WHAT IS IT? Although this Instinct boot may look like
the same boot that came from Fox in 2012, it has updates
that merit a second look.
WHAT’S IT COST? $549.95.
CONTACT? www.foxhead.com or (888) 369-7223.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Fox Instinct boot.
(1) Updates. The Fox Instinct is a tried-and-true boot
that MXA gave five stars in 2012. Fox already had a
great package, so they opted to just make a few small
changes to an already great boot. If you bought the
original Instinct boot, you already know that the sizing
was off a bit. For example, a 10 was more like a 9-1/2.
On the new model, they fixed this by making each size
a half-size larger. Other updates include new lower-strap
underlays, replaceable strap passes, a new moisture-wicking liner, improved Duratac sole compounds, and
improved plastic quality on the buckle system.
( 2) Break-in. Fox claims the Instinct boot needs zero
break-in time. This is somewhat true. Yes, you can pull
these boots out of the box and not worry about missing
a shift. The sole and ankle supports feel as if they are
pre-broken in. But during the first day of riding, some test
riders complained of a few hot spots. Regardless of our
complaints, though, these are still on the top of the list
for ease of break-in.
( 3) Weight. The goal of a great boot is to be light,
comfortable, durable and, of course, offer great
protection. You can find boots that excel in one or
two areas but rarely in all four. On our scales, the Fox
Instinct was the second-lightest premium boot we have
tested (just below the Alpinestars Tech 7).
( 4) Features. The Instinct’s free-floating pin-lock
system and Velcro-free top gaiter offer easy operation
and unrestricted range of motion. The Duratac rubber
sole has the best of both worlds—great grip and
lasting durability. The heel is small and rounded,
making for a consistent feel on the pegs.
( 5) Options. Fox makes the Instinct boot in sizes
8–13 in white, black and red.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Two quibbles: (1) As for the
hot spots that our testers noticed during break-in, a few
testers with wider feet had a hot spot that did not go
away on the widest part of the left foot. ( 2) The white
color fades rather quickly compared to other brands’
The Fox Instinct boot is still on the top
of MXA’s list, but the competition is
closing the gap.
2015 FOX INSTINCT BOOT
MXA TEAM TESTED