I have a general disdain for shoes, boots, sandals, pretty much anything that goes on my feet. Whether at home or backpacking on the trail, I kick off the galoshes first chance I get. This context is important when discussing the Forma Adventure boots that I wore on my 4500 mile South American solo moto expedition.
Quite simply, the Adventures are the most comfortable footwear I’ve ever owned. Of all time. Ever. In my entire life.
Frankly, the notion of long days in some skanky moto boot wasn’t something I was particularly looking forward to. I have a wide foot with a collapsed arch, so a good fit is paramount. Having accepted that riding barefoot was a generally poor idea, I had some lengthy discussions with BP at Atomic-Moto.com. He eventually concluded that the Adventures would fit my foot and fulfill my South American mission parameters. He was right.
Against all of my behavioral patterns, each and every day of my three week trip I eagerly pulled them on, forgot they were there, and was in no hurry to pull them off after 13 straight hours. When I got back home I thought about wearing wear them around the house instead of slippers. Me, boxers, and the Formas. Resist the mental imagery.
Performance: There was rain on 11 days of my trip, ranging from brief thunderstorms to full on deluges. My feet stayed bone dry. During the days of 95 degree rides in Santiago, my feet only sweated a little bit, which is remarkable given the Adventures’ Drytex waterproof lining.
Protection: On the Carretera Austral and Ruta 40, there was no shortage of rocks (not pebbles) constantly being kicked up, either by the KLR or the construction trucks barreling the opposite way. I fell on three occasions, the bike landing on my ankle each time. The Formas laughed at it all. No bruising, no twisting, nada. The hard side ankle protection seems particularly sturdy; not MX sturdy of course, but damn durable nonetheless.
After returning home from my trip, I cleaned and treated the Adventures and have been wearing them in the seemingly always hot environs of Los Angeles. The only days I don’t wear them are the days I don’t ride at all because it’s so blast furnace hot. I don’t know that any fully waterproof boot is going to breathe well when the mercury surges into triple digits, but the Formas can handle short jaunts around town on those sweltering days.
And after months of drought, L.A. finally got a long steady day of rain that again would put the Adventures’ waterproof capabilities to the test. I was soaked head to toe for 12 hours, but my feet were once again completely dry. I can’t ask for anything more.
Boots are a highly personalized piece of gear; no brand is a perfect fit for all shapes and sizes of feet. I hold the Formas in high regard, and without question they are my favorite piece of protective equipment.