TCX Infinity GoreTex Boots

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by hammerhoot, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. hammerhoot

    hammerhoot dual season rider

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    Can anyone give me your thoughts on the TCX Infinity Gore Tex Boots. Considering purchasing a pair, but I am a little concerned about some of the reviews I have read about the buckles. By the way, I am a size 10.5, would you go with the 10 or the 11? Any info would be appreciated! Thanks
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  2. Benjava

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    My favorite
    So comfortable I can walk around in them all day. I don't like the buckles but I haven't had any problems with them
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  3. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Running Free

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    I've been wearing these boots for almost 5 years now. Mine are the Oxtar name before they became TCX. Great boots. Warm in the winter, not too hot in the summer, decent protection, comfortable for walking and still 100% waterproof. I've had no problems with the buckles.

    I would go for the size 11. Based on my experience they run a tad small.
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  4. thetable

    thetable Long timer

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    Mine are looking a little rougher for the wear, but the important parts are still holding up well, and my feet stay dry. For the year and a half I've had them, they have been my goto boot for whatever riding I'm doing. I've probably put somewhere in the neighborhood of 40k miles on them.

    The stitching on the shift pad is mostly gone, so I can feel it flapping in the breeze a little bit. Most of the leather still looks pretty good except where I have been a bit neglectful. My buckles are still solid even with one good icy slide down the road, part of which was on the buckle.

    They aren't my favorite boot for hot weather, and I rarely wear them with my leathers, but if I don't know what the weather is going to be, that is when I grab the Infinities.
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  5. DoctorIt

    DoctorIt vrooom!

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    Mine are also >5 years old, Oxtar branded (in fact, I wore them to work today). Buckles are all 100%, and I even wore them hard for a few months last year when I got my G450X before buying proper MX boots.

    As for size, the Oxtar's are only EU branded - 44 here, with room to wear pretty thick wool socks. I wear a 10 or 10,5 in most brands.


    BTW: who still has these for sale? I should probably get a backup set for when (if) I finally retire these. I'd echo the comments above, my goto all-the-time boot, unless the weather is really hot and dry.
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  6. docwells7

    docwells7 Long timer

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    I love mine. Two years, and they're breaking in nicely. A bit stiff and heavy at first, but once you get used to the heft, they feel like quality heavy duty boots. They feel a lot like my army Matterhorn boots...and that's a good thing. I didn't like the buckles at first, and they seem chincey, but they seem to do their job. I've never had a hint of a leak, and my feet have been warm into the low 30s with regular cotton socks. Thumbs up!
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  7. Mike_MRS

    Mike_MRS Been here awhile

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    I love mine. Comfortable, flexible but stiff at the same time. Totally waterproof. I'd ridden in heavy rain plenty of times in them, but recently went on a canoeing trip where we were losing the light and there was no time to change out of my riding gear so we just went. About 1/2 mile out we reached a sand bar and I had to walk in foot deep seawater for about 300 yards. They stayed perfectly dry. When we got back I gave the outside a rinse with fresh water, dried them then wiped the fixings with ACF50. No problems at all.
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  8. BaronVonDarrin

    BaronVonDarrin Been here awhile

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    REALLY cheap goretex boot. buckles drive me insane. they don't come undone or anything, just need readjusted EVERY time you put them on. Comfortable. You can walk around in them. Warm and WP. I like em so far. I will probably get something more expensive and armored at some point but for now this is fine.
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  9. Wantajustride

    Wantajustride Been here awhile

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    I like my TCX boots. Comfortable right out of the box. Warm in cooler weather, not to hot in warm temps. I have yet to test the waterproofing, as in dropping a foot in a stream crossing or the like. The buckles take a bit of time to get used to but they feel very secure when cinched down. I have not had any issues with the buckles.

    However, as a guy who is always looking at different gear I saw the "Gaerne Balanced Oil" boot. Very similar in design but three buckles as opposed to the two buckle of the TCX. The Gaerne' don't have the added protector on top of the foot like the TCX'. But they do look like a very good choice also. And from my research, I believe they are made in Italy.

    FWIW, if you buy on-line just be sure the vendor has a good return policy.
    Buying boots is always subjective, what is important is fit. And will the boot give you the protection you need for your riding style.

