TCX Baja Waterproof boots review

Review
TCX Baja Waterproof boots

Overall SBS Rating 85 /100
Reviewed by: David Crampton
 SIMON LEE
Review Conditions
Mileage
3000
Seasons
Summer
Motorcycle
BMW R1200GSA

TCX’s marketing material describes the Baja Waterproofs as touring boots that will keep your feet dry, and my late summer trip to the French Alps and into Italy suggests they will do that job perfectly well.

They’re not as heavy duty as other adventure-styled boots, such as the Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex, which I feel is the current cream of this particular crop.

The Baja Waterproofs lack support and stiffness compared to the equivalent (but slightly more expensive Sidis), which means the boots don’t offer the lower leg protection I prefer.

When riding gravel roads on the Col de Tende mountain pass I was nervous that the boots didn’t give me the support I needed.

My concerns won’t bother many riders and if most of your riding is on tarmac and you don’t want the support I prefer, these boots are worthy of serious consideration.

The particular strength of these boots is the exceptional comfort – unlike most of my motorcycle boots the TCXs allowed me to walk in comfort for reasonable distances with the sole giving good grip in a variety of surface conditions.

The particular strength of these boots is the exceptional comfort – unlike most of my motorcycle boots the TCXs allowed me to walk in comfort for reasonable distances with the sole giving good grip in a variety of surface conditions.

The same can be said for the boots while riding, with good grip on the bike’s footpegs. They also proved waterproof for the spells of rain I experienced.

These are the cheaper of two waterproof versions of the Baja boots, and use TCX’s proprietary membrane. There’s a more expensive Baja Gore-Tex version that comes with the reassuring Gore-Tex guarantee against leaks.

The adventure styling comes by way of each boot’s three aluminium buckle fasteners, which work in conjunction with a Velcro closure at the top, which can all be replaced if they get damaged.

This method allows a more precise fit with the buckles all micro-adjustable to suit the size of the wearer, which improves comfort.

While these boots didn’t perfectly suit my preferences, which bring a more reassuring level of protection at the cost of some of the comfort that comes with boots like the Baja, these are especially worthy of consideration as comfortable and waterproof touring boots.

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85/100
Adventure touring boots scores
  1. Fit & Comfort
  2. Waterproofing
  3. Protection
  4. Build Quality
  5. Features

Features

    1. Chunky traction sole
    2. Waterproof membrane
    3. Gearchange pad
    4. Fit adjustment (int/ext)
    5. Shin armour
    6. Reinforced sole
    7. CE safety approval
    1. Ankle bracing
    2. Gore-Tex membrane
    3. Air intakes

Fit & Comfort

19/ 20
I found the right fit from the size I would normally wear, and both comfort and fit were excellent.

Waterproofing

18/ 20
The boots weren’t severely tested on this trip as we didn’t see much rain, but they kept my feet dry and comfortable.

Protection

16/ 20
The boots are approved to the higher Level 2 of the CE standard. I would prefer extra bracing around the ankle like on motocross boots because this is what I am used to, but I am sure many riders will be very happy with the protection levels offered by these boots.

Build quality

19/ 20
The build quality was good. They are advertised by the manufacturer as having ‘used look’ upper. After 3000 miles they looked more used than I expected, although they cleaned up well.

Features

13/ 20
The boots lack armour and lower leg protection. This is particularly evident around the ankle.