WHAT IS IT? Fox’s Comp 8 boots bridge the gap
between the top-of-the-line Instinct boots and the
lower-line Comp 5 boots. Although it looks a lot like
the Instinct, the Comp 8 has its own chassis and has a
distinctly different feel.
WHAT’S IT COST? $329.95.
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WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with Fox’s Comp 8 boots.
(1) Construction. The Comp 8 boots are bigger than
the Instinct. The buckle system has three straps, like
the Alpinestars Tech 1, but uses the same overall buckle
design as the Fox Instinct. There is an integrated steel
shank in the midsole for support, and the bonded sole
is made out of the same durable Duratec material as
the Instinct. Many parts of the boot are injection-molded
from plastic, such as the shin plate, calf guard and toe
cap. On the bike side of the boot an integrated rubber
burn guard offers protection, as well as a solid
connection with the bike.
( 2) Break-in. Fox Instinct boots are known for their
minimal break-in period. Surprisingly, the Comp 8 felt
broken in even quicker, save for the toe box, which
was not far behind. All testers felt right at home when
they slipped on the Comp 8 boots.
( 3) Sizing. At the end of 2014 Fox decided to make a
few revisions to its Instinct boot. These changes resulted
in a narrower and lower toe box. We liked the changes,
although our testers’ toes were now cramped, so we had
to go a size up for the perfect fit. With that being said,
we ordered the same size Comp 8 that we wore with the
updated Instincts. Our test riders’ feet were swimming in
them. We realized the sizing was not comparable to the
older-model Instinct boots. After we got the correct size,
we were comfortable, although the chassis width
is wider (making it a great boot for those with wide
feet or who wear thick socks) and the toe box is taller
than the Instinct’s.
( 4) Performance. If you are used to wearing the Fox
Instinct boots, the Comp 8’s initial feel is quite different.
This is caused by the height of the heel. The Comp 8
heel has a steeper slope where the heel mates to the
midsole, much like an Alpinestars boot. With the taller
heel, our test riders had to raise the rear brake pedal to
feel comfortable. We also raised the shift lever a notch to
make room for the taller toe box. The last thing we did
to feel comfortable was to tighten the buckles more than
we normally would on the Instinct boot. This is because
the Comp 8 has only three buckles instead of four (we
had the same issue with the Alpinestars Tech 1 boot,
which also has three buckles).
( 5) Durability. We felt the Comp 8 boots held up as
well as the Instinct, which is saying a lot. We actually
preferred the big, integrated rubber guard on the inner
side of the Comp 8 boots, as we often have burn marks
from the pipe on our Instinct boots.
( 6) Options. The Fox Comp 8 boots are offered in
four different colors and come in sizes 8 through 15.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Three quibbles: (1) They need
better reinforcement behind the buckle. ( 2) The toe box
is taller than on the Instinct. ( 3) The sizing differs from
the Instinct, which makes ordering the correct size more
difficult if you don’t get to try them on first.
The Comp 8 is a solid mid-priced boot with
FOX COMP 8 BOOTS
a roomy feel and lasting durability.
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