TCX Explorer Evo Gore-Tex Boots
- Upper constructed of microfiber and wear-resistant textile mesh
- Gore-Tex® Performance Comfort Footwear membrane for breathable waterproofing
- Protection consists of ankle impact protection, polyurethane shift pad integrated in the sole, reinforced shin plate with embossed logo, reinforced heel & toe counter
- Foot bed is anatomic and replaceable
- Touring sole with specific grip area and superior stability
- Comfort Fit System developed by TCX ensures an extremely comfortable boot, ideal for prolonged use in different situations
- CE certified
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Please see our TCX Sizing Information page for help in choosing a size. This boot fits me like a D, or maybe even an E width, and like all other TCX boots, the sizing feels correct.
Our Two Cents
The Explorer Evo Gore-Tex boots add another Gore-Tex option to the TCX lineup this year. I just took a quick “look see” through our waterproof boot department to get some perspective on where these boots fit in. First, let me say that if you are considering a waterproof riding boot, you’ll want to decide on whether you are a Gore-Tex believer or not. We’ve been selling waterproof riding boots for years, and Gore-Tex boot models have sold very well alongside boots that use a different waterproof liner technology. The use of genuine Gore-Tex in a boot seems to add about $100 retail to the price. I’ve seen all sorts of reviews where people swear by it and I’ve also see some pretty convincing factory demonstrations. One I recall was that a factory rep got his hand wet, then inserted it into a Gore-Tex glove, then immersed it in water for a bit and voila! when he pulled his hand out, it was dry. Wow. Anyway, combining Gore-Tex in a TCX boot has been a hit for years. The very similar, X-Five Plus Gore-Tex boots (formerly Oxtar Matrix) has been a best selling boot for us for a lot of years (maybe 10??), and I think this boot can be just as popular. It is a bit lighter than the X-Five because a portion of the boot is textile fabric. The fabric will also serve to allow a bit more air to help the Gore-Tex wicking properties work better. This boot has the usual protectors built into the shin area, and on either side of the ankle bones. The heel area and toe box are reinforced and there is a very nice shifter protector over the toe area. The sole is a dense rubber that should last a long time and the instep is reinforced to hold up against bearing weight on the pegs. This boot is just slightly shorter than many full-on touring boots, but is surely tall enough to provide the ankle and lower leg support you want. Overall, this a great choice for those that want a slightly shorter/sportier Gore-Tex boot than the “standard” designs. I’m confident in the quality of TCX and it is a great brand to pair with the investment you are making with the Gore-Tex advantage. :: Paul, 12-03-12