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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by cmaxvt, Jul 30, 2013.
Those icons look nice skooter! Especially with the added protection.
not sure if all these made the thread but I've been working on a list of dream boots and there's lot of overlap with this thread... mostly because I've been reading the thread for a while.
Style martin impact http://www.stylmartin.it/index.php?lang=en&page=catalogo&category=off-road&prodotto=impact
Gaerne Balance oiled boots http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/gaerne-balance-oiled-boots
Aerostich combat lite boots http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-combat-lite-boots-20.html
Forma adventure http://www.getgeared.co.uk/forma_boots_adventure_brown?utm_medium=shopping_feed_us&utm_source=google
Vendramini Marathon Motorcycle Boots (steel or not steel either way): http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-boots/
Forma cape horn https://www.google.com/shopping/pro...a=X&ei=ahsMUtDkJIKxiwKT14GoDQ&ved=0CC4QwBMwAA
Oh man, forgot about the Style Martins. Has anyone ordered these from overseas? How was your experience ordering/ with the boots?
Are those repopped Gaerne
They look exactly like the gaerne balanced oiled.. hard to say. Those are nice lookin boots tho.
I just moved into a new apartment or else I'd be considering shelling out to replace my SMX-5's.. They are definitely not as protective as I want.
Sidi make a couple different boots that are very low-profile.
I had a pair of the Sidi Tour Rains, lorica (syn leather) construction, clean lines, waterproof, narrow profile (but also come in wide sizes), low-profile sole, no buckles, no squeaks, very comfortable for walking and look just fine with business casual! Also comes in genuine leather + gore tex + $110. These will probably be my next touring boot if I ever wear out my Santiagos (which, by the way, are perfectly comfortable on and off the bike 8-12 hrs/day but look pretty burly even without the metal toe caps). I've used other Sidi boots for track days and several pairs of their cycling shoes and all have been bombproof.
The other one which caught my eye is a shorty with a more traditional lug sole, the Traffic. Comes in Rain or Air version, waterproof or perforated lorica, respectively.
Edit: Just saw the TCX Urban and the Spidi X-Style H2Out over at Revzilla. Less ankle protection in both, but I like the Urban a lot!
I had forgotten about this little-known brand, but they are high quality boot at a really good price. They are not easy to find online, there's just one importer for the US. There used to be a guy from Seattle that had the line but it seems he's gone away. Here's the new importer/retailer: http://www.advancedmotorcyclegear.com/
Good write-ups on the product at webbikeworld.
Here's a nice ADV boot, one of seveal styles they offer. This one is waterproof and $150. Saw the lineup at the IMS show a couple of years ago. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna pick up a pair at this price. They have one that looks like the Sidi Canyon as well.
These are $188 :eek1
Just had my Aerostitch Combat Lites re-soled. The toes on the soles were getting a bit work after 5 years. :eek1
Got me some Vibram lug soles in black. They look kick ass now! (But still subtle enough for work.)
These honestly look pretty awesome for the price. How do they fit? I wonder if they run narrow or wide. Again, I am in desperate need for wider front-beds. Also, for that low of a price you have to imagine they skimp on quality somewhere. Are they as protective, as comfortable..etc?
They are a top european brand. What you are seeing are discounted pricing for a non-recognized brand in this country. IMO they are of similar quality to SIDI, Alpenstar, or any of the other regular manufacturers. At regular list prices they're not that much less. Just trying to make a name for themselves.
If I can get my shit together and order a pair I'll gladly provide a comprehensive report. I would also encourage you to call the importer, I'm sure they would be happy to discuss their product with you. I have not done that, having seen the product in person a couple of years ago. I'm just a poor white boy with no extra $$ to send out on product.
I'm still eyeing this thread, and have an update. On a whim, I stopped by the SD BMW shop the other day. I like the shop and got my Shoei there some time ago. Good guys.
Anyhow, checked out the boot selection and turns out BMW has two boots for "around town" folks that you might want to check out.
The "Urban" : http://showroom.bmw-motorrad.com/Boots/BMW-Urban-Boot-psc-200002200-YlegMkqlzXAAAAE0t9JtTecS-UXCOM-WFS-en_US-EUR.html
And the "City": http://showroom.bmw-motorrad.com/Boots/BMW-City-Boot-psc-1000201507-YlegMkqlzXAAAAE0t9JtTecS-UXCOM-WFS-en_US-EUR.html
Keeping in line with this thread and wanting more protective boots you can walk in, the Urbans look like a good call.
I ordered the City's for my work/meeting clients situation. They are not as protective as the Urban's or say, Marathon Steels, but they do have protection and are a pretty stealth "dress" boot. They're supposed to get here tomorrow.
No thanks for either on a ADV bike. For urban jaunts and for business casual I'm sure they're ifne.
BMW's most casual boot I could possibly stand was one they call 'All Around'. It's very 'touring' oriented though. I was out to LB BMW and they had the former model on sale for $150 or so, but didn't like them near as well as the current version so I passed. I think they're like $250 or so.
I wrote Todd at Avanced Motorcycle Gear for a recomendation of either the Mixto or Raid but haven't heard back. Both are under $200 and both look to be substantial. Will be picking up one or the other. Will do a full report on receipt.
Perhaps our readers here could recommend one or the other? I'm leaning toward the Mixto or even their ATV version with the lugged sole and brown split-leather.
EDIT: BTW, this boot is new from Falco for 2012 and has some really unique features including a removable waterproof and dustproof inner bootie, lugged sole, armor throughout. A little more boot than I really need but for $216 might be worth it to just jump in and call it good. They would then also replace my TCX Pro-Comp mx boots I wear for offroad on the two bikes. I'd still wear the TCX's for singletrack on the litebike.
