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MXA TEAM TESTED: ACERBIS X-MOVE 2.0 MX BOOTS

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2409954310WHAT IS IT? The Acerbis X-Move CE-certified boot is off their top shelf and is designed in Italy. They come with the popular Vibram high-performance rubber soles, as well as all the other bells and whistles.

WHAT’S IT COST? $299.00.

CONTACT? www.acerbisusa.com or your local dealer.

WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Acerbis X-Move 2.0 boots.

(1) Build. The X-Move boot brings together a mix of old school meets new school. It is a collaboration between two eras. The build of this boot reminds us of the old Sidi Crossfire boots (the ones where the plastic shell on the back of the leg detached from the leather, allowing you to fold it back to get your foot in with ease). The X-Move boot has the same type of design. The boot features a reinforced steel toe box, leather upper, vulcanized rubber gaiter, four aluminum buckles and a leather heat-resistant panel on the upper sections of the boot.

2409954310a(2) Buckles. These aluminum buckles were a hit with all our testers. They have great ergonomics, offering a superb  grip to latch and release the buckles. They are equipped with a quick-release and locking system as well. These buckles made it easy for the rider to get in and out of the boots.

(3) Feel. This boot needs zero break-in time. It is comfortable from the moment you put them on. The leather and plastic are quite pliable unlike most top-of-the-line boots. When wearing the X-Move 2.0 boots, it felt like you were wearing sneakers rather than boots. They were super comfortable and on the roomy side. Once the boot was broken in, the sole started to have some flex. It wasn’t a bad thing once we got used to it (and stayed away from Supercross tracks).

(4) Fit. The sizing is accurate. The internal hypo-allergenic fabric wraps around your feet and ankles with no pressure points. The toe box is on the roomy side, but nobody complained about it being too big.

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(5) Performance. The X-Move boot is on the soft side. It reminded our older test riders of old school leather Hi-Point boots. Obviously they have added protection, but the feel was similar. The Acerbis X-Move 2.0 boots are great for the average rider who likes to stay on the ground. Pro riders who hit big jumps wanted more ankle support. This is one of the most comfortable boots on the market, but you trade comfort for protection.

(6) Durability. For how pliable the boots were, we thought our testers were going to tear these boots apart. The Vibram sole held up well on top of the sharpest pegs on the market. The leather inner heat panel did its job against abrasion and heat. It also added extreme grip against the bike.

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We had two quibbles: (1) We would like to see some added ankle support. (2) The top left toe box could be a bit stiffer for shifting.

MXA RATING: This is a great boot at a fair price for a rider that has a top priority for comfort and feel. If your priority is stiffness, move along.

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