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the best adventure & touring motrocycle boots


Priced under $200.

Alpinestars Web GTX


Priced $200 - $350.

Forma Adventure


Priced $351+.

Alpinestars Ridge v2 WP Boots

Key Specs

• Technical synthetic leather main upper construction

• Waterproof Drystar membrane for proven wet weather performance

• Perforated microfiber on front and rear accordion for improved ventilation

• Medial zipper closure covered with hook-and-loop flap

• High modulus TPU injected shift pad for shock protection and durability

• Low profile, ergonomic toe box

• Removable anatomic insole

• Exclusive vulcanized rubber sole with unique side wrapping design

Protection & Safety

• Double layer hot-melt reinforcement on shin plate for weight-saving and protection against impacts

• Dual-density medial and lateral ankle protectors reinforced with polyfoam padding

• CE EN-13634.2010 certified

FirstGear Timbuktu

Key Specs

• High wear resistant, waterproof and durable synthetic action leather upper

• 100% waterproof membrane for all-weather performance

• Breathable mesh inner liner

• Reinforced ankle, toe and heel

• Rubber gear shift protector

• Ankle flex zone for increased range of motion

• Anti-slip rubber outsole Buckle closure for easy entry

• Hook and loop closure strap to secure fit with TPR pull tab for easy grip

• Removable EVA footbed

• C.E. EN 13634:2017-rated protection

Protection & Safety

• Full heel, toe, malleolus armor

• C.E. EN 13634:2017 certification

• Anti-slip sole and closure

FirstGear Kilimanjaro Boots

Key Specs

• High wear resistant, waterproof and durable action leather upper

• Comfortable and breathable lining

• Rubber gear pad

• Rotary ratchet lace closure provides precise fitting and convenient adjustability

Protection & Safety

• Built-in protective shin plate, reinforcement in ankle, toe and heel

Key Specs

• Full-grain oiled leather upper

• Updated Drytex waterproof and breathable lining

• Vintage leather finish

•Adventure double density anti slip rubber sole

• Injection molded plastic front plate

• Plastic gear pad protection

• Internal molded plastic protections

• Adjustable VELCRO® brand closures

• Unbreakable and adjustable GH plastic buckles

• Shin and ankle TPU molded plastic protections

• Ankle reinforcements

• Special rigid nylon mid-sole with steel shank

• Extra soft polymer padding with memory foam

• Anti-bacterial replaceable footbed with APS

Protection & Safety

• Molded, injected TPU over the toes, around the heel, both sides of the ankle, on the shin and outer calf top provide superior armoring where it’s needed most

• Triple super-durable buckles ensure the boot is tight but comfortable on your foot

• Steel shank in the midsole relieves pressure during long rides, as well as takes a lot of the brunt on rougher terrain

Key Specs

• Touring specific Gore-Tex boot is ideal for long distance rides in all weather conditions

• Leather construction for excellent durability and long lasting comfort

• Full Gore-Tex internal membrane ensures 100% waterproof performance and a high level of breathability

• The boot last is engineered to give form fitting comfort for long days on the bike with a toe box construction to improve riding control

• Extensive front and rear accordion microfiber flex zones offer fluid forward and back movement

• Side entry system with elastic mounted zipper and wide VELCRO® brand closures flap for convenience combined with a precise, secure fit

• VELCRO® brand closures tab locks the zip pull closed keeping it flat and secure

• Double density ankle disk protection in both lateral and medial sides

• TPU shift pad protects the upper foot

• Internal shock-resistant shin reinforcement with heat pressed Alpinestars logo

• Rear reflective insert for a better visibility

• Inner collar lining is comfortable and durable

• Robust internal toe box and heel counter provide impact protection and structure

• Contoured insole injected with high modulus polyamide includes shank reinforcement

• Removable anatomic EVA footbed

• Alpinestars’ exclusive vulcanized rubber compound outer sole

• CE certified

Protection & Safety

• Ankle malleolus has double-layered TPU armor for impact and abrasion protection.

• Heel and toe both have TPU reinforced protection armor

• Sole is high grip with inlaid shank for comfort and protection.

Key Specs

• Gore-Tex Guaranteed To Keep You Dry membrane

• Michelin rubber outsole

• Polycarbonate lasting board midsole

• Reinforced shin plate

• Reinforced toe and ankle area

• 5mm XRD impact absorbing foam ankle pucks

• 5mm XRD impact absorbing foam midfoot padding

• Ankle cam buckle adjuster

• BOA Fit System main closure

• Shielded lace system

• Flex calf and Achilles zones

• Moisture wicking breathable liner

• Antimicrobial gel-stable insole

• Spare Ortholite conventional insole included

• 1/2 size insert for fine tuning fit

• Easy entry pull tab

• Designed to be worn with over the boots pants

Protection & Safety

• Full toe, sole, malleolus, heel, and shin armor to protect from all angles.

• Michelin-brand rubber outsole designed for maximum grip

• Impact absorption pucks in midsole and heel to act as secondary suspension to the bike to prevent hard shocks to your legs and feet.

Rev’It! Expedition GTX

Key Specs

• Microfiber, nubuck leather, omega leather, rubber, and SuperFabric construction

• Dynamic Support Frame (DSF) system prevents hyperextension of the leg or ankle

• BOA Closure System

• GORE-TEX waterproofing

• PP insole with integrated shank, rubber gear shift pad, Vibram Apex Sole

Protection & Safety

• External TPU shin plate

• Injected ankle cup

• Dynamic Support Frame

• Seesoft protection at tongue

• Thermoformed heel cup

• Thermoformed toe cap

• Reflection at heel

What defines an adventure boot versus a touring boot?

A touring boot, for the most part, is a piece of footwear that is most likely waterproof and covers the lower portion of the calf and shin. They are also sometimes known as “half height” boots. Adventure boots, on the other hand, offer almost full calf and shin protection, are heavily armored, and often have a shank or reinforcement in the sole to provide support for standing on the pegs of an ADV bike.

Are both types of boots suitable for long-distance riding?

In a word, yes. Touring boots are designed to be comfortable for extended rides, either a full day or multiple days in length. ADV boots are designed to provide lower leg and foot support for off-road use, over the bumps and lumps that a trail or path might send through the bike. Both are quite comfortable when of an appropriate size and done up correctly.

Are adventure boots meant only for off-road riding?

Not necessarily. While their primary use is for off-roading, you will quite often find adventure tourers and ADV riders in-city or on the highway wearing ADV boots, simply because of the extra protection and support they provide on the often quite tall frames of an adventure bike.

Are touring boots waterproof?

It depends on the boot, but about 99.5% of all the touring boots out there are at the very least water resistant. As touring, by definition, means traveling in all conditions, it is simpler to just include some form of waterproofing, either through a removable inner bootie or, more often, via an integrated membrane.

I have a dual-sport motorcycle, will an adventure boot work with that type of bike?

Of course! ADV boots are designed for off-road use, and while a dual-sport might not have the same frame height as an ADV, they are often used in the same types of situations. In that sense, having a boot that supports your leg and lets you comfortably stand on your pegs is almost a given. 

What are the most common protective features for both types of boot?

Both styles of boots at the very least will have some form of shin protection, either an impact foam or TPU armor, as well as toe, heel, and ankle support and armor. It is also very common for touring and ADV boots to feature some form of shank or sole support to ease the stresses on your feet, which reduces overall fatigue for longer rides.