The Matrix boot is one of the best new options we’ve seen in a while. It’s a well-made, classically styled boot that comes with plenty of armor, will wear in nicely, and promises years of service. And unlike most plastic-clad adventure-touring options, it doesn’t look completely out of place worn with a pair of riding jeans, but yet it will still hold its own on any kind of motorcycle trip—either on and off-road.
True, a Sidi adventure boot or the like uses all that plastic for heavily reinforced ankle support, so in absolute terms a heavy duty adventure boot will offer more protection. But in the tradeoff those boots are difficult to walk in—think: ski boots. If you're comfortable with that trade-off, the Matrix boots offer a ton of utility player to any gear closet.
The boot is made from full-grain leather, and is backed by a waterproof/breathable membrane, and shod in a relaceable lugged Vibram sole
Protection wise, it’s got inside and outside ankle protection built-in, as well as a serious shin plate integrated in the tongue of the boot. The ankle cup and toe cap is heavily reinforced too.
For those who aren’t familiar with Stylmartin, it’s an Italian motocross and trials brand that was resurrected a few years back. We’ve been big fans of the company’s simple lace-up Indian boot (also shod with a Vibram sole), and we also carry the slightly beefier Rocket boot.
This all-new Matrix boot seems to combine the best aspects of the brand’s off-road heritage (reinforced shin plate, motocross style buckles) with what we love about the company’s classic collection—plentifully thick leather construction that gets better with age, discreet armor, and a sole that's equally functional walking or riding, and that can be replaced by any competent cobbler.