When you’re on an adventure hundreds if not thousands of miles from home, you want to be prepared for anything, especially the weather. There’s hardly anything more uncomfortable and frustrating than getting caught out in a downpour unprepared. Tourmaster have a solution, literally, for dealing with atmospheric fluctuations in its Solution WP Air boots.
The WP Air boots are designed to handle hot temperatures and wet conditions alike, thanks to a design that includes water-repellent leather construction and a PU upper. A HiPora waterproof air membrane provides an escape for hot air inside the boot while preventing rain from getting in.
This design works admirably. In warmer temperatures spending a full day on the bike, the WP Air Boots are a delight. They’re breathable and comfortable and your feet don’t get swampy as they would in less ventilated options. In light to moderate rain things stay dry as well. They’ve proven to be a versatile, dependable option whatever Mother Nature has thrown my way.
The VR single density compound sole is reliable and the tread pattern is pronounced enough to provide a sure foot when at a stop on uneven dirt or gravel roads.
Protection is afforded by molded nylon shin and ankle guards which offer a slight amount of flex, making them less restrictive when the boots are on. There is shock-absorbing material built into the flex zones and TecnoGI thermoplastic heel and toe caps round out the impact elements of the WPs.
Gusseted closures that include auto-lock zippers and Velcro pull-tabs stay securely in place. Large Velcro closure flaps ensure that the WP boots stay sealed tight.
This footwear option also includes a preformed orthopedic vibration absorbing footbed. It’s firm but supportive, but could use a bit more arch support in my opinion. However, it does it’s job and reduces the sensation of vibration through the pegs and proved comfortable when walking or standing as well.
They don’t feel heavy when on, and the flex zones provide a generous range of motion from the start.
I typically wear a 10.5, but since there’s no half-size available between 10 and 11, I opted for a size down and went with a 44, or 10. There’s just enough room in the toe-box to not feel restricted, and my heel sits squarely at the back of the boot. Fit, in other words, is right on. Tourmaster offers sizes 7-15 in addition to wide sizes for men, ranging from 9W to 14W. There are Women’s sizing options too in 6.5 to 10.
The simple black colorway is low-key, and the contrasting flex zones and leather elements provide a bit of style without looking overwrought. If style is a concern, the WPs will serve as a nice footwear compliment to a broad range of gear kits.
After a few months use there are definitely some signs of wear, but seams remain intact and the closures still operate as they did on day one. There’s some noticeable wear on the outer sole, but still plenty of tread left for many more adventures.
Price is definitely a positive point too, with the Solution WP Air boots costing $129.99.
If comfort, lightweight, weather resistant design and durability are elements you seek in your next touring boot, be sure to check out Tourmaster’s Solution WP Air.