The boots are not waterproof, but a dedicated regimen of slathering them with Nikwax helps keep them fairly water-resistant… within reason. When I spent several hours riding through constant downpour in Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands last autumn, puddles formed inside the boots and things took roughly a week to dry out. But I’m not sure many boots would have faired a whole lot better in the same situation.
Meanwhile, failure to religiously clean and re-wax the boots has occasionally left me with soggy feet.
One of the things I like is the fact the boots lace up and, as such, can be brought tight against the calves. Because I live in a place where it rains all the time, I prefer to wear my trousers over my boots, rather than tuck them in and risk having water run inside. Having the boots tight against my leg means they’ll fit beneath pretty much any riding pant.
Additionally, I prefer the secure feeling of boots that can be laced tight. Many motorcycle boots are made for the pant-tuckers of the world and leave my leg feeling too loose and unprotected. The most extreme example of this came when I was able to kick off a fully strapped pair of Forma Adventure boots.
Corcoran Jump Boots come with a set of smooth, hard rubber soles that Wes suggested are “good for making them last,” but my experience was that they wore away pretty quickly. But maybe I am just really hard on boots; I have had these resoled three times.
Which speaks to another advantage of the Jump Boots: they’re easy to get repaired. High-end boot manufacturers like Daytona will sometimes repair worn soles if you take them to an official dealer and have them shipped off to the factory. But that’s incredibly expensive and time consuming. Meanwhile, Jump Boots can be resoled at your local strip mall shoe repair store in a day or two for considerably less money.
The boots take a while to break in, and when I first bought them they were so stupidly shiny as to make me feel foolish. But over time they’ve proved themselves so comfortable and versatile that finding replacements has been challenging.
Ultimately, I decided these aren’t quite suited to all-the-time British use and bought a pair of truly waterproof boots that meet European safety standards. I’ll still hold on to my Jump Boots for summer rides — especially those that see me traveling somewhere and doing a fair bit of walking. I’ve treated these boots pretty rough, but I’m confident they’ve got several years of life left in them.