Aerostich Combat Lite Boots

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Product Description


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).

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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

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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A Very Good BootReview by JB
I love these boots. I had always purchased BMW boots in the past and was very pleased. These boots are better in my opinion even without the Gore-Tex liner in the BMW's.
I took the time to break-in before leaving for a 15 day trip wore the boots everyday including some rain, served me well. I ordered two pair one of each sole offered. I kept the wedge sole for a couple of reasons: 1) I like the pronounced heel and 2) the wedged was much easier to shift gears due the heel.
The cleated sole probably would do much better on concrete and asphalt than the wedge but I did not keep them for the reasons stated above.

This is a far better product than most other boots especially with the Norwegian style sole that is not just glued but stitched as well. The lining inside is very good quality.
The one thing I did was swap the laces which were constantly getting caught in the Velcro, this is an easy fix but you do need a hard lace to replace the only cheesy part of the boots. (Posted on 9/25/09)
Perfect everyday riding bootReview by J
This boot offers some serious protection with understated style. I've been wearing them for about a year commuting five days a week to work. Crash tested them twice on the street and they've held up remarkably. They look like regular boots underneath your pants. Even got compliments on them from a girl who is a professional stylist. They are not as comfortable walking around as sneakers but that's an acceptable trade-off. The buckle is fully adjustable and has never been a problem for me. These are superb boots. (Posted on 9/24/09)
think about itReview by sean
I've been using the combat lites for almost a full season now.

Pros: Great in any weather. They kept me warm in 25 degree weather with just a pair of gym socks on. And in 95 degree heat they were great too. I've never worn them in the rain, but I don't doubt that they'll be waterproof. The leather inside is the most plush I have ever seen. I like that the inside leather is white so it does not stain your socks and feet.

Cons: The buckles are terrible. A boot this expensive with cheap buckles is unacceptable. Sidi has better buckles on some of their mountain biking shoes. The buckles don't stay adjusted the way you set them and they dig in to the top of your foot. Totally unacceptable.

Other reviewers have said that they can walk in these boots for miles. I do not echo that assessment. They are uncomfortable to walk in. Another reviewer complained that the boots squeaked- the wedge soles do not squeak at all.

These boots are better suited for boulevard cruisers than sport bikes- they just don't have the feel and flexibility for sport bikes.

One other comment is about the finish of the outer leather. It looks like plastic. (Posted on 8/20/09)
Awesome fit, great supportReview by Skypp
I am hard to fit, so it took about an hour of walking around the small showroom. I was entertained by Jim (an employee) and the customers who also owned and loved their "Combat Lites". I was treated with respect, and thou at times it was busy, never rushed,but looked in on enough to feel important! Customer service? Jim and an attracive young woman, are/were true customer service, and I thank them! The boots, I wore them for the next ten hours at the Bayfront Blues Festival, and again for the 8 hour ride home! They are worth the money!
Skypp (Posted on 8/17/09)
I bought the Combat Lites...Review by Patrick Lifsey
I bought the Combat Lites in January 09. They were stiff at first, but I broke them in by wearing them from the bus-stop to my office building. I love these boots and don't ride without them. They are comfrontable and provide the protection that I need. I couldn't imagine wearing anything else. (Posted on 5/9/09)
Thin sole adds no height ...Review by fred hefren
Thin sole adds no height but is very comfortable after break-in. I normally wear a 15 but the 14 fit fine and after break-in, I can even wear thick socks with them. Have worn them in torrential rain with only water ingress from the top. They stay very dry with only minimal maintenance and a slicker over the top. Best boot I've ever owned! (Posted on 4/16/09)
Lets start out by saying ...Review by robert zarick
Lets start out by saying I haven't done a review before. I have been riding m/c for 45 years and have not found a pair of m/c boots to fit until now. My feet are 12 4E and only New Balance 12 4E shoes will fit. To make things worse I have a small bunion on my right foot. I ordered size 12 and expected to returned them like all the others I received over the years. They looked stiff but they didn't feel that bad so I took them to the local shoe repair shop and had them stretched a little over the bunion area on the right boot. They didn't stretch that much but maybe it's just mental that they felt better. So I wore them for about 4 hrs. and that nite while watching tv I took those new little creases and worked them back a forth with some leather dressing. After three days I worked up to wearing them for eight hrs. and working them by hand at nite. Now their the only boots that I can ride, shift easily and walk in all day. Plus I got the cleated soles so they easy to walk, climb, hike and ride with. They look great and I wore them Christmas shopping and nobody noticed I was wearing anything special. To me most motorcycle boots look gaudy. These are the most comfortable boots I have ever owned and they broke in quickly with a little hand work. Thanks Rider Wearhouse Bob Zarick Jan. 01, 08 (Posted on 1/7/09)
Much better than the comb...Review by Mark Kondracki
Much better than the combat boots, for me anyway. Comfortable out of the box. Heavy - well built (why don't people make things with such craftmenship anymore?) Easy on/off. Really outstanding. The Combat regulars were too big, too stiff for me - these, while stiff, seem to offer more freedom of movement immediately. Definitely not moon man when off the bike. I practice all gear all the time so I needed something that didn't make me look silly off the bike. (Posted on 1/2/09)
Took a while to break in,...Review by James Stone
Took a while to break in, as everyone has heard. But once broken in, these boots are very comfortable. They are nice and wide. They are also great in the snow! These boots should last a very long time. (Posted on 12/29/08)
I've had my Combat Lite b...Review by Peter Gantriis
I've had my Combat Lite boots for a year now, and they're excellent. They are comfortable and easy to put on and take off. Now that they're broken in, the Combat Lites are very comfortable both on and off the bike. I added the "sizing insoles" (purchased separately from Aerostich), and they are a huge improvement to the boot's comfort. An added bonus of the Combat Lites is that they're pretty subtle when worn under a pair of jeans. The boots have excellent protection for the bike, yet they don't make you look like a Power Ranger when you're not riding.

I highly recommend these boots... (Posted on 12/29/08)

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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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