Five of the best… riding trainers

Five of the best... riding trainers

SBS Choice

Riding trainers will never be as protective as a boot, but their popularity continues to grow.

Scooter riders and commuters particularly love them − and these five picks come from the legion of reviews left by Sportsbikeshop customers who’ve bought and worn them.

Alpinestars Stadium Boots

The first nine customers to buy these boots were very satisfied, giving them an average review score of 4.78 stars. Buyers point out they’re highly perforated, making them ideal for riding during the summer, and that they’re very comfortable both on and off the bike. In addition, the Stadium boots won a Recommended tag in 2015 from RiDE magazine, who were impressed by their comfort and toughness.

RST Stunt Pro WP Boots

For an all-round short bike boot that you don’t need to splash big money on, Sportsbikeshop customers highly recommend RST’s Stunt Pro boots. They say they’re comfortable, well-fitting, well made and that the waterproof lining does a great job of keeping the rain out. Praising their understated styling, the first 26 customers to leave a review gave these boots a 4.62-star average score.

DXR Sport Shoe Short Boots

Among the cheapest riding trainers on the market, these are very popular with riders who have wider feet − though their broad fitting may mean you need to downsize. Reviewers say they’re comfortable and require little to no breaking in time, and reward them with an average of 4.85 stars from the first 33 reviews. They also say they’re surprisingly lightweight and offer great value for money.

Alpinestars SMX-1 R Boots

Combining features from Alpinestars race boots with short commuter styling, the company’s SMX-1 R boots are popular with Sportsbikeshop customers, earning an impressive 4.94-star average from the first 18 reviews. They’re praised for their accurate fit and sporty style, which looks good both on and off the bike. Reviewers also say they’re easy to get on and off, and that there is barely any breaking-in time.

Richa Slick Waterproof Boots

Many of the 350+ Sportsbikeshop customers to leave a review of Richa’s Slick trainers say they’re so comfortable it’s like wearing slippers, giving them an impressive 4.80-star average. They say they offer great value for money, and that they’re perfect for wearing all day both on and off the bike. Some customers are keen to point out the sole can wear quite quickly, but many say it wouldn’t stop them from buying another pair.