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Five of the best race boots

27 May 2019
Updated: 10 Mar 2022 Racing improves the breed, they say. It’s definitely the case for boots - here are five picks for that tough challenge…

While most riders hope a crash never happens, racers know it almost certainly will (probably repeatedly).

That’s why they need next-level protection from their boots, as the lower leg is very vulnerable in an accident. 

Our pick of the best race boots all have stiff bracing to protect the ankles, and the selection is based on feedback from Sportsbikeshop customer reviews.

Dainese Axial D1 In Boots

Sportsbikeshop customers have been incredibly impressed with the Dainese Axial D1 In boots, resulting in an average of 4.95 stars from the first 20 reviews. Customers have heaps of praise for the comfort of these boots straight out of the box, with no break-in period required. Unlike most racing boots, the Axial D1 In boots sit underneath the bottom of your leathers, and reviewers have noticed a marked improvement on flexibility because of this.

Alpinestars SMX Plus V2 Boots

Price from: £389.99

Customer rating:

5 (21)

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Sportsbikeshop customers have praised these Alpinestars boots for the fit and comfort, with several reviewers pointing to the inner boot as one of the reasons for the high level of comfort, as well as providing extra support. Customers have also been impressed with the build quality of the boot. A small percentage of reviewers noted that they needed to order a size larger for a better fit.

Sidi ST Boots

Sidi’s ST has been in the company’s range since 2011 and has built an enviable reputation among Sportsbikeshop customers over those years. Of the first 80 reviewers only six deducted a star from their score – one of those because the sturdy and protective Sidis weren’t as comfy as his trainers! The praise is unanimous for protection and comfort, though many say they require a little breaking-in time.

Sidi Rex CE Boot

These boots might look fancy, but the quality has earned them great ratings from the first 22 Sportsbikeshop customers to leave a review. A 4.9 rating is impressive stuff. Customers have praised the closing system, which enables a snug, and tailored fit for each individual. Reviewers describe the boots as sturdy and well made, although you may need to size up.

RST Tractech Evo 3 CE Boots

Sportsbikeshop customers have awarded these boots an impressive average rating of 4.8 stars from the first 233 reviews, with plenty of praise for the quality and price. Reviewers have noted that the boots do require breaking in, but found them to be exceptionally comfortable afterwards. With plastic around the shins and heels, as well as an anti-twist midsole and nylon shank for extra durability, it’s no surprise customers have described the boots as sturdy.