Undoubtedly named after the Mexican peninsula, the new TCX Baja boots are available in both full and half-height. They tick all the boxes for rugged appearance and are firmly placed in the ‘adventure’ camp, combining motocross rigidity with lightweight all-day useable comfort. I opted for the full-height version in the brown leather (black is available) and have managed, in just a month, to get a real measure of them.
In nearly three thousand miles in them we’ve been off-road in sand, mud and through rivers, but before I list technical features, the most important thing to mention is the comfort. They are simply wonderful and, unless it’s very hot weather, are very much ‘fit and forget’. I can’t say they required breaking in either and can’t remember thinking about them beyond that first 10 minutes’ tentatively walking around. The insoles are cushioned yet supportive and are described by TCX as ‘anatomic and replaceable’. They certainly fit my anatomy but so far show no signs of needing replacement.
Following a tarmac ride down to Spain I headed down to the South West of the UK to compete in the long distance Lands End Trial. Including getting to the start point, I had these TCX Baja boots on for 28 hours straight. There was no rain (I’ve enjoyed that since) but there were water holes and shallow rivers to cross and there was no leakage through the T-Dry waterproof lining (a Gore-tex version of these boots is available for an extra £40).
Fit, even around the calf, is very good and there’s an elasticated element to the front, above the shin guard which improves comfort no end. The 3 plastic closure buckles (and Velcro flap) have demonstrated themselves fault and fuss-free and the soles really did prove grippy and useful when pushing the bike. Yes, that was after falling off on muddy rocky tracks. In one of those crashing instances I carelessly left my foot beneath the bike and can attest to the fact that the BAJA ankle and shin protection clearly did its job.
Two things to note: First, as with this style of boot, the toe is very tall so you may need to adjust your gear-lever for upshifts, and secondly these boots are warm. I can think of nothing better for use in Iceland, Alaska and Siberia where the going will be tough, but ironically the Baja desert is one place I wouldn’t want to use them. The quality of construction can not be faulted though; a great boot offering superb all-day comfort.
EU 38-48; US 5-13
Colours available: Brown & Black
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