Aerostich Combat Lite Boots

SKU: 404-484

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$347.00

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More ideal for general touring, everyday urban riding and all day street and general purpose wear. Obviously shorter and lighter, but incorporating the identical heavy duty materials, design features, and construction quality of the original Combat Touring boot. Top grain leather and fully leather lined.

Compared to most general purpose and riding boots, the Lite has fewer individual leather pieces, less seams and is a stronger and longer lasting boot. The inner speed laces and instep buckle provide a better and more secure fit than any slip-on “engineer” type boot. The lower shaft fits riders with extra large calf muscles better, too. Black. 11" tall (2.42 lb. per boot) Medium Width. Wedge or cleated sole. US (EU) sizes: 7.5 (41), 8.5 (42), 9.5 (43), 10 (44), 11 (45), 11.5 (46), 12.5 (47), 13.5 (48), 14 (49), 15 (50).

Boot Sizing Guide
How To Fit Combat Touring Boot
Combat Touring Boots Owners Guide
CTB Repair Services
More About Combat Touring Boots (Deeper info for nerds...)
Editorial Review, Combat Lite Touring Boots, NC Touring

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Mr. Subjective on Breaking in New Aerostich Gear

One of the unusual aspects of most Aerostich gear (in today's world of conveniently pre-digested, artificially-aged items) is there's usually a lengthy old fashioned 'break in' period. The time and distance needed varies from a few hundred miles to a few years, depending on how much one rides, and how sensitive the wearer is. It’s also a bit different for different items…boots, gloves, helmets, shirts or riding suits. For me, a new Aerostich suit or jacket feels acceptably comfortable after a few hundred miles and then reaches it's best after a couple of years of use and wear. By the third and forth season it's about perfect (ironically this happens just as similar gear may start feeling worn-out).

That may seem an unusually long time by today's standards, but with much of my most-favorite stuff, from boots to jeans to you-name-it, it's always been this way. We email a newsletter to riders interested in Aerostich products and sales, and a recent one titled "For the Long Ride" has several nice stories about this. You’ll find it here http://www.aerostich.com/long-service-model

Beyond general long-break-in periods and long-service stories, actually breaking in stiff new gear remains very much a pain in the ass: It is uncomfortable, and I always feel a bit more awkward wearing brand-new sparkly gear than well-worn examples. A bit of wear and patina can be almost as important as a product’s design, materials and functionality, partly because it silently tells a useful story which testifies to one’s long experience (without being overly proud of it, though).

It’s always the same. When I was a kid I usually hated the brand-new back-to-school school clothing my mother provided each fall, and being forced to give up old familiar things which were only a bit too small but clearly worn-out. Today I sometimes still feel this way, so even breaking in a brand-new (and much nicer) helmet can be awkward and uncomfortable. It’s odd to complain about this from an economic standpoint but in some ways good ‘new’ and unfamiliar stuff must always be endured for at least a little while before it becomes ‘old’, comfortable and familiar. This is always worth it though, because new things are improved in real ways which matter over the long run. New is good…and new-and-broken-in is even better.

It’s impossible to not prefer (for example) a comparatively newer and lower mileage rental car and many other newer and less-worn things, but for many other things this isn’t such a simple a decision. And even with today's popular pre-aged and faked-old items (like pre-washed jeans, pre-distressed whatevers) simultaneously offering both the worst-of-both-worlds (inauthentic and already partly worn out), and the best of both worlds (experienced-looking and requiring less uncomfortable breaking-in), the choice actually comes down mostly to your perspectives and not the functional qualities of the item. In the end what matters most is finding stuff which best meets your needs. Whatever they are.

Here is an authentic (albeit nonsensical) way to fairly quickly break in your stiff brand-new Aerostich Darien Jacket, pant or riding suit:

  1. Remove impact armor and all contents of pockets.
  2. Soak jacket in large bucket of muddy water for fifteen minutes to three hours.
  3. While jacket is soaking, dig, or hire someone to dig a hole in the ground large enough to bury the jacket fully.
  4. Wad up the still-wet jacket and bury it in the hole.
  5. Water the dirt covering the jacket liberally, as if the hole contained a plant seedling.
  6. Wait three days, then dig up the jacket and let it air dry.
  7. After drying out, grab the jacket by the shoulder area and whip it hard against the trunk of a large tree five or six times. (This step may also be done when the jacket is wet.)
  8. Replace impact armor and wear the broken-in jacket with pride.
  9. Alternatively, ignore steps 1-8 and just put on your stiff new Aerostich gear and go do some riding.

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Wore them for two weeks e...Review by christopher oelerich
Wore them for two weeks every day before hitting the road, after reading the reviews. At first they were a little stiff and then got better by the day. We rode 1000 miles, looping the Colorado rockies in July heat and was never uncomfortable. They provide excellent traction when tipping up and moving the bike around even on gravel surfaces (Valkyrie Interstate). The adjustability and fit are excellent and I found sizing to be true. Heavy tall socks added to the comfort. I expect to wear these for a long time. (Posted on 10/25/08)
For those wondering, I ca...Review by Tim Lake
For those wondering, I can confirm that these are flexible, unclunky and shallow enough to work on a sports bike (999). I was also surprised how fast they broke in (3 days) well enough to ride in. UK buyers should note that the last is the same length but wider than the same size as the Sidis in UK shops. (Posted on 10/9/08)
I have a pair of the Comb...Review by giselle vagnini
I have a pair of the Combat regulars that I bought second hand but the seller said they were barely used. My calves are on the larger side so I asked the seller to measure the diameter or circumference of the top of the boot to see if it would fit me. He didn't measure very accurately so when they arrived, they don't fit my calf. I haven't had the chance to break them in but all these reviews are encouraging. I am thinking I will bring them to a shoe repairman and ask him to enlarge the calf for me, either by inserting a wedge of leather or somehow lengthing the velcro.

