Adventure Boots

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Gringo Greenwood, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Gringo Greenwood

    Gringo Greenwood n00b

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    Hi Kiwis

    Anyone tell me what the best Adventure Boots in NZ are and where to get them from at the right price?
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  2. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    I really like Fly Stinger ATV boots. Cheap ($180) and have a good workboot like sole and you can walk in them.
    No internal stiffening in the sole so they're flexible but not for those who stand a lot. Also not very waterproof and no extra protection added in.

    I'm getting another pair...
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  3. tri boy

    tri boy Been here awhile

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    Also consider the 3buckle Forma ATV.
    Nice boot.
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  4. Bass

    Bass Been here awhile

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    It seems to me that the requirements for an "adventure boot" are reasonable ankle support, but comfortable to walk in and with a sole that will handle variable terrain including wet and slippery river stones. Being water proof is probably desirable in NZ as well.
    ATV boots fit this list but are uncommon and expensive.
    Trials boots however also fit the list and are more available at better prices.
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  5. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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  6. Oscar

    Oscar Curmudgeon

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    I've always used Moto-X Boots - currently a very nice pair of Gaernes.

    I like the extra protection & the problem with Trials/Enduro boots is the sole, which tends to offer too much traction on gravel.
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  7. XF650

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    I'm with Oscar on this. Before I bought my current boots I spent way too much time researching adv boots on the interweb, including m/bike ankle injuries etc. I soon realised the obvious: the better the boot = the better the protection = MX type boots. The general consensus is:
    - the boot should be strong enough to protect your lower leg from the weight of your (hot) bike lying on it.
    - Should restrict the ankle from the sideways rotation (I think that's the bone break that leaves permanant damage?)
    - Should be able to deflect sticks & branches from penetrating the boot
    - Should protect from impact of rocks, raised curbs, dog bites (ha ha) etc

    It's all been discussed in other boot threads but basically you get what you pay for. The Sidi Crossfires are rated very highly for safety and feature ankle pivots that still allow walking. Bloody expensive in NZ though ($800).
    Depending where he's from, if Gringo wants the "safest" boots at the "best" price, he might find it cheaper to bring his boots with him?
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  8. Crisis management

    Crisis management Latte riders FTW!

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    Well, just to be different, I use my road boots cause they're waterproof and I hate getting wet feet....It's all fine as long as the rivers are lower than 300mm! Being an incredibly skilled rider I just try and avoid colliding with things, falling off or getting pinned under the bike, I have to admit with very little success so far.....

    I have ridden with my MX boots before but didn't like the lack of feel and restriction on movement and decided to live with a bit less protection in exchange for dryness and feel. Obviously it depends where you are planning on riding, if I was doing anything difficult I would consider MX or Trials type boots.
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  9. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    My road boots (Gaerne Aquatech's) have more ankle/heel protection than my Gaerne MX boots.
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  10. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    I always used road boots too until recently when my foot came out the side. The biggest problem with (my)road boots is if standing on the pegs a lot the sole isn't thick enough and my feet get real sore.

    The lack of feel especially on the rear brake is why I never used my mx boots, but if I don't buckle up the strap where my foot pivots a lot of the feel/control comes back. Of course not all boots are he same.
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  11. Bass

    Bass Been here awhile

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    Number of different opinions = number of Bikers, eh?

    Part of adventure riding for me is to be able to go for a bit of a wander and looksee once I get there, where ever "there" may be and MX boots are a bitch to walk/clamber in, especially in slippery conditions
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  12. Oscar

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    Walking and clambering is a real bitch with a broken ankle:nod
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  13. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    I used Sidi Dicovery, but I am with Oscar on the MX Boots, this will be my next move. Mind you, with all that titanium in my tibia it may not matter :lol3
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  14. Underground

    Underground unbefuckingbelievable

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    I've had the Stylmartins for a few years now , cant fault them I've walked many km's in them.
    I gave them the waterproof test when I first bought them ,stood in the creek (200mm deep) while I drank a beer, not a drop of water ...sweet !
    Like all 'waterproof' boots ,come year two they leak like a sieve, just put the bread bags on your feet.
    Previously I'd been using my Gaerne mx boots (pronounced 'gay earnie' by the way) good strong boots , I like them ....but waterproof ? NO , and if you're going for a walk , take the bloody things off ,them's not walking boots.
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  15. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Like all waterproof boots any water that goes in the top will stay in. And that's more than likely during a ride that involves a water crossing. It's swings and roundabouts.

    The guy pushing is 2m tall.

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    The guy pulling was clever enough not to stall his bike in the deepest spot :-). The best way to keep your boots dry.
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  16. cooneyr

    cooneyr terra firma rider

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    I went for a pair of Alpinestar Tech 3's with the knobblie sole. Maybe I do too much pushing but flat sole MX boots suck on snow, mud etc. The Tech3's are nice and comfy, I can walk in them no worries (everything is comfortable compared to plastic alpine climbing boots) good protection and they seem to be lasting well. Not waterproof but they can handle the odd splash and its better that what water gets in can get out I reckon.
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  17. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Breadbags , Underground told me about those in Reefton, and it is one of the best tips I have ever got. I don't go riding without breadbags in me boots now.
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  18. XF650

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  20. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    I have some old Gaerne MX jobs. Not bad to walk in. Certainly a lot easier to walk in than the old style (20 years ago) boots.

    Only fault is that they have 2 leather panels on the inside leg. Seam catches on the footpeg. Next boot I get will have a single flat panel all the way down the inside leg to the foot. I see those new ones even have a protruding hinge thingy.

    I gave up on dry feet a long time ago. You go for a ride, you get wet feet. Big deal.
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