Adventure Boots?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by pfilt, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. pfilt

    pfilt Adventurer

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    So I've been looking into getting a bit stiffer boots for more off road riding.
    Does anyone have thoughts on "adventure boots" like the TCX Track Evo?
    Do these kinds of boots really offer any more protection than standard high top boots with a bit of protection?
    I was thinking hoping they would protect against breaking an ankle in a crash or bad twist but after trying them on and feeling how soft they are I'm not so sure.
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  2. WilCon76

    WilCon76 Adventurer

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    I ride with the Icon Elsinore boots. They are nice and stiff, light and comfortable to wear all day, and waterproof so far. Keep them treated and it would appear they could last longer than the bike. I don't have a lot of familiarity with other off road styled boots. I mostly wore work style motorcycle boots with good ankle protection and what not.
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  3. JoeMongo

    JoeMongo ¿Por dónde?

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    I wear Sidi Crossfire dirt riding boots. They are absolutely comfortable the first time you adjust them for your feet/calves and wear them. They are also absolutely the best, or tied for the best, protection available for your lower legs.

    They can be very hot when wearing them in temperatures over 100 deg F.

    I wore them last July for about 12 hours a day for 23 days straight. I would do so again. Not everyone would.
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    sTE610vE Long timer

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  5. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    I think the ALPINESTARS TOUCAN fits your needs extremely well.

    I, too, wanted a little more protection. I can't see myself needing more.
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  6. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    These boots already saved my foot and lower leg form much more serious damage than just a broken ankle.......so I am a believer in these

    Forma Adventures

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  7. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    Sidi ftw :d
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  8. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    Those Formas are my "everyday" boot! And I really like the Brown Nubuck. Very sexy looking to boot!!
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  9. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I love the look of these boots, but the sole isn't replaceable. On my 3rd set of sole for Sidi On Road Boots..not longer water proof though. . really want to get the Cross Fires...
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  10. KCampbell

    KCampbell n00b

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    I have these Dainese Carroarmato and am very, very happy with them. All leather, Gore-tex lining.

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  11. Hubbman

    Hubbman Been here awhile

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    I have the Toucans, and I love them! Very comfortable right out of the box and they have great protection for your feet, ankles and shins. They also happen to look bad-ass if I don't say so myself ( come on...you care!).

    The fit is a bit wider than Sidi boots
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  12. MotorcycleWriter

    MotorcycleWriter Long timer

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    On the lighter side of Adventure boots. I wear mine even for light enduro riding. All leather, GoreTex, what more could you ask for?
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  13. dragos

    dragos Belzebut

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    Alpinestars Toucan are in my opinion the most protective boot you'll find this side of a motocross boot.
    There's a quite elaborated multi-part video review online, talks a lot about protection.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eTyL0QykF8

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1eTyL0QykF8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  14. Cris

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    Alpinestar Scouts.

    I did WI to CO and back in mine and they are great.

    Comfortable on the bike, waterproof, easy in-and-out, and relatively comfortable to walk in (considering the level of protection.)

    I would buy them again in a minute.
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  15. Hubbman

    Hubbman Been here awhile

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    I actually had the Scouts before the Toucans. I sold the Scouts soon after buying them becuase of their lack of feel for the controls and pegs. In other words, I was constantly looking down to make sure my foot was positioned properly to shift because i couldn't feel my shifter. Im sure they would have broken in eventually, but i wasn't willing to wait it out. Surprisingly, the Toucans were both way more comfortable out of the box, but they also have better feel in the toe box.
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  16. Okie Preacher

    Okie Preacher Been here awhile

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    I liked the look and construction of the Toucan's, but they didn't come in a "big-boy" size 14. I went with the Sidi Adventure Goretex and have been very impressed so far. Comfortable out of the box and a decent amount of protection.
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  17. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Been here awhile

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    I've been wearing the scouts for about a month. Value wise I think they are great. Took a couple days to get used to.

    I'm not terribly impressed over the ankle protection, however the trade-off is you can walk long distances in them without discomfort and they have a lug sole.

    For the money they are pretty good.
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  18. Cris

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    From what I recall, there is a high density plastic shield sandwiched bewteen the outer leather and the liner in the ankle area...

    The feel for the shifter is not like wearing a pair of work boots or cowboy boots, but I am accustomed to motocross boots. I have my controls adjusted for these boots and I have never missed a shift or had any issues.

    I can see that, dependent on the bike, one could have issues with clearances.

    I feel the Scouts are a great compromise between comfort, protection, and keeping out the elements.
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  19. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Been here awhile

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    I am going to be ordering the forma adventure boots soon. Heard lots of good things and they sure look sexy in the brown!
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  20. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    I considered those, but I want a boot with a replaceable sole. I'm getting a set of the Toucans in the very near future.

    I currently use the Gaerne Balance Pro which is a very comfortable boot with good protection. However, I've had three friends break their feet in the past year so I'm going try something with a bit more protection. We'll see...
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