By Chase Hadden
New Foot Tech Incoming
IXS is taking the next step (pardon the pun) in footwear technology dedicated to motorcycle riding safety. In their new boot, the Tour Techno-ST+, they are utilizing KPU micro-injection technology that adheres the protective plastics to the fabric of the boot itself, eliminating air pockets and other key areas that can compromise your safety in the event of a collision.
KPU micro-injection can be seen on the toe cap area, as well as the reinforcements around the ankles. In a more traditional boot, you will need to sew in or glue plastic protection into the boot, whereas in this case, they inject the plastic and bond it straight to the boot fabric itself creating a seamless bong that should (hopefully) withstand the test of time and wear.
The boot features an adjustable calf pad, and solto-TEX plus membrane for breathability and water resistance. In traditional boots, oftentimes you lose a lot of water resistance when you add more seams to the boot itself. Attaching plastic protective pads will always offer more areas for water to sneak its way into the boot, which is what their micro-injected construction seeks to remedy.
Personally, this boot is right up my alley in terms of styling; It’s sleek and understated yet screams “let’s go fast”. I’ve experienced similar plastic-to-fabric mending in nikes before with little success as after a long period of time they began to un-marry from each other. IXS claims this won’t be the case so we can only hope. If the plastic is really injected straight into the fabric as they claim it is, I have a good feeling these will definitely hold up with regular use.
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