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Old 05-20-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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What would you thinks of Bates boots?

I am used to Bates from my time in the Navy and I am in the market for a motorcycle boot and came across this on Ebay

Just wondering what everybody thinks about these boots and would you trust them to protect your feet....
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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Fine looking boots actually.

Some like a "flatter" bottom or sole, look at Aerostich boots, etc., they really blend the heel into the sole so there is no step. I don't know why... maybe they think we will be laying the bike on it's side in the curves and dragging a foot..

I think they would be fine, supportive, etc., my only concern is the LACES. Seen, read, etc too many riders get a lace caught on the shifter, a peg, in the chain, no good.

I see they do not have the "hooks" in the uppers, which is good, I carved up my engine case side covers with hiking boots that had the effing hook-eyelets. Bike had less than break in miles when I did that...

I switched to some Icon boots which I love, but they are not waterproof. They reminded me of that last night on my home, 20 minutes in the rain, not by choice on the bike, and I could feel the goldfish swimming in the bottoms of my Icon's.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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They don't really seem to have any more protection than a regular work boot / combat boot / hiking boot. I like my riding boots to at least have a little bit of armor around the ankle and preferably the shin, too. That said, I often ride in an old pair of heavy-duty hiking boots without any worries (street riding only with these, wouldn't take them off-road at all).

They're probably OK for abrasion protection but don't seem to offer any real impact protection. Whether they're good enough for you is the question, I guess. I'd probably wear them on the street for sedate rides (like commuting) and not feel too bad about it.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:52 PM   #4
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Somehow I re posted twice on this thread...

But I will be mostly commuting on my bike with the occasional trip tossed in there and I ride a FZ6R so the only offroad I will see is a dirt road.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:18 PM   #5
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I've been wearing bates probably for about the last 10 years or so. They are decent enough. I would say they are one of the better boots for under 100$. I would say the best thing about them is that they are decent good on and off a bike, they don't look too weird.

My suggestion to you is to ditch the stock laces, grab some paracord, remove the inner core, and then lace it up so it fits your foot well. Then tie a permanent or semi permanent knot in the cord, cut off all the excess cord, and tuck the knot into your boot. Then just use the zipper to get them on and off. This largely keeps laces from interfering with your bike.

Buckets and straps snag and get hung up on pegs and shifters too, I know, I've done it. This puts them about on par with them. Trimming off the excess lacing is good practice, and decoring paracord will weaken it quite a bit, which is a good thing imo.

The waterproof claim is pretty much bullshit, as with most things.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:24 PM   #6
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I wear bates boots, but when shopping I make sure I get the ones made in America. Sometimes they are cheaper than the ones you listed that are made in China. Sometimes you can get some of their boots that were made for military spec, but were rejected for a small blemish. I like the rat boots that were made for the military, but stay away from the bates rat boots, since the military had problems with them and sent many pairs back (ebay is flooded with them) and go with the danner brand rat boot.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:36 PM   #7
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Welco rat boots are also are not having any problems, and are made in America.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:54 PM   #8
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:29 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by NJ Moto View Post I was thinking more of these.
Me too.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:46 AM   #10
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For the type of riding you are doing I think the would be fine.. if you are really worried about laces replace the laces with one of these

Or a speed lace system and tuck them away for good an use the side zips.. or the parachord suggestion above.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:08 AM   #11
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I own several pairs of Bates Tactical Boots. Some are insulated and some have GoreTex liners. They are very light in weight and extremely comfortable right from the get go. I also treat all my leather gear with Obenauf's. (Both the Heavy Duty LP and the Water Shield)
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:16 AM   #12
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Ditto on the post above. I own several bates boots, best I've found in a long time. I have the super lightweight gortex above ankle boots...outstanding and they do keep me dry. I have 3 pair right now just incase they get discontinued.
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