Got an flyer over the weekend from my local Cycle Gear (absolutely stole a Shoei 1000 from them $150).
First page was a house brand (Bilt) foul weather boot, slashed fifty percent off. It perked my interest up. Here (Central Florida), storms brew up in the blink of an eye, and can be absolute soakers. They'll make short work of any standard riding boot, and you'll find yourself spending the rest of the day drying your footgear out to prevent any molding issues in our humid environment.
So the other day, in the midst of a downpour, I stopped by the local Cycle Gear shop, and picked a pair up. I was eager to ride yesterday, as it was raining again, but circumstances prevailed against me, and I had to wait until today.
So which brings us to today.
I'd had some trepidation wearing them all day because they seemed to fit tightly in some odd places so they would need a proper breaking in. Just in case, I brought a pair of regular shoes.
After I put the Storms on. I had to walk around through my morning gear routine etc. I couldn't help but notice how comfortable they were to walk in. Getting astride the bike was even noticeable. Getting situated on the pegs was even a tad more comfortable than my normal footgear, plus shifting, aided with a leather panel to reinforce the shift area, was a breeze, and I never once felt it on my toe.
It didn't rain on the way in, but the air was saturated, and it's threatening. So I concentrated on what I could feel. I didn't feel any breeze through any seams. So that appears to be a good thing, and I just couldn't get over the comfort just on the pegs.
Walking around the office reaffirms the comfort. However, the only complaint is, being waterproof, they're not vented. So they're hot. My feet are literally boiling as I type, and I can't wait to go out to the saddlebag, and grab my other footgear.
I guess this just illustrates that certain gear is made for certain conditions. It makes sense that you can't have vented or breathable waterproof shoes...I think. It'd be great if they weren't so hot, they could be worn all day.
I'm looking forward to seeing if they truly work as advertised. The comfort in fit, they provide is awesome, just a tad too warm. They seriously have me rethinking my options for riding footgear. I currently use a pair of HH Harness boots that are well worn and trusted friends. I may start looking into the riding "shoe" genre to find a good overall fit, and store the rain shoes with the Frogg Toggs in the saddlebag.
Linky: Cycle Gear - BILT: Storm Waterproof Leather Motorcycle Boots, BLACK