Top 5 Motorcycle Track Boots

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Track boots tend to be quite different and far more advanced than any other kind of motorcycle boot. This is, of course, because you are riding at extreme speeds and cornering at dizzying angles. They tend to have an inner shoe that you put on before placing it on the main boot. The inner shoe then fastens to the boot internally and provide additional protection, such as the inclusion of an ankle brace, which will limit or entirely restrict sideward ankle movement. In this list of Top 5 Motorcycle Track Boots, I have also included a couple of road/track hybrid boots for the casual track racer that may also want to wear the same boots during the week.

Top 5 Motorcycle Track Boots In Australia

  • TCX RT-Race Pro Air
  • Alpinestars Supertech R
  • Alpinestars SMX Plus V2 Gore-Tex
  • Dainese Axial D1
  • RST TracTech Evo III

TCX RT-Race Pro Air

Top 5 Motorcycle Track Boots
Pictured: TCX RT-Race Pro Air (Top 5 Motorcycle Track Boots)
Specs

Style: Track Boots

Material: Microfibre Leather | TPU

Ventilation: Yes | Perforations

Waterproofing: No

Certifications: CE 2 | 2 | 2

Lining: No

Closure System: Side Zip | Velcro Tab | Ratchet

Inner Boots: Yes | Included

Pros

+ Extremely secure but doesn’t hinder use of foot controls

+ Maximum Protection

+ Minimises rotational injuries with thoughtful brace layout

Cons

Can feel uncomfortable after a few hours

The TCX RT-Race Pro Air boots have the maximum CE rating possible for a pair of track boots. This is incredibly important and quite impressive. Not many boots can achieve this. This doesn’t affect your sense of touch or control when using the footpegs. Despite the soles being reinforced, they give great feedback. These things alone greatly contributed to my ability to lean into corners with ease.

These boots feature what TCX call the Double Flex Control System (DFC). This limits the flexibility of the boots to prevent the ankles from moving in unnatural directions. It limits the forward flexibility to 14° and the rear flexibility to 13°. Thanks to the high transverse rigidity, the boots won’t bend to the side, and they are crush-resistant. This means that they will offer you protection even if the bike lands on your feet while both you and the bike are sliding. This is absolutely incredible, and I wouldn’t go to the track without them.

Just like every other track boot, they are bound to get uncomfortable if you spend more time walking in them than riding, so it may be a wise idea to take a separate pair of shoes on big days out.

Alpinestars Supertech R

Top 5 Motorcycle Track Boots
Pictured: Alpinestars Supertech R (Top 5 Motorcycle Track Boots)
Specs

Style: Track Boots

Material: Microfibre Leather | TPU

Ventilation: Yes | TPU Honeycomb Front Intakes | 2 Exhaust Vents Heels

Waterproofing: No

Certifications: CE 2 | 2 | 1

Lining: Mesh Lining

Closure System: Inner Boot: Quick Fasten Connector | Outer Boot: Ratchet

Inner Boots: Yes | Included

Pros

+ Incredibly comfortable

+ Almost no other boot offers this much protection

+ Easy to put on and remove, even with the inner boot

Cons

Not as rigid as the TCX RT-Race Pro Air

The same boots worn by the MotoGP world champion, Marc Marquez, the Alpinestars Supertech R are some of the best racing boots from one of the best manufacturers. Although they have slightly less transverse rigidity than the TCX RT-Race Pro Air, they excel in abrasion and puncture resistance, plus they still maintain their shape quite well. The inner boot has a breathable mesh liner all around the interior, which is very soft and flexible. However, the inner boot isn’t designed to be used as a shoe without using the outer boot. Furthermore, comfort is greatly increased by including the honeycomb ventilation located on the front of the boots, combined with the internal mesh design equate to some of the best ventilation systems in any boot.

Regardless, it’s straightforward to put on these boots while wearing the inner shoes. It all secures easily, and they don’t bend side to side. You won’t need to worry about your ankles overextending forwards or backwards, as well as side to side at all. This is all thanks to the inner ankle brace. Although they don’t offer as much rigidity as the TCX entry, they are still regarded as one of the most protective boots on the market. It’s just a matter of whether you prefer slightly more comfortability with these boots or slightly more protection with the TCX boots. These boots were made purely for the track, and all the small details emphasise that.

