The Best Adventure & Touring Motorcycle Boots for 2021

Entry-Level

Priced under $200, these boots are ideal for new riders or those looking for good boots on a budget.

See: Entry Level Boots

Mid-Range

Priced between $201 to $350, these are boots that are for those who are more serious about full-day riding or want the best price-to-protection balance.

See: Mid-Range Boots

High-End

Priced from $351 and up, these boots are for those that want the best of the best and are also considering multiple day rides both on and off the roads.

See: High-End Boots

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Priced under $200

Best Entry Level Adventure & Touring Boots

Oxford Explorer boot

Oxford Explorer

Price: $150

Where to Buy

Buy this on Revzilla

Why?

They may not look like much, but the Explorer boots are designed with adventure touring solidly in mind. A full length boot, secured by two adjustable fasteners and a solid velcro closure over the upper provides a solid fit, and the boots are fully waterproof.

They also feature shin armor, malleolus armor, heel armor, a toughened toe cap, a shifter reinforced area and a reinforced and durable sole with shank inserted. And all that for $150.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Waterproof membrane
  • Leather upper
  • Flexible padded instep rear
  • Reinforced ankle protector
  • Hook and loop storm strap
  • Adjustable reinforced buckles
  • Reinforced counter/shank
  • Heavy duty tread design

Protection & Safety

  • Fully shanked sole
  • Shin, malleolus, and heel armor
  • Toughened toe cap

 

FirstGear Timbuktu boot

FirstGear Timbuktu

Price: $170

Where to Buy

Buy this on Revzilla Buy this on Amazon

Why?

The Timbuktu boot packs a ton of features into a very affordable price. Definitely aimed more at the touring side of things, this short boot nonetheless is fully waterproof, has full armor on the heel, toe, and malleolus, a rubberized shifter pad, ankle flex zones, anti-slip rubberized closure, and even holds C.E. EN 13634:2017-rated protection, meaning it passed stringent European abrasion and protection tests.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

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

 


Priced between $201 to $350

Best Mid-Range Adventure & Touring Boots

Forma Adventure boot

Forma Adventure

Price: $279

Where to Buy

Buy this on Revzilla

Why?

Forma has been in the adventure touring space since 1999, and all they do is boots. The Forma Adventure, while being simple in name, epitomizes the best value you can get in the adventure touring space, with full oiled leather for durability, Drytex lining for waterproof breathability, and excellent armoring and reinforcement where you need it. They are also offered in a low-cut style.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

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

 

Alpinestars Web GTX boot

Alpinestars Web GTX

Price: $300

Where to Buy

Buy this on Revzilla

Why?

The Web GTX boot by Alpinestars is one of those boots that hits a perfect sweet spot in the market. Aimed solidly at the touring-on-pavement rider, it nonetheless has a GoreTex membrane liner making it fully waterproof.

ou also get the advantage of Alpinestars’ many forays into superbike racing, with TPU armor on all major parts of the foot, a reinforced and shanked sole, shin armor, and a high grip sole to make sure you don’t slip off the pegs. The ankle malleolus also has special attention, with double layered armor to provide exceptional shock and abrasion protection

Specs, Head Shape, & More

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.

 


Priced $351+

Best High-End Adventure & Touring Boots

Klim Adventure GTX boot

Klim Adventure GTX

Price: $500

Where to Buy

Buy this on Revzilla

Why?

If ever there was a name stamped on adventure touring, Klim is that name. The Adventure GTX boots are some of the best in the business, with full GoreTex lining for full waterproofing and breathability,

Michelin rubber for the sole, reinforced armor on all important parts of the foot and leg, impact absorption pucks in the heel and midsole, and a whole slew of other high tech innovations. It may set you back $500, but your feet and lower legs have never been better protected!

Read our review here: Klim Adventure GTX

Specs, Head Shape, & More

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 H2O boot

Rev’It! Expedition H2O

Price: $770

Where to Buy

Buy this Jacket on Revzilla

Why?

