Gear Pick: Icon 1000 Elsinore Boots

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Gear Pick: Icon 1000 Elsinore Boots

A vintage motocross-inspired street boot, the Icon 1000 Elsinore Boots combine old-school looks and heavy-duty construction in a unique boot meant for the everyday rider. A side zipper makes putting the Elsinore on and taking it off a cinch while five cast-metal buckles make sure they wear snug. Internal ankle protection also makes sure the Elsinore has enough protection to get you through everything you encounter. What more do you need?

Price: $245.00

Icon 1000 Elsinore Boots
Icon 1000 Elsinore Boots

Why We Like It: The Elsinore looks like a cross between something you’d see on a WWII paratrooper and something you’d see on the track in the early days of motocross. That’s not your average look for a street boot. The stitching is what really ties the look of these boots together and the heavy-duty construction lets you know your feet are protected. This boot may not have any technically innovative features but it has the essentials down.

Less Expensive Competitor: The V-Twin D-WP Boot by Dainese comes in at $229.95 and features classic styling and a waterproof interior.

You Should Also Check Out: The $329.95 Alpinestars Supervictory Boots are also vintage moto-inspired and come with some extra features you won’t find on the Elsinore boots.

  • William Connor

    I own these and I love these boots. I paid $225 for them so got a nice deal. They are super comfortable, with my only complaint being the ankle protection. The padding hurts my left ankle where I have some residual scar tissue from an accident in 2007. The quality of the materials is top notch, barely any wear marks from the shifter. One downside is an overly large toe box. It’s a lot taller than my normal boots so it’s a compromise in shifting or constantly adjusting the shift lever for each pair of boots. I got mine in black.

  • Jason

    Nice looking boots but I notice they have the same problem as all the other motorcycle boots I’ve looked at: No wide option. I’m still riding in my first generation Sidi Vertebra boots after 10 years because they have stretched out over the years and fit my feet.

    • Kirk Roy

      Alpinestars tend to be wider. I have a pair of their boots in my normal size. For most brands, especially ones with a euro last, I usually buy a half or whole size up. Strangely enough I can’t wear Sidi boots at all since they’re too narrow even sizing up.

      • Jason

        I purchased a pair of Alpinestars Scout boots to replace the Sidi’s. While they are wider than the Sidi Discovery boots that I also tried on, the Alpinestars are still too narrow around my toes. The old Vertebra boots are still the boots I go to for a ride but maybe the Scouts will stretch out with time.

        • Kirk Roy

          Yeah, you’ve really got to try boots on to see what fits your feet specifically, which can be difficult to do in most local shops and is a real pain with mail order.

          • Jason

            Yes it is. I ordered two pairs of the Alpinestars and 2 pairs of the SIDI’s from Cycle Gear, tried them all on at my house, then returned the 3 pairs that didn’t fit to my local store. I had $1000 of boots on my credit card for a bit. I hate to do that to my local shop what what is a man to do when no one in my metro area will stock product so I can compare brands? My local shop will only order one pair of boots at a time.

    • Stuki

      Have you tried the Aerostich Combats or ‘lites? They’re Sidis, but feel much wider. AND, being simply a thick leather boot, without membranes, kevlar or other inert materials; if you soak them and spend time in them while wet, they will go quite some ways towards conforming to your feet. And while they’re hardly style icons, their understatedness and genuine oldschooledness still make them much less noticable in an often negative way, than the kind of power ranger’s skiboots that dominate the shelves these days.

      • Jason

        I have looked at the Aerostich Combats but haven’t tried them on. I just assumed since they are made by SIDI they would fit like SIDI’s. I have a Aerostich suit and have been very pleased with the quality of their products but I have a hard time paying almost $400 for a pair of boots especially since they are just plain leather boots without any motorcycle specific armor. I don’t see how they would project me better than a good leather work boot like my Danner Acadia’s. The good thing about the Danner’s is that I can visit any good workwear store and try on as many boots as I would like. I also like that Danners are made the USA and they can be sent pack the the manufacturer for a complete rebuild whenever necessary. My brother has sent his Danners in twice and they came back looking like new boots accept that they are still broken in and fit like a glove. I’m currently looking at Danner Bull Run 8″ Cristy boot. All leather, USA made, repairable, locally available, and only $200. http://www.danner.com/boots/bull-run-8-brn-cristy-st.html

        • Davidabl2

          Are the Danners stiff enough to pass the RA “twist-test?”

          • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

            No. The Danner’s are hiking boots, not riding boots. They’re designed to offer comfort and support while walking, not protection while riding.

