Aerostich Combat Lites Boots Test
In need of a pair of durable riding boots that would last, I chose the infamous Aerostich Combat Lites that have been around for some 20 years.
These motorcycle boots are manufactured exclusively for Aerostich in Romania by Sidi, an Italian company well known for their quality and attention to detail.
Initially I was intimidated by what I had heard and read about the break in procedures for these boots, but after wearing them a handful of times, my fears dissipated rather quickly. The quick lace system makes the boots extremely easy to slip on, and they fit well right out of the box.
The boot is made of full grain leather and has a fully leather lined interior. As expected, they were a little stiff. I walked around at home and did a few deep knee bends in order to help loosen them up, and not once did I have any problems with blisters or hot spots.
I have now been riding in the boots about once or twice a week for the last three to four months, and they have begun to shape to my foot. The boot’s durability give me a feeling of confidence, they fit well under my jeans and look very solid. I have even gotten multiple compliments on them from my rider friends.
Some boots that I’ve tried in the past have given me fits with the gear shifter on certain bikes. I have not had this problem and in fact a nice little gear shifter pocket has formed in the upper toe area, kind of like the sweet spot in a baseball glove that I broke in as a kid.
Most of my riding is done along the west coast so I don’t deal with extreme temperatures all that often. I have ridden in the Aerostich Combat Lites in triple digit conditions, and although my feet perspired, it was not much more than what I have experienced with my other boots. With that said, if I was to be riding in high temperatures day in and day out, I may opt for a smaller/lighter boot/shoe.
Now that fall is upon us and wet weather is ahead, I plan on applying a good leather treatment to the boot’s flex lines, which the owner’s guide says functions as an internal lubrication mechanism. And of course before the wet weather arrives I will treat the entire boot with a waterproof leather dressing.
I know Aerostich has a handful of leather-care products that are reasonably priced and work well. You can find everything at the Aerostich website: aerostich.com.
Aerostich Combat Lites Motorcycle Boots Specs:
- Color: Black
- Height: 11″ tall
- Weight: 2.42 lb. per boot
- Width: Medium Width.
- Sole: Wedge or cleated
- Sizes: 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10, 11, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5, 14, 15
- MSRP: $297