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Old 08-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #166
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Well back in March I had a few detailed phone calls with Brian, and he was able to give me a lot of guidance on boot selection and fitting. I already have a great boot for the serious off road stuff (Sidi Force Flex, basically the old version of the Crossfire), and wanted a boot that would be comfy for a lot of road miles, walking around, and light dirt riding (i.e. just easy dirt roads). In the end it was down to the Balance Oiled and the G-Midland. I ordered both for a side by side fitting, and used Brian's recommendations on sizing based on what I already wear. He nailed it spot on!

I opted for the G-Midland, even though I wanted to love the Balance Oiled. The Oiled is indeed great for big calfs on big guys, but I am skinny and it just seemed weird on my legs. The G-Midland, while at the smallest end of its adjustment, was a much better fit around my skinny legs. For reference I am 5'11" and 160 lbs). I did feel the toe box was big, so I put in Super Feet insoles for the primary purpose of lifting up the foot bed. Perfect, that did the trick! The boots felt great and I had not ridden on them yet.

I did not want to post feed back until I got a lot of riding on them. Well now I have been to Alaska and back and have racked up 8300 miles on these G-Midlands.

All in all, the boots are great. Not much for armor, so don't expect these to save you in gnarly off road stuff. But even riding a big F800GS on easy dirt roads, they provide enough support to give you comfort from a tip over. They are a bit warm in 90-100 deg weather, but what isn't? These ARE Goretex and non vented, so they are as hot as any other boot I've owned. In cold, I was fine riding for a few hours in 38 deg F weather, which included fog, rain, and mud. For a brief moment I could feel a little chill coming through, but they did a good job at keeping me warm, and kept me 100% dry.

Here are the Midland's covered in muddy slime, on the bottom, on the Dalton Highway.

The sole is nice and robust, lugged, and comfortable. After my Alaska trip I rode my F800GS into work with my work boots, but I turned around after one block because my feet felt too exposed. I threw on my Midlands, and instantly felt so much better and more comfortable. I will even wear them all day at work, which is a mix of office and walking around a plant, because they are that comfy. With jeans around the outside, they do not stick out too much since the sole and sewn construction looks traditional.

All in all, a great do it all boot that is very comfy. It will go well in your gear closet with your enduro boot, and your street or touring boot.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:06 AM   #167
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Originally Posted by isaac004 View Post

All in all, a great do it all boot that is very comfy.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:47 PM   #168
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Ordered another pair of these today from Brian at Atomic-Moto, now my wife and I will have matching boots.
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:23 PM   #169
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Gaerne G-Midlands for me too

I just bought a pair of Gaerne G-Midlands from Atomic Moto today too. I have been reading everything about every brand. The opinions I get from this site mean a lot to me. You guys are the "real" riders out there so if you give a item a thumbs up then it is good enough for me.

I would also like to thank Brian for all his comments and in answering many questions so quickly.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:59 AM   #170
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Disintegrating Boots

I have wore these boots probably 7 days and the stitches are letting go the boot is disintegrating on me. Probably not waterproof anymore. Very bad purchase and built quality. The most expensive boots ever 43$ per day!
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:46 PM   #171
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Originally Posted by huguesfrederic View Post
I have wore these boots probably 7 days and the stitches are letting go the boot is disintegrating on me. Probably not waterproof anymore. Very bad purchase and built quality. The most expensive boots ever 43$ per day!
I'm guessing you are suffering from a QA issue. My G-Midlands have been pretty bulletproof for the last 2 years, having gone through MANY offroad spills, rain, mud, etc.
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