Roland Sands Design Mojave Boots Review

RSD Mojave Boots Review

RSD Mojave Boots Review

From building ground-up customs to designing hot-selling aftermarket parts to stitching together a wide range of apparel, the Roland Sands Design portfolio is as multi-faceted as you’ll find in this industry. But up until August, somehow a good set of motorcycle boots weren’t on that list. This changed with the release of the Roland Sands Design Mojave Boots, leather lace-up riding boots that look like a solid pair of work boots. No sooner did they hit the shelves than a pair arrived in the office and since then they’ve been on my feet every time I hop in the saddle.

The exterior of the RSD Mojave Boots are top grain leather that are reinforced in both the toe box and heels. The boots are made up of a patchwork of panels including one to protect against the wear and tear of shift levers which have a habit of thinning the fastest. Many of the leather panels are triple stitched and we had to look hard to find one frayed stitch after four months of wear as overall construction is solid. The Mojaves are almost two inches taller than comparable boots from Alpinestars and TCX I’ve tested, thus providing more ankle support and a bit more protection. The top opens up wide and the laces are long and don’t have to be undone in order to slip the boots on, the process facilitated by a convenient leather pull tab.

Inside the RSD Mojave’s have a padded, removable insole. There’s also a nice layer of padding surrounding the ankle. The top portion of the tongue is padded as well, all making for a comfortable fit that doesn’t require much break-in. The boots have a porous moisture-wicking polyester liner that is supposed to be waterproof as well. Fair-weather riding means we haven’t had to test this claim but we’re sure that opportunity will soon present itself because the rainy season is upon us in my neck of the woods.

The Mojaves have a Vibram sole with a uniform tread pattern front to back. RSD states the outsoles are oil and chemical resistant. While traction hasn’t been a problem manhandling big cruisers and tourers in and out of parking spots, the material the soles are made of is a little soft and the tread pattern is wearing thin fairly quick.

Roland has an eye for design and this extends to the styling of the RSD Mojave Boots as well. A true barometer is the number of people who’ve asked about them, which have been plenty. Rugged like a pair of work boots, they’re stylish enough to sport for a night out on the town with the Ms. Thanks to its combination of a padded insole and pliable leather the Mojaves are comfy enough to stomp around in day and night.

Considering this is the first footwear RSD has produced, they nailed it. The Mojave Boots rate high in comfort, style and durability. Between the thick leather and reinforced areas RSD’s riding boots provide ample protection, too. Available in four colors – Black, Grey, Oxblood and Whiskey, and priced at $300, they’re built solidly enough to easily get your money’s worth out of them.

Rockin' the 2017 Fat Bob in RSD Mojave Boots

Considering it’s RSD’s first foray into footwear, we’re impressed with the style, comfort and construction of their Mojave Boots.

Roland Sands Design Launches 1st Footwear with Mojave Boot

Roland Sands Design Mojave Boot

Roland Sands Design Mojave Boot

Roland Sands Design enters motorcycle footwear market.

Roland Sands Design is proud to introduce the Mojave, a premium riding boot. The Mojave boot follows the heritage of our proven jackets, combining the ideal blend of function and classic styling. Every minute detail was considered in the development of this top quality boot to ensure the final product not only performed, but also looked great both on and off the bike.

Only the best materials and premium protective technologies were used to construct the Mojave boot. We utilized beautiful top grain cowhide leather for the upper, strategic molded protective inserts in the heel, mid-foot and toe box, a reinforced shank and a hi-grip sole by Vibram that is oil/chemical resistant. The waxed laces and double layer protective shift pad ensure durability and to provide superior comfort we added a Hipora waterproof and moisture wicking liner and developed the proprietary triple density removable Cheater insole to provide unparalleled cushion and support.

The Mojave boot is the real deal, and is sure to become your new favorite boot.

