Every top-class riding boots will always have a sole that works best on race tracks where a rider will most likely spend most of his or her time actually sliding the sole on the ground while making their way through flat or sharp corners. These boots will also often be designed for the highest level of protection to prevent the types of leg injuries that occur in motocross.
The best dirt bike boots for off-road racing, long distance or trail work will be sport excellent impact protection and will often be designed to provide a little more flexibility in the calf and ankle areas to enable movement. More importantly, there have out-soles which will give the foot more traction, which is necessary in the off-road environment.
If you ride for a living or maybe just as a hobby, then you should definitely get yourself some boots that are specially designed for the job. Here's a list of the best riding boots for long distance and off-riding!
1. Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro
Alpinestars engineers designed a particular compound sole to ensure ATV and long distance riders' excellent durability, grip, and an extremely high level of structural rigidity. On top of the sole is a boot with all the features that make the Tech 7 great, such as a bio-mechanical pivot for ankle protection. The Tech 7 chassis is designed for a completely optimized interaction with bike controls, and its buckle system is designed to allow easy, precise closure. The innovative microfiber material is claimed to be flexible and abrasion resistant.
2. Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS
The Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS is a prime example of a boot that boasts impact protection features. The Crossfire 2 SRS’ soles are replaceable and can also be traded for the company’s E1 Enduro sole or even its Supermoto sole, making this a durable and versatile choice. Other features in the Crossfire 2 SRS includes a calf plate system with an inner double-adjustment that expands to fit even the largest calf (yay! good news to large calf riders!). The insoles are made of nylon that comes with a rigid, shock-resistant, anatomically shaped heel designed to hold the rider’s foot firm and prevent twisting while offering upmost protection.
3. Thor Blitz
The Thor Blitz is built to offer plenty of unsegregated protection that comprises a pre-curved injection framed shin plate, a full synthetic heat shield, and anti-abrasion shift panels to in high-wear areas. Comfort is the upmost priority with this boot, and the Blitz offers a secure three-buckle closure, moisture-managing mesh liner and a flexible but grippy uni-directional out-sole with a steel shank insert and toe cap.
4. Alpinestars Tech 3 Enduro
One of two Alpinestars boots on our short list of best dirt bike boots, the Tech 3 boot is claimed to be perfect for beginners but more than ideal for experienced experts, offering maximum value and performance in a boot that costs less than $250. With its contoured TPU shin plate, extended inside and outside guards and reinforced leather plates, the Tech 3 provides exterior protection that surpasses many of its competitors’. Internal shock-absorbing padding fortifies ankles, while the Action leather and front/rear accordion panels enables for a boot that possesses a low break-in time. As with all of Alpinestars motocross boots, the Tech 3 is CE certified and features replaceable soles and buckles.
5. Fox Instinct Off-Road
Starting from the bottom, the Instinct Off-Road features Fox’s exclusive Duratac rubber compound with a large, open lug pattern on the sole for better traction when the rider is piloting challenging obstacles. Full consideration at the toe box ensures added protection without obstructing shifting and Fox’s buckle system offers easy entry and exit. Other attributes include a hinge lockout system designed to stop motion before hyper-extension and a slim medial design with a Duratac burn guard that helps the rider grip the bike.