Gaerne Balance trials boots

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  1. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    I just got these in the mail today. Nicely made, look good, plenty protective, subtle, fit under the shifter, and genuinely comfortable right out of the box.

    I've owned a bunch of different motorcycle boots over the years, and I didn't like any of them. I think I've finally found a winner.

    If you've considered these, go for it.

    I ended up with the cheaper "protect" model, because I misunderstood an ebay auction, if the regular ones are even nicer than these, then they must be damn nice boots.

    This isn't where I got mine, but the prices are good..

    http://www.east-texcycles.com/Boots.html

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  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Nice boot. Shame about the color!

    (but it sure beats that nasty purple/blue/green/yellow that injuries turn!)

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  3. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    Not to mention the colors most mx boots come in.

    I rather like the color, they look like regular-ish shoes when worn under pants.




    Hehehe, underpants.
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  4. papaduc

    papaduc Been here awhile

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    I have had mine for almost 2 years. The color works well when riding to work and being too lazy to change shoes. I use them on my KTM, GL1800 and Yamaha 225 dirt play thing. They are not water proof but can be made fairly water resistant. The sole can be replaced when worn if you want. Give them about 2 months of use and they will feel more comfortable.
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  5. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul Super Moderator

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    I love mine. They're worn and stanky, but sooooper comfy. Two thumbs up. :thumb:thumb

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  6. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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    I've had a pair for about 3-4 years. Have about 50K road miles and a ton of DS miles as well. My favorite boots of all time. I use them for all bike riding. Mine have been all over Canada, Mexico, and 48 states. I can hike in them, walk in them, and commute in them.

    Mine are the same color as your's. My wife has the Dougie Lampkin model which is a redder color but the same boot. She digs them as well.

    These boots and a Adventure bike just go together. If these ever get lost, I will buy another pair the next day. It's rare that I find something that works this well for so long.

    Mine were comfortable from Day 1.

    T.
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  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I gotta admit, they do look better broke in!

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  8. PaulS

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  9. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    I wear a 13, and most MC boots are too narrow for me. These seem to run true to size. They have enough width, too. I had no trouble using my standard size.
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  10. VespaFitz

    VespaFitz No-good-son-of-a-bitch

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    Those are nice boots. Are they pretty rugged as far a protection goes? Good ankle protection? Or are they real flexible?
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  11. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    I looked at these boots when I got my Sidi Discovery boots. I really liked them. The color is like what's been said... would look better broken in and appears to look like a normal boot when pants-over.

    I got my first set of Disco boots for only $100 new (shop was selling out the stock and not continuing to be a dealer). I got my second set of Disco boots right from Motonation... in that discounted section for only $180.

    So, I haven't tried the Gaerne boots out yet. I probably will someday... when I find a smoke'n deal on 'em. Deals are so damn difficult to pass up. :nod

    In a world dominated by the Sidi Discovery... I like these boots as an alternative.
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  12. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul Super Moderator

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    The Balances are pretty flexible. Enough so that you can walk around in them and not feel like Frankenstein in a ski boot. On the other hand, you wouldn't want to MX in them.

    For DS riding, they are a great compromise boot. I have many thousands of miles on mine in Canada, US and Mexico and they just keep getting more comfy. They run wider than the average boot. I wear a 10.5 EEE and they fit perfect.
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  13. PaulS

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    this sounds good, thanks.
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  14. motu

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    I've got some red ones,my only boot,and I ride in trials with them too! Actualy I find they are a bit narrow and had to go up half a size to get the width I needed - the price you pay for a childhood in bare feet.I find them stiff in the ankle compared to my last boot and had to raise the shift lever,but that means the support is pretty good - this doesn't affect me in trials,only on my road bikes.No,not waterproof,but I use the genuine Gaerne dressing.
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  15. 309

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    I think they are a good compromise. They are less flexible than street or roadracing boots, but more flexible than MX boots. I find MX boots to be unbearable for riding or walking, so I don't mind sacrificing a little.
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  16. Sabre

    Sabre Prêt? Allez!

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    Do any of you have any experience to allow you to compare them with the Gaerne Explorer?
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  17. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Anyone able to compare these with the other trials boots I have seen available such as Hebo, Novo Gar? I have heard some good about Hebo; nothing about Novo Gar.