RSD Mojave Boots in Black

• 100% genuine cowhide upper
• 100% polyester moisture wicking lining
• Hipora waterproof lining
• Vibram durable hi-grip & oil/chemical resistant outsole
• Molded reinforced protective heel cup
• Molded ankle protector insert
• Molded protective toe box insert
• Side mid-foot protective insert
• 3M reflective hi visibility heel
• Protective reinforced shank
• Gusseted, padded tongue
• Leather pull loop
• Double layer protective shift pad
• Custom RSD triple density comfort & supportive insole
• Flexible, secure, comfortable & protective upper cuff
• Durable waxed laces

The RSD Mojave Boot is available in Black, Grey, Oxblood & Whiskey colors ways. MSRP: $300

Harley Motorcycle Boots for Summer Riding Season

The summer is a busy time for riders across the country. With excursions planned and the season’s biggest rallies filling up the schedule, riders must be prepped with motorcycle gear that’s ready to meet the demands of the road.

Tired and aching feet are a common occurrence when it comes to spending long days on and off the bike. Durable footwear with comfort technology makes all the difference in maintaining stamina, ensuring no ride gets cut short. Offering a range of styles that blend superior performance with quality comfort, Harley-Davidson footwear has riders covered all season long.

Here are a few highlights:

Delivering superior protection and comfort, the FXRG Vance is the ultimate riding boot. The eight-inch lace-up style features a lightweight, flexible polyurethane midsole with rubber street side for increased stability and range of motion. The Vance also features a full-grain waterproof leather upper for protection from the elements along with added ankle support. Shock Absorbers Twin Pad Comfort Technology helps keep feet comfortable on even the longest of rides.

Harley Men's Vance Motorcycle Boot

Harley Men’s Vance Motorcycle Boot

Gear up with the fully loaded Leila from the FXRG series. Lightweight stability meets superior protection with the flexible polyurethane midsole with rubber street side and an abrasion-, slip- and oil-resistant outsole built with Goodyear welt construction. The Leila features Shock Absorbers Twin Pad Comfort Technology, a full-cushion, dual-density PU footbed with a superior shock-absorbing compound that cushions the foot with each step for dependable comfort.

Harley Women's Leila Motorcycle Boots

Harley Women’s Leila Motorcycle Boots

New Harley Rider: Smart Gear Tips From American Iron Magazine

When you first start riding a motorcycle many new riders are not sure where to turn for advice on the best gear to buy and use, especially on a Harley. The editors of American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine, and Motorcycle Bagger, have a simple list of best riding gear for new riders of Harley motorcycles.

Motorcycle Helmet.

    We are not going to go into the discussion of helmet laws, but rather focus on what is available and the pros and cons of your motorcycle helmet choices. The first rule on motorcycle helmets is buy a new one. No matter what the quality when new, a motorcycle helmet has a limited life and then the become less effective in the case of impact or other serious accident. Also make sure you buy a DOT approved helmet and not a cheaper, less protective “novelty” helmet. Helmets come in full, 3/4 and half helmet designs. The full helmet will be the most expensive and heaviest option, but it will offer the best protection from the weather, road debris and impact.

    Motorcycle Boots.

      Yes, you can wear any kind of over the ankle boot for protection when riding your Harley motorcycle. The American Iron Magazine Harley editors recommend wearing a high quality over-the-ankle boot that is comfortable to wear and has a strong rubber sole that will not slip on wet road surfaces.

      Motorcycle Jacket.

    Once again, you have many choices in a good motorcycle riding jacket. These include traditional leather or lighter, high-tech fabric. And colors are a personal choice. Whatever you chose make sure it is comfortable and covers you arms all the way past the wrists, and is long enough to protect your waist (front and back). The choice or protective body armor is up to you. In some motorcycle jackets this is available at the elbows, shoulders and spine.

    Motorcycle Gloves.

      You can use any kind of full finger gloves (we do not recommend fingerless riding gloves) when riding your Harley. Ideally, you need to make sure they are comfortable, especially when gripping the handlebars. They come in choice of leather or textile, and in short (to the wrist) or gauntlet in light, medium and heavy weights. Many experienced motorcycle riders carry more than one set of gloves on the road so they can swap them out based on thew temperature or weather conditions (wet or dry).

      Motorcycle Raingear.

Harley Davidson Motorcycle Footwear Laramie Boots

I don’t know about you, but when I’m OUT and about on a motorcycle, I rely more on my riding boots than any other piece of gear. And I expect real comfort on and off the bike.

I need my riding boots to be sturdy enough to handle good weather and bad. They must also offer above-ankle protection. I expect them not to slip on the brake pedal or the ground. It’s also important to me that they look good.

