The Best Off-Road & Dirt Boots for 2021

Entry-Level

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

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Mid-Range

Priced between $201 to $350, these are boots that are for those are more serious about endurance riding, or maybe even considering professional competition on a limited budget

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High-End

Priced from $351 and up, these boots are for those that want the best of the best, and are either entering professional competition or are expecting to do multiple day enduro rallies or rides.

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Priced under $200

Best Entry Level Off-Road & Dirt Boots

O’Neal Rider Pro offroad boot

O’Neal Rider Pro

Price: $140

Where to Buy

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Why?

The previous O’Neal Rider boots were among the highest rated budget boots money could buy. Now, the Rider Pro boots serve as an evolution of those same boots, with high stability, easy adjustment, enhanced and reinforced protection, and protect better against engine heat via new synthetic materials. A solid choice for the budget oriented rider.

Specs

Specs:

  • Injection molded plastic plates protect against impacts
  • Increased stability thanks to metal and nylon reinforcements inside the sole
  • Easy opening and closing with four easily adjustable buckles
  • Metal toe and sole protection on the front of the boot
  • Enhanced comfort thanks to the air mesh interior / generous reinforcement of the heel and padded insole
  • Heat protection inside through high-quality synthetic materials
  • Ideal for all areas of use (MX, Enduro, Trail, ATV, etc)
  • Replacement straps and buckles available
  • Exceeds the EN13634: 2017 standards

Protection & Safety

  • Armored TPU shins
  • Ankle and toe guards made of TPU
  • Toe and sole reinforced with metal to deflect impacts and provide additional stability

Fox Racing Comp offroad boot

Fox Racing Comp

Price: $199.95

Where to Buy

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Why?

Fox Racing is a name synonymous with motocross and supercross. These Comp boots are designed for the entry-level competitive rider, or the off-roader that wants excellent protection at a budget price. TPU armor protects the shin, calf, toe, and ankle, while the malleolus of the ankle is protected with a durable thick guard. As well, heat from the engine is deflected by a dedicated burn guard panel. A high grip, reinforced sole completes the package.

Specs

Specs:

  • Internal lace system for a custom fit around the ankle
  • TPU shin plate, toe cap and calf guard
  • Instinct Boot-style lower buckle for a secure fit
  • Adjustable buckle closure system on shin plate for increased retention in variable conditions
  • Durable rubber burn and medial guard
  • Durable rubber outsole with internal steel shank

Protection & Safety

  • Specialized burn guard to deflect heat from the engine away
  • Heel, shin, toe, and calf are all guarded by TPU armor
  • Adjustable buckle system provides the best fit and best protection
  • High grip sole is reinforced with a shank

Priced between $201 to $350

Best Mid-Range Off-Road & Dirt Boots

Forma Terrain TX Enduro offroad boot

Forma Terrain TX Enduro

Price: $299

Where to Buy

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Why?

As the name states, the Terrain TX Enduro boots are meant to tackle the toughest, longest trails and rallies without complaint. Featuring an exo-skeletal malleolus guard and pivot system, the shin, calf, toe, heel, and blade edge of the foot are all protected by high quality TPU armor. The buckles are recessed in-line behind the shin guard to prevent accidentally catching them on ground clutter, and the interior is lined with sweat wicking material and a memory foam insole. A steel shank reinforced high grip sole means that these boots can take a beating, and still protect your feet and legs as you push through the bush and over the enduro trails

Specs

Specs:

  • Leather and synthetic material upper
  • Enduro anti-slip rubber sole
  • FCS Pivot articulating design
  • Suede PU heat protector
  • Injection molded plastic protections
  • Adjustable buckle and VELCRO® brand closures
  • Unbreakable alloy buckles
  • Padded inner lining
  • Nylon reinforcements
  • Extra soft polymer padding
  • I.S.S (incorporated Steel Shank)
  • Anti-bacterial footbed
  • Mid-sole steel shank

Protection & Safety

  • Ankle/malleolus protection also doubles as exo-skeletal pivot point for the boot, providing superb protection
  • Shin, calf, heel, toe, and blade edge of foot all have some form of TPU armor
  • Impact absorbing materials in the sole and impact transference through the exo-skeletal support reduce chances of slipping of the pegs or suffering sprains/strains from repeated stress

TCX X-Helium offroad boot

TCX X-Helium

Price: $250

Where to Buy

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Why?

The X-Helium is designed from the get go to be both a competition ready boot, as well as an affordable trail and dirt boot for the hobby consumer. The ruggedized high grip sole was developed with input from Michelin and using Michelin rubber, which is inlaid with a TPU inlaid plate to distribute vertical force over a large area to both improve grip on pegs, and distribute impacts over a wider area. The toe cap is comfort lined full steel protection, while the shin, calf, and heel are protected by CE certified TPU armor. The ankle is also surrounded by a TPU guard, preventing lateral rotation and protecting against strikes to the malleolus.

Specs

Specs:

  • Michelin Hybrid MX sole
  • PU internal plate to increase grip on bike frame
  • Micro adjustable, ergonomically designed aluminum buckles
  • Microfiber upper
  • Padded front and ankle areas
  • Air Tech breathable lining
  • Interior microfiber heat guard
  • Shin plate
  • Steel toe cap
  • PU heel and ankle guards
  • PU toe guard
  • CE certified

Protection & Safety

  • Steel toe guard with protective liner inside for comfort
  • Reinforced, dispersion armored sole
  • CE level TPU armor on the shin, calf, heel and ankle
  • Anti-twisting reinforcement around the ankle to prevent lateral injuries

Priced $351+

Best High-End Off-Road & Dirt Boots

Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro offroad boot

Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro

Price: $500

Where to Buy

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Why?

