Motorcycle boots are always a compromise between style, comfort and protection. We want them to look good, to feel good on and off the bike, and to prevent or minimize injury in a crash, but few boots excel in all three areas.
My wife, Carrie, picked out a pair of Joe Rocket’s Trixie Waterproof Boots because they’re shorter than most motorcycle boots (but still covered the ankle) and have a slim design—which makes them lighter than many other boots—and they have “laser etched art detailing” that matches the detailing on her Joe Rocket Ladies Atomic 4.0 jacket and Alter Ego pants, gear she loves.
The Trixie boots are made of full split grain leather that is stiff and requires a long break-in period. They are lined with a DryTech waterproof, breathable membrane, and there is a gusset behind the inner-ankle zipper to keep water from seeping in. A large flap secured by hook-and-loop covers the zipper, and there is double stitching in high-stress areas. The toe and heel are internally reinforced, and the gear shift area has a double layer of leather. The front of the boot is articulated for easier flex, the comfort insole is removable and the soles are made of a non-slip rubberized material.
Carrie found the Trixie boots true to size and comfortable on her feet, but she struggled with the stiff, non-compliant leather. Although she likes the low-cut design, the top edge of the boots digs into her shins when sitting on the bike—an uncomfortable issue that we weren’t able to resolve.
Drought conditions here in California make it difficult to rain-test gear, so we subjected the Trixies to the sink test: we filled them with paper towels and weighted them down in a sink full of water. After about five minutes, I pulled out soaking wet paper towels. The waterproof membrane might resist light rain, but riding in a prolonged downpour could result in wet feet.
Joe Rocket’s Trixie Waterproof Boots are light, stylish, affordable ($99.99) and offer good protective features. However, the pair we tested weren’t waterproof and their low-cut design caused discomfort at the shin when riding. They’re available in black only in women’s whole sizes 5-10.
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