WHAT IS IT? MXA has a long history with Pro-Boot
owner Randy Nagel. We go back to the good old days.
Randy is a dedicated racer—although he now prefers
vintage bikes—but you may know him best for his other
company, Pro-Vue goggles, that pioneered building prescription goggles for eyeglass wearers.
WHAT’S IT COST? $99.00 (plus shipping).
CONTACT? www.pro-bootmx.com or (800) 548-8354.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with Pro-Boot’s resole and repair.
(1) Applications. Pro-Boot can only resole stitched
(welted) sole boots. Pro-Boot does not repair bond-ed-sole and molded-sole boots, such as Alpinestars
Tech 10s. If you have boots with molded-on soles,
try MX Boot Resole & Repair at www.mxboot
repair.com or (949) 791-8009. We sent Pro-Boot a beat-up
pair of Fly Sector boots (very similar to TCX boots). The
MXA test rider who owned them loved the way the boots
felt and didn’t want to go through the break-in process
again. The solution? Resole the old boots to make them
( 2) Condition. To get full value from a resole, the boot’s
chassis must be in good-enough condition to last the life
of the new soles. Take note of the condition of the parts
on your old boots. The buckles, insoles and toe caps can
usually be replaced. Plus, Pro-Boot can do minor leather
repair. Overall, degradation of the body of the boot, however, can’t be fixed. Consider how much support the boot
offers, because if the upper is worn out, there is no fix for
that. Before shipping your boots, take note of the condition
of all the boots’ materials and make a call to Pro-Boot to
see what they think. They will give you good advice.
( 3) Cobbler. You might be asking, “Why should I waste
time and money shipping boots across the country when
I can just drop them off at the local cobbler?” MXA did
just that. Local cobblers can be a gamble. We took a set
of Gaerne SG10 to a local shoe repair shop. We spent
$100, plus $30 for Gaerne soles, and only got two rides
out of our resoled SG10s before they started delaminating.
Resoling a motocross boot is trickier than resoling your
average loafers; it takes a skilled cobbler to do a proper
job. Pro-Boot guarantees their work. If a sole were to
delaminate, they would redo it for free.
( 4) Soles. Pro-Boot uses Gaerne soles on all the boots
they repair (regardless of the brand of the boot). You
wouldn’t want them to use the same sole that wore out.
( 5) Repairs. Pro-Boot can do boot repairs beyond
just the sole, including stitching and gluing. If a boot
is chewed through to the mid-sole, don’t give up on it.
Pro-Boot can fill it in and resole the boot. If the plastic
is pulled away from the leather, it can be glued back in
place. Pro-Boot does minor mid-sole fill-ins and gluing for
free as a courtesy. More time-consuming repairs require
an additional charge, which will be quoted once Pro-Boot
takes a look. Typical repairs might cost $25.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? You have to make a financial
decision about whether to repair your old boots or buy
new ones. If your boots are expensive, you should consider resoling them, but it makes no sense to resole a set
of $200 boots, because once you calculate the cost of the
repair and two-way shipping, it’s easier to buy a new set
of cheap boots.
Pro-Boot repaired our Fly Sector soles with
brand-new Gaerne soles. This is a smart option
for riders who are trying to save a few bucks
or riders who love the feel of their old boots
and don’t want to part with them.
PRO-BOOT RESOLE & REPAIR
MXA TEAM TESTED