Boots

How to choose motocross boots: When you think about it, our feet play an important role in the control we have over our bike; acting as extra suspension, and taking quite a bit of abuse. Because of this, getting the best boots for your budget is quite important. 

Sizes

Motocross boots have become a bit tricky to fit the past few years, as some of the manufactures have been tweaking their sizing. An old saying was to go a size larger than your shoe size, but many of the newest offerings seem to be more on point with matching up exactly. The other major factor is the thickness of the sock you use when riding. A thin sock versus a thick sock could affect your choice by around half a size. The last thing to consider when it comes to sizing is the knee guard/brace fit, especially if you have a small foot. Some of your mid-to-low range boots aren't designed with thick knee braces in mind, and may not have enough room to allow you to wear a guard or brace (or upgrade to them later), while still closing the boot properly. 

While some brands have sizing charts available online, boots are one of the most crucial items to try on before purchasing. If possible, take the knee protection and socks you plan on riding in with you when you hit your local shop to try on different boots. If you're purchasing online without trying on the boots, it's good to deal with a retailer that will allow you to return and swap the size in case the boot your order doesn't work for your foot.

Materials

Motocross boots are mostly known for being made from leather, but has slowly gained other materials over the years. Now the most obvious things you'll see is the plastic sections that encase the boots, velcro, aluminum for the buckles, rubber in the soles and along the sides, and microfibers linings. The plastic offers more direct energy transfer and impact protection, while advanced sole materials offer better grip with greater lifespan, and microfibers inside help manage sweat and stench.

Things To Look For

At the lower price ranges, there aren't too many features to fight over, so choosing a boot that best fits your foot and budget would be your best bet.

As you move up higher in the price ranges, replaceable parts, extra safety features, more colors options, and forms of movement control become more common. Some boots are more suited for high-volume and some for low-volume feet, making recommendations a bit harder to come by unless you're aware of your foot size vs the average Joe's.

How Much To Spend

Motocross boots range in price from $100 to $700.

In the $100-$200 range, there are many entry-level models to choose from. Most of the boots in this area are of simple construction; with three to four buckles and are mostly made of leather and plastic. This range includes entry-level adult boots, youth, and some basic off-road boots (which typically have a more aggressive sole for hiking or pushing your bike along rough terrain).

Stepping up to boots in the $200-$400 range, extra protection is gained along with basic forms of ankle hinges and other articulation, which allows more nimble movement in a stiffer and more protective boot.

The $400 and above range offers up the best-of-the-best on the market. These boots feature advanced soles for the best grip and control, flex systems and control for maximum movement, while also protecting from hyperextension. The quality of leather and plastics are top-notch, offering the best protection while also staying lightweight. Almost every boot in this range features hinged ankle and slider sections, or internal booties for added ankle movement and support.

Product Reviews

Before buying, be sure to do your research and read product reviews. Reviews are a great way to find out specifics about a particular model, user impressions, and things to watch out for. After you've purchased a product and had enough time to thoroughly test it, we encourage you to leave a review for other people to see when they are researching bikes and parts on the web.

We hope you've found this information to be helpful. If you have a question that isn't answered in this guide, the Vital MX Forum is a great place to get advice from knowledgeable riders.

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