This model of TCX boot, the X-Tour Evo GTX, has been on the market for four years but TCX models are generally robust in the marketplace and they will doubtless be around for some time to come. Because they work.
They’re comfortable, warm and have proven themselves 100% waterproof this winter, so I could leave it there, but with a list price of £249 you deserve more.
After 100,000 faultless miles my old TCX X-Five Plus boots were finally being breached by the heaviest of rain and these X-Tour Evo GTXs seemed to be the obvious successor. With the performance I’ve witnessed from the brand so far I feel the price is very reasonable.
GORE-TEX equipped, these touring boots shouldn’t really be classified as such, because they are commuting and adventure boots too. The uppers are thick full-grain leather, reinforced across the toe and round the heel. The sole is apparently replaceable so this pair of boots should last for years, like Trigger’s broom.
New, these X-Tour Evos weren’t easy to get on as the wraparound heel protection didn’t seem to give, but it hasn’t taken long for them to slip on like old friends. There are two zips, one either side to ease access, and at the rear there is Velcro adjustment if you have hefty calfs. Once on, the anatomic footbed is incredibly comfortable and the CE certified shin and ankle protection doesn’t impede at all.
Among the time we’ve spent together so far, I’ve stood on the pegs along trails, walked up a mountain and ridden 230 miles in a constant rainstorm. I simply can’t fault them.
Prices from £169 – £259
UK 6.5 – 13.5
More info here.