gear change panels, enough all round to make them a great, comfortable, affordable touring boot.

CE approved: Yes

Read our full, comprehensive review of the RST Paragon 2 boots here.

These specialist touring boots by highly regarded German boots specialists Daytona are one of the

Daytona Road Star Gore-Tex Boots

They’re in top-spec waterproof cowhide, are waterproof and breathable with a climatic Gore-Tex membrane, have a Velcro fastener for perfect fit, an anatomically-formed climatic insole, two zip fasteners and more and even come in different width sizes.

CE approved: Yes

TCX are another highly regarded motorcycle clothing brand, especially for their boots and these

TCX X-Five

These full-length touring boots are in full-grain leather with a waterproof membrane, feature a novel ankle protection system, reinforced heel and gearshift panel, come with a grippy touring sole and feature CE-certified protection – not at all bad for a boot costing just over £100!

CE approved: Yes

Finally, a boot specifically for women that proves that ladies touring boots don't have to be

TCX Ladies Classic Waterproof Boots

They come with a waterproof membrane, a proper CE-certified protection system, have an anatomic and replaceable insole, a shin plate with a subtle embossed logo and even a treaded touring sole for superior grip on and off-bike.

CE approved: Yes

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