            • Davidabl2

              I have a pair of Chippewa loggers that pass the twist test -pass easily- but which wouldn’t be great hiking boots because of that.
              I’d rather spend 12hrs. in riding boots…

    • CB

      I also have wide feet, and I’ve always found that the half size is often wider, not longer. So, I’m an 11 wide, so 11.5. I’m sure this isn’t universal, but I’ve found it to be true in most cases. I’m probably going to order some, so I’ll let you know.

  • Reid

    The big dumb buckles thing is a major turn-off.

    • EchoZero

      The big dumb buckles were why I chose them.

      No accounting for taste, I suppose.

      • Kirk Roy

        Agreed, these boots look awesome and really evoke the looks of classic dirt boots. The buckles make ‘em.

        • Reid

          You guys must be a lot cooler than me, because if I tried to wear these I’d get laughed out whatever room I walked into.

          • Kirk Roy

            I don’t generally go walking around in my bike gear. Also, it’s possible I’m quite a bit older than you. These make me think of the old hi-point mx boots that I used to see when I was a kid in the 70s: http://www.classicboots.com/moto/hipoint1.htm

    • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

      I’ve seen a couple people riding with these and it’s really all you see are these crazy buckles flying out everywhere.

  • juliansr

    I have about 4000 miles on a pair of these and they have worn a little, but not like you’d expect given the use.
    I have had one of the turnbuckles break off it’s pin but ICON send me 3 spare buckles within a week of my notifying them.
    Compared to other boots, these are heavy and bulky due to both their sturdyness, metal shank, and style but I also think they are built to last and will do seriously hardcore multitasking service better and with more comfort than a pair of track boots.

    Plus you can wear them when you get to your destination without feeling like a power-ranger.

    I’ll echo the comment that the toe-box is too big. I actually could not use my size 10′s on a vintage BMW because the front area was too tall to fit between the carbs and shifter rod on downshifts. They work just fine on my 07 VFR.

  • Marlon

    I’ve had a pair of these for the last 10,000km’s or so.

    They’re bloody good things. I thought they were just a styling excercise but they’re actually legitimate boots. Just have to be careful when wearing them without all your motorcycle gear on – you look like one of those sad 16 year old goths that hang out at the front of movie cinemas.

  • APG7

    Those Alpinestars Supervictory Boots look so insanely awesome. Not sure the rest of my gear and my bike are cool enough to match up.

    • tincantroubadour

      They are the modern evolution of the classic A*stars Hi-Point boot, which I’d say is what Icon copied primarily.

    • zedro

      I’m sure this was inspired from a Judas Priest stage costume

      • APG7

        Who knew Rob Halford was into MX.

        • zedro

          He did ride motorcycles on stage, tho I doubt it was ever a CR250

  • Davidabl2

    V-Twin D-WP Boot doesn’t belong in the same discussion with these, as from the description it’s hardly a MC boot at all (unless you own a Harley?). Much less a MX boot. No armored heel box, toe box or protection for the ankle. No real retention system either, based on the description either. Waterproof, that’s it.

    The Alpinestars Harlem “parlor boots” which pass as dress shoes are more serious MC boots.

    Those Roadcrafter Combats which RA reviewed recently compare to these and the SuperVictory. They and these come from a similar heritage, although the design philosophy is different.

    • William Connor

      With the quality and thickness of the leather I would rather crash in these than most other boots. The boot does use a steel shank, it does have ankle impact protection added in as well. I have been wearing them in the office when I get to work as well and they are rather comfortable.

      • Davidabl2

        Elsinores right? Not a very conservative office, which is a good thing. (Combats have neither the shank or ankle impact protection, IIRC)

  • Dave

    The toe is too big and it’s tough to fit under the shift pedal on most sport bikes. Aside from that, they’re great boots. No problems on my big Warrior or ’80 CB900.

  • zedro

    Do the 3 hole buckle stops give enough adjustability? Or do you over tighten and let them break in? I think I would prefer a lace with zipper combo, laces being covered by a flap. They look like good casual DS boots tho.

    • William Connor

      Yes they give enough adjustment. The boots do need to break in because the leather is stiff but they are comfortable right out of the box. I have gotten a lot more compliments on them than I expected.

  • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

    I’ve been wearing a pair of these for two seasons now and I love them. When they die, I’ll buy another pair. I have only one complaint. Several of the pins in the buckles snapped off. Thankfully they fit so well the adjustment straps aren’t critical.

    • kimsbutt

      Get on the Facebook machine and tell ICON about it. They’ll send you some new ones.