Best Sport Riding Motorcycle Boots

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Sport riding boots are unique in that they have to offer paramount protection, while allowing you to make incredibly precise and often incredibly minute inputs at incredible speeds. Here are six of the best sport riding motorcycle boots on the market.


daytonasecurity evo g3
Daytona Security Evo G3 – $1,049.95
Daytona was the first boot company to put a separate booty inside a boot shell, a technique later mimicked by all of the major boot brands. Their boots are handmade in Germany and, quite simply, the best you can get. The Security Evo G3 is their professional class boot. The outer shell is made from kangaroo leather with Kevlar and carbon fiber anti-abrasion panels. The inner boot is an aramid/plastic hard shell with four-layer shinbone protection, hinged joints, triple aramid reinforcements in the toe area, and a sweat absorbing liner. If you want, and can afford the best: read no further.

 

Vortice
SIDI Vortice – $495.00
The Vortice boots are the top of the line from Italian based SIDI. We haven’t had the chance to ride in these yet, but we never stop hearing incredible things about them. The Vortice are constructed of Lorica and Teflon mesh. They feature calf, shin, and instep tensioners to custom fit the boot to your foot while providing maximum protection. The heel cup is shock absorbing, while the SRS sole is made from a polyurethane and rubber blend to ensure grip. The Vortice come in vented and non-vented models.

 

supertech r
Alpinestars Supertech R – $449.95
One of the reasons Alpinestars are a leader in the boot industry is because the boots they put their racers in are also available to everyday riders. When you buy the Tech 10’s for off-road or these Supertech R’s, you’re buying the same boots the professionals are wearing. Insanely comfortable, incredibly protective, these are the boots to buy if you’re serious about sport riding but don’t want to spend a grand on German handmade Daytona’s. I even wore a pair off-road on our taste of Dakar ride in Arizona. They come in vented (read: perforated) and non-vented versions for those of you in various climate regions that may need one or the other.

 

1000 v3
Puma 1000 v3 Boots – $435
Puma, a brand we normally associate with soccer gear or guys in mob movies, actually make really nice boots that look pretty cool too. The intelligent safety system limits the range of ankle movement in all four directions, only becoming active once it detects your ankle has reached a dangerous angle. The v3’s feature additional cushioning, improving both lateral and vertical impact protection. That Casey Stoner guy used to wear them, if that tells you anything.

 

torque rs out
Dainese Torque RS Out – $389.95
The Dainese Torque RS Out boots are the top of line outside-of-the-suit boots from Dainese. They feature the jointed TPU D-Axial system to keep your foot from twisting should you go down, a shock absorbing heel, TPU inserts at the heel, front and shin guards, and steel inserts at the toe. The bulk of the boot is made form Lorica, and is fastened at a Velcro calf adjuster, speed lacing system, and zipper at the rear. These aren’t quite as big as the Alpinestars, so they’ll offer a little less protection while offering a little more movement and flexibility. These are also offered in regular, perforated, and waterproof versions.

 

smx 6
Alpinestars SMX 6 – $269.95
The Alpinestars SMX 6 boots were just given the best boot awards by our friends over at Revzilla, which, at such a reasonable price point, should tell you something. The SMX 6’s aren’t as feature heavy or protective as the Supertech R’s, but do receive CE certification so you know your feet will be safe. Alpinestars used a new rubber compound on the base, providing improved grip and feel as well as increased water dispersion and durability. The lateral ankle brace protection system provides structural integrity between the upper calf and foot portion, as well as added impact protection and abrasion resistance. If you aren’t racing and just looking for a super comfortable and protective boot for sport riding, the SMX 6 is our recommendation. Offered in both vented and non-vented versions.

What have been your experiences with the boots on this list? What boots do you recommend when you get asked what boot to buy?

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  • JC Maldonado

    I got a pair of Supertech R boots. Awesome. As mentioned, comfortable, safe, and they don’t look bad either. For daily commuting, they’re a little intense. I would have preferred to try the Dainese Torque–lower profile to wear with jeans/overpants, but I got a deal on the Supertech R’s. Way safer than my Red Wings.

  • Diego Martinez

    I’ve had the Puma V1′s for years, and they are the most confortable boots I’ve ever worn, and they’ve protected my tootsies in a few crashes. The fact that they’re easy to put on and take off are hust icing on the cake.

    • Mitchel Durnell

      I have never heard someone refer to the V1000s as easy to ingress or egress, interesting.

    • Chris Davis

      This is a testament to trying on footwear. I found the Puma V1 to be the most painful footwear I’ve ever tried and opted for the Sidi Vertigo which are very comfortable, a good value, and protected me perfectly the last time my Suzuki and I had a mid-corner parting of ways.

  • APG7

    Is there any benefit to tucking my riding pants into the boot vs. leaving them over the boot? The length and tightness is kind of in between the two at the moment.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      Not a ton. If your boots have hard parts on top, those will slide better on the road in a crash and not tear up your pants as much if they’re tucked in, but it’s going to protect you either way.

