I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the box and saw the AXO A2 boots. These things look very high quality, the best way to describe them is a combo between the Gaerne SG10 & SG12. AXO says their A2 boot is designed to compete with boots like the Fox Instinct ($549) and Gaerne SG10 ($479.99).
AXO A2 Boot Price: $475.00 Buy on Amazon for $399.99
AXO A2 Boot Weight: 4.93 lbs ea (size 11)
How good are the AXO A2 Boots?
Buckles/Adjustability The buckles are decently simple and effective. There’s a pin on the strap that hooks into the buckle. Not quite as simple as the buckles on the Gaerne SG10’s, but I have had no issues with them coming loose yet. The top two buckles have holes to move their position–some boots have this, others don’t. This is a nice feature to add to the boot’s adjustability for people with skinny, fat or muscular legs. The bottom two buckles are designed to allow you to adjust their angle as necessary, another nice feature for personalization.
Comfort The inside is soft and cozy. There is a ton of padding around the ankle, this adds to the comfort, but I’m sure it helps with protection too. The insole that comes in the A2 boot is even decent, it is soft and has a little shape to it, instead of being a completely flat piece of foam. They are as comfortable as any other non-booty boot I’ve worn.
Break-in Just like most people, I dread breaking in new boots. I definitely procrastinated a bit before actually riding in the A2 boots. I walked around the pits in between motos for almost an entire day before biting the bullet and wearing them on the track. My first moto in the boots was a little rough, but by the end of my second moto my feel for the bike had gotten good enough that I was comfortable in the A2 boots. These aren’t long motos I’m talking about either, probably about 5 laps each.
Durability I haven’t put enough hours on the A2 boots yet to fully comment on the durability. They are very well made and seem to use high quality materials. I have no reason to think they won’t hold up as well as other high end boots on the market.
Protection The A2 boots offer a reinforced nylon anti-torsion brace designed with a hinge system that is similar to what you see on Gaerne SG10 & SG12. I say similar, but it is definitely a design unique to AXO’s boots. They feel relatively stiff from side to side while allowing good movement front to back. Plastic is placed in key areas to help protect your leg, ankle, foot and heel.
360 Degree View of AXO A2 Boots
Final Thoughts on the AXO A2 Boots
For a long time, years ago AXO was known for having great boots. Sometime in the late 90’s/early 2000’s when AXO fell off the map, their boots did too. The A2 boot is proof that AXO is serious about being considered a high-end boot manufacturer once again. The two years they spent developing these boots paid off. The only thing the AXO A2 boots have going against them is that they are made by a gear company. To some this is not an issue, but there are also people who won’t want to mix AXO boots with their Fox gear.