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Customer Reviews (98)
- Well pleasedReview by Morthwyl
First the bad:
I find the sole of the boots a little "Sticky" on cleated footpegs.
Then the Good:
Well made, easy on and off, stiff enough to offer protection but cut low enough to not be too hot (California). I was between sizes, so rounded up and put an insert in place with no problem.
Flexible enough in the ankle to not interfere with breaking/gear changes.
I went with the wedge sole to get a little more leg room as i am a little cramped for space on one of my bikes.
Very happy and will be getting a pair for my wife.
(Posted on 6/22/12)
- Great bootsReview by Genz
- Just got my boots. CBT lite. They weren't as stiff as everyone says. I wore them all day. They fit great. I rode the GS about 200 miles and shifting and breaking was normal. Both sitting and standing shifting was no problem. I almost didn't order these because of all the posts about how hard the break in was. Just put them on and ride. It's really no big deal. (Posted on 6/17/12)
- Crash reportReview by dogFM
- New bike, freshly wet road - grabbed too much front brake and down I went! Low speed crash but my combat lites are just a little scratched on the toe whereas my riding suit (not my Aerostich) is totaled. I just wish I had been wearing my 'stich because I have cut my knee and it's badly bruised too. The combat lives live on :) (Posted on 6/14/12)
- Fell short of expectations Review by KRB
I was hoping this new boot would be the replacement for my 10 year old worn out and tattered pair, regretfully not.
The draw string is awkward and gets snagged in the velcro closure. I was ending up rolling it in a loop and covering it with the velcro flap.
The buckle doesn't want to align easily, it ends up being a two hand job, and it pinches and folds the upper if I get it just a little tight.
The rubber tongue has no structure to it so tries to fold closed which is annoying when trying to slip your foot in the boot without two hands.
Compared to my suit, the boots seem like they weren't built by the same company. (Posted on 5/31/12)
- typicalReview by camargodave
- Typical of what I've come to expect of Aerostitch--very good quality at a reasonable price. The standard laces are my only small gripe. The velcro eats them up quickly. That's why I also ordered a set of competition laces. I sized the boots as suggested and got a perfect fit. Break-in is slow, as expected. I've used SnoSeal as the leather protector of choice. NO problems other than the expected stiffness. I made another good choice with Aerostitch. Two dual sport weekend rides and still my feet are dry. Thanks Andy (Posted on 5/1/12)
- Love 'emReview by Beau
- I have now had these boots for about 6 months. I wear them daily, and commute daily. Once they are broken in they are the great. I am in school full time and wear them to class. After classes I go to work as a Paramedic and reluctantly have to don my work boots. After 12 hours at slipping into these is so much nicer than my work boots. I will need a sizing insole soon due to stretch, but that is to be expected. (Posted on 4/25/12)
- Elastic band problemReview by Richard
- Bought my Combat lights one year ago. Quite stiff but obviously very well made. Worth a couple of blisters to break in. My major problem was the elastic band around the top. After two hours of this band squeezing my calves my leg above the boots swelled up like a watermelon. I tried compression socks No help. I did not want to give up on this product so I took them to my local cobbler and she cut the top elastic band off. She then trimmed off the little leather tab, stitched them up to look like new and I could not be happier. I expect to get about 20 years of very happy riding out of these boots now. Where this is a will There is a way (Posted on 3/10/12)
- Combat Lite BootsReview by Don
- I bought these boots in December 2011 and have waited until now to write a review that would not be based just upon first impressions, which were very positive. I switched from lace up logger boots to these after my new pair of loggers, without steel toes, began to bother me where the boot contacted the shifter. Out of the box the Combat Lites appear to be high quality boots made of heavy leather. If you are switching from a lace up boot these will take some getting used to as they can't be laced tightly around your calves and ankles. The sizing was a bit on the large side so to get a good fit I had to purchase a thicker inner sole which helped a lot but the boots still felt a little loose around my lower legs which took some getting used to. For me they were difficult to break in. I didn't soak them but ended up using them for morning walks, about 25 miles worth, before they felt pretty well. The walks did cause blisters but now after nearly three months they are comfortable but still breaking in. At first shifting was difficult but that is no longer an issue. The boots look and feel as though they will last a long time and when they need replacing I'll be back for another pair. (Posted on 2/26/12)
- Combat Lite BootsReview by james
- Got the boots in a couple weeks ago. Very nice as with other products purchased through Aerostich. Alot of talk about break in, not a big issue, boots (added inserts) are very comfortable although some may find them a little heavy. Treat them with a little quality leather treatment a few times, and wear them, they break in nicely. Hopefully these will last me a long time, as I pondered the price for 6 months. Only thing negative so far is, as many reported, the laces are constantly sticking to the velcro. Doesn't sound like a big issue, but is annoying, and they are already frayed. I will replace them soon with another type lace. Also the inner flap does not appear as though it will last that long, just guessing on that. All said, very pleased with these boots, will try and do a future review once more highway miles are logged. Jim (Posted on 2/7/12)
- Combat LitesReview by Paughco
Once they're broken in, I think I'll like these better than my trusty full-on Combat Touring Boots (size 12). I've been looking at "lighter" boots off and on over the years, and have watched my riding buddy buy two or three different pairs from a certain Bavarian motorcycle company, just to sell them at the next swap meet.
The velcro top closures feel like they will last longer than those flappy, near useless horzontal tabs on my CBTs.
Whenever I'm not riding I wear super comfy Keen Newport sandals. Maybe they've let my feet grow a little over the years, but the size 12 Combat Lites I ordered were too tight. I paid shipping back to Aerostich, and they sent me a new pair of 12-1/2s. The guy on the phone told me that "size 12" is actually 11-7/8, and 12-1/2 is more like 12-5/8. OK. They fit great.
I dressed the bottom edges of the soles of my new boots with a rasp, to ever so slightly round the sharp edges on the soles. This was after almost dropping my K1200S on the right side because my new boot temporarily hung up on the right foot peg at the critical moment as I rolled to a stop at in intersection. A combination of things, but probably less of of a problem as I get these new beauties broken in once the riding season starts in earnest.
Oh yeah - the laces are too long. Maybe the quest for the ultimate laces is worth a new thread on i-BMW.com.
ATB (Posted on 1/15/12)