If you are interested in motorsports and plan on buying your first motorcross bike shortly, then you will need to make sure that you purchase all of the appropriate riding equipment as well. This equipment is necessary for your safety, and good-quality boots are required. Full-size boots are the best option to prevent tail pipe burns and serious tendon damage along the calfs. These boots are about knee-high, or 16 inches tall. When you buy your boots, make sure they are the correct size. Measuring your feet with riding socks on and comparing the measurements to a boot sizing chart is the best way to make sure your boots will fit. It is also suggested that you choose boots that are one size larger than your regular shoe size. Once you buy your boots, you will need to break them in. Keep reading to learn about some tips on how you can do this.
Stretch The Insides First
When you first receive your motorcross boots, you may be surprised to find that you can hardly fit your feet inside of them. This is normal. Motorcross boots are supposed to fit extremely tight, with features like locking buckle systems, steel toes, hard shin plates, and heel guards. All of these things are meant to support and brace your ankles, shins, and knees so serious injuries cannot occur in the event of an accident. Typically, you will need to begin breaking in your boots before you place your foot inside of them, or the fit may be too tight.
Start breaking in the boots by fitting your right hand into each one. You want to wiggle your hand up and down and left and right for several minutes. This will help you to loosen up the boot and the shock-resistant padding a bit. Spend some time working the inside of the toe with your hand and also press on the part of the boot where the toe box meets the shin area. This will be where the boot fits over the top of your foot.
Work your hand to the heel of the boot and make a fist. Spin your hand around the heel and then move up to the shin and calf part of the boot. Press on the padding with your hand as you move upward to loosen the padding.
Work Your Legs
After you have placed some pressure on the padding, you should be able to get your feet and legs into the motorcross boots. Try the boots on and tighten the straps. Clip the locks into place. Sit in a chair with your boots on for a moment. It can be difficult to tell if the boots are tightened too much at first, but if you start to feel tingling or numbness in your toes, then the boots are cutting off some of the circulation to your legs. Loosen the straps on the boots, but make sure you cannot fit your fingers down into the sides of them. Also, if you can wiggle your ankles, then the boots should be tighter.
Once you have figured out how much you should tighten the boots, stand up and spread your knees about shoulder-width apart. If you do not feel stable walking or standing with your boots on at this time, then hang on to the back of your couch or a table. Complete about 10 to 15 squats. This type of exercise will work the leg muscles and cause the ankles and feet to flex so the boots break in more.
Walk around for 5 or 10 minutes after completing the squats. Complete the squat and walking exercises for the next week or two until your motorcross boots start to feel more comfortable.
For more information on how to ensure that your motorcross boots fit properly, contact a company like Bob’s Cycle & Snowmobile Supply.