    I guess someone should compare them to the Alpinestar trials boots (No Stop?), but they are too PR for me.
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  18. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Lemme answer my own question... from an aussie trials site:

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    Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999 06:26:21 +0000
    From: Florin Owens
    Subject: boots and stuff

    A few days ago a fellow was asking about Trials boots. Here's a boot
    thing you might find interesting. Four years ago FEETUP! sent me a pair
    of Sidi Trials boots to test for the mag. Great boots, comfortable,
    tough, real confidence inspiring. After two years the soles were worn
    flat (I know, keep my feet on the pegs and that wouldn't happen!).
    After setting a couple of hundred sections on Utah's diamond like
    granite, and walking just as many at the meets, they were gone. Same
    thing happened to Steve Davis' pair of Sidis. But like mine, his tops
    were still like new too. Since they are resoleable, we called Sidi to
    see about getting new soles, and were basically told to go pound sand.
    So we both had a great pair of tops with worn out soles.

    Down to the local cobbler we went, and had a pair of shallow vibrim
    soles put on. Worked great, but only lasted another year when they went
    south again (you should see what that granite does to a new pair of
    tires after one ride). What to do? The tops were still great, still
    looked good, and all of the buckles are intact and still work like they
    did when I first got them. Hated to throw them away, but started to
    thing about new boots.

    When I picked up the 321 a month ago, Dave Wand at Rim Rock Racing had a
    pair of Garne sloes laying on the counter, so I decided to try them.
    Took them home and finally a month later got them down to the cobbler,
    and they would have worked great except I brought home two left feet
    (ain't geting old a bitch!) Called Dave, had a new set next day. Back to
    the cobbler who already hd the old soles off. Two days later, I've now
    got a new set of Garne soles on the bottoms of the Sidis.

    Cobbler said he'd been in the business for over 40 years and had NEVER
    seen any material as tough as those Garne soles. He said when he was
    fitting them, they were the toughest things he'd ever tried to sand. So
    I went out and looked at my kid's 3 year old Garne boots. Tops have
    taken a beating, but are still servicable. The soles do show a little
    wear around the edges, but are in suprisingly good shape, even though
    I'm sure that kid has climbed every rock in Utah in them (he's worn the
    butt out of two pair of pants! Sometimes he even ride his bike up
    them.)

    Anyway, I think the cobbler is right, the soles seem to be
    indestructable. I've really like the Sidi's, but I'm going to try the
    Garnes next time. For now though the boots are almost like new again.
    I wonder if Garne would sell new tops to be put on the soles as I'm
    thinking I've finally got soles that will outlast the tops. It'll be
    interesting to see which wears out first. Maybe next time I'll break
    down and try a new set of Garnes.
    FO

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    I've owned a pair of Gaernes for a little over 2 years. I'd look
    closely at the Hebo boots if I were in the market for a new pair.
    Although I believe they are probably maufactured at same factory
    in Italy? The Hebo's look like better boots? The sole bottoms have
    an extra insert on the bottom.
    The only problem I've had, is two broken plastic buckles, that I
    easily replaced (from Dennis Kirk).
    The two boots are the same price, so it's a toss up!
    mick

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    Mick,
    You are correct.
    As best I can tell, there are 3 factories in Italy that make all the brands
    of off-road motorcycle boots we commonly see.
    At this years' Dealer Power Sports Show in Indy, I made a point of scoping
    out the Trials boots, before buying my own
    pair of Gaerne Balances. I felt the biggest reason I chose Gaerne over Hebo
    was that Ryan Young was more willing to work with a dealer than the Hebo
    Distributor.
    Now that I have a full season on my boots, I wouldnt trade them.
    FYI, the company that Dennis Kirk used to get Gaerne parts from has dropped
    the Gaerne Trials boot line.
    Parts can now be obtained from Ryan Young, the new US Distributor of Gaerne
    Trials boots.
    Other Gaerne products (street and MX boots) are distributed by other
    Distributors.
    Mark

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    I've owned both brands in the last three years. The first year I owned
    Hebos and whore holes through the inside ankle area and went through 2 sets
    of soles that cost $15/set and $25/replacement labor. I'm just finishing my
    second year on Gaernes and I'm still on the original soles and don't have
    any holes. Additionally, the Gaerne leather is firmer in the foot area and
    has stayed firmer over time, meaning I have had more protection than
    provided by Hebos.
    Tim

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  19. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    My buddy has Garnes and they have been thru hell and still work great

    Hebo TRs are sweet too and come in "Stealth" which is a dark charcoal nubuck. I have ridden thru the rain and stayed dry. the TRs have a removeable, washable liner to get rid of yo' stank. The TRs also have a harder sole insert in the peg area that was mentioned which holds up real well with Fastway pegs
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  20. putttn

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    Does anyone have a comparison to the Sidi Flex Force. I wonder what the ankle probection is like for impact?
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