Touring boots offer comfort, flexibility and protection – and you don’t have to spend a fortune to get it all.
Our guide to five of the best touring boots under £150 will help you grab a pair that will offer you everything, including a reasonable price tag.
The big boot brands have all lifted themselves out of this price category since we first published this list, so this section is now dominated by budget boot specialists Richa and Oxford.
RST’s touring boots for women are popular with buyers - as are the blokes’ version, which earn a 4.7 average rating that would also put them in this top five guide. Regardless of gender, they have a microfibre synthetic leather upper, grippy sole with plastic reinforcement shank and plastic guards at the ankle and shin. A Sinaqua membrane on the inside fights off rain and they come in sizes from 3-8 (Euro 36-40) for women and 6-13 (40-48) for men. Reviewers note the fit is true to size, but some women find them quite tight around the ankle.
The Richa Vortex boots are made from polyurethane-coated leather, and come with a waterproof membrane, which several of the initial reviewers noted works well. Almost all of the first nine customers to review these boots were happy with the comfort provided, and several customers also noted the quality feel of the zip and velcro fasteners. The majority of reviewers recommended sizing up with these particular boots, ordering one larger than normal.
With a leather construction and Hipora waterproof lining, these chunky boots from Richa make a good touring boot if you want something a little less sporty and a little more substantial. Many of the first 22 customers to review these boots have commented that despite their chunky design, they’re comfortable to wear after a short break-in period. Lots of customers are also fans of the fastening system, which they find easy to use and adjust.
If being visible is important to you then these have a distinctive dot-matrix of light-reflective material across the upper, which helps you stand out in a car’s headlight beam. The first 12 customer reviewers contributed to an average rating of 4.7 out of five, and they’re particularly well regarded for comfort and waterproofing. The upper is made from textile, there’s a Hipora waterproof membrane to keep out rain and plastic panels across the surface to toughen up the shins, ankle and forefoot.
With Oxford, riders expect good equipment at a good price, and these mid-length Hunter boots are no different. A high percentage of customers to review these boots were happy with the comfort they afforded, as well as the bargain price. But it’s worth noting some customers found they needed breaking in first. Several customers recommend buying a size bigger than normal for a comfortable fit.