Alpinestars boots has kicked the most goals in the 2018 Canstar Blue customer satisfaction survey of more than 350 riders.
The Canstar Blue ratings compare motorcycle boot brands on factors including protection, durability, functionality, value for money, style/design, comfort and fit and overall satisfaction.
The Italian motorcycle boots has scored a clean sweep of goals in every category with a full five-star rating.
Harley-Davidson won last year and Alpinestars won in 2016, while boots were not included in the first survey in 2015.
Alpinestars this year beat Harley, followed by DriRider, Fox, and BMW, none of which top scored in any category.
These were the only brands mentioned as they must receive a minimum of 30 responses to be included.
Canstar Blue has also rated motorcycles, helmets, gloves, jackets and tyres. Click on the relevant item to read our report.
This year’s motorcycle boots survey identified durability, functionality and comfort/fit as the most important reasons to buy.
Get Y were more likely to make their decision based on price, while Gen X and Baby Boomers were more likely to decide on the boots with the best protection and safety features, as well as boots that are comfortable.
It found that 9% of riders suffered a foot injury in a motorcycle crash, 46% of riders always wear motorcycle boots when riding and 57% feel safer in boots.
Australian service Motocap recently launched the world’s first rider gear ratings in safety and comfort. However boots are not included.
Boots are so important to riders that 20% own multiple pairs to suit specific bikes and type of riding.
One in three respondents (34%) researched boots beforehand, 38% tried out boots in-store before deciding on a pair and 18% bought online.
The average spend on boots was $239 which may be why 49% take care of their boots and maintain them.