Last week I was caging it up out of the Anza Borrego valley and came upon a downed moto rider. He was riding with buddies on his Harley bagger and crossed the double yellow hitting a small car in the car's left front fender area. By the time I got there others had just stopped to assist. I have had some first aid training so I did a primary and secondary survey and waited for the paramedics to arrive which took about 20 minutes. The worst of his injuries was his ankle. It was broken and nearly severed just above the ankle and the front of the ankle going up to the mid shin was slit wide open with bone, guts and muscle exposed. He had sensation in his foot but it was turned 90 degrees and appeared to be attached only by skin. He was wearing pretty good gear overall (for a Harley dude, sorry Harley dudes) but his boot choice may have cost him his foot. He was wearing light hiking boots that barely covered his ankle. I believe his ankle impacted directly the bumper of the car. I have spent the last 4 days trying to figure out what my foot would look like had this happen to me with my riding boots. His boots were too low and his leather jeans offered no protection, hence really bad injury. I wear Sidi Canyons which are heavy and have thick leather around ankle and shin. My believe is that my ankle would be broken or crushed but my skin would not have been opened up. I would have been much better off however after seeing his foot I want more protection. I am going to retire my Canyons and ride only with my Sidi Crossfire boots which are motocross boots with a thick plastic ankle and shin piece in the front of the boot. My believe is that if I were wearing the Crossfires in that same crash I would maybe have a break and would certainly not have any cuts. I am interested in what adventure or touring boots out there have a HARD front ankle and shin guard piece. Anyone know of such a boot? Food for thought boys, ride safe.