As an editor of a motorcycle magazine, I ride a lot of miles on many different motorcycles, and the last thing I want to do is find myself distracted by my boots. Knowing how important riding boots are, I try to keep mine in reasonable condition, but I don’t baby them. I have had great luck with Harley-Davidson boots and typically get two or three years of hard use out of them.

I like the look of the Laramie boots from Harley Footwear. They have a good thick rubber sole with plenty of grip on a wet or oily road surface, a decent look, and are tall enough to cover my ankles. I could do without the Harley Bar & Shield logo on the side and the Harley badges on the laces. I appreciate the zipper on the side of each boot making it easy to pull on or off, and the laces allow me to make the fit as snug or as loose as I like.

Some boots I test don’t make it a hundred miles before they get tossed, but these Laramie boots have already lasted more miles than that. I have found them comfortable all day long, on and off the bike, and they aren’t even fully broken in yet. I’ll miss my old boots, but think I am going to like these new Harley Laramie boots a lot. AIM

Visit your local dealer,

Product Review By Buzz Kanter

Story as published in the June 2011 issue of American Iron Magazine.

Icon Womens Motorcycle Boots

Icon’s Hella boots ($140) arrive on the heels of the Bombshell, Icon’s first stylish, over-the-calf riding boot. The Hella comes up over the ankle and is available in black or brown or Beretta. While the boots look narrow, there’s plenty of room for my wide feet. Like the Bombshell, each Hella boot has an extra piece of leather reinforcement sewn into the toe area to take the abuse from a motorcycle’s gear shifter. The leather is premium-grade cowhide that feels thick, but allows for movement. The boots are stiff when new; they’re most comfortable when they’re worn in a bit.

The wedge heels are what make the Hellas wearable for a long time because they distribute your weight so that not all of the pressure is on your toes. I was able to walk around the Sturgis Rally all afternoon without my feet aching like they do when wearing high-heeled fashion boots. Features include extra padding on the ankles, a reinforced toe and heel area, and a metal plate on the heel that’s part style, part protection.

A large part of a woman rider’s confidence with a motorcycle comes from feeling that her feet and legs are planted enough that she can trust them with the weight of a motorcycle. Once I got used to having a smaller footprint than in the low Frye boots I normally wear, I was confident the Hellas’ non-skid, oil-resistant rubber soles would hold me up as I put pressure on my feet while maneuvering a motorcycle around a parking lot. I think they work best for short day rides where you’re on and off the bike and want to make a statement. AIM
–Genevieve Schmitt


Harley Boots

Harley's durable motorcycle boots

As I entered my second year riding Harley-Davidsons, I decided it was time to get a pair of H-D boots that I could wear while riding to work, hitting the clubs, or performing at my latest gig. (I sing and play guitar with a band.) A look through H-D’s footwear catalog gave me lots of options, but I finally picked the Dipstick (#D91610/$112). I chose this one because it has the versatility I need for my daily routine.

I kicked it pretty hard with the Dipsticks from the first day, and I can honestly say they’ve held up well. The Dipsticks have full-grain leather uppers and full-length, cushion-sock linings. The collar is padded, and there’s a breathable lining, both of which add to the boot’s comfort. The rings for the laces are even stainless steel so they won’t rust up. Plus, the protective Harley-Davidson emblem helps to keep your laces in line while keeping your foot where it should be while shifting. Other features include a Goodyear welt construction and an oil-, slip-, and abrasion-resistant rubber outsole. (Falling on my bike or my butt is not cool.) Available in black and brown, with or without a steel toe, the Dipsticks have held up to whatever I’ve put them through.

That is, except for rain. Though they won’t rust or slip in the wet, these boots are not waterproof! AIM
–John Smolinski

Your local H-D dealer

Icon Motorcycle Boots

Icon Motorcycle Boots

Talk about a long-term test! I was asked to review a pair of boots two years ago, and I’ve finally got the word that the story is due. We’ve been through a lot, these boots and I; we’ve climbed mountains, tackled the badlands, and ridden from sea to shining sea. Ah, memories. But the important question still stands, how’d the boots fare through all this? Simply put, they performed exceptionally well.

