Aerostich Combat Touring Boots

SKU: 400-480

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The tougher your riding, the better this boot will feel. Combat Touring boots are as strong as the bulkiest specialized off-road footwear, yet are designed to fit easily under your pants for everyday wear. As soon as you put them on you will feel more support and protection than ordinary street boots can offer.

Combat Touring boots are manufactured exclusively for us by Sidi using the best materials and their most experienced bootmakers. They feature quality full grain leather throughout, a Davos competition motocross sole, Scotchlite™ reflective in the heel gusset, generous internal ankle and toe padding, and a special padded collar at the top.

The inner speed lace/cord lock setup with micro-adjustable arch buckle and outer hook & loop calf closure insures a protective, comfortable fit. Combat Touring boots may take slightly longer to form to your feet compared to cheaper boots, but they will outlast them by years.

From time to time, apply any good waterproofing product and they will mostly eliminate the need for carrying rain boots.

Whenever regular motocross boots are too clumsy and street boots are too wimpy, these are perfect. Black. 14" tall (2.7 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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Combat Touring Boots Owners Guide
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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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good bootReview by jerry
This is a very well made boot. I wanted something that was comfortable and protective. This fills the bill. After about 2 days of wearing them all day they started to break in. They have gotten better every day. You get what you pay for and these are a bargin. (Posted on 12/27/11)
You Get Your Money's WorthReview by MyBeamishBoy
These appear to be great boots - well made, supportive, and for me, comfortable right out of the box. I have worn them in warm weather and recently cold without complaint. I have not worn them in rain yet as I have just recently ordered a waterproofing application from Aerostich.

Just for background I own other good boots - Alpinestar Tech 10 Motocross boots and Alpinestar Web Gore-Tex street boots. The CTBs strike a happy balance between the overkill of the full-on motocross boot to under-protection of the street boot. In short, there is enough boot to make me confident that I will get reasonable protection in a crash without having so much boot that I leave them at home (the Tech 10s).

I have since ordered a replacement sole (be proactive!) as I can easily imagine that these boots will be worth repairing as they wear as well as an insole from Aerostich just to take up a bit of the roominess of the boot.

In short, my limited experience with these boots agrees with the experience of other reviewers who appreciate the quality and design of the boot. Perhaps I'll still have enough of my wits to come back in ten years and give a more qualified revue. Until then, I think I'll just take them along while I go find out what's around that next curve ....

Ride safe, y'all.T (Posted on 11/16/11)
very nice.Review by eric
love these boots. still breaking them in, but went on a week long trip with them when they were brand new. although shifting was a little stiff at first, its just been getting better and better. pretty good resistance to road spray in the rain with a little waterproofing goop slathered on before i left. my one complaint would be the laces used and the way the velcro is set up. the laces (and tall pair of wool socks) tend to get stuck in the velcro, and the laces that came with the boots are going to be little fur balls in short order. i anticipate having to get some new laces, hopefully will be able to find some that are not sticky to velcro. overall highly recommended though. (Posted on 10/24/11)
Good BootReview by Kelley
Very nice boot. Break in is easy with the neatsfoot oil and pressing into shape method. I don't notice any weight at all. They feel quite light and walk very well. Comfortable all day. We'll see about longevity. (Posted on 10/5/11)
Stiff and heavyReview by netskink
OMG Stiff and heavy. Still breaking in. Its odd to not be able to feel your shifter or brake lever. Also some chaffing and blisters on feet. I wear a size 10.5 wide. I purchased a size 46/11. The first day I wore the boots, it was very tight on my left foot. I got a blister on my left foot. Afterwards, I coated them with mink oil and put shoe trees/expanders inside them and let them set for a week. I used them again and I got a blister on both Achilles tendons. At least the toe box had streched out some. I hope that when they are broken in they will be my boots of choice. Sometimes you have to swear at it before you swear by it, right?

I am not impressed with the shoe liner or speed lacing though. I'll comment more later if possible. (Posted on 7/25/11)
Combat Touring Boot inner plastic coated fabricReview by GK
I've had my CTB's for at least 10 years and have put in excess of 100k miles on them. They are the best riding boots I've ever owned and have held up very well with the exception of the Velcro, which lost it's ability to hold in about 2 years. I've since replaced it with Velcro which has held up well since. I don't think the Velcro which originally came on the boots is as high quality as genuine American Velcro. The other issue is the plastic coated material under the lace holes joining the two sides of the boot together. It flakes off and is regular cotton underneath. I've had to coat the material with silicone (Shoe Goo) to get it waterproof again. It would seem to me that a boot of this price would use thin leather for this part rather than cheap plastic coated cloth that flakes off and looses it's waterproofness in this area. Other than that, I'm very happy with these boots. (Posted on 7/21/11)
11 yrs 20,000 milesReview by Ken Scott
I have had these boots since 1999. They have seen 20,000 miles. The boots look great. They are stiff and I feel great wearing them. They are too warm for the california summers. They are built to last, go for it! (Posted on 6/21/11)
Best boots everReview by Imp
I have had these boots for 3 years now and LOVE them, they get better all the time. I ride about 25,000 miles per year and wear them from temps of 30's to 100+ ( I live in Florida). They are great to keep the heat off my shinns. I did get them resoled about 8 month ago and put a Vibram sole on them which I like better than the original. (Posted on 6/10/11)
Best boots you'll ever buy. Period.Review by Marko
These same boots were made and marketed by Sidi back in the day. It's great that Aerostich is having them made by Sidi just for them. I just received mine, and although they seem to fit really well out of the box, I'm still going to dunk 'em in water and go for a really long walk. The quality of these boots is really unsurpaseed in my opinion. I wear White's boots for work (similar stitch-down construction) and they're now approaching $800. Maybe I'll get another pair of these for work! These boots are well made, and they'll likely be the last motorcycle boots I'll ever need to purchase. All I can say is "Wow!" (Posted on 5/5/11)
Do not buy the cleated sole!Review by Neville
I bought these boots to replace my Sidi Touring -On Road. I took forever to spend the money, and I regret buying them. Sorry. They are high quality, and after many blisters I finally broke them in, now they are very comfortable. Only buy these if you do serious off road riding ALL the time. I have a GS BMW, and I tour, and these boots are overkill. Also, the Cleated sole sucks. It has no heal, and should assist in walking, but that is not the case, and the no heal thing is probably why i dislike them so much. In addition, they are NOT as water resistant as i expected. I rode to Canada last year and had soaked feet for 10 days, and yes, i treated them like they suggested. Either buy the combat lites for touring, with the Wedge sole and heal, or just buy the original Sidi with a waterproof lining. If I can find someone to buy these boots from me, i'll get Sidi Touring -On Road again. (Posted on 5/3/11)

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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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