5 Best Dirt Bike Boots under $200

5 Best Dirt Bike Boots under $200

After your helmet, your most important piece of protective gear is your boots. Accidents can happen at any time. Even at slow speeds, a simple fall can cause a nasty ankle injury.

Whether you’re racing motocross or just general off-road riding, good boots are essential. While it’s important to go for the best boots you can afford, the reality is we can’t all go for the top end $500 plus boots.

With this in mind, I have selected what I consider to be 5 of the best dirt bike boots under $200 for this review.

All of these boots in this review have what I consider to be the necessary requirements to give you the protection you need. My riding and racing experience spans 4 decades, and I’m using the O’Neal Rider boots at No. 1 below, and feel totally protected in them.

These boots are suited to Motocross, Enduro and Trail riding. If Adventure riding is your thing, there are 5 great adventure boots reviewed in this post: 10 Best Boots For Enduro & Dual Sport Riding

Quick Summary

Here’s a quick summary of 5 of the best Dirt Bike Boots under 200 dollars being reviewed here:

1. O’Neal Rider BootBest Value For Money
2. Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots – Best Features Sub $200
3. Füsport Dirt Pilot (DP-1) MX Boot  – Best Budget Boot
4. Fly Racing 2020 Maverik Boots
5. Fox Racing 180 Boots

How To Choose Dirt Bike Boots

Top 3 things to consider:

1. Safety Features:

Obviously, safety is the number one reason to wear dirt bike boots. Your legs from the knee down are especially prone to injury, whether it’s on or off-road riding.

Good boots protect your feet and ankles from being crushed between the ground and your engine and footpegs. They protect your calf from the hot engine parts and exhaust, and your shins from impacts.

Nearly 40% of dirt bike injuries involve fractures or internal trauma, and over 60% of injuries involve an extremity like arms and legs and feet. <Source>

My own injuries, smashed ankle, and wrist confirm that. To learn more on dirt bike safety: Dirt bike Safety Tips – How To Avoid the Dangers

Look for boots with ample TPU protection to the shin, ankle and toe box.

A heat resistant panel to the inner (medial) side of the boot is also an essential feature. It also doubles as a panel to aid grip and control of your bike.

A good outer sole is essential. Developments in recent years have now given you a choice between two sole types. The old school stitched on type sole, or the bonded sole. It’s a matter of personal choice as to which is better.

2. Boot Comfort:

Choosing boots that fit correctly and are comfortable is vital. If you don’t have comfortable riding gear you will find yourself not wanting to wear it. Comfortable boots not only make your riding enjoyable but make you a better rider.

An important part of boot comfort is flex at the ankle. It allows you to have a good feel of your gear shifter and brake lever to control your bike. Boots that are too stiff make it difficult to feel the click of your shifter’s movement. A boot that has adequate ankle flex is essential or an articulated ankle feature that is built into the boot is a bonus.

3. Your Budget:

As with anything you buy, you have to first decide how much of your hard-earned cash you want to spend on boots.

Obviously the more you spend on boots the more protection you get. As with helmets, the technology developments in recent years have meant that some of the features once found in top-end boots are finding their way into the mid and entry-level boots.

All of these boots below, in my opinion, give good value for money in the sub $200 price range.

Other Features to look for in Dirt Bike Boots:

  • Plenty of interior padding around the ankle area at a minimum
  • Quick-release buckles – preferably replaceable and work even when caked with mud
  • Durable rubber outer soles for grip on your pegs and ground
  • A good gaitor to keep out dirt and water

Let’s look at the 5 boots in more detail:

1.  O’Neal Rider Boots

O'Neal Rider boots

The O’Neal Rider is a quality entry-level boot from a well known and respected company. It is the boot I have just purchased for myself. I have used several O’Neal boots over the last 20 years and have had a good run, so I have gone with O’Neal again.

They are available with the new O’Neal logo on the front of the boots (as shown above) or the traditional more understated logo of previous years.

The main construction of the boot is microfiber reinforced with TPU in the hard-wearing areas that take the most impacts.

The boots feel very plush to put on, thanks to the 3D air mesh interior lining around the ankle and there is a cushioned insole. They feel a little stiff at first and need a bit of wearing-in time. My pair were nicely worn in after about 3 hours of riding time.

Around the top of the boot’s interior is a tougher internal lining to help prevent wear from knee braces and knee guards.

Accordion panels at the front and back of the boot allow the boot to flex and make walking more comfortable.

A shifter guard protects the top of the toe, and there is a metal guard that wraps around the front of the sole to protect it from impacts and delamination. The plate is screwed in place to ensure it doesn’t work it’s way loose.

The inner (medial) side of the boot, is protected by lots of hard TPU, with extra depth TPU over the inner ankle area, which is the area of the boots that get a lot of punishment from your bike’s footpegs and engine.

