Tough sole with a metal shank
Injection molded shin plate
Built in leather heat shield
Adjustable four buckle closure
The best dirt bike boots are an essential part of your biking gear. Just like helmets, cycling gloves, and goggles, they provide protection, stability, comfort, and security as you tackle the backwoods, rev through the mud, and come out the other side looking like you’ve had quite the experience and lived to brag about it, too.
Without dirt bike boots, you won’t be prepared for the intense and sometimes arduous demands of dirt biking. For your own enjoyment and your own safety, it’s crucial for finding a pair to keep you or your kid not only looking the part but also ready for the twists and turns you will encounter on the trail. And it doesn’t hurt that they look cool, either.
So, ladies and gentlemen, start your engines, pull on those gloves, and let’s roar into our picks for the best dirt bike boots around to make every ride the best you’ve ever had.
The Best Dirt Bike Boot
The O’Neal Men’s Element Boots is a no brainer when looking for the best dirt bike boots around. They combine functionality with both style and affordability, which ensures they are ideal for dirt bikers of all levels. They boast the high quality you expect from O’Neal and provide a durable and comfortable design to ensure high performance on the track. They take a few days to break in, but once that’s done, you’ll have no trouble shifting gears, and the toe box is one of the wider ones around to provide excellent breathability.
While they’re not waterproof, they can still cope with moderately wet weather as long as you don’t walk through deep puddles. The padding is secure and well cushioned, while the straps and buckles are replaceable should they get damaged on a ride. If you’re looking for an easy and safe pair to get you started with your dirt bike life, this is a fantastic choice to go for that gives you everything you need. Make sure you also check our guide to the best Gore-Tex boots.
Replacement straps and buckles available
Suitable for dual sport riding
High quality construction
- Weight6.9 pounds
Two colors available
Suitable for long distance rides
Great traction on multiple surfaces
For anybody on a dirt bike budget, the O’Neal Element Limited Edition are an awesome pair of biker boots that allow you to experience your soon-to-be-favorite thing in the world without breaking the bank. Despite their limited edition status, they’re the cheapest boots for adults you can buy and boast a sleek, cool design that shows you mean business.
The 4 buckle design keeps them secure and offers a comfortable, effective flex when needed, and these closures are adjustable to accommodate different sizes. The injection-molded shin plate also provides reliable protection, and the genuine leather support makes them (mostly) waterproof. Some riders have mentioned they run a little too wide for their liking, but if you’ve got wide feet, this likely sounds like excellent news. There’s only a small break-in period, and the construction is durable to take quite the beating, ensuring superb longevity and providing better value for money.
Adjustable closure system
Injection molded plastic shin plate
Genuine leather support
- Weight2.8 pounds
No break-in period
Acceptably water resistant
Fit a little wide for some
Shifting gears into a style better for exploration and parts unknown, the FORMA Adventure Off-Road Motorcycle Boots are possibly the best boots you’re likely to find to cover all bases regardless of weather, environment, or situations. They are comfortable, with a memory foam insole that conforms to the shape of your foot, while the leather upper ensures proper protection from the elements.
There’s very little break-in period, and it will feel like your favorite boot almost immediately. The traction is good, which is useful if you need to take a quick walk, while the anti-shock midsole makes you feel you could walk all day in these and not feel anything. And all this is great, but they’re not as durable as other options, and the velcro closure won’t be as sturdy as clip fastenings. However, they’re still waterproof, they’re more breathable than any other boot we’ve found, and they will suit your biking gear without any problems. Be sure to combine this with cool insoles from our list.
Plastic gear protection pad
Dual-Flex anti-shock midsole
Memory foam inner sole
- Weight6.5 pounds
Replaceable footbed with Air Pump System
Not as durable as other options
The Fox Racing 2019 Comp Boots are another lower budget but still reliable option for beginners or those looking for a spare pair of boots for them to use and abuse without ruining their competition boots. They fit securely, but unlike some boots, also provide comfort for all-day wear, although you’ll need to give them a few days to break them in.
