noobie lookin' for boots

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by daviedog, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. daviedog

    daviedog n00b

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    Yo, new to ADVrider camp. Just found it today. Returning to riding after years away. I was born in the late 40s, so there.
    Have a Honda Shadow 600cc cruiser for getting back into it and practice, practice, practice. I don't intend any very long trips just yet and eventually would like to get a 'scoot with a side car for some serious touring with the dog.
    Just cruising the streets for now. I used to ride with just western boots but want more protection now.
    Not riding motocross either. I've looked at Sidi, Icon, and TourMaster on line.
    Already ruled out MC/Milwaukee storm-trooper 'fashion' stuff.
    Any opinions on high vs. low (but still covering ankles), and lace-up vs. moto style.
    Appreciate it.
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  2. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    my ankles are shot, so I go with higher boots to provide some support (youare about 10 minutes older than I am, so I imagine our self-induced damage is similar) . . . . .

    LAce up USED to be the way to go if you wanted increased support, but many non-laced boots are now adjustable enough that yu have choices.

    If there is a Cycle Gear or simlar store near you, yuo can see a range of available boots . . . . always nice to actually see and touch something like boots before putting your money down . . . . .

    Another decision point to ponder is waterproof vs non-waterproof . . . . .

    I used to try to save on boots (still do, actually), but think of the numbe of bones in there, and buy some good protection for your dogs . . . .

    Lasly, fit and comfort are more important than a list of features. . . .
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  3. hanksmybuddy

    hanksmybuddy Been here awhile

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    Check out www.atomic-moto.com Ask for Brian, the owner, and he'll take the time to discuss boot options with you.

    I just bought a new pair of Alpinestar Toucan style boot. Great all around boot.
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  4. Dusty Boots

    Dusty Boots Been here awhile

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    The Tour Master Solution WP 2 boots should be a very good waterproof boot that should also be very comfortable to walk in, if they are anything like their predecessor. The only difference/update I can see is a different sole.

    I have the 1st gen of those boots and they are all of the above. :clap


    Dusty
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  5. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    I bought a pair of aerostich Combat Touring Boots (CTB's) I have about 80,000 miles on them. They are made by SIDI for them. very comfortable, high boots, I had them resoled, replaced some components, they are still my goto road boots. Hit them with some snow seal on the welts, they keep my feet dry.

    http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-combat-touring-boots-20.html

    My feet are a bit wide with a high instep , they fit fine from day one.
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  6. Deliverator

    Deliverator not a replicant

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  7. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    aerostich cbt lites for me.

    theyre great. not too high, but high enough to be supportive, comfortable enough to walk around all day in (once broken in)

    i dont plan on ever buying another pair of boots.
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  8. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Ditto on the Combat Lites. But they do take breaking in.
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  9. Lumberjeff

    Lumberjeff River City MC

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    I have the WP 2 Boots and they work very well for the money. Fairly warm and DRY. I also have Sidi Adv Rains & Crossfire TA's for offroad.
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  10. StuartV

    StuartV Motorcyclist

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    Another vote for Combat Touring Boots.

    I bought mine in 1998. I don't know how many miles I have on them now, but I put 15,000 on them in the first 2 months. I only know that, for sure, because I got them 1 month before leaving on a 4 Corners Tour. So, 1,000 miles in the first month, breaking in the boots and a new bike. Then, just over 14,000 miles in the next month, riding to the 4 corners of the country and home.

    I finally, just this past year, had them resoled for the first time. I got OEM soles from Aerostich and had a local shoe place put them on and clean up the boots. Now, they look like new and should be good for another 15 years and 100,000 miles.

    When I first got them, I also got some Aquaseal Leather Waterproofing from Aerostich. I put 3 coats on when they were new and another coat every year or two since then. My feet have never gotten wet in these boots. And they breathe much better than a Gore-tex lined boot.
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  11. dhb400

    dhb400 No Regrets

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    +1 on Atomic-Moto :thumb.

    Brian is very helpful. He spent a lot of time with me to make sure I purchased the proper boot.

    I bought the Toucan too. Absolutely love the boot :clap:clap
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  12. SpeedyK

    SpeedyK Lone Rider

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    Great way to try out boots is to buy them here in the Gear section. I've gotten two nice riding suits and 3 sets of boots here, at greatly reduced prices, in one case with the tags still on them. You can always resell. With rare exceptions it's a really safe place to buy and try.

    Out of what I have now, I nearly always reach for the Combat Touring Lites I got here. I replaced the laces that stick to velcro with tent cord, put in some Superfeet, and all is good.
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