Over the past couple of years, most of my riding has been done while wearing my TCX X-Move WP Boots. These have been great boots for day-to-day use. During riding season, I wear them all day every day. They’ve held up to the wear and tear of daily use surprisingly well and have remained waterproof for all this time. The only real downside of the X-Move boots is that they do compromise a bit of protection in exchange for comfort.
I’ve also changed the type of riding I’m doing when riding the Kawasaki Versys. I’m beginning to explore some roads that are a bit off the beaten path. I’ve been on some dirt roads and some easy trails a few times and a better, more protective boot seemed like a good idea. This led me to look at some of the many varieties of adventure riding boots that are available.
The primary features I was looking for included a waterproof liner, good shin protection, good foot and heel protection, and good support and protection for light dirt road riding while at the same time, remaining comfortable enough to wear all day when touring. All of the major gear vendors offer boots that fit this criteria so I relied on various reviews and my past experience with TCX boots. After much consideration, I settled on the TCX X-Desert Gore-Tex boots.
I went ahead and ordered the boots from Revzilla and had them ship them directly to my daughter’s house in California so that they would be waiting for me when I got there in early February.
I generally wear a 9.5 or 10 in US sizes so I ordered a size 44 and the fit was spot on. They did feel kind of stiff at first but they softened up quickly enough. The right boot dug into my ankle a little bit in the beginning but once the boot broke in, this went away and they’re now quite comfortable to wear while riding.
The buckles are easy to adjust which is a good thing because I have had to re-adjust them a few times. The adjustment sometimes changes when I take them off so I sometimes need to re-adjust them. Not a big deal, it’s just that it would be nice if the adjusters stayed where I left them.
As far as protection is concerned, these boots appear to be well made and seem to have just about everything a good sport touring/adventure boot should have. The toe and heel areas are well protected, there are hard parts around the ankle, and there are nice sized shin protectors too. These are not stiff like motocross boots so there’s a good amount of flex around the ankle.
The liners inside the boots are very comfortable and the velcro around the top is comfortable around my calf. I don’t really know how they’re going to perform in blistering hot weather, freezing cold weather, or torrential downpours quite yet because I’ve only spent about a week wearing them. I can state that for 60-85 degree weather, they’re great.
It took some time to get used to the different feel on the shifter and brake because these boots are thicker and stiffer than what I’m used to riding with. A quick adjustment of the shift lever allowed me to get my toe under the lever more comfortably. These boots feel nice and solid when standing on the foot pegs and don’t slide around at all.
I was a bit concerned that these were going to be difficult and uncomfortable to walk around in when wandering around off the bike. While I wouldn’t want to wear these all day at work, they’re actually better than I was anticipating for short walks. Considering that these are full height riding boots, I’m pleasantly surprised at how good they feel when just walking around. I think they’re continue to get better as they continue to break in.
The TCX X-Desert boots are nice comfortable boots that offer a good level of protection for the type of riding I do. I’m sure that they’ll get even better as I get more miles on them.