BILT Explorer Adventure Boots

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by OKlr, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    Cycle gear just released them, anyone seen them in person?
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  2. jwdub

    jwdub Been here awhile

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    Yes. I took a short look at them. I didn't think they had enough ankle protection and the material was quite soft. I'm not sure how durable they would be even for just street use.
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  3. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    kinda what i was thinking. I'm glad to see the bilt line getting more adv gear though.
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  4. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Tried them on, almost hate to say I really liked them... Not as hardcore as a MX boot, but more substantial than a quality road boot, and taller as well. I'm tempted.
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  5. s1marks

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    Special Intro price on these is $79.99, that price is good until 1/2/13 They are supposed to be waterproof (but they said the same on their crappy, crappy gloves).

    The new First Gear Katmandu should be available any time, I think price on those is $152.

    I can't speak to the quality of either.
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  6. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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  7. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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    Damn those are nice, they look comfy, and the price is good imo.
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  8. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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  9. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    I like those .. Price is good . How is BILT quality ?
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  10. Voluhzia

    Voluhzia iExplorer

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    You get what you pay for... Sorry, my experience with BILT was not in any degree of satisfactory... It's really CRAP


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  11. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    I'm not a huge fan of BILT, but $80 for a leather boot? I tried 'em on and are comfy so I bought a pair. I didn't take the only pair in the store that was my size because some of the stitching was coming loose, so I had the "salesperson" order a pair for me.

    They seem to have a "steel-toe" type insert, and a stiff sole, though it doesn't feel as though they're shanked. If it turns out they aren't actually waterproof (although they are advertised as such I really don't expect them to be) I figure I can Snow-Seal 'em for the desired effect.

    I was just reading about a guy who had to resole his comparable (in design) SIDIs after only a year of use. If I have to buy another pair in a year because these are worn out I'll still be about $200+ ahead.

    I can update on my experience with 'em if anyone wants to know, but so far so good.

    Cheers!
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  12. Stephenmarklay

    Stephenmarklay Been here awhile

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    Yes please update...

    I am sure they are not GREAT but I bought a pair of Sidi Doha boots so I could wear them into meetings with my Kevlar jeans and not look to our of place. The sole rubber was so soft I wore them completely off at the toe from coming to a stop. I bet they were half way gone in a month. On the other hand I wore some REI hiking boots and that some toe section has zero wear after an entire season. Sidi may make some really nice boots but in my opinion the cost is not justified and other less expensive boots can be found that are at least as good or better.
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  13. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    I'm not a big fan of velcro or zippers on footwear at all, but at this price, if others have had good experiences with them, I might give them a shot. I've been considering switching from leather combat boots to dedicated riding boots, but the $300+ prices for the others I've been considering have been rather discouraging.
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  14. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Just curious.. Are you dragging your toes when you stop?
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  15. genka

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    I checked out the boots without trying them on. For the money they do look tempting. They use Hipora for the waterproof membrane- just like FirstGear gloves I own. All my non-Gore Tex boots had leaked in a year or two. However BiLT has a 5 year warranty, and if Cycle Gear will replace them 4 years later, the possibility of the leakage shouldn't be an issue. Protection is flimsy for Adventure boots- I'm comparing with much more expensive TCX Infinity and SIDI Armada, but many touring boots are on the same level.
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  16. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    I got a pair, not MX boots, but you know that goin in. I have a pair of old Thor boots from the early "80s with velcro, and I love em. Been patching those things up for years. So I was glad to find some more with velcro. If you're ridding hard enough to need more protection....get stronger boots. If not these are comfortable, and usable for lesser work.
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  17. Ape76

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    Picked up a cheap pair of Bilt street boots Black Friday that seem adequate. If they start falling apart I can replace them for 5 years so why not...They don't compare to other race oriented boots but will suffice for shorter rides...
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  18. BillofBelford

    BillofBelford Adventurer

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    Just bought a pair and had to return them.......good looking boots but sizing is small.....VERY SMALL.....wear 11's bought 12's and still were so tight in the toe area (they have a built in plastic toe protector) I couldn't get them on wearing a good pair of boot socks.....good looks don't make it for a bad fit to me !!!!
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  19. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    ordered some a week ago, they arrived today

    bilt explorer adventure boots, they were on sale for $49.

    It appears to be a decent boot for the price.

    I wear a 12-12.5 shoe, I ordered size 13 bilt boots, they fit, but not with 2 pairs of thick socks, they do run small.

    and the rubber on the sole IS very soft, I can tell because it feels nice to walk around in these boots, squishy even.

    I plan to test the water proofness ( bathtub maybe) and wear them a few rides, if they totally suck Ill return them.
    but I think for the price , they are pretty decent for most of the riding I do

    I ordered some gloves too, about the same, they are claimed to be water proof, Ill test that, they are thinner than some of the cortech gloves I have.

    demon waterproof motorcycle gloves
    http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product/demon_waterproof_motorcycle_gloves/web1008621

    they look like cortech scarab gloves, but are thinner, ( wimpier) they do have some sort of insulation, but its not thick, Ill test them for cold too, I have several winter gloves to compare them to, I am skeptical that they are warm or waterproof.

    normally I wear XL gloves, so I ordered 2xl, they fit, but not with my thin little liners, so again I think the gloves run small too.

    and I ordered these
    http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product/air_pro_mesh_motorcycle_gloves/web1010127
    to get the total over $100 for free shipping.

    I like them the most of the 3 items, other than the stupid batman looking knuckle things sticking up.
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  20. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    ok, shower tested.

    Boots are dry to several minutes of various settings of a wide open hand held shower head, and I do have good water pressure.
    I could feel the cold through the boots ( one pair of thin socks)
    but my feet stayed dry.

    demon gloves, same test.

    held up in front of shower head, couldnt feel the cold through them like the boots, hands stayed dry, I even tried to spray up under the little armor pockets on the gloves.

    I think they are are truly waterproof.

    more so than some of the other "waterproof" products I own from brand name makers.

    again though, they do run really small, if I could exchange the boots for size 14s I would, but 13s are the largest they make.

    not bad bargain gear, when on sale, gloves were $39, boots were $49

    BTW these boots are the same as the firstgear Kathmandu boots.

    the firstgear boots have buckles instead of velcro on the 2 straps, but visually, they seem to be identical in every other way ( stitching, flaps, tread pattern)
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