Protecting your legs is essential for a safe ride, follow these tips in order to choose the right boots, depending on the type of motorcycle and use that you will have. And especially if you are planning a tour in South America. (How to choose your motorcycle boots?) Motorcyclists are always at the forefront of the best equipment; this is something in which no expense should be spared. Especially considering that your life depends on it, in the event of an accident. Choosing the right boots to ride your motorcycle is just as important as wearing a helmet, jacket, gloves, and other protective gear. In addition, ensuring good care of these elements is as necessary as the maintenance of your motorcycle. There are many different kinds of boots you can purchase. These should be chosen depending on the purpose. Riding a small scooter in the city is not the same as riding a big trail motorcycle off-road. This is specific for each situation, so Ecuador Bike Rental by Sleipner will do its best to help you.
For touring on a motorcycle around a city, is necessary to use light and comfortable footwear, besides the ride, you will need to walk around for a while. Anyhow it is better to use comfortable boots that protect the ankles, not too tall, up to your knees. We recommend leather ones similar to those used in motor racing, but with laces, which will also match better with the urban outfits. We can also find completely smooth models without laces, which go unnoticed while performing tasks away from the motorcycle.
For touring and road riding, you will need more protection, should wear leather boots with a medium length that protect the ankle and shin areas well. They must be comfortable, bearing in mind that we may spend many hours wearing them and that we may be walking when we get off the motorcycle. Likewise, they must have some kind of membrane that makes them waterproof and thus keep our feet dry in case we ride in the rain, cross a river, etc. Also protection for the gearshift on the left foot. In addition, they are usually black to give them a camouflage look to hide stains caused by grease or stains from anything else on the road. Some of them help to keep you warm in cold weather. Depending on your taste, they can have zippers on the sides, and velcro fasteners on the upper part to adjust properly to our calves.
Designed for fast sporty driving, mainly on asphalt roads or tracks. They are usually of medium height and have a variety of strong plastic materials for protection. In addition, on the outside, next to the toecaps they include interchangeable sliders, to make them more resistant at the time of possible friction with the asphalt at the time taking fast curves. Usually, look and feel very rigid against lateral movements to offer higher protection, allowing slight movement, up and down to the ankles for gear change and rear brake, they are not particularly comfortable or suitable for walking but adequate once you get off the bike. In addition, their leather is usually brightly colored to match the decoration of the motorcycle and/or the rider’s other equipment. The top-of-the-range ones may include inside a boot with rigid elements made of fiber to increase even more the protection against possible falls. Putting them on and taking them off takes time because their fasteners are very secure so that the boots do not come off in high-speed falls. Some boots combine zippers with laces, Velcro, and ratchet straps.
There is a difference between off-road and motocross, enduro, and supermotard boots, but nowadays, manufacturers have managed to use the same kinds for all these specialties. Even so, there are still some old-fashioned models, with smooth soles for motocross and supermotard, and soles with a marked pattern in the case of enduro. However, modern designs use striped soles that provide the grip required to place your feet on the ground, and the necessary sliding in motocross and supermotard for “resting” your feet on the curves. At the same time, the central part of the soles is interchangeable, as it is an area that degrades more frequently than the rest due to its friction with the foot pegs (especially in motocross). These are called super high cane, the field boots are clearly the most robust, heavy, and therefore, the ones that offer better protection, for feet, and lower legs. The diameter of their upper part may seem excessive, but once you put them on, that appreciation changes, they fit well whit the rest of the equipment, especially the orthopedic knee pads. In addition to Velcro, they are fastened with four hooks. This type of boot is also used on dirt tracks, although the left foot is fitted with a metal sole for continuous friction with the ground. It is also true that some manufacturers have already developed specific models to practice this specialty and allow them to replace just the sole of the boot.
The trail is a booming segment and various manufacturers have devoted special attention to developing specific boots for this segment. It can be said that they are a combination of touring and off-road boots. They are made of leather of considerable thickness, also highly durable plastic materials, with two or three hooks for quick closure depending on their height, low or high boots. Both provide good protection for off-road riding, they are not as robust and chunky as field boots, and they must also be comfortable for prolonged use on the road.
It can be said that these boots have the most traditional design, this is better known as country boots, such as the ones used for horseback riding. Some of them look very similar to “street” boots and others have high heels. It is also common to find them with eye-catching buckles with ribbons and other decorative elements. Also some with military-inspired designs. You can find a wide variety of colors, shades, and heights.