Aspida (Spartan) Zeus Riding Boot Review

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The Aspida (Spartan) Zeus Riding Boot
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
8000
  • 80%

  • The Aspida (Spartan) Zeus Riding Boot
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  • Last modified: March 22, 2015
  • Quality
    Editor: 90%
  • Protection
    Editor: 90%
  • Comfort, Fit and Finish
    Editor: 80%
  • Weather Compatibility
    Editor: 80%

Summary: The Zeus is a comfortable, good ventilated riding boot with very good safety features, which makes it a value-for-money product. It can be used for touring, as well as for track days.

 

Here is the in-depth review:

Overall construction quality:

The Good:

  • The perforated leather used is of very good quality and has a premium feel to it.
  • The toe sliders, ankle plates, shin plates and other materials used are of top-notch quality.
  • The YKK zippers are indeed heavy duty with a precise and long-lasting feel to them.
  • The Velcro strap snaps on precisely and does not get loose at any point of time.
  • The upper section of the boot that comes in contact with the gear lever is reinforced and thicker which makes it wear-and-tear resistant.

The not-so-good:

  • None

 

Perforated Leather

Perforated Leather

Protection:

The Good:

  • The first major safety feature of most (including the Zeus) riding boots is the ankle protection. At the ankle, there is a plate to protect the ankle. Along with this, the boot hardly bends along the vertical axis at the ankle, which hugely minimizes the risk of an ankle fracture during a fall. (It is important to know that ankle fractures are one of the most common injuries in motorcycle accidents).
  • The firm and robust leather used, is sure to prevent your foot against abrasion even during a fall at high speed.
  • The toe slider protects the outer edge of the toes. The armoured single piece mould for the heel and toe ensures maximum protection.
  • The shin plate will protect the shin in case of an impact to the shin, which mostly happens when the leg hits the handlebar.
  • The Achilles tendon protector at the back of the boot also ensures upmost safety.
  • The steel shank in the sole prevents the sole from shattering on impact.

The not-so-good:

  • None

Minimal flex

Comfort, Fit and Finish:

The Good:

  • If the primary use of the boots is riding, then they are pretty comfortable while on the saddle.
  • The material used on the inside makes for a soft gentle feel above the ankle.
  • The combination of zippers and Velcro straps makes for a very quick insertion and removal of your foot.
  • If you are wearing a pair of jeans, it fits in neatly inside the boot.
  • If you are wearing riding pants, it fits neatly inside the boot, as well as outside the boot.
  • The bottom of the sole is flat. This allows you room to adjust your feet position on the foot pegs.

The not-so-good:

  • If you plan to combine riding with trekking or walking more than a few kilometres, then I must say, it is not too comfortable. But then, the Zeus is primarily a riding boot, and not a trekking or regular military style safety boot, hence, expecting it to be too comfortable apart from when one is on the saddle would be too much to ask for.

Advice:

  • While using riding pants or jeans, preferably tuck in the pant inside the boot. This ensures the boot to be snug-fit around the ankle.
  • Since the leather used is firm and robust, there will be minimal break-in effect. So be sure to select the correct size, as you would surely not like to get shoe bites while riding.
  • If you are upgrading from sport shoes or military style safety shoes, then you will notice reduced feedback while changing gears for a few days. This might seem bad at first, but with time, you get used to it.

 

Weather Compatibility:

Note: The Company does not specify this product to be rainproof.

The Good:

  • On hot days, the perforated leather helps in ventilation. There is minimal sweating on the inside.
  • While riding in heavy rain for about two hours at a stretch, there was absolutely no water seepage, this, in spite of the Zeus not being a rainproof boot.
  • In winter, with temperatures of around 10-15 deg C, your feet will not feel any chill.
  • The grip when you keep your feet down on a dry road is good.

The not-so-good:

  • The grip when your feet are on a wet road is bad. So one needs to be extra careful while finding your way into and out of a parking area, else, you may loose grip on the wet road, and then your foot may slip and you may end up with your motorbike falling down.
  • Reverse pushing the motorbike on wet roads or wet pavements is also a risky task due to lack of grip.

Advice:

  • If you predominantly like to ride in the dry, then the Zeus is a great value-for-money boot.

Pros

  • Good Overall Quality
  • Value for money
  • Good Ventilation

Cons

  • Poor Grip on Wet Roads
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