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Old 01-16-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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I'am trying to save a lot of mail order Internet time and trips to the post office to return boots!
I have finally given in to the fact that although mx boots are a pain when u get off the bike they
offer the most protection making a DS trip on a variety of roads from southern USA to
Alaska over 3 months this summer.
So with that in mind I have given up on finding a comfortable touring or adventure boot with the HOPE of finding the best mx boot to fix a very WIDE size 13/48 foot!
I plan on using a gore-tex sock for waterproofing and a light wool for insulation.
The best bet I have heard so far has been the Gaerne SG 10?
Any ideas GREATLY appreciated.
I'm tired of talking to Revzilla/Motorcycle Superstore/etc
I'am even open to the idea of a used slightly worn boot from an inmate???
Years of competitive cycling/triathlons/sports plus a hunting accident (forgot to jump)
have worn my 55 year old feet out!
Thank You
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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I feel yer pain. I have trouble with boots, too. For some things, the internet is not ideal. At some point, it's worth it to just make the slog to someplace that has plenty of boots and try them on.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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I have wide feet and have tried a number of boots and finally settled on a pair of BMW Santiagos. They have the roomiest toe box of any boot I have ever tried and they offer very good protection (and they are waterproof). Very comfortable, warm and easy to get in an out of.

I have bought two pairs over the years. Wrecked the first pair in an accident I-95 but the boots likely saved my left foot, only broke my big toe. Bought both pairs from a dealer listing on eBay for a lot less than MSRP.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:32 PM   #4
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I live in Alaska and I wear a full grain leather boot. I wear it on the bike and wear them guiding for work in the rain forests of South East Alaska. If you don't mind the price, danner boots in Portland could probably accommodate your needs and demensions. If you are competely sold on mx boots then I understand, but you will be fine with a nice quality high end full grain leather, which will provide comfort for hiking and ample protection on the bike and in all of the conditions in which you will be riding here in the ak, Yukon and bc areas. Anyway, that is my two cents...
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:35 PM   #5
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I usually wear a 12 extra wide or 13 wide, and the Gaerne G Adventure fits me well. I've got two years of use on them including some single track woods action (until I picked up some motorcross boots with more protection). They were waterproof for about a year and a half, but one started seeping when I rode last Saturday for a few hours in the rain. They're starting to show some wear, and I just ordered a 2nd pair, as they are on sale for $229.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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Boot help from pro

Thanks for the advice out there!After talking to a bunch of shops and internet stores I ran across Brian from Atomic Moto who turned out to be a REAL
wealth of knowledge on boots as well as motorcycle gear!
I have some Forma Adventure boots on the way that should do the trick
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:59 PM   #7
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How the Formas

Brian is the man for sure! I have a size 14 so my choices are even more limited I have the balance oils now which are real nice but I was wondering how you like the Formas
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