The FR5 boots from the cool kids at FLY Racing have been a godsend for us this year, covering a heap of territory and conditions, including dirt trails in Victoria and motocross tracks in Queensland.
They even made it into the red dirt of the most northern tip of Australia, on our trip to Cape York. The FR5’s have traversed river crossings, eaten dust and taken a battering, but are still here to tell the story.
Sure, they’re not quiet as black and shiny as they were when we first unpacked them, but they’ve stood the test of time. Comfort wise, they tick a lot of boxes, even it does take ages to get rid of that new, squeaky noise.
Some river crossings up in the top end took care of the last remnants of those sounds – 12 hours in the saddle will do that. The boots themselves feature four adjustable aluminium quick lock buckles, which provide a sturdy and solid fastening mechanism.
They’re not overly hard to do up or undo either, and yet not once did they come undone on the tracks. The FLY Racing FR5 boots also provided good adjustment to get the perfect fit for the rider.
Featuring 3D moulded plastic shift panels with added grooves and textures that assist with a more durable and prolonged life span, the FR5’s design helps to ensure there is no premature wear.
A similarly constructed shin protector, which has also stood up to everything we threw at it, may or may not have saved us when we walked into the tow bar of the support van in Cape York (oops).
On the inside, the boot sports a full textile lining for comfort, with soft foam that surrounds the ankle and collar. There is also a padded microfibre gator which provides a comfortable rim around the calf, while sealing the boot from debris as you ride.
We found this system to work really well, although the FR5 is not fully waterproof. FLY Racing don’t claim that it is, but it would be nice if it was. The rubber outsole is durable and provides much better grip for the rider than we had expected too.
There are bio-mechanical pivots on the inside and outside of the ankle too, providing increased stability and support. Rubber heat shields are also present at the top, inside of the boot to ensure there are no burnies from the motor over rough terrain.
Overall the FLY Racing FR5 boot is a solid off road/MX offering that’s well worth your consideration. It’s CE Approved to EN13634:2015 and priced at around $399 from all good motorcycle accessory retailers.
It’s available in White, Blue/Grey or Black (as tested). As always, we recommend trying them on before you buy and ensuring this product is fit for your riding purpose.
Our test product was provided by FLY Racing Australia. Exhaust Notes Australia has not been paid to review this product.
Pros – good looking boots; perform well in all conditions; budget friendly.
Cons – Took a while to get rid of the squeakiness.