MXA PRODUCT TEST:
SIXSIXONE FLIGHT BOOT
WHAT IS IT? The latest generation of mid-priced boots from SixSixOne.
WHAT’S IT COST? $299.95.
CONTACT? www.sixsixone.com or (888) 520-4888.
WHAT’S IT DO? Designing a motocross boot is a delicate balance of contradictory features. A good boot must offer substantial protection, but not be too heavy or bulky. It must be flexible, yet rigid in the lateral plane. The soles must be soft enough to get traction on the footpegs, but not so soft that they wear out too quickly.
For these conflicting reasons, it is possible to make a boot that is too good—at least on one side of the scale. Many MXA test riders have discovered that they prefer mid-priced boots over higher-tech premium boots. Why? The less expensive boots are often lighter, more flexible and last longer. Don’t believe us? The Hurricane boot was SixSixOne’s premium boot-–with a price that was pushing $400. It is no longer produced. Instead, SixSixOne concentrated on making over a dozen revisions to the much less expensive Flight boot. SixSixOne also offers the $179.95 Comp boot.
Back in 2005, when MXA tested the first generation of SixSixOne Flight boots, we were impressed with the comfort and performance. Now, SixSixOne has moved the Flight to the top step of their podium, and the MXA wrecking crew wanted to see if SixSixOne had achieved the perfectly balanced motocross boot.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here's a list of things that stand out with the SixSixOne Flight boot.
(1) Sizing. The Flight boots run on the large side. If you are close to being between sizes, choose the smaller size.
(2) Comfort. The Flight boot has a tidy interior with comfortable padding and a durable insole. The interior stays dirt free, thanks to new rubber gaiters at the top that seal with the leg. Our test boots flexed fluidly without any folds or corners poking into our ankles. The boots were easy to break in and felt completely natural by the end of the first 20-minute moto.
(3) Sole. The SixSixOne Flights have a replaceable Dur-Tac compound sole (with a steel shank). For most test riders, the hard compound sole offered plenty of traction and good durability. We did have test riders who wanted a grippier sole.
(4) Buckles. The aluminum buckles and nylon straps are in good alignment with the boot, which seems obvious, but isn’t always so. The buckles are easy to use.
(5) Motorcycle interface. There is no excess bulk on the Flight boots. They fit easily under the shift lever and have a “sensitive” material to further enhance shifting feel. Except for one tiny corner in the plastic panel stitched to the side, the boots are flush on the inside and slide well against the bike. To satisfy the most picky of MXA test riders, we cut the protruding corner off (short of the stitching).
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Two complaints: (1) The sizing runs on the large side. (2) We trimmed a tiny corner of the boot’s plastic away to avoid catching on the frame.
Don’t think of this as a mid-priced boot. Think of it as a high-end boot at a more affordable price.