Oxtar TCS Evo Ti Racing Boots
TCS Evo Ti racing boot $289.95
So there I was in the pits at Buttonwillow Raceway after the day's final session. I had just spent a day's worth of track time testing the current crop of litre-bikes, with Sean Alexander and Mike Emery. Somehow, through some bizarre warp in the time-space continuum, I managed to avoid being lapped by either one of them. To put this in perspective, that's like spending an afternoon playing one-on-one with Shaq and not getting dunked on.
As I began stripping off my leathers, I paused to reflect upon the minor miracle that had just transpired.
Was it my improved riding skeelz? It probably helped to have taken that Keith Code's California Superbike School class, but nah that wasn't it. Was it Dirty's broken wing? Well, that might be his excuse, but what about the always-fully-functional Emery? Nope, that ain't it either. Hmm, come to think of it, they did pull into the pits mid-way through each session grab a drink and swap bikes. Well OK, that probably didn't help their cause any, but still... Then as I reached down to unzip my brand new, first time ever worn, magic in a box, Oxtar TCS Evo Ti racing boots, it came to me. It's gotta be the shoes!
Oxtar of Montebelluna, Italy has been turning out motorcycle boots since 1982 and the TCS EVO Ti currently represents the top of their line. The Ti boots were stunningly supple and comfortable from the moment I pulled them on. Secured by a long zipper and Velcro flap, getting in and out was a breeze. Racing boots are notorious for their initial stiffness but the Ti was a dream from the get go. The four-port vent system and perforated Air-Tech breathable lining did an admirable job of keeping my feet from melting in the California desert heat, and I was blister-free at the end of a full day of riding. Then as I reached down to unzip my brand new Oxtar TCS Evo Ti racing boots, it came to me. It's gotta be the shoes!
Currently protecting the nimble peds of Norick Abe and Jake Zemke, the Oxtar TCS Evo Ti and TCS Sport boots are the first motorcycle boots to be granted the European CE safety certification. Crafted from Lorica synthetic leather and featuring Oxtar's patented Torsion Control System (TCS) and Metatarsal Control System (MCS), as well as a steel-reinforced leather foot bed, the Ti offers optimal protection in the event of a get-off. Should your swank kicks earn their keep by taking a beating on behalf of your precious little piggies, the titanium calf and toe sliders plus the ankle pads are all replaceable, so it's easy to re-boot your boots.
On the track, the TCS Evo Ti boots offered excellent feel for such a heavily armored boot. They also did a good job of maintaining traction with the footpegs. Believe me, when you are clumsy as I am, it's a big help to have boots that don't slip on the pegs. At speed, the boots remained solid and calm, with no wind-flapping or untoward movements to unsettle their wearer. I didn't notice any pressure points or uncomfortable stiffness and overall I'd have to say they rank as one of, if not the best racing boots I've tested.
I can't honestly say that the Oxtar TCS Evo Ti boots will make you faster, but as "The Slowest Man In Motojournalism", I can certify that they just might make you luckier. Hey, they worked for me. Come to think of it, Zemke seems to be coming on pretty strong lately as well. Hey Jake! It's gotta be the shoes, right Jake?!
Available in black/silver in men's size 7-15, red/black and blue/black in men's sizes 9-13.