2005 Boot Buyers Guide

Do you have any idea how silly you’re going to look rolling onto the track with your shiny new 2005 MXer and that old pair of 1978 all-leather, Full Bore boots of yours? Silly, dude… Silly! Seriously, though… Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a competitive racer, quality riding gear should be a concern of yours, and with the amount of time that your feet spend bouncing off of the ground while ripping laps around the track, boots should be near the top of your list.

Until recently there have only been a couple of premium boots on the market that have established themselves as the standard by which we measure all motocross footwear. Thanks to the growth of our sport and constant progress in technology, however, there are a number of motocross boot and/or apparel companies that have since put a ton of time and effort into developing a competitive, high-quality motocross boot. Whether it’s extreme protection, ultimate comfort, or price point that drives your boot-buying decisions, we think you’re sure to find the boot you’re looking for in our 2005 Boot Buyer’s Guide.

On the pages to follow you’ll find the boot offerings from our industry’s leaders. In addition to general information like colors, sizes, and prices, we’ve also done a little leg work, no pun intended, to supply you with some technical data that should help make the decision that’s going to fit your leg best. You see, back when “Big E” was still a permanent fixture in our offices, we often found him in the back shop working up a sweat with a pair of boots and a rivet gun. So ginormous are E’s calves that he was forced to rivet two bootstraps together just to close up the giant calf opening required to facilitate his leg. With “Big E” now gone, our concerns have shifted over to our main-man Garth. Thanks to his newfound vegan diet, Garthy’s calves have shrunk to half their original size, which wasn’t much to begin with, and he’s now hard-pressed to find a boot that will close tightly enough. So because we know your concerns firsthand, we’ve included the calf opening diameter, maximum calf height, and the total weight for each set of boots in the guide. Now all that’s left is to break out your tape measure, determine your dimensions, and let the shopping begin!

ACERBIS PROFILE 2

COLORS: Black, white

SIZES: 5.5-12.5

PRICE: $159.95

WEIGHT: 7lb., 8.8oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 17.5in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14.5-19in.

Call 800/659-1440 or visit www.acerbis.com

ALPINESTARS TECH 6

COLORS: Silver, white, black, red, blue

SIZES: 5-16

PRICE: $259.95

WEIGHT: 8lb., 2.8oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.25in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14.5-19.25in.

Call 800/438-2577 or visit www.alpinestars.com

ALPINESTARS TECH 8

COLORS: White, black, red, blue

SIZES: 5-15

PRICE: $329.95

WEIGHT: 8lb., 8.4oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.75in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14.5-19in.

Call 800/438-2577 or visit www.alpinestars.com

ALPINESTARS TECH 10

COLORS: Red, silver, white, black

SIZES: 5-15

PRICE: $459.95

WEIGHT: 9lb.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.5in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14.25-19in.

Call 800/438-2577 or visit www.alpinestars.com

ANSWER MODE

COLORS: Black

SIZES: 7-14

PRICE: $129.95

WEIGHT: 7lb., 12.8oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.5in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14-18.5in.

Visit www.answerracing.com

AXO RC6

COLORS: Black, silver, white

SIZES: 5-15

PRICE: $289.99

WEIGHT: 8lb.

CALF HEIGHT: 16in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14-18.75in.

Call 877/AXO-RACE or visit www.axo.com

FLY RACING TALON SERIES

COLORS: Red/white/blue, black/white, black/red, black/blue

SIZES: 6-13

PRICE: $259.95

WEIGHT: 10lb.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.25in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14.5-19in.

Call 208/376-8400 or visit www.flyracingproducts.com

FOX RACING FORMA PRO

COLORS: Black, red, dark stone, metallic silver, metallic white (Stewart replica)

SIZES: 6-13, 5-15 (black)

PRICE: $239.95

WEIGHT: 8lb., 1.6oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16in..

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14-19.5in.

Call 800/FOX-RACE or visit www.foxracing.com

GAERNE SG1

COLORS: White, black

SIZES: 6-14

PRICE: $289

WEIGHT: 7lb., 14.2oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.5in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14-16.5in.

Call 800/426-0213 or visit www.gaerneusa.com

GAERNE SG10

COLORS: White, black, white/red, white/blue, white/carbon

SIZES: 5-14

PRICE: $325, $345 (white/carbon)

WEIGHT: 9lb., 6.8oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.25in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 15.25-20.5in.

Call 800/426-0213 or visit www.gaerneusa.com

MSR MXT

COLORS: Black

SIZES: 7-14

PRICE: $129.95

WEIGHT: 7lb., 12.8oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.5in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14-18in.

Visit www.msrracing.com

O’NEAL HARDWEAR

COLORS: White, black, blue, red

SIZES: 6-13

PRICE: $259.95

WEIGHT: 8lb., 2.4oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14.5-19in.

Call 800/32-ONEAL or visit www.oneal.com

OXTAR TCX PRO

COLORS: Black, white, blue, red

SIZES: 7.5-15 (black, white), 9-13 (blue, red)

PRICE: $329.95

WEIGHT: 8lb., 13.6oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.5in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14-18.25in.

Call 888/311-6074 or visit www.oxtar-usa.com

OXTAR TCX COMP

COLORS: Black, white, blue, red

SIZES: 7.5-15 (black), 9-13 (white, blue, red)

PRICE: $259.95

WEIGHT: 8lb., 1.6oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14-18.25in

Call 888/311-6074 or visit www.oxtar-usa.com

SET UP RACING AKIRA

COLORS: White, black

SIZES: 6-13

PRICE: $229.99

WEIGHT: 7lb., 5.6oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.5in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14.5-17.75in.

Call 877/789-4940 or visit www.motonation.com

SIDI FORCE SRS

COLORS: White, black/white, black/red, black/blue, red/white/blue, black/gray

SIZES: 7-13

PRICE: $335

WEIGHT: 8lb., 6.8oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 15.75in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 15-20in.

Call 877/789-4940 or visit www.motonation.com

SIDI VORTEX EVO

COLORS: Black, white, silver/white

SIZES: 7-15 (black), 7-13 (white, silver/white)

PRICE: $275

WEIGHT: 7lb., 3.6oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.5in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 16-19.5in.

Call 877/789-4940 or visit www.motonation.com

THOR QUADRANT

COLORS: Black, white, red

SIZES: 6-15 (black), 6-13 (white, red)

PRICE: $129.95

WEIGHT: 7lb., 6oz.

CALF HEIGHT: 16.5in.

CALF OPENING (Diameter): 14.5-17.75in.

Call 619/448-8467 or visit www.thormx.com