The straps are tough, but they can be a little difficult to set, which could waste time at the beginning or end of your circuit. Considering they aren’t Fox’s top range option, though, this shouldn’t put too many of you off. Even with this, there’s still a lot to love about them, and they’re easy to break in, while the design ensures full protection. More experiences bikers won’t be looking for something like this, but casuals and beginners who need a simple pair of boots they know they can trust won’t find many better options in this price range.
Easy to break in
- BrandFox Racing
- Weight6.61 pounds
Replacement straps available
Excellent ankle support
Clips are a little difficult to set
If you’ve already got your perfect motocross riding boots and want to get your kid into the sport too, the Fox Racing Pee Wee Comp 5K Youth Boots are the only route to take. Perfect for budding bikers, they provide the style and the protection essential for a good time and inspiring a love of motocross. The clips are secure, and the traction keeps them stable on slippery slopes, while in between all this, they’ll have spectacular ankle support. Fox also knows how frustrating it can be to help kids get their shoes on and off, they’ve designed them to slip off with ease, saving any complaints after the race and before taking a bath.
These are an excellent way of completing your kids look for their first motocross ride, but because they’re design for children, it’s likely they’ll grow out of them sooner than you get your money’s worth from them, so let’s hope they want to pursue this hobby once they do. Don’t forget to check our guide to the best boot dryers.
Easy to put on and take off
- BrandFox Racing
- Weight3.05 pounds
Ideal for first time riders
Easy to break in
Slightly expensive considering your kid may grow out of them quickly
An upgrade from our first pair of Foxes, the Fox Racing 2019 Comp 5 Offroad Boots look cool, feel good, and will prove to everyone you know exactly what you’re doing. They’re some of the most durable boots around, and Fox have designed them to appeal to both experienced riders and those just starting out. With them, you can feel secure with the reinforced shin plate, and the alloy buckles are tough and robust while still being easy to clip in place. The break-in period is minimal, and the thick sole lugs ensure excellent and almost unrivaled traction on uneven and untrustworthy terrain.
Some riders might find them a little tight around the ankle, and they’re a little too bulky for our liking, which could make it difficult to change gears. Even so, they offer excellent protection and full leg coverage, so even if you do fall off you can at least trust you’ll fall off safely.
Reinforced shin plate
Large lugs on sole
- BrandFox Racing
- Weight6.61 pounds
Suitable for beginners and professionals
Easy to secure
Slightly tight around the ankle
Venturing into slightly more expensive territory, the Tech 7 Enduro Off-Road Motocross Boot lives up to its price tag with its innovative that makes use of microfiber technology to provide a flexible but tough construction enough to rival any dirt bike boot around.
Even with this flexibility, you’re guaranteed stability, and you’ll find these boots are some of the easiest to switch gears with while remaining in control. They’re also comfortable despite demanding a slight break-in period, but when this is over, we love how they fit as easily as a pair of tennis shoes rather than bike boots. This break-in period is the only thing we can pick wrong with the boots, and if you’re looking for excellent support, traction, and a true size that sits nicely in between budget and premium these are the boots you’ve been looking for, so happy riding, but you may never want to take them off again.
- Weight10 pounds
Excellent traction on slippery surfaces
True to size
Slight break-in period
The Fox Racing Comp 8 Men’s Motorcycle Boot is the most expensive Fox product in our selection, but once you realize what it can provide for you, the price will hardly matter. They are comfortable straight out of the box for immediate use, while the ankle support is some of the finest we’ve come across. The most exciting feature, though is the exclusive Fox Duratac outsole, which delivers fantastic, reliable traction on a variety of surfaces and keeps you secure. They are available in several sizes, making them perfect for adults or talented teens who need the best gear around.
