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Old 03-14-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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noobie lookin' for boots

Yo, new to ADVrider camp. Just found it today. Returning to riding after years away. I was born in the late 40s, so there.
Have a Honda Shadow 600cc cruiser for getting back into it and practice, practice, practice. I don't intend any very long trips just yet and eventually would like to get a 'scoot with a side car for some serious touring with the dog.
Just cruising the streets for now. I used to ride with just western boots but want more protection now.
Not riding motocross either. I've looked at Sidi, Icon, and TourMaster on line.
Already ruled out MC/Milwaukee storm-trooper 'fashion' stuff.
Any opinions on high vs. low (but still covering ankles), and lace-up vs. moto style.
Appreciate it.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #2
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my ankles are shot, so I go with higher boots to provide some support (youare about 10 minutes older than I am, so I imagine our self-induced damage is similar) . . . . .

LAce up USED to be the way to go if you wanted increased support, but many non-laced boots are now adjustable enough that yu have choices.

If there is a Cycle Gear or simlar store near you, yuo can see a range of available boots . . . . always nice to actually see and touch something like boots before putting your money down . . . . .

Another decision point to ponder is waterproof vs non-waterproof . . . . .

I used to try to save on boots (still do, actually), but think of the numbe of bones in there, and buy some good protection for your dogs . . . .

Lasly, fit and comfort are more important than a list of features. . . .
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:26 PM   #3
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Check out www.atomic-moto.com Ask for Brian, the owner, and he'll take the time to discuss boot options with you.

I just bought a new pair of Alpinestar Toucan style boot. Great all around boot.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:06 PM   #4
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The Tour Master Solution WP 2 boots should be a very good waterproof boot that should also be very comfortable to walk in, if they are anything like their predecessor. The only difference/update I can see is a different sole.

I have the 1st gen of those boots and they are all of the above.


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Old 03-14-2013, 06:55 PM   #5
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I bought a pair of aerostich Combat Touring Boots (CTB's) I have about 80,000 miles on them. They are made by SIDI for them. very comfortable, high boots, I had them resoled, replaced some components, they are still my goto road boots. Hit them with some snow seal on the welts, they keep my feet dry.

http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-c...-boots-20.html

My feet are a bit wide with a high instep , they fit fine from day one.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:20 PM   #6
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Daytona Roadstar GTX

I asked the same question once. If price is no object, people swear by this German boot. Lot of info on the company website.

http://www.daytona.de/index.php?page=793
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:59 PM   #7
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aerostich cbt lites for me.

theyre great. not too high, but high enough to be supportive, comfortable enough to walk around all day in (once broken in)

i dont plan on ever buying another pair of boots.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:00 PM   #8
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aerostich cbt lites for me.

theyre great. not too high, but high enough to be supportive, comfortable enough to walk around all day in (once broken in)

i dont plan on ever buying another pair of boots.
Ditto on the Combat Lites. But they do take breaking in.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:21 PM   #9
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The Tour Master Solution WP 2 boots should be a very good waterproof boot that should also be very comfortable to walk in, if they are anything like their predecessor. The only difference/update I can see is a different sole.

I have the 1st gen of those boots and they are all of the above.


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I have the WP 2 Boots and they work very well for the money. Fairly warm and DRY. I also have Sidi Adv Rains & Crossfire TA's for offroad.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:15 PM   #10
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Another vote for Combat Touring Boots.

I bought mine in 1998. I don't know how many miles I have on them now, but I put 15,000 on them in the first 2 months. I only know that, for sure, because I got them 1 month before leaving on a 4 Corners Tour. So, 1,000 miles in the first month, breaking in the boots and a new bike. Then, just over 14,000 miles in the next month, riding to the 4 corners of the country and home.

I finally, just this past year, had them resoled for the first time. I got OEM soles from Aerostich and had a local shoe place put them on and clean up the boots. Now, they look like new and should be good for another 15 years and 100,000 miles.

When I first got them, I also got some Aquaseal Leather Waterproofing from Aerostich. I put 3 coats on when they were new and another coat every year or two since then. My feet have never gotten wet in these boots. And they breathe much better than a Gore-tex lined boot.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:11 AM   #11
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Check out www.atomic-moto.com Ask for Brian, the owner, and he'll take the time to discuss boot options with you.

I just bought a new pair of Alpinestar Toucan style boot. Great all around boot.
+1 on Atomic-Moto .

Brian is very helpful. He spent a lot of time with me to make sure I purchased the proper boot.

I bought the Toucan too. Absolutely love the boot
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:28 PM   #12
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Great way to try out boots is to buy them here in the Gear section. I've gotten two nice riding suits and 3 sets of boots here, at greatly reduced prices, in one case with the tags still on them. You can always resell. With rare exceptions it's a really safe place to buy and try.

Out of what I have now, I nearly always reach for the Combat Touring Lites I got here. I replaced the laces that stick to velcro with tent cord, put in some Superfeet, and all is good.
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