At the top, there is a layer of synthetic leather that gives some heat resistance and aids grip on the bike.

The sole is the traditional stitched on type, as opposed to the bonded type sole, which is used on a lot of boots these days. It’s a personal preference, but having used both types of sole over the years, I’ve found stitched on type sole has lasted me longest.

The buckle closure system is 4 buckle and is fully adjustable. The buckles have a good solid snap close to them, and while they’re not metal buckles, they feel very strong and are replaceable in the unlikely event you break one. There are extra depth TPU deflectors either side of the bottom buckle for added protection.

The steel shank in the boots adds a bit of rigidity to help keep the boot shape.

The fit is pretty close to ‘True to size’. They are available in one color – Black.O'Neal Rider boots Womens bootsThe Rider boot is also available in a youth version for kids, and women’s version. There is even a ‘Shorty’ version with two buckles which may appeal more to adventure or street riders.

Features

CONSTRUCTION

  • Microfiber with TPU reinforcing in hard-wearing areas
  • Metal toe guard to protect the front of the sole against delaminating
  • Durable Goodyear welt sole which is properly balanced so there is no unstable rocking

SAFETY FEATURES

  • Synthetic leather heat shield on the inner side which also helps with grip on your bike
  • Metal shank insert which reinforces the boot and adds support
  • Injection-molded TPU plates for impact protection

CUSTOMIZATION & COMFORT

  • Moderate grip sole which is great for the track, trail or ATV riders
  • Snap-Lock fully adjustable four buckle closure system
  • Air mesh interior lining, generous heel support and cushioned insole for extra comfort
  • Rear pull tab for extra leverage when entering or exiting the boots
  • Straps and buckles are replaceable
  • Colors available: Black
  • Sizes available: 7 to 15

Pros:

  • Excellent value for money
  • Sturdy construction with a steel shank reinforcement

Cons:

  • Quite stiff out of the box – need a break-in period

For a full review of the Rider boot: O’Neal Rider Boots Review – A Great Entry Level

2. Alpinestars Tech 3 BootsAlpinestars Tech 3 bootThe Tech 3 is the entry-level boot from Alpinestars. It incorporates a lot of the DNA of the higher-priced Tech 5 and Tech 7.

The main construction materials of the boot are microfiber and Thermoplastic Polyurethane, known as TPU.

Microfibre is similar to leather in comfort and adaptability but offers greater strength and durability. This microfiber is in the areas that require more flexion, the accordion panels at the front and rear of the boot, and around the top of the boot.

TPU is used for protection in the areas most prone to receive impacts such as the toe box, heel, inner ankle, and shin.

A textured rubber material is used on the top of the toe in the gear lever zone to protect the boot and aid in gear lever control.

The interior of the boot is a breathable fabric with foam reinforcement in the ankle area for comfort. A synthetic PU gaitor helps prevent the entry of water and dirt.

The boots are water-resistant, not waterproof, as is the case typically with motocross boots.

The insole is replaceable and made from EVA foam and covered in fabric at the top to provide arch support and comfort.

The outer sole is also replaceable and is made from an exclusive rubber compound to provide a high level of grip on all surfaces.

There is a regular Motocross version and an Enduro version of this boot, and the only difference is in the sole. The Enduro version has more of a lug type sole for a bit more grip. Both versions have a replaceable sole.

The closure system is three replaceable polymer buckles which include a ratchet with memory and a quick release/locking system.

alpinestars stella tech 3 boots

The Tech 3 is also available in a women’s version, the Alpinestars Women’s Stella Tech 3 and a Tech 3S Youth version.

The fit is pretty close to ‘True to size’.

Features

CONSTRUCTION

  • The upper boot is constructed from an innovative and light microfiber material which is flexible and abrasion-resistant
  • The toe box is constructed from a synthetic material which also aids abrasion-resistance
  • Innovative one-piece TPU injected dual compound reinforced foot shell
  • Specific Alpinestars all-terrain design sole and high grip rubber compounds.

SAFETY FEATURES

  • Rear TPR gaiter patch applied on top of the TPU calf protector gives protection and comfort on rear flex
  • Contoured TPU calf protector plate, TPU higher medial protector, TPU outer lateral ankle and TPU heel counter offer support and resistance to impacts
  • Bio-mechanical medial blade system allows for a good front and rear flex giving support and protection to the ankle
  • Tech 3 Enduro boot is CE certified to EN13634:2052

