When it comes to dirt bike riding gear and protection opting for cheap products to save money is never a good idea.

The basic safety gear - helmet, boots, gloves and goggles - can easily cost in excess of $1,000. The phrase "Spend a little now to save money later" certainly applies as high quality protective gear not only lasts but helps prevent major injury that can not only bust the bank but bust you up as well.

Frugality does not exactly define riding dirt bikes whether you're in it as a weekend warrior or climbing the ranks as your local Motocross pro. However, you don't have to max out the credit card for high quality protection.

A few weeks ago we covered the Best Dirt Bike Helmets Under $200 so this week we're covering boots. Technological improvements have really helped create boots that offer comfort, flexibility and the ultimate in safety. Check out our Motocross Boots Buying Guide for information on sizing and how to pick the right boot.

The dirt bike boots chosen here reflect the more budget conscience rider looking to save money but not quality and safety who has been riding for a while and can rip up the track. The following boots range between $150 to $300 and we've included some specifications to help with your decision making. More information can be found by clicking on the links.

Boot Brand: Alpinestars

Boot Brand: Fox Racing

Alpinestars Tech-5 Boots

Fox Racing Comp 5 Boots

Price: $269.95 Price: $199.95
  • Redesigned instep and Achilles accordion flex zones
  • Anatomically-profiled, high-modulus polymer shin plate
  • Innovative buckle closure system
  • Exclusive dual-compound sole
  • Anatomically contoured plastic shin plate
  • Aluminum soft touch Pivot Lock buckles
  • Race-bonded outsole molds directly to the boot
  • Full leather upper

Boot Brand: O'Neal

Boot Brand: Fly Racing

O'Neal Element Boots

Fly Racing Maverik Boots

Price: $114.99 Price: $129.95 - $139.95
  • Bonded sole
  • Fully adjustable four buckle closure system
  • High-impact injection-molded plastic shin plate
  • Built-in heat shield
  • Articulated rear ankle
  • Outsole rubber compound
  • 3D molded plastic shift panel
  • Elastic gaiter provides a comfortable rim around calf

Boot Brand: Alpinestars

Boot Brand: TCX

Alpinestars Tech-2 Boots

TCX X-Mud Boots

Price: $229.95 Price: $189.99
  • Top-grain leather upper construction for comfort and flexibility
  • Lowered Achilles heel cutout for greater flexibility
  • Dual-compound toe guards for improved flexibility and increased impact protection
  • Soft, breathable internal boot liner
  • Four polyurethane buckles
  • Interchangeable rubber sole
  • Leather, padded front and ankle area
  • Inside suede heat guard

Boot Brand: Thor

Boot Brand: Sidi

Thor Ratchet Boots

Sidi Agueda Boots

Price: $189.95 Price: $250.00
  • Contoured shin plate and ankle plate
  • Bio-foam lined interior and insole
  • Welted rubber outsole with steel shank
  • CE approved
  • Nylon insole
  • Rigid, shock-resistant, anatomically-shaped heel
  • Slim, cool non-bootie design
  • Sole is made of anti-skid rubber