Products 28 Jun 2013

Reviewed: Thor Ratchet boots

MotoOnline.com.au's Adam Spence puts the Thor Ratchet boot to the test.

Our friends at Gas Imports sent us a box of 2013 Thor goodies and inside that box was a fresh pair of Thor Ratchet boots for us to test out on the track.

As always, we were excited to give the new product a go as it features a unique ratchet buckle system which allows fine-tuned adjustment and absolute custom comfort at all times.

After months of ride time in the boot within Australia and even taking a brief stint in Southern California, check out MotoOnline.com.au’s verdict on the Thor Ratchet boot.

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Technical Information
The CE approved Thor Ratchet boot ensures a custom fit every time with its ratchet closure buckle system that provides a secure fit at all times. The leather chassis construction offers excellent flex and feel while the contoured shin and ankle plate protect the rider from impact and abrasion.

A bio-foam lined interior and insole provides superb comfort and cushioning, paired with a welted rubber outsole and steel shank insert for maximum support. The Thor Ratchet boot is available in both white and black colour ways.

Positives
On first sight of the Thor Rachet boot I instantly noticed the unique ratchet buckle system. The system worked quite well and allowed me to have the boot tightened to my exact liking each and every time. I am yet to find any problems with the buckle system to date.

Comfort wise, the Thor Ratchet boot is up there with the best. The bio-foam lined interior provides great comfort and I found no pressure points on any sections of my feet or shins – the fitment of the boot is spot on.

Out on track the boot provides great control feel and minimal wear-in time was required before they felt like I had worn them for years. Every feature on the boot worked as it should and structurally the Thor Ratchet boot has withstood abuse very well.

The Thor Rachet boot performs great out on the track. Image: Liam Foulds/LF Sports Photography.

The Thor Rachet boot performs great out on the track. Image: Liam Foulds/LF Sports Photography.

Negatives
My only issues with the Thor Ratchet boot are the aesthetics of the rear section of the boot and a slight lack of support within the ankle area. The ear of the boot could have done with a more thought out design, it tends to look bland in photographs from a rear angle – but I must admit I am picky when it comes to looks!

Ankle support for me is always something I keep an eye on, after suffering an ankle injury in my younger years using boots that were not supportive – I feel quite strongly about the amount of support a boot offers.

The Thor Ratchet boot provides a good amount, but when testing these boots out at Milestone MX in Southern California, I found myself searching for a little more support when miss-timing jumps on the unknown circuit. In saying that, 99 percent of the time the support was great.

Verdict
Coming in at a very affordable recommended retail price of $249.95, the Thor Ratchet boot is a great option. The styling of the boot is clean, it offers a great range of features and is super comfortable.

For more information and stockist listings head to www.gasimports.com.au. Also check out the film below outlining the Thor Ratchet boot’s features.

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