CUSTOMIZATION & COMFORT

  • Light microfiber on front and rear bellow gives more comfort on the flexible area
  • Extended PU synthetic gaiter helps keep water and dirt out
  • Injected TPU shin plate connected with the TPU medial protector panel; Velcro® upper closure, plus TPR flap for broad ranging calf fit adjustment and support
  • The TPU higher medial protector is designed with technical texture for improved grip on your bike
  • The ergonomic TPU triple buckle straps allow smooth frontal flex from the medial protector to the lateral side without compromising range of movement
  • The new closure system includes 3 polymer buckles with an innovative closure system. This closure includes a ratchet with memory and a quick release/locking system with self-aligning design for easy, precise closure; all buckles are replaceable.
  • Soft foam surrounds the ankles and collar offering comfort and shock absorbing performance
  • Entire textile interior lining for improved levels of comfort and moisture-management
  • Replaceable EVA footbed with textile lining on top provides arch support and comfort

Pros:

  • CE Certified
  • Replaceable sole and buckles

Cons:

  • Only 3 Buckles but not necessarily a problem

3. Füsport Dirt Pilot (DP-1) MX Boot

Fusports Dirt Pilot boots

FÜSPORT is an Australian company founded in Adelaide in 1998 by Peter Füss.

Their boots are designed, produced and tested in Australia with input from top riders like Kevin Magee, Robbie Phillis and Mal Campbell at the highest level of motorcycle sport in Australia.

The Füsport Dirt Pilot has a lot of the features of higher-priced boots at an affordable price. The boot incorporates hard molded TPU reinforcement to the shin, toe and heel areas where it is most needed.

Accordion panels to the front and rear of the boots provide for flexion, and a synthetic leather heat shield to the inner top of the boot also aids in gripping your bike.

The boot features a hardwearing stitched on type of sole. A lot of boots available now have the molded type sole. It’s a matter of personal preference, but in my experience, I have had better durability with the stitched on type sole.

These boots have a metal guard that wraps around the front of the sole for added protection, a nice feature on stitched type soles.

The hardwearing rubber sole offers plenty of grip which is well suited to Dual Sport or ATV riders.

A great feature is the extra depth TPU deflectors either side of the lower buckle as this buckle is prone to the most damage.

This boot offers some serious competition to the O’Neal Rider boot, sitting in the same price range and offering a similar level of comfort and safety features.

The fit is pretty close to ‘True to size’. They are available in one color – Black.

Features

CONSTRUCTION

  • Injection-molded TPU plates for protection to impact areas
  • Synthetic leather heat shield to prevent heat damage from your bike, and aid in gripping your bike
  • Hard-wearing sole with plenty of grip for the track, trail riders, and ATV riders

SAFETY FEATURES

  • Metal toe plate to protect the front of the sole and also prevent delaminating
  • A metal shank insert reinforces the shape of the boot and provides added support

CUSTOMIZATION & COMFORT

  • Air mesh interior lining with generous heel support and cushioned insole
  • Rear pull tab to help with entering and exiting the boots
  • An easy to operate snap-lock adjustable buckle closure system. Replacement straps and buckles are available

Pros

  • Excellent value for money
  • Features normally found in more expensive boots

Cons

  • The toe box is quite deep – may need to adjust gear lever
  • Quite stiff out of the box – need a break-in period

4. Fly Racing 2020 Maverik Boots

Fly Racing 2020 Maverick bootsThe Fly Racing Maverik Boots have had an overhaul since 2019. Fly Racing has taken the best features of the previous Maverik boot and combined them with some new technology and features.

The most noticeable difference is in the sole. It has changed from the stitched on type to the molded sole, which is a little bit lighter.

Some extra protective panels have been added to the rear of the heel and upper calf, and also to the front of the shin and around the ankle.

The buckle system has gone from 4 buckles to 3, and the buckles have a memory adjustment so that you only have to adjust them to your size once. The buckle is the same as the previous model, as they are easy to use and Fox saw no reason to change what is an already excellent buckle.

With all the additions to the boot, it is now CE rated level 2. This takes it above other entry-level boots to more of a mid-level boot.

The heat shield has increased in size and is now a more durable rubber to give you that grip and feel against your bike.

Internally the liner has more padding and there is now padding around the upper boot in addition to the ankle area.

A feature rarely found in boots of this price range is the articulated ankle. This allows for an increased range of motion in the ankle which makes gear changes easier because you are not working against the boots rigidity. This feature achieves the flexibility without compromising the structural integrity of the boot.

Accordion flex panels to the shin and back of the boot above the heel provide ample flex.