There's even an optional 'winter liner' option for this one.
I sent a reply and hopefully soon they will have a boot on their feet to give a report.
There are others that have ordered from us on this forum, they might pop in and share their thoughts on the Falco's.
We have been importing them for about 5 years, and we are here in the Seattle area.
Tourmaster Response 2.0 Boots are the the most comfartable boots that I have owned.I am able to walk in them all day at work and thay are decent motorcycling boots.
I had a pair of SIDI on Road Symptax on when I carshed my Strom .Ended up with a broken tibula fibula and large ankle wound that needed skin grafting.They were water proof boots made out of leather but you could fold them up and put in a shoebox not much protection.
The tourmasters are a lot better and cost less.I will be getting another pair if I ever wear these out.http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...product&kwd=&gclid=CK-I6YqW1rkCFcvm7AodxQ0AGQ
^^ Cool. However I won't were a low-cut boot on a motorbike...just sayin'.
Todd says the RAID is their heavy duty street boot so I ordered a pair. Will report back when I get them.
They actually call them a 'crossover' boot. Webbikeworld says they are quite a bit more substantial than the Sidi Canyon. That's good enough for me - adventure riding with less than 10% off pavement. If I'm gonna do more offroad I'll wear my offroad boots.
BTW, one of our guys broke his foot last weekend wearing G-Midlands on a 950SE. He says next boots are crossfires for offroad.
www.AMG-USA.com - has just a few pairs of the Falco boots left - they are blowing them out for new inventory. Get them while you can.
Okay, boots arrived yesterday. They are every bit as nice as the Sidi On-Roads. Fit and finish is outstanding, they are comfortable out of the box. That said I always put my hiker/walker insoles in my boots (photo below). It makes them much more cushy and takes up some room in the boot for my skinny feet. I would say these boots are not extra wide, they seem normal to me. The tops would probably not work for someone with huge calves, but they cinch up perfectly on me, and can be adjusted out a bit if I want to wear MX-style shin and knee guards. Bottom line is that for $188 shipped they are a bonafide BARGAIN!!
The lug sole is very heavy duty, same pattern as my SIDI RAINS but a little thicker. I'm betting it's the same sole you find on the adventure rains and armadas. This and the height of the boots are their best feature. Oh, and that they are completely waterproof as well. The waterproof/breathable liner is 'HIGH-TEX', so not 'gor-tex' brand. The boots are definitely made in Italy - sewing and finish is perfect, very high quality. They are all leather, pretty thick leather as well although probably not quite like the 'stich combats, but I have not been able to compare them side by side. The good news is these will be easier to break in and of course they are a third less in cost. With the extra internal armor I think they're as good as the combats or the santiagos.
I had two concerns with these boots. Well three, but a couple are related...
1. There isn't a lot of reinforcing and armor in these boots - they are definitely a road boot. The 'adventure class' boots have plastic reinforcing on the outside of the boot, around the ankle, heel, and generally have buckles to cinch them down over your foot. These boots have some kind of internal protective armor for the ankle bones - both sides, as well as toe, heel, and shin. There is some flex but at least there's something there, and comparable to other road type touring boots. They are also very nicely padded around the foot, it's a signature component of this boot. I have decided that even the high-end adventure type boots, like the SIDI ADVENTURE RAINS, or other adventure boots are still not up to the protection level of a proper MX boot like my TCX Pro-Comps, or crossfires, etc., so I will still wear this latter type of boot for offroad type riding. The RAIDs are going to be just great for road touring, around town, and winter/wet riding.
2. Velcro closures - just about everyone complains about aging velcro fasteners and how the grip begins to lessen over time. I have other boots that are many years old and do not have this problem. If it does become an issue I can sew on new hook and loop patches. I've decided I can live with this feature.
3. These boots have velcro straps to fasten them instead of plastic buckles. I think buckles are more secure and I think they are more heavy duty. However plastic buckles can be difficult to operate and are known to go missing or break off. So in light of the fact that these boots are really a road touring boot, the velcro strap fastenings are easy to work, plenty strong, and should last the life of the boot. It would be fairly easy to sew on a new strap should one become worn to the point of failure. So I've decided I'm okay with this strap-fastening setup.
On the insoles, there are a lot of brands out there, the hikers love them. Some of them are stupid-expensive, like up to $60 for a pair. I found these at REI sometime ago and used them in my hiking boots and now all my riding boots. They are twice as thick as the standard insoles that come with boots, and five times as cushy. Very nice product. However they won't work if your boots are already tight. My suggestion is if your boots are a little loose then take them down to your outdoor store and try a few different insoles to adjust the fit to perfection.
SPENCO POLYSORB WALKER-RUNNER - $25
Falco 480 'RAID' touring boot
+1 on the Falco Raids. Wondering if any other inmates were wearing these!
I've had mine for ~2 years & 10,000+ miles now. Bought them right after reading the review on WEbbikeworld.com (my go-to guide).
I think you'll really like them, though I'd say they're a more of a street/ touring boot. Very comfortable & easy to wear/walk in all day long. Fit is slightly narrow, but not as bad as the other EU brands I've tried. So far, they've been 100% waterproof. I clean & treat mine with Montana pitch blend brand products to keep the leather nice & supple. This is a high quality, smart looking boot.
Compares side by side with the SIDI/'stitch/Infinity brands....
'07 Bonnie T100
I have a pair of SMX 5 and 2's.
2's are great for around town, especially if you walk a lot afterwards.
As someone that has invested in several pairs of boots, it seems like the Falco's are tough to beat for the price. Seems like a really good value.
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