FirstGear Kili Hi WP Boots - 2013
- Fully waterproof
- All leather upper with toe shifter patch
- Hook-and-loop covered zipper access
- Hard ankle and shin protection
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FirstGear sells these boots in US sizes. In trying them on, we found the boots to run about one size small in the larger sizes and about a half size small in the smaller size range. We therefore recommend that you use our chart to make a selection (see below).
For each boot size, there is a European size printed in each boot also. The European sizes listed seem to be a good estimate of fit, so if you know your Euro size in most boots, then use our chart to select the “FirstGear Boot Size” based on your usual Euro size.
Why is this sorta messed up? Well, I asked FirstGear, but didn’t get a response. My personal guess is that FirstGear bought these boots from a manufacturer that was used to making boots in European sizes, but then FirstGear decided to sell them in US shoe sizes, and unfortunately they messed up the Euro to US conversion. In any case, just choose by the sizing advice we give and you should be fine.
|Our Estimate of
How They Fit
Labeled in the Boots
The width of these boots tends toward roomy. Some brands like Sidi and Tour Master are more narrow, perhaps a C or D width, and I’d estimate the width of these FirstGear boots as slightly more wide, say D or E. Other brands that run wider like these FirstGear boots are TCX and Alpinestars.
Our Two Cents
I’m excited to be offering this new Kili Hi WP boot from FirstGear. For nearly all of 2012 there weren’t many choices from our different manufacturers for a good street boot like this in a lower price bracket. Tour Master knocked it out of the park with their Solution and Response boots and they were pretty much the only game in town. But for 2013 we can offer these Kili boots too! For the overall quality and feature list I’m seeing, these boots are a great value. They are just a little more “rugged” and aggressive in styling than the Tour Master boots but by no means overly so. The “Hi” version here is a standard height boot with an integral waterproof breathable liner. You’ll see the things you would expect in a boot like this…. inside zipper closure with a Velcro-close flap to protect the zipper (and your paint job). The heel area and toe box are reinforced and there is a protective pad over the toe area where your shifter is likely to hit. The boots are soft and flexible and should break in easily. The insides are lined with a cellular breathable fabric (also very common). There is an armor stiffener placed on the outside of the ankle bone and also one in the shin area. The inside of the ankle isn’t armored per se, but there is double leather in that area (because of the zipper cover). Overall, I like this boot and think it is a great value. I don’t think you can go wrong here. :: Paul, 01-26-13