Welcome to our 5-minute review to picking out the ABSOLUTE best enduro boots for trail riding. Whether that trail ride is a local green lane, part of an offroad race or big adventure ride; this review has got everything you need to know.
Below I’ve got some top recommendations of the enduro boots I’ve used for racing offroad over the last few decades.
Ready to get to it?
Enduro Boots: Your Options
There’s a tonne of boots I’d recommend for enduro and offroad riding, but the ones you pick is going to come down to one thing; price.
The best enduro boots cost in the region of $500-600. In that range, you’ll want to be looking at the:
- Sidi Crossfire SRS
- Sidi Crossfire 2
- Alpinestars Tech 10
- Gaerne SG 12
- Fox Instinct
You’ll then step down to enduro boots below $500. Here you’re looking at boots like:
- Gaerne SG 10
- Alpinestars Tech 7
- O’Neal Rider
- The list goes on…
So, below, we’ve got high, mid and low budget option for you. Regardless of the price you want to pay, there’s a perfect set of enduro boots for you.
The Best Enduro Boots In 2020
1. Gaerne SG 12
Our Pick For: The Best Enduro Boots Under $500
The Gaerne SG 12s uses a dual stage pivot system. The first part of the pivot system offers support but flexibility when it comes to lateral support.
The second allows for easy ankle movement, and that makes shifting and riding ruts a breeze. But, the flexibility is stunted on sudden impact (landing hand from a jump or drop-off for instance), so your ankle isn’t going to over-extend.
The SG 12 enduro boots are slim-line and lightweight, but they can be opened out if you’re wearing a large knee brace like an Asterisk.
Better still, the core sole is perfect for skimming ruts, but has that bite so you’re getting enough grip from your pegs.
Basically, the Gaerne SG 12s combine:
- Lightweight construction
Our Pick For The Best Enduro Boots
Why we chose the Gaerne SG 12 boots
Gaerne have been used by top motocross and enduro racers globally for years. Whilst there are cheaper boots out there, with the SG12s you get a lightweight boot, with huge amounts of flexibility, grip and support at a reasonable price.
- Great ankle support
- Huge amounts of flexibility
- Tons of grip on the boot’s inner
- One of the most durable boots money can buy
- Slightly more expensive than mid-range boots on offer
- Limited range of colors available
Our Pick For: The Best Cheap Enduro Boots
Don’t have a budget of over $400? I hear ya’. Luckily there are other options out there.
If you can, I’d definitely be stretching to around $200. There are plenty of enduro boots around the $100 mark, but they tend to be big, bulky, and not great for riding mud or ruts on the trail.
And if you can grab that $200, I’d be heading for the Fox Racing Comp 5. They’re similar in build quality to the Alpinestars Tech 10 (although, around half the price), but you get the support to match.
But more importantly, the curved edges of the sole (rather than a large steel toe cap) means that when you’re riding trails, you’re not going to be catching ruts and roots (a sure-fire way to bust up your ankle).
The Fox Racing Comp 5 boots are suitable for enduro, trail, offroad, adventure and even ATV riders.
3. O’Neal Rider
Our Pick For: The CHEAPEST Enduro Boots From A Well Known Brand
If you’re looking for something EVEN cheaper, the O’Neal Rider enduro boots offer plenty of bang for ya’ buck at around $100.
They’re not as lightweight as the Fox or Gaerne’s, but they’re comfortable, durable, and have a ton of positive reviews online.
Don’t expect the same comfort level, but in all honestly, they feel pretty-close to Alpinestars old Tech 6 enduro boots, but they’re around half the price.
At A Glance: 2020’s Best Enduro Boots
|Gaerne SG 12||Best under $500|
|Fox Racing Comp 5||Best cheap boots|
|O’Neal Rider||Best cheap boots from well known brand|
Still Not Convinced?
I’ve already created a detailed guide on the best motocross boots here. Essentially, I ride MX and enduro so I use the same boots for both.
So, if you’re looking for recommendations for other boots and want some examples of enduro boots that can be true all-rounders, head straight over to that list.
Thanks for reading our 5-minute review of the best enduro boots for trailing riding, adventures and offroad racing. Check out the rest of our MX equipment guides here.