Women's Motorcycle Boots
| Owner Comments (Below)
by Lori B. for webBikeWorld.com
NOTE: As of May 1, 2008, Specter Road is
no longer in business.
I liked the looks of the men's Specter Road
Motorcycle Touring boots as soon as I saw them, so I
jumped at the opportunity to try the women's version.
The webBikeWorld crew claims that the men's touring
boots are some of the most comfortable they've tried.
Rick wears them both on and off the bike, and I've even
seen him typing away at his desk wearing the boots
instead of slippers!
Comfort is great and necessary, but it's also nice to
know that the boots have the "right stuff" for
protection while riding, just in case.
The Specter Road Women's motorcycle boots are similar
in design to the men's version, but they
are cut specifically for a woman's foot shape and they're available in
women-specific sizing from size 5 to 10 (half sizes from
5.5 to 8.5).
The boots have the same protective features as the men's
touring boots; the molded heel, the Kevlar lining and
the protective toe cap.
They also have the same "Bucktex" lining - I'm not
sure what this stuff is, but it is very comfortable and
absorbent. It's hard to believe that a high boot
like this can be so comfortable and cushy and keep my
feet dry at the same time.
I was just about out the door for a trip to New York
City to attend the Westminster Kennel Club dog show when
the boots arrived. Rick couldn't believe it when I
grabbed the box, slipped them on, said "Ah, these are
great!" and took off.
He wouldn't think of running off in a brand new pair
of boots without breaking them in first. But I
know boots, because I've had lots of experience through
the years with all different types of horseback riding
The Specter Road boots felt comfortable
right out of the box, so I had no problem giving them
the acid test.
I wore the boots throughout the entire trip, back and
forth on the train, the subway and the airplane with no
problems. My friends were jealous, because the
boots look great!
The women's version of the Specter Road touring boots
have a slightly different and thicker sole, but
otherwise they look identical to the men's version.
The photo of the
women's boots on the Specter Road website doesn't do them
justice - the boots are sleeker looking than they
appear, and the sole isn't as thick as it looks in the
photo either. The soles on both the men's and
women's versions are resistant to vibration.
with the men's version, the toe is
designed to fit under the shift lever, but they don't have a leather shift
patch. My feeling is that the shift patch would
immediately mark these as motorcycle boots and would
hurt their looks as street wear.
The boots are very comfortable and my feet feel nice
and warm when I have them on, but they don't sweat.
But they're also very functional.
Starting from the inside out, the boots have the
special Bucktex lining, then a layer of Kevlar for
Next is a layer of ballistic nylon felt, which is designed to
protect the foot from the severe heat that can be caused
by road friction. The men's version uses Kevlar. The
felt padding is covered by
the special heel and toe cups, which are molded under
high heat and pressure to maintain the shape of the
wearer's feet and the boot to keep them comfortable.
Finally, the outer layer of leather is nice and soft
and feels broken in right out of the box, as I proved
with my "acid test".
Specter Road boots are made in Canada, and they offer
an additional service that very few other boot
manufacturers can match. They will repair all of
their boots when necessary, and they will also work with
you to make a custom fitted boot.
This is especially important for women. I have
experienced many problems finding riding boots for fox
hunting (fox chasing actually!), because the calves are
usually way too narrow. The Specter Road boots fit
me perfectly, but it's nice to know that you can get
custom made boots if you need them.
I really like these Specter Road women's motorcycle boots. They're so
comfortable and I wear them all the time, whether I'm on the bike or off.
Now I hope I can convince them to make riding boots for horse owners!
Review: Specter Road Women's Motorcycle Boots
Road NOTE: As of May 1, 2008, Specter Road is no
longer in business.
Retail Price: $299.00 USD
Comments: Very comfortable. They have a special panel in
the back that makes them flexible and they are comfortable for walking.
The boots are water resistant. They have the same anti-vibration
soles as the men's version. Ballistic nylon fabric and padding is used to
protect the foot, but they are available without this feature also.
Specter Road will repair their boots if necessary and will also work
with the customer to make special sizes if desired. Review
Date: February 2005
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