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Bryan Bosch

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Recently, I saw a picture of a pair of Forma Adventure Boots on Facebook and I wondered how they'd work for adventure riding, compared to my favorite pair of motocross boots Gaerne SG-10. I never found my motocross boots to be uncomfortable, but they are a bit heavy and somewhat stiff for walking around, something that you do a lot more of when exploring.
 
Product Overview
As its name suggests, the Forma Adventure Boot is purpose built for the demands of adventure riders and even dual sport. This includes everything from light duty trails, dirt/gravel roads, and tarmac to walking around, exploring a national park, landmark or lunch on your way home.
 
The Forma Adventure Boot is designed in Italy and manufactured in Romania. On the outside, they feature a full grain, oiled leather upper in your choice of black or two-tone brown and black. The tough, molded rubber sole has an aggressive lug pattern, much like that of a good hiking boot and the hardened composite toe and heal protects from hazards. Forma chose composite over steel because the later can turn from a severe impact, causing further injury.
 
On the top of both boots is a textured, plastic patch that gives your shift lever a grippy spot to index your foot and it also protects the leather from wear. The boot has adjustable straps, a three buckle enclosure that Forma lists as "unbreakable", and the top of the boot is secured with a Velcro.
 
On the inside, the boot features memory foam and a replaceable, anti-bacterial foot bed. The boot is lined with Drytex that is claimed to be both waterproof and breathable. For a complete list of features, click HERE.
 
The Forma Adventure Boot is priced at $299.00 and overall, it looks and feels like a quality product. The stitching is tight and uniform, doubled in critical areas. The buckle bases are metal and screwed to the boot (vs. riveted), so easily replaced as necessary. I've never had a riding boot where the sole is molded to the upper. It appears to be well done, but time will tell on how it holds up in comparison to glued and sewn soles.  I'm expecting this boot to be durable and long lasting.
 
Performance
My rule of thumb for gear is that if I forget about it when I'm riding, it's comfortable. That's what happened with the Forma Adventure Boot. Slip them on, buckle them up, and go riding. There is no boot break-in required. Sizing appears to be true and Forma includes the insole length for each size.  In terms of calf size, with the buckle straps adjusted to their longest and the Velcro enclosure set at max open, the circumference measured 18". Take out a 1/2" for a moto sock and call it 17.5" max calf size. The boot opening does vary according to the size of the boot, mine being size 10. Of course, it's always a good idea to try footwear on before you buy, but hopefully this info will tell you if the boot is a ballpark candidate. The Forma Adventure boot was easy to adjust for a secure fit and very comfortable.
 
While this isn't a direct comparison with my favorite motocross boots, the Forma Adventure Boots feel so light, I had to break out the scale and check the weight of each boot:
 
Favorite Motocross Boot: 4lbs. 12 1/4oz.
Forma Adventure Boot: 2lbs. 10 3/8oz.
 
Not a huge deal when riding, but the longer you ride and the more you walk around, the more you appreciate how light these puppies are. Sure, they aren't as armored as a hardcore enduro boot, but they weren't designed to be. However, the composite reinforced heel & ankle areas provide good lateral support, there are internal polyurethane "pucks" on both sides of your ankle that provide impact protection, a hard plastic shin plate, and hardened toe box.
 
In terms of the boot's soles, they offer excellent peg traction (wet or dry) and so far, show no signs of wear. And, my bike has fairly aggressive Fastway Adventure Footpegs on it. The soles offer good flex from the instep to the toes, allowing the boot to be a good walker, while the mid sole to the heal a firm enough to give you solid support over the footpeg.
 
Are the boots waterproof? As least in my testing, yes. I wear over-the-boots pants, so only the boots from the ankle down are exposed. On rides that included some moderately deep puddles and water overflowing some rural dirt roads, completely dry feet. But, I wanted to test them more aggressively, so I gave my kid the garden hose and told him to hose my feet down. Again, completely dry. At the same time, the boot liner does seem to breath well. It's summer in central Florida, so it's in the low to mid 90s daily with plenty of humidity. I won't say that my feet didn't get hot, but my socks didn't become saturated with sweat either. Considering these weather conditions, I'm happy with the performance.
 
Lastly, there was no learning curve in terms of shifting and braking. The boot toe box is not overly chunky, so foot controls feel and action was positive.
 
Pros :)

  • All day comfort.
  • Easy to walk in.
  • Excellent footpeg grip.
  • Good foot controls feel.
  • Waterproof.
  • Lightweight.
  • Moderately price.

Cons :(

  • Foot bed inserts get pulled up each time you remove the boots.
  • Molded soles are not replaceable.

Bottom-line
I really like the Forma Adventure Boot. For their intended purpose, Forma created a competent boot with no glowing flaws. They are very comfortable, easy to ride in, waterproof, and offer decent protection for a boot that is also a good walker. At a retail price point of $299.00, I think that they represent a good value, so if you're in the market for an adventure specific riding boot, you'd be well served to go try on a pair.

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