The Tech 7 Enduro boot belongs in the “ridiculously over-engineered” category, and we love it when boots fall into that category! Instead of a stiff exo-skeletal pivot system, the Tech 7 Enduro has been designed to have a malleolus pivot that uses a shifting plate system, giving far wider malleolus protection while also making the boot lighter. A newly redesigned sole gives superior grip, and the CE level TPU armor for the shin, calf, ankle, heel and toe is all designed to give the rider maximum feel with maximum protection.

Specs

Specs:

  • Upper constructed from innovative microfiber material that is flexible and abrasion resistant. Upper material is reinforced with PU for high levels of water-resistance and durability and improved weight-saving performance.
  • Specifically designed compound sole provides ATV and Enduro riders superior durability, grip, feel and a high level of structural rigidity
  • Sole and footpeg insert are replaceable
  • Alpinestars developed TPU shin plate and medial protection are constructed from one single part for greater structural integrity and stability. The anatomically profiled shin plate features a dual closure system with an internal microfiber flap attached with VELCRO® brand fastener for a precise fit closure while the rugged and durable shin plate attached securely with a precision adjustable buckle
  • Wide entry aperture for convenience and allows broad ranging calf fit adjustment and support
  • TPU medial side panel incorporates an advanced honeycomb rubber insert and is designed for excellent grip against the bike while guarding against impact
  • Innovative buckle closure system includes high-impact aluminium bridge closures, with memory settings and a quick release/locking system with self-aligning design for easy, precise closure and improved riding performance. All buckles are replaceable
  • Contoured calf protector plate is injected with high modulus polymer for impact resistance and incorporates Alpinestars’ developed blade flex system for greater precision control and movement, added protection for heel and Achilles tendon and helps prevent hyperflexion
  • New TPU ankle protection system incorporating a biomechanical link between the middle and bottom sections of the boot helping prevent damage to the leg by providing progressive force relief for torsional forces
  • Redesigned instep and Achilles accordion flex zones construction for superior comfort, control and support
  • Incorporating an innovative one-piece injected dual compound foot shell with co-injected hard toe protector and integrated steel shank
  • Shell is highly resistant to abrasion and impact, adding to the boot’s overall durability and streamlining
  • Extended microfiber gaiter helps prevent excessive water and dirt entry
  • Internal 3D lining includes anti-slide microfiber suede on the heel to help keep foot in position
  • Soft foam reinforcement on ankles and collar for long lasting comfort and shock absorption
  • New, dual compound, removable anatomic footbed includes EVA and Lycra top for comfort and support ensures even weight distribution and reinforced heel
  • CE certified

Protection & Safety

  • Malleolus plate protection system allows for ankle pivot without extra weight, as well as allows for the ankle and leg to press against the bike for tight turning without causing any injury or impact strain
  • TPU armor on shin, calf, heel, ankle outer, toes
  • Reinforced, shank inlaid high grip sole

 

Fox Racing Instinct offroad boot

Fox Racing Instinct

Price: $460

Where to Buy

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Why?

Designed with input from legendary MX racers Ricky Carmichael and Ryan Dungey, the Instinct boots are some of, if not the, best dirt boots money can buy. The fully armored exterior integrates with a partial exo-skeletal ankle pivot that has a lockout stop to prevent hyperextension. The armored leg shaft provides super lower leg stability, while the foot is protected from all angles by both TPU armor while maintaining a low overall profile, to give the rider excellent feel and the ability to move their foot quickly in any direction as needed.

Specs

Specs:

  • Hinge Lockout stops motion before hyper extension
  • Duratec, Fox’s exclusive rubber compound provides unprecedented grip and durability on the sole
  • Slim medial design keeps you close to the bike
  • Low ride chassis gets the riders foot lower to the ground and closer to the foot peg
  • Buckle provides flawless operation every time
  • Slim toe box design for easy shifting and a slimmer overall profile

Protection & Safety

  • Barely a millimeter of the exterior of the boot is not covered in any type of armor, be it TPU, burn shielding, or hard case armor
  • Excellent grip sole with low profile to give better feel
  • Armor incorporated exo-skeletal malleolus hinge and protection prevents hyperextension while also protecting against impacts
Criteria & Methodology

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Here’s how we do things:

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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 Off-Road Boots

Off-road and dirt specific boots hold a distinct advantage over most other boot types. This is because unlike cruiser boots, sport boots, and adventure boots, off-road boots don’t have to pay any attention to how they look or feel on the street. They are designed to provide maximum protection, all the time, in the most extreme of environments outside of a MotoGP or World SBK race.

Another factor that determines what a dirt or off-road boot does is where it will be ridden. Dirt boots, also often known as MX boots, are meant for open dirt runs, motocross courses, and their support and armor is designed specifically to prevent ankle and lower leg injuries. Off-road, or “Trail boots,” are meant to be armored mostly on the forward facing edges, to absorb/deflect branches, rocks, mud, water, and even ice in some cases.

They are also both designed to take a hell of a lot of abuse, as the riding they are expected to endure often includes long periods of standing on the pegs, while taking bumps, shocks, and violent direction changes and vertical uses (stamping on the rear brake, for example) without failing.

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