If you’re looking for Gore-Tex motorcycle boots, it’s probably because you don’t like wet feet.
Gore-Tex is the name in waterproof breathable membranes. It’s a quality material and Gore don’t let just anyone use it; the products using Gore-Tex have to be made in a certain way and pass Gore’s standards.
So, in short, you’re not getting the cheapest waterproof boot if it’s made using Gore-Tex but you can be confident it’s going to be up to the job.
There are other membranes that are very similar to Gore-Tex, for example, Alpinestars have their own version; Drystar, Dainese have D-Dry, Spidi have H2Out but most of the premium manufacturers will also make products using Gore-Tex as they know it’s good and it’s a name people are looking for.
For this waterproof motorcycle boots review, we found 88 pairs of motorcycle boots that use Gore-Tex. We’ve picked a pair for each riding style that we think ticks all the boxes.
With a microfibre upper for durability and abrasion resistance, plus a breathable Gore-Tex lining, these boots are made for comfort. Alpinestars have packed these boots with high-quality protective features including TPU lateral ankle brace supports, shin guard, double density ankle protection and internal toe-box for impact protection. These boots aren’t as rigid as they sound; there’s instep and Achilles accordion flex zones, side entry for easy removal, suede inner lining to prevent slipping and a removable anatomic footbed.
Complete with a heel, shin, and ankle protection system, these full-grain leather boots have a water-resistant Gore-Tex inner breathable membrane for all-day comfort. With secure Velcro strap closures and additional buckles for the ultimate fit. Elastic panels on the calf allow a fit to any shape so these boots do not rub. To support your instep, the Adventure 2 has removable arch support. Available in sizes 5 to 12.
Made from full-grain leather, the S-Speed’s are designed specifically for road and track use. Featuring replaceable high-resistant polyurethane toe sliders, heel guards, shin plates and shift pads integrated within the sole; these boots take the brunt of the track when you need it. The mid-sole is reinforced with a semi-rigid thermoplastic material to prevent crushing while the padded front and rear allow for comfort and flexibility for all-day wear. Having a waterproof Gore-tex membrane gives high-level protection in wet conditions.
A popular boot for touring, The Daytona Road Star is built for long road trips and walking when you’re off your bike. Available in a wide fitting option for extra comfort in sizes 6.5 to 13. Made from full hydrophobic cowhide with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex climatic membrane for the ultimate protection from the elements. The boots also come with good crash protection: plastic ankle protection inside and out, broader shin protection padded with latex foam and synthetic reinforced inner sole with a hot-dip galvanised steel inlay.
Suitable for all weather conditions, Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex boots have a simplistic all-black design with various reinforcements to protect the rider. Featuring an internal support heel and toe counter, multi-density EVA padding, and rear reflective inserts, these boots are CE certified. The water-resistant full-grain leather upper is sturdy and durable while the waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining is precisely what you need to keep your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
There aren’t all that many Gore-Tex women’s boots on the market, we could only find 10 different pairs. You could always order a unisex version in a smaller size – but we’ve picked the boots below as they’re designed and cut with ladies proportions in mind. You shouldn’t have to compromise.
First things first, yes they do have a hefty price tag but these are boots for life. The heel and raised insole gives you an additional and all-important extra few centimetres, making slow speed control that bit more manageable. There’s a full-length entry zip, multiple Velcro calf adjustment and shin protection. The go-to ladies motorcycle boot.
Do they make short Gore-Tex motorcycle boots?
Yes they do. We’ve not included them in our review as their low height hinders them in terms of outright waterproofing. On a long ride, water will get in via the ankle.
Do they make Gore-Tex boots that aren’t black?
There aren’t many around. We found a couple of pairs like these ones which have fluro yellow flashes but black seems to be the defacto colour for waterproof motorcycle boots.
Can you fix a tear in a wax cotton jacket?
If you allow the cotton to dry out it is less supple and will be at a greater risk of tearing. If your jacket does tear, you will be able to get a new patch sewn on. However, it is not likely that this area will be fully waterproof.