Gaerne Balance Oiled and Balance Pro Tech Boots Review

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Brtp4, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. 2Stamp

    2Stamp Been here awhile

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    Ordered the oiled balance on Sunday, they arrived today. They fit great! Taking them on a short ride tonight. Thanks for the quick service, Bombers.
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  2. jaydee1445

    jaydee1445 Footpeg Crash Tester

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    What is the best treatment to use on the oiled balance. I was given a pair by a friend who's out grew them. Looks like he never treated them in the year and a half he had them.
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  3. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    I used Revivex Leather spray repellent. Gaerne USA said Mink oil, but that seemed a more standard answer than something they have tried. I have also sent customers to a local outdoor store, that industry has a ton of products.

    One more thing, kinda cool, Revivex has a seam sealant that looks like it would work great on the thick stitching on Goodyear welt boots.

    BP
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  4. jaydee1445

    jaydee1445 Footpeg Crash Tester

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    Thanks. Love the Balance. Perfect for the times the SG10s are overkill.
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  5. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Got a pair of GBO's from Atomic a couple months ago & was finally able to ride in them. It was a short ride through the local foothills, but I loved the insanely comfortable fit, the increased control while standing, and the peace of mind knowing my feet were better protected than they've been in the hiking boots I rode in previously.

    I love 'em.
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  6. the octopus

    the octopus The Chef

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    These boots protected my foot and ankle from a serious fracture today.

    Thanks guys for hooking me up with a solid boot.
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  7. kootenay kid

    kootenay kid Lets Ride

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    I bought myself a Pair of the Oiled Boots and cant say enough about the comfort. To compare these in anyway to the Sidi Adventure Rains is just a joke. Unfortuneately I paid alot more than you are asking but its all good, these are awesome boots.
    As for the sizing, I always wear a 91/2 but had to go with the 10's in these Boots.
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  8. scratch650

    scratch650 n00b

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    I wear a 9.5 in shoes usually. I tried sidi discoveries in 10 and they were way too big. Can you compare the sidi to gaerne sizing for me? I have worn 10 in moto boots and they fit great before...
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  9. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    And of course, one more question. In your opinion, how does the balance (oiled or not) compare to the G-adventure?

    Thank you!
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  10. tag

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    I bought a pair of the Balance Pro Tech boots at the Trials Nationals in Sequatchie, TN. I loved them as soon as I tried them on. I left them on and asked the clerk to throw away my Kachmann touring boots that I was wearing.

    I ride a DRZ400SM and on the ride home I had difficulty shifting. The sole of the new boots made it difficult to put my toe under the shifter. My Kachmanns had a gap in the area of the sole that is underneath the arch of my foot, while the Gaernes are continuous front to back. Do you have any recommendations? I was thinking of grinding down the sole under the arch to give me some more room, but I don't want to lose the stiffness that the sole provides.

    I have a set of dirt wheels for my bike and plan to do some dual sport riding. That is why I bought the trials style boots.
    Thanks,
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  11. kbroderick

    kbroderick Long timer

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    I had similar trouble initially, with the Oiled Balance boots and my R1150GS shifter. I managed to get used to it; I've found that sometimes it's easier to wiggle the toe of the boot to the side of the shifter and let the sole catch the end of the shift lever and shift up that way (particularly while standing). YMMV, of course.
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  12. Brtp4

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    BP
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  13. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    Hello Tag.

    I agree with KBroderick, acclimation is probably the best cure. At minimum, I would wait a bit before grinding down the sole. Leaving it as is will allow you to have more foot positions and move your feet front <> back more easily.

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  14. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    I wanted to give Brian some props for his assistance, feedback and customer service.

    Several weeks ago, I ordered a pair of balance oiled. Not only the size was spot on, the fit exceptional but I'm glad to report that they are truly waterproof (I went walking in a lake to try them:D)

    I'm really happy with them off road and on road. I was able go walk on trails and climb things that was nearly impossible with the crossfire.

    I'd still take the crossfire for the more offroad trips but for 50/50 riding .. I'm thrilled.

    Did I mention that I called at 3 pm to order them and it shipped the same day?

    Thanks Brian!!
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  15. ADV8

    ADV8 Taumarunui..Darwin..

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    I am going to say the Gaerne boot runs a half size small compared to a work boot say.
    If you wear a US 9.5 you would probably need a US10 in the Gaerne especially if the sole insert was still in and you wanted to wear a heavier sock at any time.
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  16. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    B, is your server down? Can't connect...
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  17. KnowFear

    KnowFear Adventurer

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    I still have my Gaerne "Six Days" that I bought in 1997. I travelled through South America with them for six months. They need new soles now, but I can't bear to part with them. They are easy to resole, only wish that they were waterproof. The oiled Balance boots are the only replacements that I would consider buying. The waterproof feature is nice.
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  18. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Nice reviews. Looks like a terrific product.

    :thumb
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  19. KnowFear

    KnowFear Adventurer

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    I bought the Balance Pro Tech. They fit my wide feet perfectly, like a glove.
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  20. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    BP - what is best product to use for maintaining Gaerne Balanced Oiled boots?

    On my other boots I use a lanolin based conditioner and waterproofing paste bought at a bike show, works great. I rub it into the leather by hand. Haven't used anything on the Gaerne boots yet.

    Thank you.

    Jon
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