      • Rhett_Rick

        This is helpful. There’s a lot of confusing (read: broscience-y) thoughts on “in” boots vs “out” boots and it’s good to know that the difference isn’t massive. Thanks.

      • Chris Davis

        I would guess the jeans would be more likely to slide up and expose you above the boot if you wear them over, but I have no data to back that up. That said I would never wear jeans tucked into a race boot because I like to be a bit more consistent with my protection/appearance in either direction. Would definitely opt for the Dainese Cafe with denim.

        • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

          we’re talking more about race/sport boots here….

          • Chris Davis

            Right. Don’t know where I got the whole denim thing. Carry on.

            • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

              I mean, denim is great, I just meant that’s why boots like the cafe boots (or anything else like them that you could tuck into jeans) from Dainese hadn’t really entered the convo.

  • Clint Keener

    I have the Dainese Torque RS In boots. They are ok, but a little to pricey for the protection you get. I wish I would have gotten some nice Sidis instead.

  • Princess Yow

    You left out the Dainese axial pros. Given that they use the proprietary in – boot design, they still merit being mentioned. Daytona Security EVO G3 aside, these are the only other boots to utilize an inner carbon/kevlar construction.

  • Kyle

    What do you guys think about the new SMX 6 vs. Sidi Vertigo’s?

    • karlInSanDiego

      Try theem both on and you’ll probably find one fits you better. I really like my Vertigos, but had to fill them with Dr. Scholls (cut out where toes are) to get the foot fit right. My B2s before them fit much better without filling. Easy adjust calfs on Vertigos are great to compensate for layers (riding pants + jeans vs. w/o jeans)

    • Mitchel Durnell

      The Vertigo has no ankle roll mitigation – I don’t know about the SMX 6, but it looks like they do offer some.

      • Kyle

        After doing I little research, you’re right about the Vertigo. Revzilla has the A* SMX Plus on clearance for the same price as the SMX 6. Naturally the SMX Plus is going to be more protective, but for someone not spending any time on the track (but possible a couple years down the road) would the extra protection of the SMX Plus be overkill to the point of being less livable around town?

    • Random

      If you have fat feet like I do, you’ll want to try the Alpinestars first.

  • Francis Nguyen

    I’m a fan of the Sidi Vertigo’s because of their price point and protection. I came off my bike at nearly 60mph and walked off unscathed in terms of my feet. No ankle damage, no feet damage, just a bit of scraping on the boots but with replaceable parts I can get the boots looking new again if I wanted to.

  • skeelo221

    Casey wore A-Stars boots both during his HRC & Ducati days (Surprising, since Ducati riders as we all know love to prance around in their Puma and Dainese gear!)

    http://e1.365dm.com/12/06/660×350/Casey-Stoner-Honda_2787935.jpg?20120630142026

    http://photos.motogp.com/2008/09/27/232198_2007+world+champion+casey+stoner-1280×960-sep27.jpg._original.jpg

    • Mitchel Durnell

      While I have no data to back this up, gear sponsorships seems to be arbitrary to bike allegiance and are probably negotiated separately. You can watch a rider move from ride to ride but keep their brand of gear.

    • beefstuinit

      Most top level riders swear by the Supertech R and pretty much won’t wear anything else.

  • Dread_Bird_XX

    I hate that the Puma 1000v3s do not come larger than size 46. Takes them out of contention immediately, as Pumas typically run small to begin with.

  • Mitchel Durnell

    Big fan of TCX boots. I rock an ancestor of their current boots, some Oxtar EVO RX boots that were a fantastic value. Works great for those of us with slightly wider feet (I can’t wear most Sidi).

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      I’ve heard great things about them as well, we just havent had as much experience with them. Look forward to more coverage on them in the future.

      • Stephen Mears

        I’ve got a pair that have been through 2 tumbles at the track. Worked fantastic. Comfortable as well.

  • Archie

    I’ve owned a tonne of boots, including two of those listed here, and my favourites by and far for split road/track use are my Forma Ice race boots. I consider them a straight upgrade from the SIDI Vortice boots. For a dedicated race boot, you really can’t beat the Supertech R’s.

  • Bram

    I have had two pairs of Daytona boots in the last eleven years and I’ve gone through two outers and one inner in that time. They really are best and the only thing that they don’t do is walking.

  • Aaron L

    Not sure if you guys mentioned it, but the SIDI Vortice has a feature that makes it invaluable- the replaceable sole plate.Five small screws and it’s out, and if you spend as much time as you should on the balls of your feet on knurled pegs/rearsets, you will wear them out a couple times a year. $25-$30 replacements can be had, and you don’t have to go replacing your entire sole just because you wear out your forefoot rubber.

    Image c/o WebBikeWorld
    http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-boots/sidi-vortice-boots/sidi-vortice-boot-sole-insert-l.jpg

  • Donnie Byers

    I almost bought the SMX-6s but they were crazy stiff so I opted for the more flexible Dainese RS Outs. I’m pretty satisfied with my purchase, even though I do prefer lower cut riding shoes :P

  • Braden

    Narrow long feet here. Ended up with the Dainese TRQ Race Ins that fit nicely under some D1 Kevlar Jeans. I actually wear them daily and for short distances walking is no problem.

