This year’s motorcycle boots survey identified durability, functionality and comfort/fit as the most important reasons to buy.
Get Y were more likely to make their decision based on price, while Gen X and Baby Boomers were more likely to decide on the boots with the best protection and safety features, as well as boots that are comfortable.
It found that 9% of riders suffered a foot injury in a motorcycle crash, 46% of riders always wear motorcycle boots when riding and 57% feel safer in boots.
Australian service Motocap recently launched the world’s first rider gear ratings in safety and comfort. However boots are not included.
Boots are so important to riders that 20% own multiple pairs to suit specific bikes and type of riding.
One in three respondents (34%) researched boots beforehand, 38% tried out boots in-store before deciding on a pair and 18% bought online.
The average spend on boots was $239 which may be why 49% take care of their boots and maintain them.