There is nothing better than touring on a motorcycle. I think most of us will agree with that. To do it right and to make it enjoyable we need specific gear. Because we need to be prepared for anything, we need boots that will handle everything. Rain, mud, dust, stone, rocks cold, hot, you name it there is always a chance we will deal with it on a tour.
Fear not! With some sound advice from the Moto Affliction crew, we will recommend eight of the best touring motorcycle boots on the market today.
We will offer our picks for the best touring motorcycle boots in a few different categories. Everyone travels differently. We have you covered. We will give you the best two choices in four categories. Regular road touring for almost any type of bike. Adventure/dual sport touring. We have you covered if you are riding a V twin and if you’re traveling on a sport touring or sportbike.
You have a trip to plan and we have boots to recommend for it so let’s get to it.
Best Road Touring Boots
Daytona Burdit XCR
If you are looking for a boot that’s the best for everything your feet need to be comfortable, the Daytona Burdit is that boot. Daytona is a German company that makes some of the best motorcycle boots your money can buy.
It starts with a Gore-Tex membrane that disperses heat and is extremely breathable. These boots are watertight. It uses what’s known as a hydrophobic greased leather on the upper. Water just rolls right off without penetrating.
These boots are geared towards warm weather riding. They incorporate generous panels of perforated leather for great heat distribution.
As for safety, you get ankle protection, 3M reflectivity, nu-buck leather for aberration resistance and plastic reinforced inner sole with galvanized steel inlays.
These boots are for riders that demand the best. The investment made in these boots will pay off for many years to come.
TCX Hub WP
The TCX Hub WP boots are a lightweight, mid calf, waterproof boot. They are comfortable and well made. This boot is for the rider who wants the features of a touring boot but wants to keep the look low key. Not all of us need bigger touring boots and these are perfect for those riders.
Safety is what you would expect from TCX as it is a CE rated boot. It has great ankle, toe and heel reinforcements for protection.
The uppers are made with synthetic leather. This keeps the price within reach for most riders.
The toe incorporates a very nice, recessed shifter panel. It has double stitching around it. It looks much better than typical shifter pads that are usually just glued or sewn on top of the toe area. It’s a real trick look. For its price along with Italian quality TCX is known for, the Hub found a place on our list.
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Best For V Twin Riders
Belstaff doesn’t mess around when it comes to its leather products. They make some of the best out there. Belstaff has a rich heritage in the motorcycle world. These boots are a great example of old world motorcycle fashion.
The Endurance boots have a worn in, antique leather look to them. These will look great on any steal stead. It incorporates a stitched on sole with a chunky tread pattern.
Inside is a full micro fleece lining for comfort and warmth. Also on the inside is a waterproof, breathable liner. There is ample protection in the toe, heel and sole. Not only do the Endurance look fantastic they offer excellent protection. These are a premium, heirloom boot. They will age right along with you. Tour after tour these boots will stand the test of time.
TCX Fuel WP
The TCX Fuels are a handsome, classic looking motorcycle boot.
The Fuels are made with full-grain leather. Behind that they have a waterproof backing that will not allow moisture to reach your feet.
The sole tread will provide you with excellent grip no matter the conditions. Much like Belstaff, these boots have a stitched on lug type sole.
The Fuel comes in two colors. Classic black and vintage brown.
These boots will wear in beautifully.
Don’t let it’s classic looks fool you though. These boots have all the contemporary safety features. The ankles have reinforced padding along with the heel and toe.
An accordion panel on the achilles ads mobility. There’s also a shifter pad for more comfortable up shifts.
These boots are well made from a reputable Italian motorcycle boot manufacturer.
Reasonably priced, the Tcx Fuels are made to last for many years of touring adventures.
Best For Adventure Touring
Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex
If serious ADV riding is your thing then the Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex boots should be on your feet.
The Adventure 2 are a very protective boot for those sketchy off road trails.
TPU shin, ankle and insole protection will keep you from serious injury. With its hinged flex zone, you can walk normally right out of the box. Some ADV boots take a while to break in.
These boots are all weather. No matter if it’s rain, snow, cold or hot the Adventure 2 was made to handle anything and they do, very well. Full-grain microfiber and Cordura make up much of the upper. Don’t let the photos fool you. They may look bulky but this boot surprisingly fits very slim and streamline.
There is a full length gaiter that will keep you dry even if you are up to your shins in water. Being Gore-Tex, you get great breathability. For true Adventure riding we definitely recommend them.
The Forma Adventure boots are a little less hard-core than the Sidis reviewed above. These boots offer a balanced approach between on road riding and hitting the dirt trails.
Full-grain leather offered in two colors, black and vintage oiled, make up the uppers.
This is a waterproof boot but be aware that the liner extends up to the second buckle. Unlike the Sidis that are all the way to the top. Again, this is more of a light adventure boot.
The sole has an aggressive lug pattern. It offers plenty of flex for walking yet still being sturdy enough for standing on the pegs and protection.
As far as protection, you get everything you would expect. Toe, heal and ankle protection as well as a shin guard.
One of the main reasons we really like this boot is how well made it is. Throughout this boot you will find double stitching on every aspect of it. No corners were cut in its construction. Right down to the shift pad, there is attention to detail on everything. This is an Italian boot that’s manufactured within the european union.
Best For Sport Touring
TCX SP-Master Gore-Tex
Because of its sporty design and Gore-Tex membrane, the TCX SP-Master Gore-Tex boot is a very popular choice for sport tourers. In this boot you are getting all weather protection in a sport package. TCX walkes that line nicely here. It’s what I would classify as a practical race boot.
With the TCX you are getting CE level protection. PU protection adorns the heel, ankle and toe along with an outer toe protector in case you get aggressive.
The upper is a subtle microfiber with a large Velcro opening.
Comfortable, well made, this boot is perfect for the sport riders that need to go the distance and may get a little aggressive going there
Alpinestars Roam 2
The Roam 2 by Alpinestars is a great sport touring boot that keeps things a little less aggressive in the style department.
What you get is a waterproof, three season boot that will do you well on a long tour. It will protect your feet from pretty much anything mother nature will throw at you.
This is a CE rated boot. With that comes a dual density ankle protection system that incorporates comfort as well as safety. You also get reinforced heel and toe protection.
What really stood out for us with Roam 2 was its comfort. This is a boot that can be worn on the bike and walked in all day with comfort. This is definitely the most comfortable boot in this review. Alpinestars made this boot with the American rider in mind. You get a bit more room than some of their more sport oriented boots which surprised us a bit.
Like all of Alpinestars products, this is a well made boot. For under $200 we feel this boot is one of the best bang for the bucks in this review.
One thing we recognise here at Moto Affliction is that style matters to a lot of riders. We feel that looking the part is all part of the appeal of riding. Form and function are a beautiful thing when done right. For style, protection and comfort, these boots are the best for whatever you ride.
Our mission here has always been to recommend products that will help you get the most out of every outing on your bike. All the boots here are from reputable brands. That’s always the starting point for us. From there it’s all about finding what works best. All these boots will provide years of comfort and protection.
There is not much that’s worse than being far from home and having to endure gear that isn’t performing as it’s meant to. We wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Therefore we believe that choosing any of these boots will keep your trip enjoyable.