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#404 Combat Lites

Aerostich Combat Lite Boots #404-484

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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)
I like them Review by Big dog
Like a lot of others, I waited a long time because of the price. I broke down a bought a pair. I couldn't be happier, I wore them for a week, then went on a 1800 mile ride. They worked out very good. I would recommend them. (Posted on 9/30/10)
Excellent boot Review by JB
I reviewed these boots on 9/25/09 after almost a year I like them even more great product. I treat them with leather food and polish regular keeps them soft and comfy. (Posted on 8/18/10)
Great boots..but break them in Review by Dgodin
I read that the boots needed a long break in but naturally I ignored that. Bought the boots while overseas and put them on a soon as I returned home. Wore them for 4 day and then went on a 2,500 mile trip. The boots definitely were stiff which caused me some shifting issues on my sport/touring bike but they did break in very well. 9,000 miles later the boots are very comfortable, and kept me dry. Rode 2 days in steady rain and torrential downpours that lasted several hours and my feet stayed dry. I had used the aquaseal on the boots and that may have helped both with waterproofing and break in. I have recommended these boots to anyone who will listen. A great purchase that will last a long time. (Posted on 8/8/10)
Combat Lite Boot Review by TexasBestRider
I recently purchased the Combat Lite Boot. As the founder of a motorcycle safety school in Texas as well as a hard core sport bike rider I needed a boot that I can use for operating various types of motorcycles under many riding conditions.

After reading other reviews regarding the combat lite, I was not convinced that this is the bot that would best meet my riding needs. After all, there are many other brands available at lower prices.

I finally purchases the combat lite and have been very pleased that I did for the following reasons.

This boot will last longer than I will. At a young 48, that should be for a long time. The boot was stiff out of the box but has become more comfortable in the two days that I have been wearing them. The stiffness out of the box speaks to the quality construction and durability that one can expect from a boot like this.

The combat lite looks good and gives me excellent support while riding. I was surprised at how much more comfortable I was riding with the support offered by this boot.

As my personal bike is an Aprilia Tuono 1000 Factory with high foot pegs and a fairly forward riding position I had to work a little to adjust to shifting. Having said that all was well following a slight adjustment to my shifting technique. I suppose as I put some miles on these boots that the shifting will become easier.

All in all I am very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend these boots. (Posted on 6/15/10)
Love These Boots Review by SV
CBT Lites are great boots. They were a little stiff at first but, I knew they would be after reading other reviews. All good quality boots require some break in. I wore them for about a week while riding and then some around the house and walking the dog etc. Then I treated them with Chelsea leather food, this really softened them up.
I really like the lace system, very easy to get the boots on and off. the laces also secure the boots really well, giving you great ankle support. Most street/touring boots I looked at only used velcro closure.
The boots also look great too, they do not have a lot of colorful graphics etc. They just look like really cool boots.
I got the wedge sole and they offer a lot of grip when putting your feet down on the bike and are very user friendly while using the shifter and the brake pedal.
When I first got the boots they were a little loose in the heal so I bought the low profile sizing insoles. These made a huge difference in the comfort of the boots. The stock insole is not very comfortable, the aftermarket insole was well worth the money.
They are not claimed to be waterproof but, so far mine have been completely waterproof.
One of the other factors why I bought Combat Touring Boots is Aerostich"s customer service, I know if I have a warranty issue or need a repair it will be taken care of.
I look forward to many years of riding with my Combat Lites. (Posted on 6/8/10)
Great Riding Boots; OK Walkiing Boots Review by Jim
These are great riding boots. I have worn my on my trip to Deadhorse Alaska in all possible weather along the way and no complaints. The buckle is a bit hard to adjust and it does loosen some while riding. They are OK walking boots. Tip: to get your boots to really form fit you, soak them in warm, not hot, for a couple of hours and then wear them for 8 hours or longer. Room temp air dry them over night and wear again the next day if possible. A lot of work but proven method for great fit. Same method used by U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers to break in the White's Fire/Logger boots, which are VERY stiff when new. Good luck and enjoy your Combat Lites! (Posted on 5/26/10)

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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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