UPSHIFT TESTED: Fox Instinct Off-Road Boot

Words and photos: Simon Cudby
If you’ve been watching Fox riders Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen win the AMA Supercross and Motocross National championships this season, then you know the Fox Instinct boot has winning DNA. The designers at Fox have taken the same upper that the Instinct Motocross boot runs, and added a treaded outsole and a toe box area that features more coverage for the off road rider. The treaded outsole helped tremendously when I was off the bike by giving much more traction to the dirt than a standard MX boot, and the additional toe coverage offered more protection against rocks and other trail obstacles.

The first thing I noticed when wearing the boot for the first time was the minimal break-in period. Within about five minutes the boots felt good and I was able to feel the shifter and brake pedals easily. This boot was very comfortable right out of the box.

The fit runs slightly small; I am a size 11 and wish I would have gone with a size 12. Although half sizes would be nice, they are not offered yet. The buckle function is top notch and easy to open and close with gloves on. The top of the boot is quite large due to the amount of protection, and once I added a knee/shin guard down inside the front of the boot, the Fox Legion over-the-boot pant was pretty tight around the calf area. I would have been better running an in-the-boot pant to avoid this.

Overall the Instinct Off-road boot is everything you’d expect from Fox. Top quality product, with the research to back it up. The Instinct Off-road boot comes in Charcoal (black/grey), and Blue (blue/orange). MSRP is $

Chris Glaspell

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