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TESTED – Fly Racing Sector Boot

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Fly Racing recently introduced their new Sector off-road boot, which marks their first foray into the high-end boot market. Fly has become a household name in powersports by being a value leader in outerwear and safety gear but have really stepped up their game in recent years, so we were eager to see how their new boot measured up.

The Sector is primarily constructed of polyurethane in the toebox, heel, ankle and shin plate with a microfiber upper. The boot looks and feels stout but is not excessively heavy. We threw one of our size 13s on a postage scale and it actually measured in about 4 ounces lighter that a well-worn Gaerne SG10 of the same size.

DCIM100GOPROG0030174.Despite the fact that it’s been a pretty brutal winter and we’ve been on the road a lot with the AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour, we lucked out in that our local indoor track, Moto City Raceway in Staples, Minnesota just happened to have open practice days on the two weekends that we weren’t on the road. Before posting a review we waited to get at least two rides in for a true assessment of how the boot broke in and performed. Because it appears somewhat rigid we figured that it would take at least that long to feel comfortable. But the fact is that by the end of the first day, maybe an hour’s worth of track time, the Sector didn’t feel bulky or restrictive at all.

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The Sector is a slip-on inner bootie style boot and that, more than anything, is what stood out as different. Having never worn this style of boot, it struck me in two ways both good and bad. First, the bootie has additional padding built into the ankles so it feels uber protective and comfortable. However, the added thickness and cush in the ankle took some getting used to. On our second ride day we switched back and forth with our old standby SG10s and immediately noticed two things again. The traditional style boot allows a bit more feeling on the shifter and brake, like an old pair of sneakers, but almost makes you feel unprotected when switching back to the more robust Sector. The bootie, although a bit more containing, was a huge improvement when over-jumping or in my case flat landing because I wasn’t doubling.

The new boot is super comfortable right out of the box. In terms of break in it was not so much a matter of gaining movement or flexibility, but just fine tuning the buckles for a good fit. Each time we’ve worn the boots, it seems as if the best approach is to extend the buckle strap length until the buckle just reaches the pivot hinge on the outer side of the boot. After latching it down and walking around a bit you will probably be able to unlatch and shorten up the strap a notch or two. We’re hoping this works itself out as the bootie and the breathable comfort mesh liner find a nice bond with each other. The buckles themselves are top notch aluminum pieces with a positive lock action that have yet to pop open but are easy to manipulate with gloves on.

Price on the Fly Sector boot is $439.95, which is on the lower side of the scale for high-end boots. Without so much as putting a score or rating on this boot, I will say it is one that I will definitely keep in rotation for any riding or racing I do this season.