Treds Motorcycle Rain Boots
The sample piece: the elongated cutout on the top of the rubber is
the 1" slice cut into the sample.
I'm pulling about as hard as I can without losing grip and the
rubber stretches without ripping.
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
See Also: The wBW
Review of the 2010 Version of Treds Waterproof
Motorcycle Rain Boots
know good boots when I see them. In another life, my wife and I
owned and operated a dairy farm in upstate New York. We also worked for the local
Cooperative that visited local dairy farms and took milk
samples from each cow to determine how much milk they were making and to
test for butterfat content.
You pretty much live in overboots when
you're working in and around dairy farms, and I wore about every brand, type and
configuration of boot you can think of and more.
I even ordered a pair
of "Wellies" from England once and had them special delivered just to
see if they would work any better than anything I could find in the
U.S. The point is -- I know boots! And the Treds overboots seem about as
durable a product as I've ever encountered.
They're made of 3 mm
thick latex natural rubber. The manufacturer
says that natural latex rubber stretches 800% and will not crack even at
They sent me a sample piece of the boot material
that is pre-cut with about a 1" slice, and they dared me to test its
and tear resistance.
I can literally take this sample piece in both hands and
pull just as hard as I can while still maintaining a grip and it does not
even begin to tear (see photo below).
They claim it has 4000 pounds
of tensile strength and 210 pounds per inch of "trouser tear"
strength. This is some pretty tough stuff! I sure wish
they made these boots back when I was "yanking teats"...
Treds makes several different styles of
overboots, but the ones we
reviewed are specifically designed to fit over the typical work boot that
might be worn when riding
I used them on a pair of Red Wing 10" lace-up
work boots, and I also tried them over a pair of
Dainese sport-touring motorcycle boots and they fit nicely over
both. Their ability to stretch helps them to conform to the
different shapes of these two boots.
Treds Overboots come in sizes that will fit a shoe size from
extra-small (shoe size 3-4) to extra-extra-large (17-19). To figure
out which size will fit you best, the Treds website has a two-page document that can be
downloaded and printed.
The two pages are taped together, then the work boot or motorcycle boot
is placed on the paper and the diagram will indicate which
size Treds should be ordered. I ordered the large size based on
their recommendation, and it fits beautifully over both my size 10.5
(U.S.A.) Red Wing work
boots and the Dainese touring boots.
Treds Overboots are easy to put on; the inside seems to be specially
finished to make it easy to slide them over clunky work boots, and they have a
nice, big opening that will swallow almost any configuration of
They also come off fairly easy once you learn the trick -- I
slide one hand down inside the boot along the back and grab the heel on
the outside, and they usually come right off with a minimum of effort.
a photo (left) of the boot over my Red Wings -- those are my Tour Master
overpants and you can see they fit nice and snug over the top of the boot.
I guess there's not much to talk about when it comes to style and rain
boots, but the Treds Overboots are vaguely reminiscent of the engineer
style motorcycle boot that's pretty popular in some circles. There
are a series of snaps at the top of the boot, which help snug up the large
opening to fit under your rain pants.
One neat feature of these boots is that there is no right or left
boot. They are built on a "Unilast", so it makes for one
less thing you have to worry about when putting them on. Simply grab
the nearest boot and slide it on.
I can't imagine anything that would be more waterproof than the Treds
There's no way that any water will get in unless there is a hole poked in
the rubber -- and even then, my guess is that it would have to be a pretty
big slice, as it seems like the resiliency of the latex rubber might
prevent leaking from a tiny hole.
Since I've never had good luck
with any of those "breathable" fabrics that are claimed to be
waterproof (they never seem to be waterproof and they don't breathe!), I'd
just as soon have a nice pair of boots that can breathe for the 99% of the
riding that I do, and then use a pair of overboots like these that are
likely to be more waterproof than anything else you can find when it
starts to pour. There's nothing worse than wet feet in my opinion!
The 3 mm thickness doesn't seem to make much of a difference in walking or
riding; I hardly noticed that I had the boots on when walking (and in
fact, they seem to give you more traction) and only noticed a slight
difference in the feel on the foot peg or under the shift lever.
also seem to give a better feel for the road when stopped in traffic or at
a stoplight; this helps when the roads are wet and slippery. The
boots have a cross-tread pattern underneath that helps give traction, and
although I didn't measure the thickness of the bottom of the boots, they
seem like they will provide excellent wear.
The Treds Overboots are also "unconditionally guaranteed against all
defects of material or workmanship". The price is right --
these boots are leagues above the cheap imitations, so if you're in the
market for wet weather protection, this is the boot for you.
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From "B.L.": "I
ordered myself a pair of them in size XL. While waiting for them
to arrive I also picked up a brand new pair of Red Wings to go with
them. I got a pair of size 16D 2218 Steel Toe Logger Boots.
Check them out on the Red Wing
web site, they are really heavy boots.
I was amazed when the Treds arrived. I laced up my new Redwings and the Treds slid over
them like they were dress shoes. You really can't tell you're
wearing the Treds over the heavy work boots. I must admit
that I find myself wearing the Treds for all sorts of chores, riding,
camping, fishing etc.
I have not worn the Red Wings without them
yet. I just need to thank you again for your review and
information regarding them. I don't think I would have discovered
them with out it. Next weekend I'm going to give them a run over
my Alpinestars Tech 8's that are size 16 as well when I run my ATV."
From "P.C.": "I don't think I
can add much more to your original review of the Treds
boots. My experience with them is that I placed my order
online and had them at the house within a week. My normal
riding boots are heavy, lace-up, boxy work boots and the Treds are
easy to slip on and also easy to take off.
They are rugged
enough that I use them around the house doing various outside
chores and have also gone for long walks in them with no
noticeable wear occurring in the 6 months or so that I've owned
them. I especially like the suppleness of the rubber as it
seems to impart to me almost the same tactile 'feel' to the foot
controls of my bike as with no overboots.
Yes, they are a
little bulky to pack, say, in a tank bag, but, with a little
judicious folding, you can reduce them to about the same
dimensions as an averaged sized pair of rain pants. I ride
all year 'round and here in the mountains of Western NC the
weather can be unpredictable and the Treds are one piece of kit
that I always have with me. They're a quality product that does a
great job, offered at a fair price and made in the USA.....I'm a
From "M.F.": "Excellent, I love my TREDS! I
almost can't wait until it rains so that I can check them out. I
hate driving my car in this LA traffic. I commute 120 miles
round-trip. The motorcycle almost cuts my time in half & it is
consistent. I ride in the rain more than I take the car.
The TREDS fit great. The LG are just slightly long on my size 11
steel-toes. My heel & sole fit very well down into them.
The look like they would actually take a good deal of walking, which off
course won't be necessary. I suspect they will last me a lifetime.
Thanks for the review."