    • Rhett_Rick

      I’m trying to decide between those and the Race Out. How do you feel the Race In boots protect when you’re not wearing leathers? I know that’s what they were meant for and I’ve been concerned that they won’t protect as well if they aren’t hooked up to a super abrasion-resistant material like leather.

      • Clint Keener

        The plastic on the shin area is thinner than the outs, but I don’t think abrasion resistance is a problem.

        But I think the outs are on sale, seen some for around $250.

      • Braden

        I could be completely wrong, but I believe the Revzilla video review mentions the fact that the Race Ins have the same amount of protection as the Race Outs. Having said that and despite being Race Ins intended to go under pants, my jeans and my textile pants fit snugly and relatively securely over them.

  • Reid

    Thank you thank you thank you! Now how’s about an article regarding “the best riding pants that aren’t strictly for 10/10ths riding?”

    • Rhett_Rick

      I’d love to see this too. Finding pants that are abrasion-resistant, have either good armor or pockets for high-quality (Forcefield, D30, etc) protection, and aren’t super-baggy and gross looking is quite challenging. What do you think about the new line of Rev’It riding jeans for this? http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/revit-campo-jeans

      • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

        This is a super new field of gear and we’re just trying to do our homework before forming an opinion. I promise, as guys who spend a ton of time on a bike either running errands around town or testing bikes or on trips, we’re just as curious as you are. The new Rev’It stuff looks like it could be really cool, as does the new AStars and Dainese stuff. We’ve also been looking at some new Spidi pants, as well as a few other, smaller companies. Feel free to send us your suggestions on the ones you’d like to see coverage on and I’ll add them to my list.

        So far, we’ve seen a lot that looks good on paper. Give us some time to get this stuff in and ride with it a bit and get back to you.

        • bainelaker

          I’d give an anecdotal thumbs up to the “Sliders” brand kevlar riding jeans that Competition Accessories (and others?) sell. I lowsided on Mulholland in them and had no leg damage at all. Wore through the denim material but not the kevlar. Very good for the price.

        • Reid

          No rush at all, Sean. I will look forward to reading this article whenever it appears. I think it’s great, the level of one-on-one interaction the writers for the website have with the readers. This is seriously the best user community of any website I have ever encountered.

        • runnermatt

          My girlfriend came across Diamond Gusset jeans a few years back. They make a pair of motorcycle jeans that they call defender. Also, they are made in USA, down to the cotton being grown here. Here is a link:

          http://store.americangusset.com/defenders.html

      • Joe Bielski

        Check out UglyBROS from Korea. Some pretty cool stuff.

        • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

          emailed them yesterday

  • Ben W

    My next boots will be one of the Dainese Torque/TRQ series or something from Astars. I’ve been really happy with my SMX-5s. They replaced Puma Desmos which, while beautiful, had crap zippers that failed within a year.

    • Clint Keener

      I have desmos too. I liked them, but look like moon boots when off the bike.

  • crankaholic

    I have the Dainese Axial Pro In boots, Rossi wears/wore them… why did you guys include the Torque RS boots and not those? Seems like price was no object. Unless you find them to be lacking in some way, would be nice to know.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      Absolutely fantastic boots. Not lacking at all, just trying to stay away from the ‘in” style boots because that’s really the only relevant pair and it’s sort of like comparing apples to oranges.

  • Stephen Mears

    My Torque RS’ are great but one of the heel boxes is smaller than the other. Doesn’t seem to be breaking-in any bigger either.

  • skeelo221

    I have the Vortice and I agree they are quite a chore to put on. For a track boot this should not even be a consideration, IMO. I have an old pair of A-Star SMX boots with a single zip that I use for casual street riding due to the fact the Sidi’s take so long to put on.

  • Cesar Augusto Mejia Rodriguez

    you are missing Cortech boots!

  • beefstuinit

    I’ve got Supertech R’s. There’s just nothing better – they’re simulatneously the most protective and most comfortable boot you can own. That said I bought non-perf on accident and wish they were perfed since i mostly do hot weather and track day riding. I also sort of wish I’d bought a pair with a little more bling – cuz you know, $450 pair of boots.

  • Dan Thomas

    I love my Supertech R’s, have had the Sidi’s and liked them, good feel but wore through the sole quickly (though replaceable) – My Puma’s were amazing but very heavy indeed (parts were a nightmare – lost the small pivot bolt – took about 6mths for Germany) and not so easy to get in and out of! But very reassuring, the super tech’s just kind of fit the bill – nice light weight but with good all round protection – don’t look like Tony Starks boots though – Puma have that nailed!
    ps. are the Dainese torque out’s the top of line? I thought they were the Axial Pro’s…? Major love for Dainese suits but haven’t got round to trying their boots yet ;-)

  • Renato Valenzuela

    no Forma love? i haz a sad.

  • 1destroyed_student1

    Still nothing made for women, and they’re all ugly. Someday, someone will make stuff for us that isn’t pink, and that we can actually look good in when we get off the bike. Sigh…