Forma ADV Tourer Boots
- CE Certified® quality
- Full-grain oiled Leather and Suede upper
- DRYTEX® waterproof and breathable liner
- Lightweight construction
- Rugged, anti-slip lightweight rubber sole
- Plastic gear pad protection
- Single Easy-Fit, Adjustable straps with VELCRO® closure
- Unbreakable GH® plastic buckles
- Special rigid nylon midsole
- TPU ankle protection
- Anti-bacterial replaceable insole
- High quality – 100% European production
Read on for more details.
We tried on a selection of Forma boots here in the office and found the length to be about right. The width on the boots is a touch more wide than most other brands we carry. Alpinestars and TCX tend to be the most wide, but these might even be a touch wider. I’d say they are a D to E and might even work for somebody with a slightly wider foot (but don’t get carried away and think they are wide enough for a person needing a EEE or wider). So my advice would be to use the chart below to choose a size based upon your US shoe size.
Forma offers advice on choosing a size from your foot measurement. Here’s how:
1) Measure the overall length of your foot. Forma recommends placing your heel against a wall and measuring from the wall to the end of your longest toe.
2) Add 3/4” to the length of your foot
3) Using Forma’s sizing chart below, choose the smallest size boot with an insole measurement that is at least the length of your foot plus 3/4”.
Use Forma’s size selection method as a “second opinion”. Maybe you’ll find it reassuring if it matches your size choice based on street shoe size or, maybe it could be a tie breaker if you are undecided between two sizes. FWIW, Forma’s advice didn’t work for me since I have relatively short toes. I wear a 45 (known from trying on) and this method put me in a 42.
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Our Two Cents
This ADV Touring boot design strikes a balance between the more “beefy” adventure riding boot (Forma, TCX, Alpinestars all make one) and a traditional. Every metric of this boot is “just a little bit less” than the Forma Adventure boot… the top is just a touch shorter, the closure is a bit less robust, with Velcro up top and one mechanical buckle as compared to three with the Adventure boot. The shin protection is a lighter duty setup with leather and a firm piece underneath rather than the big molded unit. The sole is about the same overall thickness, but the tread pattern is somewhere between the Adventure and more smooth typical touring boot (see our close up pictures for that). Both styles have an integral waterproof liner and both have substantial ankle protectors and reinforced heel and toe areas. With all the parts being just a bit lighter duty, this boot also is lighter overall which will be welcome for those who stay on road more, and who might spend more time off the bike and welcome the lesser weight and more flex.
We are becoming familiar with Forma, only having sold them for about a year now. I continue to be impressed with the overall quality, easy fit and reasonable prices. Comparing this boot to some others in the same general, “touring” category, I think the price of this one is VERY reasonable. :: Paul, 01-24-17