Alpinestars SMX Plus V2 Gore-tex

Top 5 Motorcycle Track Boots
Pictured: Alpinestars SMX Plus V2 Gore-tex (Top 5 Motorcycle Track Boots)
Specs

Style: Track/Road Boots

Material: Microfibre Leather | TPU

Ventilation: Yes | Wide heel counter w/ lateral vents

Waterproofing: Yes | Goretex

Certifications: CE Level 2 | 2 | 1

Lining: Synthetic Forefoot Lining | Gore-tex

Closure System: Micro-Adjustable Ratchet Strap

Inner Boots: No

Pros

+ Very secure and protective

+ Can be used on the road

+ Easy to feel footpegs through soles

Cons

Runs a size large

Coming in just below the Alpinestars Supertech R boots, both in quality and price, the SMX Plus V2 Gore-tex boots still offer a great amount of protection and comfort. If you are looking for a waterproof and breathable alternative to the well ventilated Supertech Rs, these boots are a wise purchase. The soles are still thin with excellent reinforcement so that you can feel the footpegs and controls easily. These boots are targeted towards people who ride on the road and occasionally have track weekends. Even the ventilated version of these boots don’t take in as much air as the Supertech R boots. Plus, the shin guards aren’t as pronounced as those on the Supertech R.

These boots are the primary choice for casual track racing participants. So, if you want practical boots to wear daily and safe enough to take on the track occasionally, these are an excellent option. Unfortunately, however, they don’t utilise inner boots. Just remember that when you are buying a pair, they run a size large.

RST TracTech Evo III

Specs

Style: Track/Road Boots

Material: Microfibre Leather | TPU

Ventilation: Yes | Perforations

Waterproofing: No

Certifications: CE Level 2 | 2 | 1

Lining: Mesh

Closure System: Velcro | Zippers

Inner Boots: No

Pros

+ Well priced

+ Excellent Protection

+ Stylish

Cons

Difficult to put on

The RST TracTech Evo III boots come in at a slightly more affordable price-point than the previous entries. It has a track/road design so that you can wear them outside of the track too. However, unfortunately, they don’t utilise inner boots. It may be a good idea to spend a bit more on purely track-focused boots if you ride professionally more often. That being said, they are a bit more difficult to put on than the other boots. But, once they are in place, they are comfortable and secure.

They offer great protection, only lacking in transverse rigidity, and have many stylish designs to choose from. These are a great option for someone that doesn’t want to spend a great amount of money on a top of the line, dual-purpose track boot. Or, if you’re looking for a boot to wear on your daily commute and occasionally take on the track.

Dainese Axial D1

Specs

Style: Track Boots

Material: Lorica | TPU | Dainese D-Stone Fabric

Ventilation: No

Waterproofing: Yes

Certifications: CE Level 2 | 2 | 1

Lining: Moisture wicking mesh

Closure System: Zippers

Inner Boots: Yes | Not included

Pros

+ Designed to connect to Dainese Leather suits

+ Wide range of movement with minimal ankle safety compromises

+ Excellent Protection

Cons

Expensive

Easy to get blisters while wearing

The Dainese Axial D1 boots are designed to connect to Dainese leather suit pants. This is achieved by including a convenient zipper located at the top of the foot. They also happen to be the same boots that the famous Valentino Rossi wears. The D-stone fabric located above the boot is made to bend forwards and backwards without restriction. However, it limits side to side movement, easily saving your ankles in a crash. It can overextend forwards and backwards, which is far less worrying than sideways but can still hurt quite a bit.

Regardless, the Axial D1 boots offer a great amount of protection, especially when it comes to abrasion and puncture resistance. However, it is quite common to get blisters while wearing them, which is a mark against comfortability. Plus they are rather costly boots in general. I would recommend them if you already have Dainese leathers to connect these to.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for purely track-oriented boots, it’s tough to pass up on the TCX RT-Race Pro Air or Alpinestars Supertech R. The choice mainly depends on whether you want slightly more protection with the TCX or more comfortability with the Alpinestars. If these boots sound slightly out of reach financially, or you would prefer boots that you can wear outside of the track, either the Alpinestars SMX Plus V2 Gore-tex or RST TracTech Evo III are solid options. Personally, although the Dainese Axial D1 boots are excellent pure track boots, I wouldn’t choose them over the #1 and #2 on this list unless I already had Dainese leathers to use them to their maximum capabilities.

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