q Thor’s Ratchet boots use a buckle ratcheting system that is similar to snowboard bindings. These buckles allow you to quickly tighten the boots down to a preferred fit without any hassle. You simply slide the strap into the buckle and adjust the strap tension with the aluminum alloy ratcheting lever. Untightening is as easy as pressing your finger on the release tab. If your boot feels a little loose while you’re riding, give it another click and you’re locked down tight and ready to ride hard.
We loved this new ratchet system over the old-fashion clasp. It makes the boots much easier to adjust, and we’re sure it will be a feature found on riding boots for years to come.
One problem we have with the Thor design, though, is that the straps seem weak and flimsy. We’re extremely hard on our boots and have broken even the toughest of buckles. The Thor ratchets can take a beating, but only time will tell on the straps. After three months of testing, we have yet to damage the Thor ratchet straps. They buckle as smooth as the first day we wore them.
The boots themselves are identical to Thor’s low-cost Quadrant riding boots, which is great, because for the price, they are some of the more comfortable riding boots on the market. They fit like a pair of tennis shoes, and you’ll have no problems with blisters or cramps from them being too tight.
The top of the Thor Ratchet boots feature an elastic gator to help keep out dirt and debris. The Ratchet boots also did a great job of keeping our feet dry in the mud.
The calf area has a brown leather inlay to help protect your leg from the hot header pipe and engine heat.
The outer toe area is protected by a steel shank insert, which blends into the sole of the boot. These are not made of great quality. After only a few rides, one of the shanks was about ripped off. That area of the boot is tough and will protect your foot just fine without the shank. The toes use the same leather as the rest of the boot, but with an additional layer of synthetic material to protect from shifter wear.
Speaking of shifting, the boots were stiff for the first few rides, which made it hard to shift at first. But, the more we sweat in them, the softer they became. They’re kind of like a baseball mitt; although rubbing them in oil and parking your truck on them like you do to a new mitt is probably not a good idea.
The Thor Ratchet boots run for $170, which is $20 more than the same Quadrant-style boot. However, we would gladly pay the extra $20 for the ratchet-style closure system—it works that good. Putting the boots on is much easier, and after a long day of riding, you’ll love the push-button removal of the ratchet straps. They are available in black or white in sizes 7 to 13. q
The Thor Ratchet boots have a similar sole to Thor’s popular Quadrant riding boots. The soles provide good traction and can take some abuse!
Thor’s three-ratchet system makes their boots easy to put on and take off. These $170 boots also break in fast and are very comfortable on long rides.