Bates Adrenaline Boots

Editor Score: 90.5%
Aesthetics 8.75/10
Protection 9.0/10
Value 9.25/10
Comfort/Fit 10.0/10
Quality/Design 9.5/10
Weight 9.5/10
Options/Selection 8.5/10
Innovation 8.50/10
Weather Suitability 8.75/10
Desirable/Cool Factor 8.75/10
Overall Score90.5/100

Comfortable shoes. It’s the foremost important aspect of enjoying any large consumer or trade show. Comfortable Shoe Editor, Troy Siahaan, and I had this conversation last November when attending media day at Long Beach IMS. We both rode to the show, but whereas he brought sneakers to change into, I arrived in a new pair of Bates Adrenaline riding boots and put them to the ultimate comfort test by wearing them all day during the show. Four months, a parade’s worth of walking miles, and thousands of riding miles later, I’m here to report the Bates Adrenaline boots are, unequivocally, the most comfortable riding boots I’ve ever owned.

I’m not sure why, though, especially considering my fallen arches and flat feet that make my dogs wider than average (according to Bates, the Adrenaline boots are constructed with Medium width). The Adrenaline boots don’t utilize the Individual Comfort System (ICS) or the Endurance Performance System (EPS) advertised on other boots for sale on the Bates website, but even without these cool acronyms the Adrenaline boots are all-day comfortable either off or on a motorcycle. Maybe it’s the boot’s flexibility, light weight (1.3 pounds per boot, size 11), the company’s 161 years of manufacturing footwear, or a combination thereof lending Bates boots such luxury. Whatever it is, it’d be nice if all moto boots fit this well.


The molle strap lace restraint secures laces from interacting with moving parts. You’ll come to appreciate this subtle nicety the day your restraintless boots wrap a lace around a footpeg, and you tip over at a stoplight because of it.

Constructed of full-grain leather, the Adrenalines have an adventurous look about them, although they’re equally appropriate for the cafe crowd. Bates rates the Adrenalines as waterproof, but due to the low, just-over-ankle-height of the boots, we wouldn’t recommend them for serious wet-weather use.

The boots feature molded thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) reinforcements in the heel, shift pad, and laterally down the boot’s outer edge. Inside, PORON XRD high-impact foam protects both sides of your ankles. The outsole chassis consists of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and slip-resistant rubber with an external shank providing flexibility and stability. Sorry, no insights into crash resistance, but general durability seems pretty good with no loose stitching or other manufacturing defects apparent thus far in the boots’ lifecycle.


The top rear of the boot features a low cutout allowing for better movement when walking or riding.

At $200 the Adrenalines are the priciest of the powersports offerings from Bates. Other boot models include the sportier Beltline ($195), and more casual Taser ($175) and Marauder ($180) models. While the Adrenalines are only offered in Black, there is a wide variety of sizes ranging in half-sizes from 7 to 14.

Adrenaline Boot Features

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    Helmet: Bell Bullitt Matte Metallic Titanium Jacket: Roland Sands Design Zuma Timber

    High-performance Leather

  • Waterproof
  • Poron XRD Impact Foam
  • Molded Heel Protection
  • Molded Toe Shift Reinforcement
  • Lace Restraint
  • Oil and Slip Resistant Rubber Outsole

Bates constructs various model boots for women, but none yet in the Powersports category. Hopefully soon they’ll expand their Powersports offerings to include boots for the ladies as well as introduce new models. As for me, you’ll be seeing my pair of Adrenalines popping up in a lot of future bike reviews because I won’t be retiring these comfortable gems in the foreseeable future.

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  • Sayyed Bashir

    I bought Bates Men’s Tahoe Motorcycle Boots last December on Amazon and they are the best motorcycle boots out of the dozen I have. The leather is thick and supple. The boots are strong, well made and good looking. They are not shown on Bates website but Amazon still has them. They are calf length so they protect your leg. There is a side zipper for ease of removal. 11″ tall, waterproof, Vibram sole.

    • Campisi

      These new Bates offerings are notable in that they have motorcycling-specific protective elements in them, namely the full shank and the crash armour.

      I’m actually a little disappointed that Bates made these new shoes look like the sort of thing a plainclothes police officer would wear. I quite like the sound of them otherwise.

      • Sayyed Bashir

        The only thing I don’t like about the Adrenaline and other Bates boots is that they don’t have side zippers. I have some nice boots that don’t have zippers, and I find that I never wear them. I wear full leather or textile riding jacket and pants for which the boots have to be put on afterward, and it is hard to tie shoelaces, get to work and untie laces to take off the overpants, ties laces back, then repeat for the trip to my friend’s for dinner, repeat, and then same thing for going home. Zippers are so much easier.

      • Sayyed Bashir

        Actually some of the best motorcycle boots I have are the ones I bought from 5.11 Tactical such as the A.T.A.C. 8″ Side Zip Boot. They are comfortable, convenient and protective. They do not have steel toes or shanks but have strong molded soles and look like these Adrenaline boots except they have side zippers. They are made for law enforcement and the military.

    • Colonel Matumbo

      yea ! I got a side Zipper too. Pooki