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Old 04-24-2015, 07:10 PM   #1
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Most protective boots that you can still do short hikes in??

Recently got a dr650 after being bikeless for 11 years. Last pair of boots I owned were gaerne balance. Very comfortable to walk in, but I always felt like they lacked any significant protection in the ankle area. I know it's give and take with comfort/walkability vs. protection, but any suggestions for a boot that do some short hikes and still give adequate protection? FYI, the gaerne's were the only motorcycle boots I've ever had, so I have no idea what a light motocross boot would feel like. Oh, forgot, I'd like to keep my budget at less than $300.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:07 PM   #2
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Old 04-25-2015, 12:45 AM   #3
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I second the Forma Adventure. Last month I hiked 5+ kilometers on a real rocky riverbed after my bike couldn't go further. I honestly didn't notice them during the hike.

As for ankle safety, decent enough if you're not a hard core rider. It's a trade off as you know.

Side note, I got my pair from a webshop in Italy. About 200 USD plus $50 shipping to Taiwan. Double check the sizing if you go with this boot.
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Old 04-25-2015, 02:39 AM   #4
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Alpinestar Scouts

Not a true dirt boot, but great compromise for protection and comfort. Doesn't leak either even standing in water.

Feet don't sweat either.

http://www.amazon.com/Alpinestars-Sc.../dp/B002N9MMV6
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:43 AM   #5
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I have Forma GTs which are probably 1 step below the adventure. Even with these, hiking uphill is easy, but downhill is an exercise in futility. Anything that requires you drop your toes, like a reasonably steep downhill becomes something you need to descend backwards. It helps a little if you undo the buckles but it's still a challenge.

I've hiked (not massive distance) in mine and it's not a lot of fun unless it's all flat or uphill. You might consider some flat packing shoes, which I do now that work much better. You can even get hiking sandals that pack to just over the thickness of the soles.
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Old 04-25-2015, 11:31 AM   #6
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Wear good boots on the trail and carry some light hiking shoes in your tank bag (or where ever).

If you break down and have to hike 30 miles out it will make sense.

Not a bad idea to take a break from the boots and let 'em air out IMHO... my feet get hot anyways, a break feels good.
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Old 04-25-2015, 06:29 PM   #7
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Gaerne GX1s more protective than the balance or their water poof adventure boot, but I can still walk around in them all day. Hiking down steep down hills I don't recall right off hand.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:41 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Anybody have a hinged boot like these: http://www.atomic-moto.com/Forma-Ter...ts_p_1619.html
How are they to walk in?
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:20 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Anybody have a hinged boot like these: http://www.atomic-moto.com/Forma-Ter...ts_p_1619.html
How are they to walk in?
I have these in the TX version, which is the molded sole. Awesome riding boots, but would not like to hike in them. I highly recommend them for riding though, super protection and comfortable.
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Old 04-26-2015, 02:09 PM   #10
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My Sidi Crossfire TA are very comfortable to me, even for walking.
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Old 04-26-2015, 07:18 PM   #11
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Not a true dirt boot, but great compromise for protection and comfort. Doesn't leak either even standing in water.

Feet don't sweat either.

http://www.amazon.com/Alpinestars-Sc.../dp/B002N9MMV6
These are good, and I really like mine, but I wouldnt wanna hike in em'. A short walk around to take pictures, into a restaurant, etc. they are good to go though.
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