You don't stop at the end of the road, why should your gear? The BILT Explorer Adventure Boots has what it takes to get your adventure started on the right foot. The 100% waterproof and breathable membrane keeps you dry while the shin and ankle reinforcements offer support and protection. Put your best foot forward with the BILT Explorer Adventure Boots.
100% HIPORA waterproof/breathable membrane lining
Rugged oil resistant rubber sole
Reinforced shin and outer ankle
Molded rubber overlaid gear change patch
Softee stretch panels and padded top line for a comfort fit
Have been wearing these now that the cold and rain are here. I have rode them in downpores and not a drop has gotten in. This is impressive because I have never found a boot at any price that could have made it through the last gullywasher to hit me. I dont know how they will last however for 2 months of winterish riding they have been perfect! they are warm down to 35ish with normal socks but colder would require more thermal protection. Getting in and out of these is as easy as it gets and infinatly adjustable velcro straps makes the boot snug yet comfortable.
PROS: Comfortable Fit, Weather Resistant, Lightweight, Durable, Good Traction
The boot fits a half size small. Bought size 10 (real size is 9.5). The leather is not terribly thick and the feet got cold faster than in the Alpinestars ($250 boot). That is addressed with the Bilt Freeze-Out inner sock. Feet then went from cold to sweating. Mid thickness woolen thermal sock did it in 42 deg F. temp behind fairing of 2008 BMW K1200GT. The Freeze-Out sock should take you down to freezing temps. Though leather thinner than Alpinestars the basic protection components are there - hard shin guard (very tall cuff is nice), ankle padding, but heel cut won't keep heel from getting crushed if trapped. Alpinestars boot no better though. Stitching is accurate. Shift guards are a goofy looking rubber section rather than a double leather section. To be fair the rubber section should last and is of generous proportions. The other feature of note, and I don't know if this will be a plus or minus, is that the inside section of the boot from cuff top to a section between an inch behind ball of foot to the heel cup is a rubber or synthetic of some kind. It's quite pliable and well stitched, but I don't know if friction with the bike while riding will be a factor. The boots have a 5 yr guarantee and I would assume that your sales receipt and a wear hole on the inside of the boot w/o other evidence of a crash would get noticed.
For me best feature is entry and exit - two velcro straps and a big velcro section at top of cuff. Alpinestars used a zipper and as boot broke in and wore the zipper on right side developed a curve and would not zip up without insane effort. Loved the boot otherwise, but these Bilt boots will also do the trick
This is the second pair I have owned. They have both had the same problem. After a few weeks the leather starts to crack where the toe flexes. The new pair even has the sole separating from the boot. I have only been riding 4 months and I have replaced the boots twice. I get the feeling that they would protect me from a low speed fall but would shred over 40 mph.
These boots have been great for about a year. Nice fit, comfortable, traction and looks. My feet have stayed warm even down into the low 40's with just regular socks. Now after just over year with them they are no longer waterproof. The flex area above the forefoot is cracked and lets water in. Had a 20 min ride throuh moderate rain and my socks were soaked.
I have loved these boots from day one, but now I'm not so sure. Great for everything but the rain, which is what I bought them for.
I was drawn to this boot because of it's good looks, but then found out it was on sale at an EXCELLENT price! Walking around the store for 10 minutes revealed that, although a bit stiff, it was very comfortable. Especially the cushioning around the upper calf. Now that I've had these boots for a couple of weeks I like them even more! After several rides they've started to loosen up and walking around the house in them is comfortable. The european size of 43 usually translates to a 9, but Cycle Gear has these labeled as a US10. I always wear a US9.5 and these fit PERFECTLY. So yes, the sizing is 1/2 size small. I've not encountered rain yet, but that's only a matter of time and I hope these perform well. Stylish, on sale, comfortable....I love 'em!
PROS: Weather Resistant, Comfortable Fit, Stylish, Ample Padding, Good Traction
I liked the looks of the boot, and the support it gave. However, apparently all BILT boots come in only "D" width. They don't offer any other width. I bought the boot, and rode home in them. After trying a thinner pair of socks with no avail I returned them. Kudos to Cycle Gear for backing their product, and their return policy. If they had offered an "E" width I would have gotten them.
The boots are great, priced right. The only drawback is the sizing numbers are way off. You must try the product on to get a proper fit. This is something you can't order on line since the size numbers don't relate to what is normal, sometimes you have to buy two sizes bigger than normal for a proper fit. However, once you figure that out, they are wonderful products.