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#404 Combat Lites

Aerostich Combat Lite Boots #404-484

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worth it Review by Adam
I got the LITES in April as I was looking forward to getting some miles under my belt for the summer, and felt that I had better have some sturdy footwear. The sticker shock was a blow to the bankbook, but I can tell you now (after thousands of miles) that they are worth every penny! They have a few "over-comeable" drawbacks - they are like wooden planks when you first get them - so make sure to wear them out and about as you would a new pair of hiking boots BEFORE you ride with them. They are NOT insulated, so make sure to account for that in sizing, as you will need 2 pairs of socks in cold weather. I recommend getting gerbings electric socks.
On the upside, once broken in, I no longer needed to carry "work shoes" for my work commute. I just wear the LITES all day and they are crazy comfy! When these wear out, I'll get them re-soled and re-vitalized and wear them out again.
Seriously - worth every penny! (Posted on 9/6/11)
Boots are comfortable but had initial adjustment to shifting with them. I am getting the hang of it after 1 weeks wearing, and riding my BMW R1100R Review by Jeff
Boots are comfortable and are breaking in without the soaking in water that was suggested. It was tough to shift initially with them (I have a BMW R1100R) but I am slowly getting the hang of it. Very superior protection to that which I had before. Alternative laces should be supplied with the boots since they are just way too long. (Posted on 7/26/11)
Great Boots Review by Swinny
I have just received my Combat Lite Boots, Hhhmmmm, comfy and good lookin’.

I have a wide foot and ordered the size 12 Combat Lites. The boots were a perfect fit, straight out of the box. I read many reviews and consulted a mate who has two pair of Combat Lites, so I was prepared for a two day break in period involving wet and sore feet. Coupled with a pair of Merino Wool Luxury Socks (from your cattledog as well), they are boots you don't want to take off.

Shipping to Australia via Fedex went well, arriving half a day ahead of planned delivery time. (Posted on 7/15/11)
combat lites Review by strombo
The more I wear these the more I love them. The only thing I don't like are the laces that come with em. (Posted on 5/20/11)
I am quite satisfied with these boots. Review by Art
I've had these boots for a year now, and really like them. I did probably buy them a bit too large, but the addition of the optional insoles and heavy socks solve the problem. Better a little big than too small. Break in took very little time, and I did follow the break-in instructions. The quality of the boot, including the buckles, is excellent. (Posted on 4/27/11)
Great Boots Review by HondoTX
After years of procrastinating, even going to Duluth to try them on, I finally gave and bought these boots to replace my Justin Ropers. I'm glad I did. They are will made and should last longer than me. They have a bad side: Don't rob a liquor store wearing these boots. They are hard to run in and the retro-reflective tape in the back makes it easy to spot you running away in the forest at night. (Posted on 4/20/11)
Great boots Review by Skip
I purchased my Combat Lites at Christmas time due to the numerous gift certificates I received from generous friends and family members. I have been wearing the boots almost daily since then. I did not find them overly stiff. They are certainly heavier than the synthetic rubber, and canvas footwear we're all so accustomed to wearing, but a thick leather boot like this is naturally going to be stiffer. I've been wearing them on the Rider's Edge training range while teaching. That's a lot of walking over the course of the weekends, and I have no sore spots or blisters. Ultra Max grey socks are the only socks I own or wear. I love the speed lacing system, and the ankle buckle has not been a problem. I expect these boots to last me a very long time. The service representative at Aerostich advised me on the sizing. I wear a size 10--10 1/2, and the Euro size 45 has worked very well. I really like the secure feeling of the boots around the ankle, and the ridged soles work for me. They are flexible enough to comfortably operate the shift lever on my BMW 1200 GS. I believe the bee's wax I applied will make the Lites as water proof as can be expected.
Skip H
Mandeville, LA (Posted on 4/5/11)
Holy Schnikes Review by Kevin
I just purchased my Combat Touring Lites about 3 months ago. I had read reviews about breaking these boots in and was prepared for the worst. I was pleasantly surprised when I received mine in the mail. They fit perfect right off the bat. In fact, my first foray with these boots was a 3 mile walk with my dog. They felt great. They still feel great. I'm still wondering what the heck everyone is talking about these being stiff. I came from a pair of Joe Rocket boots. If you think Touring Lites are stiff, you have NO idea. These Lites are the bomb diggity. I find myself wearing them quite often, just because they are so comfortable and of course, bad ass looking. Oh yeah, they work great for riding too!

Thanks Aerostich. Can't wait to get a Darien Jacket to go with 'em! (Posted on 12/4/10)
Aerostich Combat Lite Boots Review by tchilton
I have these boots for 3 weeks now and they where stiff as others have posted. The first week I walked them in to the ground and that worked to loosen them up. I ride 50 miles a day commuting to
school and i enjoy riding with them every day. (Posted on 11/16/10)
Highly Recommended Review by Climb14er
Without any doubt, the Combat Lite Boots are the most comfortable and in one word, best boots I've ever worn for motorcycling! Being that I also climb high peaks, I'm somewhat used to wearing mountaineering boots with European sizing. Even so, I had to chuck that knowledge out as I found through talking to the customer service reps and reading other reviews here and on other forums that the Combat Lites size a little smaller than other boots. OK, I took that into consideration and also wanted to add a pair of 'Sole' cushioned and supportive insoles to the boots for added comfort and support... much like I do in my mountaineering boots. Even though I usually wear a size 43.5, I went ahead and ordered a size 45. The first thing I did when I got the boots was to add the Sole insoles to the boots and that took up the extra volume. W/O the insoles, my feet would have been swimming in the 45's. Turns out that the 45 is the right-on size and with the added insoles, my feet could not be happier. Used some Langlitz Dressing to condition the boots and went riding. Absolutely perfect boots! My feet have a little extra room to slightly bend the toes and if I need to add a pair of thin liner socks to the medium thick Bridgedales, I have some room to do so. Walking in the boots (with heels) is fairly easy and the boots have been breaking in nicely the past three months. All in all, the Combat Lites are highly recommended. (Posted on 11/5/10)

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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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