There is a saying: “The best kill is overkill.” This boot exemplifies that. Designed to be armored and protective as a full MX boot, but comfortable enough for touring and adventure riding, the Expedition is a hybrid boot. Noticeable is the hard armor shin and the exo-skeletal ankle pivot armor that extends down to the heel and up the back of the calf.

This Dynamic Support Frame (DSF) system prevents hyperextension of the leg or ankle, while also allowing enough flexibility to walk comfortably. And yes, to address the elephant sitting solidly on your chest, the boots are $770, but are quite literally covered in CE level II armor and have passed CE testing with AAA ratings, which means they are motosports quality protection.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Tour fit
  • Nubuck cowhide leather with Superfabric and a Hydratex finish
  • Adjustable hook and loop closure
  • Boa closure system
  • Rubber abrasion edge
  • PP insole with integrated shank
  • Easy entrance pull strap
  • Vibram apex sole
  • Multi-density EVA shock absorbing midsole
  • Silver-ion antibacterial 3D mesh lining
  • Anatomically shaped foot bed
  • Comfort collar
  • Double cuff closure
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Reinforced heel
  • Reinforced toe
  • Rubber gear shift pad
  • Seesoft protection at tongue
  • DSF (Dynamic Support Frame)
  • External TPUShin Plate

Protection & Safety:

  • Internal and exo-skeletal armor all meets or exceeds CE level II tpu ratings
  • Fully armored shin and calf
  • Fully armored heel and toe
  • Shank reinforcement in a thick protective sole.
  • Built-in shock absorption
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  • We obsessively hands-on test – We wear and ride with gear before reviewing it, and we update reviews down the line if our opinions change. We look at real-world situations because that’s the world we live in.
  • We’re objective – Good gear is good gear, regardless of who made it.
  • We’re value-focused – Why pay $500 if something for $250 is just as good? Our review scores and recommendations reflect best value. Brand only goes so far – the gear has to stand on its own.

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Mini-Buyers Guide

What to Look for in an Adventure / Touring Boot

There are a lot of misconceptions between what is an adventure boot, what is a touring boot, and why are they considered the same thing. Many people will look at an adventure boot and either state it looks like a “regular motorcycle boot” or “that’s meant for going off-road.” The truth of the matter is that adventure and touring boots can be both, or neither.

The real definition of an adventure and/or touring boot is a boot that is designed to be at the same time comfortable, durable, and more often than not water resistant or fully waterproof. As well, on the more adventure side of the coin, these boots are also highly abrasion resistant, penetration resistant, and can be worn either with riding pants tucked or worn over top of the boot.

Both styles of boots are also meant to protect the lower leg (tibula and fibula), the ankle (malleolus), and foot in the event of a crash or tip-over. Bikes are heavy by nature, and if one lands on your lower leg without adequate protection, you can suffer a fracture and be out of riding for months, instead of a day or two with an ice pack.

Considerations When Buying Adventure & Touring Boots

The first, and most important, factor to consider when buying adventure or touring boots is what your primary type of riding will be. If you plan on being 100% on the street, a less complex but durable boot with airflow options and water resistance will suit the road better. If you are planning on actually going off-road and experiencing dirt, mud, water, and the like, a full boot with durable bindings, full waterproofing, and reinforced armor is much more aligned with that type of riding.

As well, you need to do a reality check with yourself when looking at these boots. Buy what you need, for the type of riding you do. Buying a full out Dakar Rally level boot when you’re going to be commuting to and from work, with a weekend camping jaunt, is really a waste of money.

Lastly, both American and European companies make adventure and touring boots. Take note of any sizing guides, and remember that EU very often does not have a direct equivalent to a US boot. A prime example is that I wear EU size 46 Forma Trace boots, which are equivalent to US size 12, but my actual shoe size is US size 10.5 Wide. If at all possible, visit your local gear shop and try on what they have, get a good feel for what sizing you are in boots in both EU and US sizes.

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