Or maybe I will try the Combat Lites from AeroStitch and return them if they don't fit...yeah, that's what I'll do. (Posted on 2/16/08)
Day one: extremely stiff,...Review by Michael Zumstein
Day one: extremely stiff, I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to shift gears but with a little change to my foot geometry that’s not a concern. Day five: I know they will bury me with these boots on. I commute 110 to 118 miles per day round trip in all weather and I wear my boots all day while standing with no discomfort or fatigue.
The nicest boots I’ve ever worn and they even look ok with my work day wardrobe.
I’m almost looking forward to see how the boots perform when I wreck.
(Posted on 1/15/08)
I just got my boots and I...Review by Troy Decker
I just got my boots and I have been wearing them constantly for the last 3 days. They already feel great, Im looking forward to putting them to the test on a 3500 mile ride I have coming up in November. The only minor complaint is the laces used on the boot keep getting snagged by the velcro. I solved this by replacing them with leather laces. Overall great boot so far............. (Posted on 8/15/07)
These lite boots have qui...Review by Craig Lehman
These lite boots have quickly become my favorite. I use them every day traveling to and from work. Easy on and off with the buckle and quick lace, and are absoutley, positively 100% water proof. They are constructed of heavy weight leather, and thus take awhile to break in completely, but they are worth it. (Posted on 6/21/07)
I wear my combat lites or...Review by FastFred Ruddock
I wear my combat lites or combat regulars everyday; I also ride a motorcycle everyday. After two years of wear they are very comfortable for anything but long hikes. The boots still look great and even get complements at work in the IT field.

My combat regulars are a size larger to allow for another thick pair of socks in the winter. They keep my feet dry even in the worst weather on all day rides. The soles barely show any wear despite many miles and one crash.

These are no doubt the best boots I have ever owned. (Posted on 5/29/07)
This is truly a great pro...Review by Robert Netzer
This is truly a great product. Extremely well made and feels like they could last a lifetime. Break-in for me was difficult. The first month was pretty bad, and it took two months before the boots were mostly there. I made the mistake of wearing them on a business trip, thinking that I would get some good break-in time, but I got blisters on both feet. Now that they're breaking in more, that problem is gone.

These are roomy, so you may need thick socks with them. I tried the sizing insoles but they provided too much lift in the arch and were painful.

If you can tolerate the long break-in period, it's hard to imagine being disappointed with these boots. Well worth the money. (Posted on 2/23/07)
Bought em to ride in but ...Review by John Veon
Bought em to ride in but can't seem to quit wearing them! I live in NYC and walk everywhere. Took about 2 weeks for the boots to break in. I wear 8 1/2, and got a size 9. Took me a few days - I fiddled with the buckle and put some inserts in and wore them out in the rain one night, everything seemed to come together. Also a new experience shifting, due to the stiffness of the leather -- but again, not a problem after I broke em in (wouldn't ride with them brand new, they're too stiff).

To break in: I wore them every 3-4 days, and I think the one time I wore them in the rain really helped out. I would not encourage anyone soaking them before wearing them - just get them out into the world and they'll do the rest.

Don't fear these boots. I'm ex infantry and I know good boots - these are top shelf. Love these boots! (Posted on 1/8/07)

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The brief CBT History...

These were the first general purpose riding boot of this style in the world. Their origination story is simple: We wanted a basic old-fashioned heavy-duty rider's boot that provided support like an MX boot, was fast and easy to get in and out of,and held onto one's foot well -- but without all the added-on MX boot armor. More supportive than the classic 'engineer' style boot, and much heavier-duty than the typical zippered race, street or touring boot. A de-contented MX boot.

In hindsight it's hard to believe that twenty five years ago there wasn't anything else like this available. The CBT boot was the original. A new type of hybrid existing halfway between a street boot and an off road boot. It created an entirely new product category.

After about ten years we'd sold a good number of them and (also as 'adventure' style bikes became more popular) other boot companies started to make their versions of the CBT boot. Even Sidi came out with a version. All these subsequent versions from others were more complicated or 'improved' in some way: More buckles, pleated areas, waterproof liners, etc. The others wanted to be able to say they were better than the CBT boot.

This is like the way designer jeans manufacturers sometimes say they are better than original Wrangler's, Lee, and Levi's 501's maybe. Every market works like this. There's an original...and if it's successful there are others that are similar but supposedly 'improved' in some way.

Mr. Subjective 11-13

CBT Boot Break-In:

Breaking them in? I did it last week, to have a pair to leave with a motorcycle I co-own in Arizona. This was the fourth time in twenty years I've had to break in a pair. I ride in the third pair every day. The first pair are still in use by a friend, after 20 years. They were the prototypes. The second pair are also in use.  My feet got longer and this pair went to another friend. This time and the last time (#3 and #4) I soaked the boots in a sinkful of water, let them drip dry for a couple of hours, then went for a two mile walk in them. And got blisters. Then I left them for several days to air dry fully, with the tops propped open with a chopstick. The I oiled the folds and hinge lines, and let that soak in for a couple of days. Now I've worn them for about the last week on a motorcycle trip (I'm in the middle of it now...) and they are perfect. I added our fancy semi-orthotic insole and I'm set for life, probably. A pair in MN and this pair which will stay in Arizona...

Executive Summary: They need two things: 1. A two week break-in, starting with soaking overnight in water, draining for an hour, walking in them wet for a couple of miles, then slow drying for several days, propped open.  Then lightly lubricating the hinge folds (or the whole boot) with a soak-in leather dressing. 2. A higher quality insole. I use the more expensive of the two we sell.  The standard insole is not supportive enough for me.

Mr. Subjective 12/09

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