Harley Kicks Riding Season into High Gear with 2017 Spring Performance Footwear

Winter’s icy grip will soon loosen and spring riding, rallies and adventure will be on the minds of enthusiasts from coast to coast. Harley-Davidson is ready for riding season with a collection of performance-specific men’s and women’s footwear built for the open road.

Whether on the road daily or for weekend adventures, motorcycle enthusiasts have unique demands when it comes to performance footwear. Materials, durability and design are incredibly important parts of safety on the bike.

“Motorcycle riders require a higher level of protective features in their footwear to help keep them safe on the road,” said Amy Lovall, Wolverine’s product manager of the Harley-Davidson Footwear product line. “Each season we strive to create and innovate riding styles that blend performance, durability and design seamlessly. The Spring ’17 performance collection feature materials that provide enhanced durability with style elements that capture the motorcycle spirit.”

Performance standouts for spring include:

Harley-Davidson Richfield Boot

Harley-Davidson Richfield Boot

Richfield
Built to withstand rough roads and riders that put their boots through the paces. The men’s Richfield is crafted with full-grain waterproof leather TecTuff abrasion-resistant overlays to improve durability in high-scuff areas. A lightweight and flexible Poron XRD liner on the ankle provides extreme impact protection, going rigid on impact to help protect from impact injuries. The 8 ½ inch lace-up also features a breathable Hydro-Guard waterproof membrane liner, allowing moisture out but never in to deliver dry feet for the duration of the ride. The Richfield features a Goodyear Welt construction, lightweight durable outsole and 3M reflective material to increase visibility in low-light conditions.

Harley-Davidson Women's Erica Boot

Harley-Davidson Women’s Erica Boot

Erica
The Erica takes style and protection to new heights this season. The six-inch lace-up boot features a three-inch heel and a fashion-forward lacing system highlighted by silver studs. Not about to sacrifice style for comfort, the boot is crafted with waterproof full-grain leather and lined with a Hydro-Guard™ waterproof breathable membrane, allowing water vapor out while holding the elements at bay. A locking YKK zipper on the outside of the boot allows for easy on and off while a buckle snap closure finishes this must-have spring silhouette in style.

Harley-Davidson Mansfield Boot

Harley-Davidson Mansfield Boot

Mansfield
The Mansfield’s classic engineer silhouette is made modern with performance enhancements built for serious riders. Crafted from full-grain leather, the 9 ½ inch boot features a lightweight and flexible polyurethane midsole with rubber street side delivering excellent abrasion and oil resistance and superior slip protection. The midsole features ShockAbsorbers Twin Pad comfort technology that cushions the foot and absorbs shock with each step guaranteeing increased comfort for long days on the bike, while a YKK locking inside zipper provides ease of wear for the rider.

Harley-Davidson Women's Bradbrook Boot in Brown

Harley-Davidson Women’s Bradbrook Boot in Brown

Bradbrook
The refined silhouette of the woman’s Bradbrook blends the best in H-D style with performance construction for women riders everywhere. Crafted from durable and supple full-grain leather, the mid-height lace-up style features an inside YKK locking zipper with Velcro closure to protect the bike from scratches. Two engineer style buckles with gold hardware adorn the boot’s upper, while a rubber outsole delivers abrasion and slip-resistant protection on the road. Available in both black and brown silhouettes.

Harley-Davidson Parkwood Riding Shoe

Harley-Davidson Parkwood Riding Shoe

Parkwood
Souring summer temperatures still call for foot protection on the road. Designed with maximum ventilation in mind, the Parkwood was constructed with breathable materials including mesh to allow air flow and providing better breathability for hot feet. The men’s six-inch lace-up also features a lightweight cement construction and an abrasion, oil and slip-resistant rubber outsole.

These styles and more can be found at select Harley-Davidson dealerships this spring.

To locate the nearest dealer or to view the entire Harley-Davidson Footwear styles online, enthusiasts can visit harley-davidsonfootwear.com. You can also connect with Harley-Davidson Footwear on Facebook at facebook.com/harleydavidsonfootwear, Twitter @hd_footwear or on Instagram @hdfootwear. Like what you see? Tag us with #hdfootwear or #harleyboots.

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

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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.

SOURCE
Harley-Davidson Footwear
866/699-7379
www.Harley-DavidsonFootwear.com

HARLEY FXRG-3 MOTORCYCLE BOOTS

A few issues back I came clean about my addiction to Harley-Davidson’s Functional Riding Gear (FXRG). Well, my rehab hasn’t gone according to plan, and I fell off the proverbial wagon. This relapse can be directly correlated to the moment I slipped my feet into the third generation of the FXRG performance riding boots shown here.

Of all the products Harley-Davidson Footwear offers, the FXRG-3 boots (#D98304/$210) are, in my opinion, the cream of the crop. Three things drew me to these babies in the first place. First, they are not flashy. Secondly they are well thought out and durable. Third, and perhaps most importantly, they feature a breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex lining to keep feet dry inside and out.

Since I have wide feet and there is no W (wide) option, I chose to go up a half size to compensate. Still, when new the boots were a little snug, but they’ve broken in nicely. They are now comfortable to wear all day, on or off the bike.
I’ve never been a big fan of zippers on the side of lace-up boots, but they are convenient. The FXRG-3s
feature quality YKK zippers, which, combined with the pull tab at the top of each boot, makes slipping these kicks on or off a breeze.

Boasting a slip-, abrasion-, and oil-resistant outsole, you have plenty of support and traction when your feet are planted on the ground. The tops are contoured so they don’t dig into my thick calves.

Overall these suckers are one of the best off-the-shelf riding boots I’ve ever owned. They come with a 30-day comfort guarantee. In other words, if you’re in the market for a new pair of riding boots, what do you have to lose by getting hooked on the Harley-Davidson FXRG-3 stompers?  AIM

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

SOURCE
Harley-Davidson Footwear
866/699-7379
www.Harley-DavidsonFootwear.com