MXA TEAM TESTED: JETT J1 PRO BOOT

April 14, 2012
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WHAT IS IT? A premium bootie version of the J1 Jett boot.

WHAT’S IT COST? $449.99 (Jett J1 Pro with bootie), $399.99 (Jett J1 boot without bootie).

CONTACT?
(661) 775-0571 or www.jettboots.com.

WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Jett’s J1 Pro boot.

(1) Development. The molds required to make a plastic boot are very expensive, which is why all-plastic boots disappear if they make any mistakes in their design. Jett, on the other hand, is already on their sixth-generation J1 model and their fourth generation of the Pro-model chassis after only two and a half years selling boots. Jett took a lot of MXA‘s and other riders’ feedback to heart and have excellent, refined boots to show for it.

(2) Comparison.
All of the exterior molded pieces of the J1 Pro and the J1 are identical. The model differences are the interior, bootie, and instep/front-shield material, which is stretch Kevlar on the Pro and synthetic on the standard J1. Both models weigh the same, which is roughly 4-1/2 pounds for a size 10. Unlike most bootie-style boots, Jett didn’t choose the bootie design to reduce the number of chassis sizes that they need to make. On Jett’s bootie-boot, every size that the standard J1 comes in, the Jet Pro comes in also. The Jett bootie fit so securely that MXA test riders could hear a little pop when their foot settled into its cavity.

(3) Upper shell . The plastic-molded upper shell is on a hinge and easily removable. It’s available in three sizes to fit a wide variety of calf sizes. The uppers can be mixed and matched with the lowers for a custom fit. For example, a rider with size 10 feet and fat calves or bulky knee braces can opt for the large upper shell instead of the medium.

(4) Rubber nubs
. Jett uses rubber nubs to cushion the boot against the frame. These nubs are replaceable.

(5) Comfort.
Every MXA test rider thought that the Jett Pro boot offered significantly more support and a comfortable feel than the standard Jett J1. The snug fit, however, might not suit riders with wide feet. The bootie really helps reduce the harsh feel of the sole while maintaining Pro-level rigidity. The contour of the boot also makes it easier to ride on the ball of the foot, where other boots can feel like they trap the footpeg in the pocket of the arch created by the heel. As you would expect on a plastic boot, the hard shell offers a little less feel of the bike and foot controls, but, in turn, achieves an incredibly slim toe box and a lot of impact protection.

(6) Parts.
Replacement parts can be purchased separately. You can buy a pair of booties, upper leg grips, ankle hinge grips, a buckle kit (straps included) and the red shanks on the sole to keep your Jetts fresh.

(7) Verdict.
The J1 Pro is the least bulky bootie-boot on the market. It has the lowest toe box of any boot made (save for the Hi-Point Champion, which it used as a starting point). For the MXA test rider’s money, the Jett Pro is a worthwhile improvement over the standard Jett J1, which by generation six is a great boot.

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK?
We have some suggestions for Jett. (1) Jett is currently developing a stick-on graphics kit, but we would rather see them throw some unique color modifiers into the injection molds (they currently only offer black or white boots). It would certainly be more durable than stickers. (2) Italian means quality in the fashion world, but it can also mean a tight fit. Jetts aren’t as narrow as Sidis, but those with wide feet may have to size up anyhow.

Jett’s willingness to spend money, refine their product constantly and sweat the details translated into an all-plastic boot with excellent protection and durability.

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