Five of the best… race boots

Five of the best... race boots

SBS Choice

While most riders hope a crash never happens, racers know it almost certainly will (probably repeatedly).

That’s why they need next-level protection from their boots, as the lower leg is very vulnerable in an accident. Our pick of the best race boots all have stiff bracing to protect the ankles, and the selection is based on feedback from Sportsbikeshop customer reviews.

Alpinestars Supertech R

The choice of pro racers and road riders alike, these boots are incredibly popular − earning an average of 4.94 stars from the first 35 reviews. Customers love the slipper-like comfort, saying there is barely any breaking-in time and that they’re comfy straight out the box. The RiDE Recommended boots are worth the higher price according to reviewers, who say they’re extremely well fitting.  

RST Pro Series

If you’re looking for an all-round comfortable and well-fitting race boot that won’t break the bank, Sportsbikeshop customers recommend these, awarding them an average of 4.81 stars from the first 52 reviews. Customers say the breaking-in time is minimal, and they’re great for wearing both on and off the bike. Reviewers were keen to point out the stretch panels on the front and back make gear changes easy, and that the sole offers a good level of grip.    

Sidi ST

Sidi’s ST has been in the company’s range since 2011 and has built an enviable reputation among Sportsbikeshop customers over those years. Of the first 50 reviewers only three deducted a star from their score – one of those because the sturdy and protective Sidis weren’t as comfy as his trainers! The praise is unanimous on protection and comfort, though many say they require a little breaking-in time.    

Dainese Torque D1 Out

Dainese’s Torque D1 Out boots receive praise for accommodating larger calves thanks to Velcro inserts that make the opening of the boot wider. Reviewers like the fuss-free zip at the back, which they say makes the boots easy to get on and off − it all added up to a perfect five-star average from the first seven reviews. If you prefer more airflow around your feet, take a look at the perforated leather version.        

Sidi Mag-1

After five years in Sidi’s range, the Mag-1 boots are still racking up excellent customer reviews. Buyers particularly praise the range of fit adjustment available from three micro-adjustable cable-type closures and one motocross-style clasp. Most say it takes a few practice runs to get used to the technique of putting the Mag-1s on. After that, buyers love the protection and convenience – and even say there’s no ‘Sidi Squeak’!