The easy buckle system makes taking putting them on and taking them off a breeze, and the integrated rubber burn guard makes them some of the safest boots around. However, although they look red on the pictures, the color is closer to orange in real life, but this is a minor issue that shouldn’t affect much.
Exclusive Fox Duratac outsole
Injection molded shin plate
Integrated rubber burn guard
- BrandFox Racing
- Weight9 pounds
Minimal break-in period
Easy buckle system
Color doesn’t match the pictures (but is close enough)
Breathable and lightweight, the Fly Racing FR5 Boot is one of those boots you want to graduate to after you’ve finally worn out your first pair. Available in multiple colors, you can mix or match with your existing gear, the impact resistant design adds an element of practicality to the proceedings. It doesn’t stop there, either. The CoolMax upper construction gives you the breathability you crave when battering your way through the track, and works to keep you dry in the summer, whereas in the colder months, you’ll not feel the sting of the chill other competitors might do.
The adjustable buckles provide personalization, but they’re a little too stiff for fast access, at least at first, although they could loosen up over time. They’re also not as high quality as some other options, but you can’t expect them at this price, and we think they’ll still hold up pretty well, regardless.
Breathable CoolMax upper
Balanced and supportive
Full coverage protection
- BrandFly Racing
- ModelFR5 Boots
Multiple colors available
Short break-in period
Buckles are a little stiff
Our most expensive pick yet (but we’ll see about that), the TCX Comp Evo 2 Michelin Men’s Off-Road Motorcycle Boots are built with dual density foam to offer protection, comfort, and security across your calves and around the legs. In fact, they may be the most supportive boots around, but we’ll leave you to decide that.
Despite this foam, they are also sufficiently breathable, while the Zone Heat Guard design protects you from engine burns. They’re also built to last, with high wear resistance for more intense tracks, and considering how much they cost, this gives you confidence they won’t fall apart after two races. The Double Flex control system makes it easy to switch gears, and heel reinforcement ensures better stability. You might struggle with them if you’ve got wide feet, but if not, these are a top of the range option for experts.
Double density foam
Zone Heat Guard
High wear resistance
Double Flex control system
- Weight16 pounds
Not as comfortable for wide feet
Our final and premium pick is the Sidi Crossfire 3 SRS Off Road Motorcycle Boots which come with a patented dovetail sole you won’t find anywhere else and boasts a special interlocking system to provide solid and secure grip on all sorts of terrain. Further up, the adjustable buckle system ensures better customization and makes it easy for you to find the perfect fit.
The replaceable shin plate is also useful, especially if you typically find other shin plates take quite the batteries, while the customizable leg circumference allows for better tailor-made changes so each ride is a comfortable one. They are shock resistant to ensure better protection and fewer injuries, while the support toe and anatomically shaped heel make these the most welcoming boots around. The price will put most casual (if there is such a thing) dirt bikers off, but if you’re an expert looking to take that next step into high quality gear, these moto boots are the only thing you should have your eye on.
Patented interlocking system
Adjustable buckle system
Replaceable shin plate
Supportive toe area
Anatomically shaped heel
Removable arch support pad
The most expensive option we’ve selected means it may only be suitable for passionate riders
Dirt Bike Boot Buying Guide
How We Chose Our Selection Of Dirt Bike Boots
We wish we could have gotten out there and really tried out the best dirt bike boots, but we didn’t have the time nor the gas to make it there. That’s not to say we still didn’t undertake some heavy, thorough research, though, and to ensure we managed to selected the top products for motocross and dirt bike enthusiasts, we considered our selection based on these three factors.
Reviews - Reviews are one of our favorite things in the entire world, up there with trying new foods, sunny days off, and next day delivery. These reviews gave us the information you can’t get from mere product descriptions. They told us all about comfort, about durability, about break in periods, and also about how well the boots do their job.
While most of the reviews we find are positive, there are also some less-favorable reviews, but these are as equally important, as without them, we’d end up waxing lyrical about products that might not even be that good. You have nothing to worry about that here, though.
