Now that you know the shoe (Previous post)intimately, let me tell you how it felt. And felt, come to think of it, is what the lining material seems to be. Cramster's official spokesman said that the boot was designed to be warm and water resistant with touring riders in mind. So the felt is warm, but not comfortably so. A liner-less boot is supposedly coming up soon, and will be lighter and cooler.
I got a size 44, which fits perfectly (allowing space for a thicker sock when I return to Leh or some such). So the sizing is pretty spot on. In feel, the boot feels most unlike a sport motorcycle boot. A full-on sport boot restricts movement somewhat, but in true touring fashion, the Cramster boot has no plastic hinderances, so it feels pretty much like a normal boot would. The sole is thicker than my all-out sport boots, but return a fair amount of feel.
Here's the thing. A friend of mine spent a full day locating a pair of tall boots and finally got a pair made from Nashik. Which look, um, all right (He's reading this... gotta be careful) and he paid Rs 5,000 for them. These boots had they been on sale back then, would have been perfect. At Rs 4,600 from the tall boot, this is actually great value.
Downsides? Yes there are a few.
- The toe slider's mouted a bit tall. I'm worried that when the time comes, the sole will grind down first, and the plastic toe slider later.
- The outer ankle bone is unprotected, although the inner one had a hard pad over it.
- I wish the shifter pad was moulded rubber or plastic
- If the toe slider mounting were bigger, it would have given the toe area more strength in a crash.
- The toe slider need not be this thick, really.
- A half zipper instead of a full length one, will give the top of boot more flexibility in fit terms
- Toe slider mounting should be lower. The bottom of the toe slider should clear the sole only by 5 mm or so
- Um, colours?