Updated Dec 7, 2015
The problem is, they’re no longer being manufactured! Read on to see why these mid-priced motorcycle boots set the bar so high. We’ve yet to find equal caliber, competitively priced footwear. What about you? Tell us what boots you’re rockin’!
To properly and scientifically test a motorcycle boot’s no-get-wet-imication, it’s important that the person conducting said test have a basic concept of everyday physics. Short of diving boots, a buyer shouldn’t expect to put on a new pair of kicks, jump into the deep end of a swimming pool (naked, because yeah) and arrive at the surface with their hair dry and stylistically intact. That’s not how our battle with the elements was designed.
Riding dry through wet conditions requires a top-down strategy that I’m beginning to understand. Now, consider that for a second. By top-down, what I mean is that every item you’re wearing must act as a shielding buffer for that which is below it.
Rain falls, so your helmet must either deflect or deliver it to your jacket without it getting into your neckline. Your jacket must then cover your pants enough that the downward flow doesn’t enter at your belt line. Your pants, then, need to completely encapsulate the tops of your boots so they don’t fill with all of what started at your helmet!
This is, of course, exaggerated but the concept paints an important picture. In short, you want to build your rain outfit to act in the same manner as roofing shingles on a house. Water should roll off without ever getting in because all entry points are covered by something that redirects the flow.
I would need a laser pointer and pie chart to describe it any better.
Now, assuming you have a handle on this concept and are doing things right, RoadGear boots more than live up to their waterproof claims. On an upside, my feet are bone dry every time I take them off no matter how much rain I navigate through. The downside belongs to those who don’t dress properly for rain riding and leave their boots uncovered at the lip, giving them something to sip on while they wait for their socks to dry.
You might think the RoadGear price is steep. There are other boots on the market that look similar, claiming the same dry-as-a-desert functionality. Read the reviews and choose wisely. You get what you pay for!
What’s YOUR Preferred Motorcycle Boot?
Sadly, Roadgear’s rain-ready riding boots are no more. What alternatives would you suggest and why? Your input is invited. Post an article!