    Good luck
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  10. tupdegrove

    tupdegrove n00b

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    Like the protection with the TCX Infinity GTX Goretex boots. Comfortable out of the box. They don't seem weigh a lot which is a good thing. Spent a lot of time at RevZilla last week deciding between a 44 and 45. I normally wear 10.5. Liked the 44 with a thin pair of socks but wanted the capability to wear thicker socks in the winter for commuting to work. The 45 has some heal slippage but the toe box feels great with my wider feet. Decided to go with a 45 and now plan to add a pair thicker insoles to reduce the heal slippage. Highly recommended so far but I've only got 100 miles on them and these are my first pair of motorcycle boots.
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  11. Assfault

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    I am the same size as you, a 10.5 in most shoes and boots. I went with the 45 and use a insole to pick up the slack when in summer, read thin sock. After 5 years use they have broken in nicly. They were instantly comfortable from day 1, and have only gotten better. Excellant durability with minimal wear on the upper and sole. The only notiable sole wear in the instep, and this was expected as I run a agressive footpeg on most of my motorbikes, even my sportbike.
    I am extremmly abusive of my gear, expecting more than the average rider for performance, comfort. and longivity. I ride several muti-day rides thru a varity of seasons, terrain, and climates. I rarely wash any of my outer wear, other than the occasional wipe down to get rid of the heavy mud or debris. Buckles are a non issue, simular as most offroad type boots.
    These boots are the pair I grab when I go for these long rides. durable, comfortable to do short hikes to the waterfalls or scenic outcropping that I cant ride right to. Protective enough to ward off most road debris, and above all truely waterproof.
    A great choice if you have to choose one pair to do most everything.
    THe most inportant thing really is they look good on or off the bike.
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  12. NJ Moto

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    Funny you mention that. The other day a guy at my job a non-rider commented he liked my Infinities. Said they were "cool looking boots", battle scars and all.
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  13. Uncle Bucks

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    Love the TCX Infninity that I have had for 25 months and 24,000 miles. These boots fit great out of the box and are very comfortable for all day riding. They also have some good safety features for the foot, ankle and shin. The boots have held up well until this week when I noticed the sole on one boot was separating from the upper. My warranty does not have a time period on it so anxious to see how this claim is handled. It appears to be a manufacturing defect as the whole sole is just coming off starting from the middle and working towards the toe and heel. Boot has not been abused and I ride on road and cross country only. Have contacted TCX in New Hampshire and waiting for their reply and if they will repair, replace or whatever. Just sent them several pictures of the boot with sole separating and the purchase receipt. So far they have been very responsive and easy to work with. If they will back up their products I will highly recommend them for safety and comfort. Will update what happens when they respond.
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  14. tupdegrove

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    Rode one hour yesterday in 23F temps at highway speeds in TCX Infinity boots. Wore thick wool "hunting" socks. Toes were cool but bearable. Would want to be warmer if this were a daily commute. I'm a normally "cold" person.
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  15. Trailryder42

    Trailryder42 Long timer

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    Mine are the Oxtars also. I've never had a problem with the buckles. It's the stupid use of Velcro to close the tops of the boots instead using another buckle that I have an issue with.
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  16. Jeff B

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    About 80,000 miles on my Oxtar Infinities, on and off the pavement. No problems. The buckle configuration was weird at first, but adapted to it quickly. I might try the Aerostitch Combats next unless someone can give me a good argument not to. The Oxtars will be hard to top.
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  17. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Had my Oxtars 5 years and loved them right out of the box. They've only gotten better. I can wear them all day on or off the bike. Perfect for adv touring as they're comfortable enough to hike around in a bit when you stop. 100% waterproof and even in brutal Texas summers they're tolerable. To me they're the boots I always grab and will be wearing them on my S America ride. Good investment IMO.


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  18. 1LIFE2LIVE

    1LIFE2LIVE Long timer

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    Own the Sidi On Road for the last 70,000 miles and are Excellent; Friend owns the Infinity's and swears by them.

    The Sidi Adventures get real good reviews that I've seen - can't go wrong with either IMO
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  19. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    Thinking back I can't ever recall an Italian boot that I didn't like. It seemed like it was just a matter of trade off between protection or comfort. The more of one the less you get of the other.
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  20. cablebandit

    cablebandit Web Adventurer

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    This.

    The Infinities are like bedroom slippers compared to the Sidi's. I have about 60,000 miles on my Oxtars, and have yet to find a suitable replacement. The Sidi's offer more protection, but I don't think they're very comfortable off the bike. As in, "crap I have to walk into the gas station to pay because the card reader is broken". I'm not sure if they break in very much.
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