Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots----chomping into my ankle bones

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Harcomo, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    I bought some this week and mine were also very painful on my outer ankle bones. I cut some blocks of foam with an exacto knife into squares a little bigger than my ankles, then scooped out a circular area for the ankle to rest in. They stayed put and alleviated the pain. My foam was somewhere between soft & medium, and I made them about 1.5 inches thick. With a denser foam, about an inch thick should work.
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  2. Harcomo

    Harcomo Been here awhile

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    I thought I should reply again after giving these boots a chance. I managed to break them in over a couple of weeks by utilizing a couple of new rolls of duct tape still covered with the plastic. I used them as boot stretchers by stuffing them sideways down into the ankle area of the boots. This seemed to stretch out the ankle area and alleviated the painful chomp into my ankle bones every time I took a step. I wore them on the bike for the first time the other day and they were very comfortable, both on the bike and off. I think they will only get better with age also. I figured I would post the happy outcome so this thread wouldn't scare off potential buyers of this boot. They may be stiff initially, but can be broken in with a little effort.
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  3. RonSJC

    RonSJC Been here awhile

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    I've had my eye on these boots for awhile. I have some Alpinestars Tech 6 that I ride in now but I was looking for something a bit more waterproof, a bit more comfortable for walking, but still protective. How do you feel the ankle protection is in these boots? Also, my feet sweat like crazy. How hot are they?
    I bought some cheap Cyclegear Adventure boots for this past winter. They are waterproof, but my feet sweat so much it's like I just dipped them in the nearest creek, plus they have no support at all.
    Thanks,
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  4. jimbeauxk

    jimbeauxk Adventurer

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    Ron, I have the Gaerne boots, and to answer your question, they can get warm. They are made of thick leather with an internal lining, and that's a recipe for warm feet no matter what boot you go with. However, the lining may wick the sweat from your feet, someone else may want to chime in on that one, I've never really taken note. I can't answer for the waterproofness of them since mine are fairly new and haven't seen any rain. They are fine for walking in, actually really comfortable in that department.

    One issue I have found, albeit a minor one, is I had to adjust the gear shift lever up. Surrounding the toe area is a protective cap that doesn't leave much tactile feeling for the lever. Raising the shift lever is not a big deal until I swap to a lowered toe boot for commuting, etc., at which time I have to overcompensate my up-shifting. I find them comfortable but overkill for an interstate commute, my workmates ask if I've gone skiing when I take them off at work, and I don't want to wear full-length boots all day at my desk job.

    If commuting is what you're getting these for, there might be better choices. Also, I find longer tube socks work best with these unless you like the boot hugging bare skin on the upper leg. But, again, I don't wear tube socks daily. My solution was to get some 3/4 height boots for everyday wear that protect the ankles and allow for standard socks.

    That's a long-winded answer to your question, but you might want to pencil out what your reasons for the Gaerne's will be before dropping $300 on them.
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  5. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Giving this old thread a bump because I'm wondering if it's easy to wear straight legged jeans over these, or do they have to be tucked in. :ear
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  6. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    yes
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  7. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Yes to wearing straight legged jeans over them?
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  8. botso

    botso n00b

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    I have the same boot, it is about half used up and still bitting me. My solution was to take a pair of real heavy socks, cut out the toe area and were them over my reg. socks kinda like the old basball oversocks. Still a good boot though, I ride a 35 year old bike so i need something I can walk in. lol
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  9. botso

    botso n00b

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    I have a lot of different shoe inoles,, I took a thick half type insole about 3/8" thick put it under the orig insole, problem solved.

    It raises the ankle up enough where the oval buckle base and the pinch point are below the ankle. I have been wearing mine in my shop all afternoon, haven't noticed it a bit, forgot I was even wearing them.
    Elden Krause:clap
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  10. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    YES, my jeans legs pull over them just fine.
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  11. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Cheers. :D
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  12. '05Train

    '05Train Mind is not for rent

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    I'm fortunate enough that I can still wear "regular fit" rather than "relaxed fit" jeans. It takes some work to get the cuffs over the armored calf of the boot, but otherwise they're fine.


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  13. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Thanks! :D
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  14. One Fat Roach

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    Had my first set of these boots for maybe 2 months now. Comfiest things for your feet. First time I've used buckles. They fit great minus a bit of toe room and a similar ankle gouging thing going on as well. May be buckled too tight though. Overall im happy with these boots but wish there was a hair more protection
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  15. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    I've had my boots for over a year now and they are breaking in really well. I just got back from a 7 day trip with them and they are essentially as comfortable as work boots now. Love them. I do feel like I should order some of those plastic straps to keep as spares though - that design is not really great and I can picture Gaerne changing that design at some point and making it hard to get them.
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