Help me find boots: Adv and Sport-touring

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by NorskieRider, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. NorskieRider

    NorskieRider Been here awhile

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    I'm looking for boots that I can use when riding to Alaska or Arizona ... mostly on pavement, but frequently unpaved as well (but not MX).

    Waterproof (preferably Goretex) so I can ride all day in the rain. Breathable so as to be tolerable on hots days in the southwest.

    A sole that's stiff enough to make standing easy, chunky enough to provide traction in mud, but still communicative enough for spirited riding.

    And of course protective.

    Am I asking for too much in one boot? Do any come close to this compromise?
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  2. shrederscott

    shrederscott Long timer

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    another unicorn Hunter

    Good luck on your hunt
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  3. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Long timer

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    BMW Gravel Boots. My year round boots, cold or hot.
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  4. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Maybe something like the TCX Evo gore-tex boot?

    I don't have any issues wearing gore-tex boots in the AZ summer so you should be able to find something.
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  5. dddd

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    protective adv boot will be too stiff/thick to even get under the shifter without contortion.
    touring boot will be too slick to grip in mud.
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  6. oscar95

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    I got So do Rain adventure boots that do all that mostly well.

    Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
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  7. redwing51

    redwing51 Been here awhile

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    Sidi Canyon.
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  8. andykeck

    andykeck Been here awhile

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    I loved my Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex boots for this application. I’d still be using them if I didn’t move to California and forgot what rain was.
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  9. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    Gaerne G All-Terrain Gore-Tex checked all the boxes for me.
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  10. EastRoad

    EastRoad Road Viking

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    BMW Gravel (formerly known as Santiago) boots.

    I love mine and they do all of what you're asking.

    I must have 30'000+km on mine (I replaced my BMW Santiago boots with the newer Gravel, the Santiagos lasted long and held up fine) and they are just nicely broken in.
    no premature signs of wear, still as waterproof as day one (and they are really waterproof, I can ride through days of heavy rain and have yet to experience wet feet.
    they're rather amazing in hot weather too ... they DO breathe well - at least I never get really sweaty nasty feet in them.

    I wear them daily on the commute, on fun rides on road, on gravel... wore them for off road riding too.

    I think they are the "unicorn" in the boot world.
    comfortable enough to even walk around in for a while, protective enough (no it's not an MX boot, and no I don't do MX) for an ADV type boot, excellent weather protection, all-season.
    Adding to all of that the price point isn't too harsh on the wallet either.
    And they don't look too bad either in my opinion.

    I'm picky when it comes to gear and often find things to improve upon - but frankly there's nothing significant I'd bother to change on that boot. so at least from me: highly recommended
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  11. Uetliberg

    Uetliberg There you go...

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    The Revit Discovery outdry might be an option for you. Up to 30 deg C no problem with the heat - warmer temps to come but I think they will handle that well. Several hours of rain without leaking. The sole has the stiffness to stand on the pegs for an extendet time though I think over time it will get softer. Whether the sole has enough grip for you? Well its like the sole of a hiking boot. The boot is comfortable to walk in, takes a bit of breaking in though. Better buy in a shop where you can wear the boot for some time as sizing is a bit odd. Quality wise no issues so far, will know more about that after my trip.
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  12. rcfitch

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    I have said this before, fit and comfort is key when buying boots. My suggestion, pick four or five boots that are potential buys. Then call Revzilla and have them shipped to your home to try them on. Walk around the house and pick the pair that feels right. Then ship the others back. They do this for free.
    Also, most waterproof boots will be hot even if they have Gore-Tex lining. Invest in some good Coolmax socks.
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  13. NorskieRider

    NorskieRider Been here awhile

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    Funny you suggest that, because those are the boots I'm replacing. After eight years of riding the heal has separated from the boot and they are no longer waterproof (and the soles don't have much tread left). Since I'm transitioning to more off-pavement I'm taking this opportunity to find boots that have more protection.

    They're on my list! But I'm not finding any details on protection ... ankle/shin, twisting motion preventers etc.

    Ok that's two votes for these so I'll have to find a place to check them out.

    But not Gore-tex. REv'it has a two-year warranty on their boots vs. the lifetime gore-tex warranty. I'll spend mucho extra $$$ for Goretex knowing that as long as the boot isn't physically damaged, I can get them replaced if they start to leak. For a $450 boot ... I'm not willing to go with only a 2-year warranty.
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  14. NorskieRider

    NorskieRider Been here awhile

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    Oooh that's a good one! Although I was hoping for a more aggressive sole, how does the 'anakee' sole work in mud? It looks better than some of the smoother soles.

    That's the conundrum! I have A* tech 7's for more MX-oriented riding but you're right, it is hard to get the toes under the shifter, and it's a bit too stiff for all-day touring roles. And the TCX Airtech is too flimsy and slick for anything grimey.

    Fortunately I'm on the outskirts of a large metro area (MSP) where I can try on boots. Sizing and widths are important, totally agree.

    I've been generally OK with Goretex in most hot weather by adjusting the socks I wear, but there is a significant difference in what is over that goretex. Something like that Toucan's with a lot of material on the shins will be much hotter than the Canyons, for example.
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    NorskieRider Been here awhile

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    Oooh that's a good one! Although I was hoping for a more aggressive sole, how does the 'anakee' sole work in mud? It looks better than some of the smoother soles.

    That's the conundrum! I have A* tech 7's for more MX-oriented riding but you're right, it is hard to get the toes under the shifter, and it's a bit too stiff for all-day touring roles. And the TCX Airtech is too flimsy and slick for anything grimey.

    Fortunately I'm on the outskirts of a large metro area (MSP) where I can try on boots. Sizing and widths are important, totally agree.

    I've been generally OK with Goretex in most hot weather by adjusting the socks I wear, but there is a significant difference in what is over that goretex. Something like that Toucan's with a lot of material on the shins will be much hotter than the Canyons, for example.
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  16. dashredder

    dashredder Just go.

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    Love my Sidi Adventure Gore Tex. Loosen the ankle clamp a bit for sport touring and comfortable all day with good feel (after broken in a bit especially). Also great off road and comfortable enough to walk it with solid protection.
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  17. Uetliberg

    Uetliberg There you go...

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    But not Gore-tex. REv'it has a two-year warranty on their boots vs. the lifetime gore-tex warranty. I'll spend mucho extra $$$ for Goretex knowing that as long as the boot isn't physically damaged, I can get them replaced if they start to leak. For a $450 boot ... I'm not willing to go with only a 2-year warranty.[/QUOTE]

    oh, I didn't realize that the Revit are 450 USD. Got them here for 300 CHF (about 300 USD).
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  18. David4

    David4 Been here awhile

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    Are you familiar with TCX brand, they offer a broad selection and I recommend them based on quality and comfort.
    https://ridetcxboots.com/
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  19. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Long timer

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    The TCX Infinity Evo is the boot I've been wearing for 4 seasons now. It's comfortable (2 buckle), waterproof, and crash tested multiple times. When these wear out I'll buy another pair.
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  20. swimmer

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    I have no idea. I don't own the boot. Just looked like something that fit what you were asking for.
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