TCX RT-Race Boots
UPPER: durable, lightweight microfibre, over-injected front & side panel to allow an easy step in and a precise fit around the foot/leg; padded rear flex area for a better comfort; newly designed, abrasion resistant microfibre heat guard to offer the best grip on the bike frame. F.F.C. Fasten Fit Control, lacing system. Soft microfibre gaitor for a perfect fit around the calf
LINING: AIR TECH breathable, soft touch mesh combined with double density foam for superior comfort around the ankle
REINFORCEMENTS: D.F.C. Double Flex Control System; newly designed polyurethane shin plate with iron mesh air intakes and micro injections; newly designed polyurethane shift pad integrated in the sole, new ergonomically designed polyurethane heel counter
SLIDERS: replaceable abrasion resistant polyurethane toe slider, replaceable magnesium and polyurethane heel sliders to allow natural sliding in case of a fall
CLOSURE: outside elastic zip + Velcro tab. Micro-adjustable aluminum buckle + PU toothed band to allow perfect fastening of the shin plate around the calf
FOOTBED: replaceable anatomic, extra light and breathable
MID SOLE: reinforced PP, differentiated thickness
SOLE: designed, lightweight, mono compound rubber sole with specific grip area
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We find TCX boots to be very consistent in fit from one model to the next. We checked this boot and it too is consistent with other models. To choose a size, please click here to see the TCX size chart. The general width of TCX is “medium” or D to E. To compare to other brands you may have experience with, I’d say the overall fit is somewhere between a Sidi boot which is generally a bit more narrow and an Alpinestars boot which has a more generous width.
Our Two Cents
These new RT Race boots are really sharp and pack lot of premium features into a reasonably priced package in my opinion. They offer the interior lacing for size adjustment and have an ankle torsion control system and lots of high tech looking components!
I was all set for sticker shock when these boots first landed on my desk, With other race boots with the list of features these have, I’d have guessed a price point of $400 or more, but I was pleasantly surprised with the $299 retail price. Good job TCX! I like the textured material used on the bike-side of the boot. The material will help to grip the body parts of the bike and the material is somwhat soft like tight grain suede. It has a neat pattern molded into it too.
These boots are one of the few out there constructed with the interior lacings across the instep and ankle area of your foot. Its hard to get an exact fit with a side-zip boot and these lacings help you to do just that. Also there is a strip of slightly stretchy material on the back side of the zipper to help provide a bit of “give”. That little bit of flexibility helps with fit, but also makes it a lot easier to raise the zipper. The calf if adjustable too. Its a ratchet type closure that is easy to use and quite secure.
If you look at the close-up pictures, you can see the exterior “Flex Control System”. Its a firm molded plastic piece that fits all around the ankle. It provided limited flex front to back and side to side but resists any large flexing like you might experience in a crash.
The whole boot really feels sturdy and should provide great crash protection. And the overall looks are much less “clunky” than past designs I’ve seen. I really do like this boot… especially for the price! :: Paul, 11-15-17