Features

CONSTRUCTION

  • Articulated rear ankle which allows flexibility and still provides ankle support
  • 3D molded plastic shift panel with grooves and texture to protect the boot
  • Inner ankle panel constructed from durable plastic

SAFETY FEATURES

  • CE Approved to EN13634:2015
  • Pre-shaped molded plastic 3D shin for impact resistance
  • Innovative one-piece plastic injected ‘fishtail’ midsoles
  • Rubber heat shield to the inner side to give a good grip on your bike

CUSTOMIZATION & COMFORT

  • Fully adjustable quick-lock buckles with an open design to prevent dirt clogging
  • Molded rubber outsole which looks stylish and provides good levels of grip
  • Elastic gaitor to keep water and debris out of the boot

Pros

  • CE Certified
  • Articulated ankle flex

Cons

  • A little stiff out of the box. Need a break-in period
  • Only 3 Buckles but not necessarily a problem

5. Fox Racing 180 Boots

Fox Racing 180 boots

The Fox Racing 180 is Fox’s mid-level boot, but still comes in at the under $200 level. It is above the Comp 5 entry-level boot, and below the Instinct, which is Fox’s flagship boot.

The boots have undergone a complete redesign based on the popular Instinct boot. A lot of the features of the Instinct have been incorporated into the 180.

The fit and comfort is something that the Instinct is known for, and you’re getting that with the 180. There is a very little to no break-in time, they are comfortable right out of the box.

The sole and the inner side of the boot is constructed from ‘Duratac’, which is a very durable rubber material, also used on the Instinct. The entire inner face of the boot is Duratac coated which acts as the heat shield and also gives a nice close grip on the bike due to the flat profile.

There is more than ample TPU protection on this boot to the shin plate, heel cap, toe box and rear of the boot.

The 180 boot incorporates the all-new ‘ActiveLock’ closure system. This calf closure system flexes with the rider’s natural movement on the bike.

The lower two buckles are the same as used on the Instinct, and instead of two buckles at the top of the boot, the 180 uses a unique silicone strap for the upper closure. The reason Fox has opted for this system is to make it easy to get the boot on and off.

The silicone strap is adjustable to four different positions to suit different calf sizes and knee brace or guard sizes and simply stretches over the large hook at the side of the boot.

The internal liner is a moisture-wicking and antimicrobial material.

The back of the boot features a ‘Floating Cuff System’ which allows the boot to move naturally and will lock out to prevent hyperextension of the ankle in the backward direction. Great to see this feature in a mid-level boot.

The outsole of the boot gives an excellent grip on the pegs and like the Instinct, it is constructed from Duratac.

Fit is fairly true to size, but if you are between sizes, it’s best to go up a size.

Features

CONSTRUCTION

  • Molded TPU protection to the shin and calf, a heel cap & full toe box protection
  • ‘Duratac’ rubber heat shield to the inner (medial) side of the boot also provides excellent grip and feel of the bike

SAFETY FEATURES

  • Fox’s ‘Floating Cuff System’ which provides lateral support and freedom of movement while locking out to prevent hyperextension of the ankle
  • ‘Duratac’ rubber outsole with an internal steel shank

CUSTOMIZATION & COMFORT

  • The ‘ActiveLock’ closure system which incorporates two adjustable lower buckles and a silicone strap to the upper the calf area. The silicone strap is adjustable to 4 positions for a more custom closure.
  • Two lower buckles as used on Instinct boot for a secure fit and zero heel lift

Pros

  • Provides Hyperextension protection to your ankle
  • Extensive TPU protection
  • Unique quick entry closure system

Cons

  • Toe box is a little thicker – you may have to adjust your gear lever position

Summary

All of the boots here are from name-brand companies that have been producing quality gear for decades, you would be fine with any of these boots in the sub $200 price range.

  • Best Value For Money: The O’Neal Rider Boots, and the Element boot have been popular favorites with dirt bike riders for years. They’re my personal choice and have served me well, so I have no hesitation to recommend them.
  • Best Features Sub $200: Alpinestars Tech 3 Boots. Right on the limit of the $200 price range, and with features of the bigger brother Tech 5 and Tech 7, these boots are hard to go past. And they’re Alpinestars.
  • Best Budget Boot: Füsport Dirt Pilot (DP-1) MX Boot. The cheapest boots in this review, but you are by no means sacrificing quality. All of the features are there and from a quality manufacturer.

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Have you used any of the boots in this review? Is there a boot you can highly recommend?

2 thoughts on “5 Best Dirt Bike Boots under $200”

  1. This is such an important consideration when kitting yourself out for any kind of motorbike riding, and it’s easy to forget the importance of sturdy protective boots. Most people concentrate on protection for the head and upper body but the feet and ankles are really vulnerable – it’s so easy to break an ankle or even worse. You’ve obviously done a lot a research into this – I didn’t realize that 60% of dirt bike injuries involve an extremity. Comfort is vital too of course, and durability. If you’re paying that sort of money you want to be able to wear them for as long as possible and for them to perform their vital role when needed. Thank you for sharing this – it’s so important that this kind of information is out there.

    • Yes, after your helmet good boots are vital. Lower legs tend to cop a lot of the impacts when riding any sort of motorcycle, especially dirt bikes. Thanks for your thoughts.

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