Aerostich Combat Touring Boots

SKU: 400-480

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$387.00

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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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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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aMAZing boots!Review by skingy
these boots are heavy-duty awesomeness - Sidi quality at half the high Sidi price! i've primarily been wearing them in cold weather, and i suspect they'll get too warm in the hot summer heat and humidity - even on a windy ride. i don't care - these boots have spoiled my feet. i have a large, wide foot - i normally wear a 13.5 in a wide width, and know these were Italian-made, i sized up to a 14. absolutely perfect. thanks Aerostitch - i'm a customer for life! (Posted on 2/15/14)
My favorite bootsReview by redlinejohn68
I've had lots of riding boots. These are my favorite. Stiff and strong, yet supple enough to feel the pegs. Take care of 'em, they'll take care of you... (Posted on 2/3/14)
Best Boots By FarReview by Ron
I bought these boots several years ago, and have worn them for close to 100K mies. I have replaced the buckles once, and just had the soles and heels re-done, this time in vibram (heels, not wedged soles). The boots came from the shoe shop looking like new! I cannot believe the way they have held up. They never have leaked in riding, and the only wet feet I have had was stepping into a parking lot in a rainstorm that was flooded over a foot deep.
That is my one small complaint about this boot, and that is the material in the tongue. It is a rubber-coated fabric, and it has not held up well. The coating is constantly peeling off, and this makes the tongue non-waterproof. It needs a good leather tongue to preclude leaks when "wading." Yes, I understand that these boots were not made for wading, but it happens!
I sent a picture of the "new" boots to the picture site, showing a much better representation of well-worn boots than the picture Aerostich used to show in the catalog.
These boots will outlast me by many years, and will probably be in my will for one of my heirs. (Posted on 9/19/13)
Great BootsReview by Bueller
I bought a pair of the CTBs in 2004 before setting off across the country for a ride of a lifetime- San Diego to Newfoundland to raise money for a college friend whom had brain cancer. After a few week breakin before the trip, these boots molded perfectly to my feet and I lived in these and my Roadcrafter for 5 weeks on the road. Tough as nails, relatively water resistant and protective, these have been a great purchase. My first pair is ready to be resoled after all these years, and I have a pair of CTB lights that I commute to and from work in. I suspect I'll have these for many years to come- great product. (Posted on 5/24/13)
ShoelacesReview by Fisch
Well worth every penny paid - however, the yellow shoelaces that came with the boots were a complete PITA. Loose knit shoelaces and Velcro do not mix. I got some 52" black leather laces and reused the cam locks. Works great. Good advice to soak the boots in the water and take for a walk... I live in the Sonoran desert and thought I was going to have to go barefoot through rocks and cactus for the last 200 yards of the 2 mile walk. Still, it was well worth the discomfort as the boots are absolutely rock solid. (Posted on 2/25/13)
Everything bootReview by chad
I have a pair of these boots I bought in 2004; I've ridden countless miles in them since then on the road; ridden a season of motor-X in Florida, District 36 enduro season in Norcal in them back in 2010, I just finished the 2012 LAB2V in them. 2 OMC Sheet Iron 300's..
The velcro is sacked and I have to tape them shut with electrical tape now. But they still don't leak through water crossings.
I do have to use a shin guard but it also protects my knee so I'd wear them anyway.
In short, I love this boot, they're very comfortable and durable, I'm going to get another pair just to rotate them and resole the old ones, maybe have some new velcro sewn in.
(Posted on 12/6/12)
Best pair of footwear I've ever ownedReview by Nicolaus
These aren't merely a pair of boots. These are the best article of footwear I have ever (and likely will ever) own. I've had my pair since 2007. For thousands of miles, they have come with me through snowy mountain passes, through herds of buffalo, shared the path of a fox and his vixen, traversed the wild waste of the Mojave and the muck of much scoria and scrub. They've been through the worst motorcycle accident I've ever had in 25 years of riding: a sportbike flop at speed where the rear passenger footpeg strut caught my toe and twisted my foot around, grinding my toe into the pavement and dragging me behind the flopped bike for scores of feet. I was on crutches for a couple of months but my boots saved my toes and I still wear them today. There is a scrape on the right toe smaller than a dime to mark the incident. These are worth every cent. There is no other boot quite like them. (Posted on 9/9/12)
Combats are Hobbit boots no moreReview by Dan
Finally size 15 for a proper fit! At 6'7" my R1150GSA fits fine, my Roadcrafter was custom made for my Teutonic frame but these Combat boots took a while to be sized to fit my dogs.
I wear 15 1/2 street shoes but these fit great.
My trip to Deadhorse suffered only in having to use my old hunting boots, next time the Combats! Thanks for rounding out your product line sizing for normal guys. (Posted on 7/3/12)
Excellent BootReview by Brad
Have put 500 or so kilometers on the boots and I am finding them very worthwhile. Been wearing and caring for leather boots and shoes for 30 years and these are some of the nicest I have ever owned. Very comfortable, fit was excellent, break in very easy (I wore and broke in several pairs of heavy leather caulk boots and these boots are not overly stiff), and they are very easy to look after. This may not be important to everyone, but with some black shoe polish and Sno Seal, I can keep these boots looking new for many years as they are easy to polish and seal (just take care around the velcro patches on the sides of the boots so you do not foul them with whatever sealer you are using). I wear soccer shin pads in mine just to afford a little more protection when riding off pavement, but as long as a person does not treat them as a motocross boot (nor are they marketed as such) I think they are an excellent choice. (Posted on 5/17/12)
Buy 'em, especially if you have a son!Review by Kevin in Denver
Love the boots. I wear a size 10.5, ordered a size 11 and they were much too big. Easily replaced and a size 10 is perfect. Despite what others have said, the break-in was not a big deal. A few walks around the park with the dog for a week and we're good to go.

I love the close fit at the top of the boot. Because they're trim, it's now possible to wear conventional pants that will actually fit over the tops of my boots, unlike my dirt bike boots.

Only complaints: The laces stick to the Velcro pretty bad. I can see that I'll have to replace them with another lace type soon. Wonder why the manufacturer does not address this? Also, the alignment of the top Velcro flaps and the Velcro sections on the boot don't line up nicely. That's a minor disappointment, but only cosmetic.

Overall, I'm very happy with them and look forward to years of heavy use. My 18 year old son can't wait until he gets my pair! In fact, for sentimental reasons, I wrote the date of purchase inside the boot. When his old man (now 53) passes for whatever reason, he'll have some, "Good shoes to fill." (Posted on 4/20/12)

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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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