Brand - We know one issue with buying motorcycle shoes is having to decide between which brand to go with. Do you select your tried and tested, trusty favorites, or do you choose to branch out, try something new, and live a little?
We try to select as many brands as we can while still maintaining the high quality expected of dirt bike boots, and we never want to show too much preference for one brand. This is why you’ll see a range of companies represented in our selection and you know you can rely on all of them to deliver excellent performance.
Price - High-quality dirt bike boots aren’t cheap, but if you’re experienced with motocross, you likely already know that. We’ve come to learn people aren’t too fussed about spending more money if they are also guaranteed fantastic quality, and while these boots are more expensive than your standard pair of rain boots, they provide that necessary quality.
We are also careful not to price anyone out though, especially beginners who still aren’t sure if this whole dirt bike passion will stick. This is why we look for as wide of a range of prices as we can without venturing too far into haunted forests of substandard quality. For both beginners and professionals, we believe we’ve got everyone covered.
Features To Look For In Dirt Bike Boots
Before you get too ahead of yourself, let’s take it back just a little and consider these essential key features you must look for with any pair of dirt bike boots. You may already have your eye on one, but understanding what will best suit you could quickly change your mind. Or, it might not, but you may as well check it out, because what else are you going to do?
Fit - Ill-fitting boots are a surefire way to introduce yourself to a whole world of pain during your ride. They can be too tight, too loose, they can dig into your heels and they can cramp your toes. This will affect your concentration and could even lead to foot infections.
A poor fit can also affect breathability, making your feet sweat on hot days. We all know how uncomfortable this can be, so finding boots with breathable materials will make your ride much more bearable.
Protection - With something as intense as dirt biking can be, you need as much protection as humanly possible to ensure safety and enjoyment. This includes proper ankle support and protection for your shins, with as much of your lower leg covered as possible being crucial for adequate protection. We hope you never fall off your bike, but if you do, at least you’ll be safe.
You need to consider more than just your ankles and shins, though, so it will also be useful to invest in waterproof motorcycle boots, even if you rarely ride in wet, muddy areas. If you’re passionate about dirt biking, you will eventually want to branch out and explore other, wetter environments.
Grip - While most of your time will be spend twisting and turning through the track, there will be moments where you need to swap wheels for feet and take a stroll through the dirt. For this, it’s imperative you find boots which provide excellent grip to ensure you stay on two feet.
This grip will help you surmount slopes, stay stable and secure when standing still, and make it easier to get yourself out of ditches in the (we’re sure unlikely) event you take a tumble.
The traction also affects how securely you can keep your feet firmly on the foot pegs. Larger lugs will offer greater stability and ensure you can keep your balance better than smaller lugs, as you’ll get more purchase, especially when the track gets bumpier and more unpredictable.
Flex - The flex of the boot gives you better mobility, but too much flex could lead to problems and minimize protection. Optimal flex allows you to use the gear shift and brake while boots that are too stiff will make it more challenging to change gears and could result in injury.
If your boots don’t feel too flexible at first, it may just be you need to give them some time to break in, but we wouldn’t advise you to get on your bike until you’re satisfied.
Design - Style isn’t everything, but you want to look as cool as you can when on your bike. Your preferred style is up to you, but you likely want to find boots that match with the rest of your gear. Most boots come in a variety of colors, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
On a more practical level, the design will also contribute to ease of wear, comfort, and protection. Not all boots have the same design, so consider your biking level and take your pick from there.
Fastening - The fastening clips keep your boots secure when riding. You will see boots usually have between 2 and 4 clips, but this shouldn’t affect how secure they feel.
What’s more important is how easy they are to operate. You don’t want to waste time fiddling around with clips, so those with a quick release and connection designs are perfect for those who can’t wait to jump onto their bike and get started.
If you want to save money, you can find boots with adjustable and replaceable clips to save you buying a whole new pair of boots if they break or get too worn down to be effective.
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