Icon’s Field Armor Chukka boots ($115) have a breathable, nylon-and-leather upper that’s flexible and comfortable. It’s a midrise boot, so you get a bit more support than a shoe would give, but it’s not as confining or rigid as a taller boot might be. A midfoot buckle keeps the fit snug, while well-placed shift pads up front, and some thick protective toe and heel armor keep things safe. I’ve worn these boots all day around the office with no problem. They’re fairly light and good for the post-ride hang. The sole is street-riding specific, with a grip tread and a thick heel that hangs nicely off the pegs. The boots are available in two colors: Wheat, a
common tan work boot look, and Stealth, otherwise known as black.

These boots may not be the iconic Air Jordans or Elvis’ blue suede shoes, but with Icon’s style and riding comfort, these chukkas are sure to make a long-lasting impression.

Hmm, I guess they already did. AIM

–Matt Kopec as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.

Icon Motorsports

Vertigo Mega GORE-TEX Motorcycle Boots

Goretex Motorcycle Boots

Over the years, my brick-like feet have destroyed many different types of footwear. Knowing that I would be spending extended time on a Buell Ulysses XT, I decided it was time to get a pair of on-road, sport-riding boots that were befitting the Uly.

Because I wanted only the best quality, I turned to SiDi and the fine Italian craftsmanship it has provided for 45-plus years. I quickly found what I was looking for in the 2008 Motonation catalog, where I spied the SiDi Vertigo Mega GORE-TEX boots ($395). The Vertigo line of boots has a great reputation, and with the introduction of the Mega version, I realized my time to own a pair of Vertigos had finally come.

As soon as I slipped these boots on, I was amazed by how comfortable they were. This is probably due to the fact that the Mega comes in EE width and has increased room all around the arch. Combine that with SiDi’s Techno VR adjustable calf system to fit my notoriously muscular calves, and it felt like these boots were made just for me.

Right out of the box, the top-grain leather was soft and subtle, and required almost no break-in. The GORE-TEX membrane is great,
keeping my feet totally dry while still allowing them to breathe.
The attention to design in all SiDi footwear is obvious. These boots provide my feet with maximum protection thanks to the patented Vertebra system that protects the rider’s Achilles tendon. It consists of a replaceable, thermoplastic resin, ankle protection cup; DuPont polymer toe shift pad, shock-absorbing heel cup, and replaceable, nylon scuff pads.

The Vertigo Mega GORE-TEX boot is one of the most comfortable I’ve ever slipped on and probably the most high-tech boots I have ever owned. In fact I like these boots so much that I sometimes find myself waking up on top of the covers still wearing them. AIM

–Joe Knezevic as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.


Harley Ramble Motorcycle Boots

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Boots

When I picked up street riding this summer, I knew I needed a boot that was designed for the kind of riding that I wanted to do. Flipping through the Harley-Davidson Footwear catalog, I stopped on the Ramble. It’s a conservatively styled boot, so my gear wouldn’t speak louder than my minimal street-riding skills. But the Ramble was certainly an upgrade from my old, muddy brown work boots.

Forget about so-called break-in time. As soon as I got these babies, I went on an eight-hour ride. I walked and rode in my boots from 7am to 5pm, and I could have even slept in them, they were so comfortable! Right out of the box, the over-the-ankle Ramble boots delivered the performance that I needed in an arena that doesn’t lend itself to many second chances. I could feel the shift lever almost as well as if I’d been riding barefoot. After eight hours of riding on a hot August day, my feet were the only part of me that weren’t sweating. I even wore the same socks the next day. Just kidding, but I probably could have gotten away with it. While taking these Ramble boots off for the first time, I almost started untying the laces, when I remembered that they had a full-length zipper running down the inside, which I unzipped as easy as my fly.

Wolverine, the maker of H-D footwear, rates the Ramble as “best” in abrasion resistance and oil resistance, and rates it at “good” for slip resistance. Thankfully, I haven’t yet tested out the abrasion resistance, but, after eight hours worth of city shifting, there’s barely a scuff mark or scratch. In terms of slip resistance, well, when I put my feet down at a stop, the soles held their ground. I’ve got countless miles of riding left in me, and I have no doubt that these boots are going to be around for a good many of them. AIM

–Tyler Greenblatt as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.

Harley-Davidson Footwear