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k.g

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   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

Given the opportunity to try the new Leatt boot offering, I was excited to try something new and different. I’ve been a Sidi guy for the last 10 years, so I was curious to see how the Leatt boots compared.
 

Out of the box

Straight away, I noticed that the Leatt boots offered more toe room than the Sidis. I must have narrow feet, because the Leatts provided plenty of room to move around in the toe box. General comfort was good and didn’t immediately notice any tight areas or pinch points. The sizing was really close, and is maybe a half size larger than indicated. The material used for the boot lining is soft and made getting in and out of the boot very easy. Weight for the pair came in at 9.4 pounds. The aluminum buckles are large and very easy to get the straps in and tighten down. Compared to Sidi, I like the Leatt buckles better. The straps were relatively easy to adjust also. As far as adjustability and sizing, you’d need some pretty huge calves before maxing out the limit. At the max length of strap, I measured 18" circumference. Folding the lever over and pulling the strap tight was easy and didn’t bind or catch other parts of the boot like my old Sidis. On the Leatt boots, there’s a special one-way type Velcro that they call “SlideLock”. Once put together, you can slide the Velcro tighter without having to pull it apart. It is a great addition to a boot and definitely makes tightening the boot much easier. My initial impression of the outer carcass is that it’s very well put together with high quality materials. It appears to be well thought out and designed, like every part is meant to be where it is. On the bike side of the boots is a sticky silicone type surface that, at least sitting on the bike, provides a LOT of grip. We’ll see how that performs later. I got the JW22 version, (hoping that his greatness would also come to me) which is part of their enduro lineup. Compared to their normal boot, there are a few extra features on the replaceable sole (Leatt works with mxbootrepair.com) to provide more traction when walking/pushing/climbing that you normally wouldn’t need on a moto track.

Once on, I took a stroll to gauge walking comfort. It was surprisingly comfy, although noticeably stiffer than my Sidis. Not nearly as stiff as some other brands, though. They do squeak, a LOT. I don’t do a lot of walking in my boots, so it didn’t bother me, but if you’re particular about that you may want to experiment with some sort of lubrication. Through the duration of my testing, the squeaking didn’t lessen or worsen, but was still persistent. I didn’t find it bothersome, but wanted to make a note about it.

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The Ride

Now to the important part. I ride trails and gncc/xc type races, no moto. With that comes lots of moving around and (due to poor form) lots of foot dabbing. The first thing I noticed was the grip the boots had on the frame. With a clean and dry bike, the boots had tons of grip. After getting some water and mud on them, it was lessened, but never lost it all. The grip on the foot pegs were also good. The soles are soft enough to grip the peg without chunking out. In the 10-ish hours I put on the boots, the soles still held up great. Comfort while riding was also as good as off the bike. It has a happy medium between being too stiff to feel anything and too loose to worry about injury. Because of the larger toe box than I’m used to, it took some time to get acquainted with the shifter again since I have to move a bit more to find it. The brake side felt normal compared to my Sidis. The Leatts have a very gradual transition between the arch and ball, so moving the foot around on the peg was seamless.

I have a creek in my woods that I cross multiple times. When I ride it’s usually dry, so the creek is never higher than 6”. Crossing the creek, I never noticed any water infiltration from splashing. The top of the boot makes a good seal with my calf thanks to the design. It was only after walking through it did I notice water coming in at around 4” of depth. The boots are not vented, and I’m really not sure where the water came in at.

At around the 1 hour mark, I started noticing a pressure point just above my ankles on both sides. The padding protruded enough to make it uncomfortable. It wasn’t unbearable, but enough to notice after some ride time. Around the 4th hour I no longer noticed that padding and pressure, but I did notice the boot felt looser on my foot. A slight adjustment to the straps was needed, nothing major. Up to the 10th hour I never noticed any more break in of the padding.


Final Thoughts

My initial impression of the boots was that it was designed well and should have long-term durability. After my 10ish hours testing them, my impression still stands. The soles are in great shape, no unexpected break downs, tears, rips, or anything else that stands out as untrustworthy. Even though it’s a lighter color boot, the colors did not stain and is easy to clean. It’s quite apparent that Leatt, like all their other products I’ve used, has been well engineered with quality materials. The boots come in priced at a very reasonable $400. Compared to the other major boot brands, this is an excellent alternative. Although the sole isn’t replaceable, the straps, hinge components, shin plate and calf grip materials are. I would have no reservations about recommending these boots to anyone looking for a quality boot. Fortunately, I never needed to test the safety aspects of these boots. But judging by Leatt’s commitment to safety in all their other products, I feel confident that these boots are as safe, if not more, than any other boot brand on the market.

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Cfig77

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These are my first pair of riding boots and as such I don't have anything to compare them to. I will say they are very comfortable and felt secure on my foot. I tried on about every boot from Sidi's, Gaerne, Fox,O'Neal, and Alpine Stars and the Leatt's were one of the only ones that my heel didn't lift up. I wear a size 9 in Nikes and the size 9 Leatt fit with enough room for nice socks. These seem to be right in the middle between the Sidi Crossfire's and Gaerne 12's as far as width goes. I would definitely purchase them again. 

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