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#404 Combat Lites

Aerostich Combat Lite Boots #404-484

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Combat Lite Boots Review by Kevin
Overall product quality seemed exemplary. Two issues. The first is the laces provided: they snag on the Velcro every opportunity, which gets old in a hurry. The second is that the height of the toe box is just too low when wearing thick boot socks (e.g., SmartWool). It pressed down on the top of my big toe badly. But for the toe box issue, I would definitely have kept them. (Posted on 12/11/14)
Thankful for the fit of these boots Review by Bill
I have a hard to fit shaped foot. No only are my feet "low-volume", but my forefoot is at least medium width while my heel is very narrow. In addition, my legs are rather skinny. From much of what I had read about these boots, I figured that they just would not work for me. Fortunately, Aerostich held a Pop-Up event in my city a while back and I got the opportunity to try the Combat Lites on for myself. I discovered that between the drawstring, the buckle and the velcro closure system, these boots fit my feet amazingly well. I was very surprised. So I ended up buying a pair. I later fitted some of the sizing footbeds that look just like the ones sold by Aerostich (mine are by DownUnders). While I could have gotten by with the stock insoles, the footbeds truly make for the perfect fit. No other motorcycle boot that I've tried on could match the fit that I get out of these, and I've tried quite a few.

As many have already stated, the leather and the build quality on these is top notch. I went with the "wedge" soles (the tan colored sole) and have been very happy with them. It's been raining around here lately and traction on wet street surfaces has been good for me. Sizing wise, I normally wear street shoes in the 8 - 9 range (my foot measure at a size 8.5) and the Euro size 42 worked perfectly for me.

As far as break-in goes, I've had these for six weeks or so now and find them to be very comfortable. The more you wear them, the better they get. Like many others, I wore them around the house for a few days before using them for riding. While somewhat awkward due to the stiffness of the leather, I experienced no pain. After that, I've simply just worn them every day on my commute and they've adapted to my feet nicely with a decent amount of flexibility. I did mss a few shifts the first couple of days of riding with them (again due to the initial stiffness) but I've had no problems since then — I no longer give them any thought at all while I'm riding. Much of the weight and stiffness of footwear is relative. I also have a pretty heavy duty pair of thick leather hiking boots that I had to break in years ago. These boots were no worse to work in than those were. Like the hiking boots, I expect the Combat Lites to last me for many, many years to come. (Posted on 9/30/14)
Patience required Review by David
Like any good leather boot the break in process will be arduous and painful but at the end of it all these boots will last a very long time, they're rebuildable and they're extremely comfortable.

Don't give up on them during the break in. (Posted on 8/8/14)
Sizing issues Review by Matt
I ordered my first pair of full size Combat Touring Boots around 10 years ago. They're metric sized; not knowing this I ordered a US 9.5, and got something way larger. I recently ordered Lites again in US 9.5 and got something way smaller.

Trying to return them has become a complete hassle. Between this and sizing issues with a Roadcrafter suit I'm rapidly becoming disenfranchised with Aerostich. Disappointing after how long I've been a fan of the company, but the customer service is really dropping the ball on returns, and the website really should state metric sizes and let the customer know what they're getting. A 43 is smaller than a US 9.5, not what you want when you're looking at long distance riding and potential foot swelling by the end of the day.

I've been happy with my full sized boots, wanted something smaller/lighter/cooler for Texas summer. In theory the construction, quality and durability of the Lite boots should be on par. Know your metric size, call and order; don't use the web form. (Posted on 7/21/14)
Great Boots Review by Robert
Yes, they are stiff when you first get them, and yes, they are built on a European last so they won't fit everyone perfectly. I had to get a size larger than I ordinarily wear in order for my mangled toes to have enough room. Sizing insoles and patience solved the other fit issues. I applied a layer of Aquaseal, let it soak in overnight, then wore them for the next day, then repeated about four times - by then they were broken in enough for me to operate my levers and the leather was soft enough that I didn't feel any chafing. While I wouldn't recommend wearing these as an everyday work boot, I did just that in order to speed up the break-in process since I didn't want to soak these beautiful boots in water as others have done. I also wear long socks with cushion soles. The laces do tend to stick to the velcro and look a little frayed, but are fully functional. I agree that at this price they should come with the upgraded laces. I have Sidi cycling shoes with similar buckles and have confidence that they will last with proper attention to opening and closing technique. These boots are not claimed to be waterproof, but with the Aquaseal treatment, they came through pouring rain just fine. My brother's "waterproof" Cycle Gear specials did not. Just remember to pay attention to the stitching when applying the treatment and you should be fine. I liked the way the boots looked when they came out of the box, but I prefer the way they look as they break in… especially knowing I did it. (Posted on 6/23/14)
Combat Lites Review by R. Owens
They are the most incredible thing on the planet when it comes to boots. You just can't kill them. (Posted on 12/21/13)
Solid Review by Matt
Ten years(?) of daily commuting in the deluge that is Everett, WA. They've been perfectly waterproof up until this winter when the rubberized tongues disintegrated and let mother in. Awesome boots for walking and riding, I'll buy another pair when I wear these out....might be a while. (Posted on 11/8/13)
tried but succss Review by Austin
i really wanted these boots to work but the toe box was too shallow. the quality looked outstanding and the fit, other than the toe box, was great (Posted on 10/26/13)
Good Boots, but Not best fitting Review by David
Since these are made for Aerostitch by Sidi, and I have two pairs of the latter, I ordered my exact size - European 45. However, the left boot did not fit well, was slightly large, and despite various insoles, my heel moved when I walked and created painful blisters. The boots are really stiff and took forever to break in. Nearly sent them back. Finally, after yet more insole combo trials, using a synthetic very thin sock and the friction-reducing roll-on lube runners use, I was able to wear them. Left boot still doesn't fit as well as I believe it should, but boots have proved ideal for dualsport riding. One other niggling complaint: why even ship the boots with the crappy stock yellow laces? For this much $$, the non-fraying laces in appropriate length should be standard. (Posted on 10/8/13)
one year later ... Review by ran
I've used these for over a year now, and I still don't love them but they have their positives.

I wore them on a few hot-weather rides this past Summer, and the boots are very hot and uncomfortable. No way to open them up and get any ventilation. OTOH, they are nice and warm on cold weather rides. And yesterday I was out in a surprisingly heavy rain storm, and the boots kept my feet completely dry.

And they're okay for walking around when you're off the bike. So I'll give them a 6 out 10 and use some other boots for hot weather rides. (Posted on 9/24/13)

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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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