BMW Gravel Boot - street-touring review

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Patch, May 9, 2017.

  1. Patch

    Patch Long timer

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    With all the boot threads out there, I figured i'd give a shout out for the BMW Gravel boots.
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    I needed to replace my BMW Allroad touring boots this season due to age/cracking and wanted something with more protection that was still comfy for moderate walking. I picked up the Gravels and they are more substantial than the Allroads both in protection and in overall height. The height was needed as my pants would sometimes ride up above the gore-tex liner top in the Allroad and I'd get water inside from rain or roadspray. I ride a naked R1200R so water is always an issue in foul weather. I also only ride street and forest roads - so the level of protection offered is more than adequate for these activities.

    Took a bit of break-in, a few rides did it, as the overall boot leather and sole are thicker so I was mis-shifting and clomping around a bit for the first week but it sorted itself out easily.

    After 10k miles, I am very happy that I went with these. Obviously waterproof (tested to ankle depth in recent Texas flooding) and very comfortable for long days on the bike as well as for walking around. I didn't note any discomfort in hot temps, 95 degrees so far, and they seemed to breathe as well as the Allroads.

    Pics comparing height of Gravel to the Allroad - hard to see form pic, but the Gore-Tex liner in the Gravel is almost the same height as the top of the Allroad (and the Gore-Tex liner in the Allroad is well below that cuff). The Allroads pictured are the old version, but the new ones are similar in every way. FYI sizing (for me) was identical between the 2 models.
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    If you're looking for a comfortable boot with good protection I'd suggest giving these a try.
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  2. mlbraptor

    mlbraptor Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the post. I ride a GS1200. Most on the pavement, some dirt roads. I'm still trying to decide on what boot to get.
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  3. TomCrean

    TomCrean Smelly old tramp.

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    I bought these last summer and agree with all that's posted above. I'll add that they are very comfortable to wear while walking around, after you get to where you're going. Mine also took a couple of weeks to really break in, but were still comfortable out of the box and they keep their support where it needs to be, not going softer than you'd like around the ankles like I've experienced with some other touring boots. Well made and I'd buy another pair without hesitation. You definitely get what you pay for with these.
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  4. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    I've had my Gravels a bit over a year now... great boot!
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  5. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    Gravel might not be a bad choice,for more protection,look at something like the Sidi Armada.

    https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-armada-gore-tex-boots

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  6. oldadvtraveler

    oldadvtraveler Been here awhile

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    I have had mine for more than a year and have 18,000 miles on them, hot and cold weather, rain etc....a boot could not perform better imho.....I would certainly buy another pair but the way these are wearing that could be a very long time from now. :y0!
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  7. Rob-Roamin

    Rob-Roamin Knees in the breeze

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    I have the BMW Santiago boot which predates the Gravel boot - essentially the same boot
    After 5 years and well over 100000 kms I can highly recommend - very comfortable on and off the bike completely waterproof and no signs of deterioration in appearance and protection
    These boots have outlasted previous brands I have owned and represent great value
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  8. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    When I went to the dealer to buy my Gravels I went looking for the Santiago but the Gravel was the replacement.
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  9. Seapbmw

    Seapbmw n00b

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    How is the toe box as far as width? I have a wide D foot and the boots like Alpinestars and Sidis are too narrow.
    Thanks
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  10. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    The toe box is wider on the Gravels... I had Alpinestar tec 3 boots before and they were pointy compared to the Gravels.
    My work/everyday boots are Wolverine and I wear EW in them. Gravels are VERY comfortable.

    I don't know where you are but Hermy's BMW in Port Clinton,Pa is having a Black Friday Sale... 25% off all in stock parts, accessories and clothing sale Friday & Saturday!
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  11. Bunny Wigglesworth

    Bunny Wigglesworth Long timer

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    5000 miles in two months commuting on I95 in all weather with the gravels.
    Great boots.
    You get what you pay for.
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  12. Joezeph

    Joezeph Been here awhile

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