The Corozal, unlike other ADV boots, don’t bend or flip-flop easily. But, thankfully, the added stiffness hasn’t made it difficult to don the boots. The large opening helps, as do the adjustable closing buckles. With normal socks these offer some wiggle room when buckled in place. However, with off-road specific long socks, the fit is exact. So, even though it feels great to have such a snug fit, make sure you order right. Thankfully, the sizing is true. I wear a 42 when it comes to road riding boots. And, a 42 on the Corozal fits me perfectly as well. With the long socks, mind.
If it’s an ADV boot, it better be waterproof. Now, we have found that some adventure boots let water in from the get go. Not massive amounts, of course, but enough to leave your feet wet in a few places. The Corozals so far have proved to be fantastic on this front. We wore them through heavy rains and a few water crossings where the boots were submerged under water upto their first buckle. And not a drop seeped in.
We haven’t crashed in them yet, thankfully. But, we still can’t deny the tech involved for added protection. Firstly, the sheer stiffness compared to regular ADV boots speaks volumes in this regard. If an ADV boot can remind you of a proper off-road boot without compromising on comfort, that’s a huge plus in our book. This stiffness comes mainly via the flexi-blade system. And, we like the thick TPU protection on the shin area; this again isn’t common on the softer ADV boots. But, here’s the lovely bit – we have only used them on the road for the past three months, be it for commuting or touring, and these didn’t feel out of place at all like dirt boots would.