Icon Tarmac 2 Boots

  • Suede leather and overmolded mesh upper
  • Sportbike-influenced bottom unit geometry
  • Axialmetric steel shank
  • Pre-tensioned stealth elastic lacing system
  • Molded ankle plate

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Sizing Information

I found this boot to fit about right for length. The tongue of the boot is secured by elastic bands (see our close-up pics by clicking “images” above). The elastic is a simple approach to securing the boot on your foot, but it is non-adjustable, so therefore the fitment of the shoe over the instep will be hard to predict. I personally found the fit to be on the snug side. For those with a high instep it will be problematic, but for those who are “normal” size through the instep it may work just fine. My advice then, is to pick the size you normally wear in a men’s shoe, and hope the snugness of the instep works out for you.

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Our Two Cents

The Tarmac 2 boot by Icon is a minor twist on the riding shoe theme. The boot doesn’t have a traditional closure, such as laces, straps or zippers but rather it is a sneaker/hiker style with elastic bands through the tongue of the boot. There is finally a Velcro-close strap at the top of the shoe to finish out the securing method. Most of the boot is a suede material and the tongue is a part perforated leather. And on the sides there are large mesh panels which should make this shoe pretty breathable. I put the ‘ole lip lock test on those mesh areas and indeed the air does go right through. The outside area of the ankle bone is covered by a raised rubber protector and the toe box and area around the heel have stiffeners. The sole is pretty flexible but has some reinforcement in the shank area (as any motorcycle specific shoe/boot should). Overall, I like the simplicity of this style, but I’m concerned about the success you’ll have with fit (see my notes above). We are easy to work with on exchanges/returns, so it won’t cost you much if it doesn’t work out, so feel free to give them a try. :: Paul, 04-01-13

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