I have had a pair of Combat Lights for about a year and a half now, and I almost never get onto my bike without them. A bit stiff to start off, but they are now one of my most comfortable pairs of shoes ... period. By the way, I am a teacher and I spend a lot of time on my feet -- these boots are comfortable all day, every day. Here in San Francisco, we don't get much rain or cold, so I cannot say how well these will hold up in a downpour or a real winter, but these have been great year-round boots that I would highly recommend to anyone.
Oh yeah, as far as footpegs go, these boots fit perfectly with my Hawk GT since day one.
Good looking, protective, durable, and most of all comfortable for the protection that they offer ... even if you don't have hairy feet.
Thanks for the excellent review. Now with spring arriving in Seattle, I am getting the itch to ride my bike to work... That and the 50 min commute by car will become 20 min ride by bike in the HOV lane... These boots are exactly what I am looking for..
I've had a pair since 2003. I wore them everyday to work, during work, around the house, on the weekends, etc. These were the footwear for me.
Unfortunately, I ordered a 9.5, the SIDI box it camme in said 9.5 on it, but the boot was actually a 10, according to the label. I called Rider Warehouse, and was told that they could do a return and exchange (basically order a new pair), but how do they feel? Being that they were 10s, I felt no tightness or real uncomfort and said so, so the operator said to keep them...so, of course, I ended up keeping them.
But now that they are nice and broken in, they are too loose for me. I need to bug the wife about ordering a pair of 9s (I'd rather go through the pain and break in 9s so my heel doesn't tear at the liner). I wish I did the return way back when...sigh.
Oh, btw, now the full size CBTs come with the cleated sole option too.
Timely article for me...I have been considering the Combat tourer's. Unfortunately the heelless sole of the Lite doesnt meet the specs to be legal on the Navy base I work on. I believe the Combat tourer has a heel, so they are probably the ones Ill go with. When my last pair of flight boots wore out in the early 90's , I bought a pair of Cardinal Engineer boots....not the best riding choice,but they lasted forever. I also sometimes use my old HIPOINT MX boots when walking or working is not involved at the destination. However,since they are both now pretty shot, I need a replacement and the Combat boots sem to fit the bill....sort of a cross between the two. Id be interested in other suggestions....Cruiserworks (waterproof ) boots look promising. Any pros or cons on various boots would be appreciated.
Eh, if these boots aren't waterPROOF, they're useless for touring (unless you're a fair-weather tourer, which makes no sense). What the Aerostich guy said about waterproofing making your feet sweaty is absolutely not true for a good waterproof membrane like GoreTex. I have a pair of Alpinestars SM-X GoreTex boots and they're great. They are absolutely waterproof and don't make my feet particularly sweaty.
I don't have the money our esteemed Editor is now making (I can hear the howls of laughter in the background..), so I ride with SIDI boots sold with a SIDI label. They are built somewhat cheaper, but just about as rugged. Back in January, I dropped my BMW R1100GS onto my right foot. My toes and metatarsal arch were sore, but x-rays taken that night showed nothing broken. If the boots that SIDI makes for Aerostitch are as rugged (at twice the price, they'd better be) that would be good enough for me.
The only thing better are Dainese Axial, or Daytonas.
I looked at the SIDI's and other boots, all of them seemed fine for abrasion, but only the Supertech, Dainese, and Daytonas, seemed to have anything that even looked like it could handle some compression.
I sprained my ankle lightly once, and that taught me that screwing up your legs/feet is a big deal.
So if your feet get wet, you won't tour? Don't get me wrong, dry footsies are nice, but wet is not the end of the world. Add cold to the wet, and you may have a point, but there are ways around that too.
I've had a pair of these for about 8 years. They're great. Comfortable, sturdy, and very contemporary looking. I love mine, and they're not even close to worn out. They're easy to put on and take off, and they're easily adjustable. They definitely need to be broken in to be usable, but it's worth it.
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