Novogar and Gaerne Oiled

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Academy, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Academy

    Academy Been here awhile

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    Anyone have personal experience with the NOVOGAR and / or the Gaerne Oiled boots? I want to use them for dual sporting
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  2. joe cool

    joe cool Been here awhile

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    I've used the Gaerne's for years now. Oiled balance for trials and the pro tech for DS. These are very comfortable boots, but don't offer a lot of protection in the rough stuff.
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  3. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Got the NovoGar about '09. Comfy. I can wear them all day. I got them for trials but they are now used for commuting as well. Never hurt an ankle wearing them, I guess that is good. I have gone down hard enough to take out a knee, complete torn ACL. If you have a glass ankle then there is little substute for the ankle cast of a full on motorcross boot. My ankle isn't as thin as an egg shell so that isn't my need. they also have a tough enough sole to take several nasty kick starter kickbacks, but enough feel I can tell where my foot is at on the peg. Being Arizona I can't vouch for complete waterproofness. But so far they have kept my feet dry. Sno-seal may be partially responsible.
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  4. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Have been considering the Gaerne, but when you sasy not lots of protection, I am wondering what level of rough would you say is to much for them?

    Thanks!
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  5. Sting32

    Sting32 Trials Evangelist

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    Trials boots are about as protective as non steel toed redwing laceup boots would be, but trials boots have 100x better grip soles, and are more comfortable than my Walmart bough nike tennis shoes I like.

    Here's the deal, IMHO. Trials boots protect our feet as we ride at walking pace, 89% of the day we're riding our trials bikes. IT is pinch, scrape, slight protection for your feet kind of like gloves for your hands are.

    This also means you get flipped off that bike above 10MPH, you might as well have worn sneakers, well you know almost. if you get your toes below the footpegs, and smack a rock or tree/sapling/stump, your doomed especially at faster than you walk speeds, like can happen just pluggin around a off road area, on some enduro bike.

    I suggest if your aren't riding trials, and dont want to take risks, get an enduro boot or MX boot. Sidi make an enduro boot, looks a lot like the TRIAL ZERO that I am looking to buy for trials, but it comes with more support (ankle, toe, stiffer soles, stuff like that). Brain fade if cant think the the model.
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  6. DerViking

    DerViking Shred

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    I have used mine for Dual sport. But I mostly ride standing, and the trials soles are too soft for standing on the peg for day after day.

    Also +1 on the not enough protection in a proper crash.
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  7. ridenm

    ridenm Long timer

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    I bought a set of the new Gaerne waterproof boots to replace my old non-waterproof Gaernes that I loved to death. I had to send them back because the inner WP booty reduced toe box space to the point of painfulness. The Gaernes were good for me because the boot shaft was big enough for my large calves. I have a pair of the A-stars that provide more protection with a taller shaft, but they're built more for folks with skinny calves.
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  8. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Level of protection is an issue. Wearing shin guards eliminates the majority of this issue. I have an old pair of Novagaurds, complete with Shoe Goo repairs. I have ridden these boots from Virginia to NM, I just rode over 1200 miles wearing these old wore out trials boots/house shoes. Bruce bought a new pair and wore them on the same trip, his were the oiled Garne. I wear my trials boots on dual sport rides, trials, baja. I stood up a lot and I never felt foot fatigue and the platform may be old and worn, but they worked well. A boot that you can wear all day, ride all day and sit on a beach and they were great. I have motocross boots, they are stiff and bulky but they are better protection.

    YRMV
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  9. Lonestar JR

    Lonestar JR n00b

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    Take a look at the Sidi Discovery Rain, great D/S boot, not as tall as an MX boot and more flexable - plus it's waterproof.
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  10. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Great info, thanks!

    FYI: I do in fact ride a 4RT and love trials, however thinking about what everyone is saying I do like a bit more protection, I am thinking maybe a pair of the A-Stars might be what I pick up.

    Still debating so may still get something else but...
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  11. Academy

    Academy Been here awhile

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    Good Info....thnx
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  12. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    Good advice. These are a little heavier and stiffer than Trials boots, but still have the trials sole.
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  13. LeShaghal

    LeShaghal Adventurer

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    Trials is a balance game, that's why you FEEL everything through your boots. Like bedroom slippers!
    And as for the best boots EVAR!!!
    Dad's old Sidi Trials!
    Relined the tops and tongue with some red upholstery leather from Ebay
    the laces are a bit hokey but the FEEL makes up for it in every way!
    Velcro closures mean nothing to break off or snag on a section tape,
    The best things I've ever subjected my feet to!

    [​IMG]
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  14. Academy

    Academy Been here awhile

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    Cool boots ...very nice restore!
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  15. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    I wear Gaerne Oiled Balanced for street & dual-sport riding. Sidi Discos were the other boots I tried on when shopping for new boots last year, but the Sidis weren't nearly as as comfortable for me.

    I want boots I can be comfortable walking a mile or 2 in. For me the comfort is a fair trade off for not feeling like I'm wearing plastic ski boots.

    I would buy them again.
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  16. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I'm onboard witht he Sidi Discos. I've had two pair. Once broken in, you can wear them as trials boots, DS boots, or light duty trail boots. I do wear specific trials boots and MX boots when competing in those sports, but the Discos make a great all arounder.
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  17. Academy

    Academy Been here awhile

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    Just got my Gaerne Oiled boots in the mail. I can see that the comments on this thread all rang true.
    I think they are going to work out great for the riding I do:clap cheers
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