TCX Infinity GoreTex Boots

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

  1. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    I've had a pair of the Oxtar Infiinity's for 5-6 years. I think it's the best all around compromise in and adventure/touring boot that I've found. The same manufacturer makes the Savannah boot for BMW, which typically sells for a bit more money, but sometimes BMW dealers have specials on their gear and you can actually buy them for less than the TCX's. I've never had an issue with the buckles.
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  2. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Bought the Sidi GoreTex™ Adventures as a replacement to my beat to hell Oxtar Infinities.

    The Sidi is a much more substantial boot. The Sidis are less flexible than the Oxtars, but I think they're every bit as comfortable. After wearing the Sidis for a few thousand miles, I put my Oxtars back on to go do something or another. The Oxtars felt like they offered very little protection in comparison to the Sidis. Don't get me wrong. I loved my Oxtars, it's a great boot, but if the price is the same, I'd buy the Sidis again.
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  3. Uncle Bucks

    Uncle Bucks Adventurer

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    Thought I would give an update to the warranty repair needed from TCX. After contacting them they were very quick and responsive to my problem and they have been super nice and reasonable. Even though the warranty had no time limit on it, TCX did respond that since the boots were over a year old they could not help me. I responded that I was unhappy with their warranty denial as the boots had not been ridden hard or abused. They then responded that they wanted happy customers and if I would send them the boots they would look at them. During the waiting period between responses I found a local cobbler who said it was an easy fix and had them repaired in one day for only a few dollars-- which was cheaper than shipping cost to TCX. My conclusion, TCX will stand behind their products. Also, in my opinion these are the most comfortable boots I have ever owned and the safety features give me a "little" extra protection over many other boots. Just did a 4 hour ride in 30 degree temperatures at 70-75 mph with nothing more than a little coolness in the toes. Wore a thin wicking liner under regular calf-high socks and I think wearing heavy socks would have been warmer. Should note here I first tried the BMW boot and loved it but the boots were too small and BMW did not make a 13 in the Santiago so ordered the TCX and could not be happier. Will buy again and will wear them on my 2012 Alaska trip.:clap


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  4. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    TCX is a part of "COSMAS" which also makes In the Field Firefighters boots. When I met up with a "smoke jumper" and realized he was wearing the "Vulcans" I started thinking what a great cross over they would be for riding and hiking as full time on the road I don't have room for spare boots, only moccasins for around the camp. They are truly incredible pull ons to of course the highest standards including toe protector and so forth.
    I did a short write up with more info on this recent entry of ours in the Journal I have been keeping these past 6 years.
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  5. notrivia

    notrivia Adventurer

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    I purchased my TCX's when they were Oxtars for half the cost they are now - but considered from the standpoint of reliability, they were not a steal.

    Initially, I was thrilled. They are very comfortable, sizing is wide but right, because thick socks are always best - very attractive, good traction, good protection, good velcro, nice leather and initially waterproof. But on my tour they began to fall apart in summer weather. First, the rubber toe guards cracked and peeled away, revealing an ugly seam. Then in 105 degrees, they delaminated, the right boot sole flopping off. Duck Tape to the rescue. A year later, they delaminated again despite expert repair. Now, one of the buckles has popped out, and they are unusable. I intend to again repair them considering the cost of replacement.

    Other quibbles: really cold when under 50, so much so that I purchased an alternate pair of thinsulate boots. The buckles never really gave me a sense of security, they always seemed too fragile. And the last time in a rain storm my feet were definitely getting damp.

    I would buy them again - IF I were rich for "around town", as they're walking comfort is GREAT. But as a primary boot, I heartily recommend you get a Sidi or Gaerne. At this price point, considering the lack of long-term quality, TCX is robbing you.
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  6. Uncle Bucks

    Uncle Bucks Adventurer

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    In December 2011 my post was about a problem with the sole on my TCX Infinity boots. Since then I have put another 20,000 miles on them, been to Alaska and back, ridden in most any weather you could run into and the boots have held up very well. Temperatures from 20's to 108. Endless hours with wet and cold but my feet were always dry and comfortable. Knowing when it was going to be cold I wore a thin synthetic liner sock with a thin merino wool sock and this dual sock worked great without being too tight. If it helps, I ride a 2006 1200 GS. Hope to put another 20K on them this year. If I had experienced more problems with them I too would not consider buying them again. However, would I buy these again - absolutely.
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  7. thetable

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    I replaced mine in a similar state of falling apart (even after multiple repairs), with Gaerne Balance Oiled, and couldn't be happier. It is a much better product, I regret only that I wasted money repairing the TCXs. I also have a couple other pairs of TCX boots, and only the race boot is holding up well. Based on the quality and love apparent in my Gaernes, they'll get all my future boot business.
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  8. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Sorry to hear of the issues...

    My "Oxtar" Inf's have about 35,000 miles on them and have been great. One of the scuff guard patches on the exterior pinky toe side has been coming loose due to thread wear, but to be expected from the wear and tear I've put on them. Only gripe is the latches - fiddly and several times have managed to get the cross bar out of it's slot and it gets wedged down behind the latch - can be a pain to get it out when trying to take the boots off.

    Overall they've been excellent boots for traveling, and the ease of walking in them has been perfect for long trips.

    They have continued to soften up and due to that I've decided to relegate them to less heavy off-road use and just bought a new pair of Sidi Adventure Goretex for the heavier duty stuff. Sidi's look to be excellent and heavier duty but should be for $500...

    TCX's new Desert Goretex looks like a potentially good boot for slightly more moola

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  9. thetable

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    That's about the mileage where mine started falling apart. By 45k a quarter of the stitching was falling out, had them repaired, got another 5-10k out of them. This is unacceptable to me at the price point. I paid enough for them that I really should be able to eke out more than two years of service.
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  10. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Thanks for the heads up. I'm currently on my first trip wearing the new Sidi Adventure Goretex and just spent the first day in them. Stiffer but comfortable. I need to put some good insoles in them...
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  11. VSK

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    My experience is in line with what others are saying. Had these for about 3 years - comfortable (on and off the bike), completely waterproof (tested in all kinds of rain for lengthy periods), not too hot (in summer) or too cold (in winter), and protection that I would expect in touring boots. I was skeptical of the buckles when I first bought the boots. Didnt think they would last but have held up all this time without any deterioration.
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  12. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Long timer

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    My experience has been the same. Definitely got my moneys worth. I replaced them with BMW Santiagos. The TCX were more comfortable for walking.
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  13. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Another note about the Infinitys is that I'd originally bought them as boots that would be comfortable to walk and do minor hiking in on long trips, thus saving the need to pack a second pair of shoes.

    I'm on and off the bike a lot doing photography and in that regard they are tops. So factor in if you need a good compromise between mobility and protection and the Infinitys are the ones.

    Just ending a 2 week trip into west Texas desert mountains in the Sidi Adventures, and protection is great but trying to scramble around in brush wearing them to shoot has been a job.
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  14. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    I am just starting to try a pair. No crazy about the buckles, wishing they had a looser adjustment. I stop a lot myself for the same above reasons, only pack a pair of moccasins for camp besides riding boots. I really enjoy their "in the field firefighter" boots [COSMAS]. Like wearing slippers, no buckles and of course much protection. So the jury is out... Now I have to decide which pair I will continue with.

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    Stay well... Ara and Spirit
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