Review: iXS Madox Boots

Jun 21, 2017 View Comments by

iXS Madox BootsA good motorcycle boot should provide excellent protection for your foot and ankle, be weatherproof, and comfortable enough to wear day after day on and off the bike. The iXS Madox is an all-season GORE-TEX offering that does all of this in a stylish package that looks great with your riding gear and regular jeans.

For over a century iXS’ parent company, the Hostettler Group of Switzerland, has produced award-winning gear and apparel for motorcyclists and bicyclists. In 2014, iXS expanded to the U.S., giving riders ready access to their full line of quality protective gear. If you’re new to iXS USA, the Madox boots are a great introduction to the brand.

I first wore them for five days of riding and hiking during the RoadRUNNER 2016 Touring Weekend in Pennsylvania. The initial fit was reassuringly snug as I tucked in the waterproof gauntlet, pulled up the side zippers, and tightened the Velcro fasteners. The boots quickly broke in and felt comfortable. Footpeg and pedal feedback through the non-slip rubber soles is excellent, with the right combination of support and flexibility. The touring design fits very well inside riding pants, and the textile lining protects your feet and calves from chafing when taking that short hike to mountain views just off the road. I was concerned at first about the 100-percent polyester Solto Tex lining being too warm, but my feet have been very happy riding and walking in temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 100 degrees.

The outer shell is a good-looking combination of about two-thirds black leather with tear- and abrasion-resistant dirtproof fabric. The shell is stiff where you need it yet movable in the ankle joint for added comfort. After a day or two of clumsy shifts, the shift pad leather softened up to transmit the resistance of the shift lever. The waterproof GORE-TEX membrane breathes well and has kept me dry during many hours of rain. I don’t plan to test their protection, but trust that in the event of an unscheduled stop the ankle and shinbone padding and stiff heel cup will help avoid or reduce injury.

I normally wear a U.S. 10/European 45 boot and that proved to be perfect for the Madox as well. Since it’s a European company, the fit is narrower.

iXS Madox Boots
Price: $299
Sizes: 7.5 – 12
Color: black

www.ixsusa.com

 

 

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