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Old 10-15-2013, 04:54 PM   #1
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What boot are you riding with?

I was curious what other KTM riders are wearing for off-road days and touring, in particular the 950/990 crowd. I've been wearing a Chippewa Rally boot for the last 4 years and love it, but it's time to upgrade to something with more protection now that I'm doing more off-road. The more research I'm doing the more I'm falling deeper and deeper in the rabbit hole of gear...

My main dilemma is the trade-off of protection vs. comfort/walkability. I'm pretty sure I need both a touring/waterproof boot for trips and a MX/Rally boot, but I'm curious what your riding with on off-road days and what you like.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:08 PM   #2
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I hear your dilemma and have been there myself.

I just got a pair of Alpinestar Scout waterproof boots. I really love them thus far, although that hasn't bee for long......I do think that I will continue to like them though. They fit true to size, are comfortable to walk in, and are more supportive and protective than less structured offerings. Further, the price point is reasonable (in my opinion) and having never had an Alpinestars boot that I wasn't happy with, I think they'll be great.

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Old 10-15-2013, 05:17 PM   #3
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:24 PM   #4
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"You need a 500 bike, is fine, obviously second hand. And you can leave pretty much in the clothes you are standing up in. Some waterproofs from your local angling store. A bag. A simple tool roll. And you are ready to go. You got to spend the money on the trip, not on the gear to do the trip. Otherwise, you'll never get anywhere. You'd never leave."

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That said . . . . I WANT THESE! http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/g...ce-oiled-boots

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Old 10-15-2013, 05:27 PM   #5
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I wear Gaerne G-Adventures. They are fantastic and waterproof, and comfortable enough that I've worn them all day at the office before with no problem. That said, for harder off-road stuff, they don't offer anywhere near the protection of an MX boot or something similar.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:27 PM   #6
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i wear alpinestars mx boots most of the time. i prefer the protection over walking comfort. when i ride 2 up, i wear simple cheap waterproof tcx touring boots.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:35 PM   #7
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I know I'll be checking out the Gaerne's that Orangecicle posted a pic of as soon as Im back home. With all the reviews I've read on them recently, they sound like exactly what I want.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:19 PM   #8
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I ride mostly off road with my 950 so I run full mx gear most of the time (mx helmet, off road boots, pressure suit, neck brace, etc). So I wear 95% of the time my TCX Pro 2 boots. I prefer extra protection over not enough. :)

that being said, I have been looking at some other boots recently, mainly wanting something more waterproof but without a compromise for protection. IMHO in order to have a good comfortable boot that also has great protection, you really need to have some sort of exoskeleton built into the boot. I've had alpine star tech 8 and tech 10 boots, and while both have great support, once they are "broken in' and are comfortable, you have given up a lot of the support for your ankles IMHO. I really only consider the TCX, Gaerne, and Sidi boots to have a high level of protection that have the flexible hinge system to keep things protected but comfortable. I still use these as my go-to boot for most off road riding. But I am looking at something very close but maybe dropping down one level in protection, but adding some additional features like waterproofness and maybe comfort in walking?

i have been taking a serious look at the TCX Desert Goretex boot. I don't know how long they have been out, and finding a local dealer for them is difficult, but having had three pairs of TCX boots over the years, I've been very very satisfied with the construction, fit and durability of the boots.

here's a photo of the Desert, might be worth a look:



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Old 10-15-2013, 06:26 PM   #9
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I've been riding with a pair of Bilt Adventure boots, for $70 I figured why not. Not a bad boot, the price was right...

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Old 10-15-2013, 06:26 PM   #10
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Orangecicle that's a great quote and i've always tried to live (ride) like that, but... These bikes will humble you quick and I like my ankles, haha. Those Gaerne Balance Oiled look great, I think that is going to end up being my touring boot. I love the trials style, it's almost a vintage throwback.

Zander, the SG-10's are sick but are you able to walk around all day in those? Have you done a multiple day ride with them?

I'm actually thinking about a step down from those with the Forma Terrain TX, I need MX boots (since I now own a YZ) and those look like (more so with the SG-10) like a boot you can walk around in.

There is really a ton of good products out there, but also a ton of crap. I'm really happy to hear the responses!
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:34 PM   #11
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Orangecicle that's a great quote and i've always tried to live (ride) like that, but... These bikes will humble you quick . . . .
These bikes? Naaaah.

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Old 10-15-2013, 06:36 PM   #12
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The best compromise I found for real protection in a comfortable, waterproof boot is the Sidi Adventure. Not cheap....
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:40 PM   #13
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On road: right now just 'boots'. Kinda lace up semi wintry, mid-high merrill hiking boots. Need something a little higher.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:44 PM   #14
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The best compromise I found for real protection in a comfortable, waterproof boot is the Sidi Adventure. Not cheap....
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #15
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I hear your dilemma and have been there myself.

I just got a pair of Alpinestar Scout waterproof boots. I really love them thus far, although that hasn't bee for long......I do think that I will continue to like them though. They fit true to size, are comfortable to walk in, and are more supportive and protective than less structured offerings. Further, the price point is reasonable (in my opinion) and having never had an Alpinestars boot that I wasn't happy with, I think they'll be great.

+1 on the alpinestar scout. great boot. took some time to break-in but now its a perfect fit. lots of protection and lightweight.
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