Forma Boots 2017
Why Forma boots? As passionate motorcyclists ourselves, we stock only motorcycle boots which we're happy to wear ourselves. This means that we need to be fully satisfied that they perform. First and foremost, we want to see evidence that the boots will perform in terms of safety. Once we're happy that they'll stand up to the rigours and risks of riding a motorbike, we look for workmanship, the quality of materials used and technological innovations which provide useful features to the rider, such as effective waterproofing.
All Forma boots are CE Certified to EN13634:2010, the latest safety standard for motorcycle boots. CE certification for boots is awarded only after strict tests have been passed. These tests are conducted by an independent party, Ricotest, a credited Italian research and testing centre. Forma boots are designed & developed in Italy and manufactured in Romania, not the far east like the majority of motorcycle boots. The Forma boots range extends from race boots, worn by Dani Petrucci in MotoGP, to motocross boots, worn by Kevin Strijbos in MXGP, demonstrating that top riders put their faith in these quality motorcycle boots.
As well as being endorsed by leading riders, Forma boots have been recognised by the leading motorcycle press. Forma Adventure boots have been awarded RiDE Best Buy adventure boots, beating 16 other pairs of boots including those from Sidi, TCX and Alpinestars. Forma also make super stylish urban boots, perfect for your scrambler, cafe racer, custom or naked bike. Not only do they look great, but they keep your feet protected much better than a standard pair of casual boots, and many of the range are waterproof, so you can keep dry as well as look great.
Completing the Forma boots range are their touring boots and ladies boots. Their touring range includes some really clever innovations, including a heated boot and a cooling boot, so regardless of the conditions you ride in, there'll be a pair suitable for you.
Forma Boots Certification
In practical terms, to help pass the rigorous CE certification tests, Forma boots possess a series of polyurethane protectors to the most critical areas of the foot as demonstrated in the illustration; the ankle, shin, heel and toes. In their race boots, where extra safety protection is required, Forma have developed a Flex Control System (FCS) which allows the ankle to bend naturally, but limits the amount the ankle is allowed to bend backwards, which is a common trauma in racing incidents. The FCS technology has been taken a step further in the Forma Predator, the top of the range motocross boot. These feature the dual pivot FCS, adding even more freedom of movement on the bike, whilst limiting both front-to-back and lateral movement to protect your feet in the event of a crash.
The midsole of Forma boots is another area which has been developed with safety in mind. Forma tailor the midsole to the type of boot; touring, urban, race or off-road, since different demands are placed upon them when on and off the bike. Common across all of the midsoles is a more flexible front and stiff heel. The stiffer rear provides stability on the pegs, whilst the flexible front allows for better gear control and more comfortable walking when off the bike.
Forma Boots Features
Forma has developed a range of technological innovations to provide maximum comfort to the rider. The majority of waterproof Forma boots, such as their touring boot range, use Drytex to keep your feet dry. Drytex is a waterproof membrane which has thermowelded seams, to prevent water from being able to enter this area into the main body of the boot.
Forma's latest and most sophisticated waterproofing innovation is their incorporation of OutDry. OutDry is an internal, waterproof membrane, which achieves its waterproof properties through being directly laminated to the upper, such as leather. This means that, unlike other waterproofing techniques, water cannot find its way into the gap between the upper and the waterproof membrane. Any water present between the upper and the membrane would prevent your feet from breathing, so OutDry is a guaranteed way of allowing your feet to remain dry and comfortable.
When you visit the individual pages of the different Forma boots, you'll learn which features they possess. Furthermore, Forma use a variety of foot moulds for the different kinds of boots. Rather than use a stock shape across the range, Forma recognise that different types of boots require a different shaped foot to allow them to perform correctly. You'll see by visiting the individual boot pages that Forma's touring boots utilise different foot shapes, some are comfort fit and others extra comfort fit. This helps provide more room for wider feet or for when you want to wear an extra pair of socks. The ladies range use a bespoke foot mould to match the shape of women's feet.
The full range of Forma boots includes adventure, motocross, enduro, urban, touring, race and a range of dedicated ladies boots and they're all available from ForMotorbikes with Free UK delivery, plus Worldwide Shipping.
Forma Boots in MotoGP
Forma boots are subjected to testing at the very highest level, through MotoGP riders Danilo Petrucci and Karel Abraham. Dani and Karel entrust their safety to Forma Ice Flow Pro boots. The Flow Pro version are ventilated, designed to keep your feet cool whilst performing at the highest level. The Ice Pro are the non-ventilated version, for riders who ride in less favourable weather conditions.