When you’re going to be hundreds, or thousands, of miles from home it’s important to have gear you can rely on. It’s even better if you’ve got a little spare change in your pocket too. With the iXS Pacific Boots, you get both.
The exterior is made from 90% calf nappa leather (a pliable leather that repels moisture and breathes well), 10% polyurethane that’s water-resistant and a soloTEX membrane that enhances the waterproofing capabilities. As such, the boots fend-off water reliably, which is essential when you’re venturing out into the great unknown. The interior textile lining also does a great job insulating the foot. I’m a size 10.5 and the Pacific Boots fit true to size, but would definitely allow for a thicker sock if I were planning on tackling a lot of miles in the cold.
Mid-length in height, the Pacific Boots provide ample ankle coverage and are rigid enough to provide protection in the event of a crash without being restrictive while moving on the pegs. Flex zones built into the ankle joint and calf enhance the range of movement from the first wear. There are plastic inlays on the ankles and shinbone for added protection, plus reinforcements in the heel. Thankfully, I never had to test the impact absorption capabilities of the Pacific Boots, but as a whole the product meets modern European motorcycle footwear safety standards for protection.
The exterior sole is non-slip rubber, as are the gearshift pads. Both performed dependably when conditions got slick, either in the rain or on slippery portions of road when at a stop.
One of the really nice features of the Pacific Boots are the dual zipper closures. Velcro secures the top cuff, but on the left and right side zippers extend down to provide an ample opening to the boots. A gusset inside folds over and stays in place with a Velcro pad also, but the design makes it easy to slide the boots on and take them off. Unfortunately, this is also the location of the one flaw in the boots. The zipper’s plastic pull, included to make operation easier with a glove on, came off. The smaller, metal zipper pull underneath remains intact and operable, however. iXS offers a one year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship.
There’s additional Velcro at the back of the cuff also, to allow for additional fitment adjustment at the calf.
I rode on road and off in the Pacific Boots, in rain, mud and dry conditions and the boots performed exactly as I hoped. Water remained outside, and my toes remained warm inside. I had sure grip on the pegs and when stopped, and was comfortable enough to do some light walking off the bike when necessary. Fit is spot on and the coverage provided by the mid-length cut and impact protection offer nice peace of mind. They’re also not heavy or cumbersome and would likely be a fine boot to wear in the warmer summer months too.
These are definitely a pair of boots that I’d feel confident using on a cross-country trip, and at $129 I’d still have some cash on hand to stay fed.
iXS Pacific Boots
Sizes: 7 – 13.5 Men’s
Warranty: One year limited