Tourmaster Epic Boots Review: Ready For The Open Road
While the name may be a bit of an overreach, the Tourmaster Epic Touring motorcycle boots are an impressive set of footwear for a penny less than $200 a pair. With comfort and waterproofing at the forefront, the Tourmaster Epic Touring boots meet the standard for long distance riding.Built to CE standards for motorcycle boots, the Tourmaster Epic offer armor in the heel cups and toes for a strong base for your foot. Farther up the boot, there’s a dual-compound disc to protect your anklebone, along with a plastic shin protector. Once off the base of the boot, which feels nicely protective, comfort takes priority.
Getting the boots on is easy, thanks to a long inside-entry YKK zipper. The zipper feels a bit undersized, however, and is susceptible to fouling from dirt. You definitely want to keep your Tourmaster Epic boots clean for smoother zipper operation when donning or removing them. Hook-and-loop closure for the upper flap allows personalization of the fit to your calf area.Whether riding or walking, the Tourmaster Epic boots work transparently. You don’t really notice they are on—the boots simply do their job and let you go about your business. You won’t feel awkward when walking into a restaurant for lunch—thanks going to the large polyester accordion panel in the instep and shaft area—the all-black faux-leather boots aren’t showy.On the motorcycle, the Tourmaster Epic boots are flexible, making it easy to operate the shift lever and brake pedal. Interestingly, there’s a thermoplastic rubber toe protector on both sides of the boot, which will be welcome by riders of vintage motorcycles.The sole is a wraparound design that nicely resists slipping when stopping on wet and oily roadways, as well as being a good platform for balancing your motorcycle at rest. If you have to push, there is plenty of traction in the sole.The Tourmaster Epic Touring boot is an all-weather design, using an OutDry membrane to keep water at bay. Testing in various deluge conditions confirmed the effectiveness of the OutDry feature, as water never entered the boot. The boots were tested with touring pants over them, which we recommend when riding in inclement conditions. Tourmaster also boasts breathability, and the Epic boots did not overheat when the sun was out.Sizing is as expected, with Wide options available.Many times, simple is best, and the Tourmaster Epic Touring motorcycle boots bear that out. There is nothing complicated about the design. Instead, the boots stay out of your way as you go about your ride, never letting their presence be unwelcome.Action photography by Joseph Agustin and Kevin Wing
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!