Review: 2018 Shift White Label Boots
Entry-level boots are getting more expensive, but luckily we’re seeing a trend in them being higher quality too. Shift launched a new line of protective gear into the market this year, known as the White Label range. This includes an all-new boot, helmet, and goggles.
We’ve been testing out a pair of White Label boots over past few months on a variety of enduro and motocross terrain, and here’s what we thought of them…
WHO’S IT FOR?
As we alluded to above, at a price point of just under $300, these Shift boots are are aimed at riders at the entry to intermediate level. But in saying that, these boots are far from basic. They actually share very similar features to pricier boots – such as the boot buckles we have come to love from its cousin, the Fox Instinct – and they look and feel great to ride in.
- They required minimal break-in time, providing good feel around the toe-box area after just one ride.
- Value for money – at an RRP of $299.95, it is hard to look past these boots if you’re on a budget.
- Securing system – using two buckles down low and an adjustable silicone strap up top was a bit of a weird concept at the start, but once you set them to the shape of your lower leg, it works really well and makes putting the boot on and taking it off super-fast and simple. Plus, the absence of velcro around the top strap makes it easier to get the boot tighter and fit better around your calves.
- Build quality – these boots have held up really well. We haven’t had any faults, not even a stitch is out of place. The most impressive thing is the lack of sole wear and tear. It still looks like new.
- This might be a cheaper boot in price, but it certainly doesn’t look cheap. Available in black, green, red or yellow, the simple but effective aesthetic design of this boot will look good with any of your gear sets.
- Ankle movement is one of the worst parts of cheap boots, and while it isn’t horrible in the White Labels, it isn’t their strong suit either. But in saying that, the insole is comfortably padded and the outsole is stiff to give your arch plenty of support. So it’s a bit of a trade-off between ankle flexibility and support.
- While this sole may wear well, it doesn’t give you a great deal of grip, especially when you are out on a trail and you need to push off a rock and give your bike a push over a tricky obstacle.
This boot is a great product, especially when you can get the matching White Label helmet and riding gear, all for under $700.
If you are a racer who’s trying to save money, boots aren’t the place to cut costs. But if you’re a casual rider who’s not looking to take out a loan for a pair of MX boots, these are what you’re looking for.
Price and Availability
These White Label boots from Shift are available from any of Monza Imports’ dealers for $299.95.