Riding in MX boots?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by gofargogo, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. Hesaid

    Hesaid Long timer

    Dec 1, 2012
    Central CA
    I spent a significant portion of today in my new Alpinestars Scouts, it's going to be an adjustment, that's for sure. This was my second time out in them, and I feel like I did better, I didn't miss any shifts this time. I have no idea how people ride in the plastic stormtrooper boots. I'm sure, much like me and my new boots, one adjusts, but it just looks like you'd never be able to do anything with grace and finesse, just stomp and smash. I did try adjusting my shift lever one notch higher, but I felt it made it too high for comfortable downshifting.

    I'll work on it. I'm sure a thousand miles from now it'll all be second nature. For right now, I miss my Redwings, but probably not as much as I'd miss my ankle(s) should I need the protection of the boots.

  2. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

    May 30, 2007
    Charlotte Metro
    The break-in period is worth it. Get through that and adjust your controls and it'll be good-to-go!
  3. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

    Jul 4, 2011
    Lancaster, PA.
    I've had mine for 1500 miles. They have broken in, and shifting is effortless. The first couple of miles, I did feel like I was wearing Ronald Mcdonalds shoes.
  4. Trialsguy

    Trialsguy Been here awhile

    Jun 6, 2007
    If you find that rotating the shifter on the shaft doesn't ease getting your toe under it, it may be too short for your size foot in MX boots. I wear size 12's, and have no issues when wearing my Gaerne trials boots , but the SG10 MXers were too crowded. I bought a Hammerhead shifter with the +10mm longer offset and wider tip and have had no problems since.

    In any case, I shift by lifting my left leg, and not just placing my toe under and bending my ankle.
  5. devo2002

    devo2002 -Devo

    Nov 12, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Give it a few rides and adjust the position of the gear shifter, probably higher a click or two.
  6. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

    Apr 6, 2007
    Annapolis, MD
    As said, adjusting the controls is key. If MX boots are your normal wear just adjust or change the shifter. It helps if you wear MX boots religiously then the few times you don't are the only times when shifting and braking are odd. The first thing my friends comment about when they ride one of my bikes is how high the shifter is set. The second thing is how low the rear brake is set.

    But I wear MX boots religiously and they don't. So my bikes are adjusted to what works for me wearing my boots. When I ride their bikes I am nearly always in MX boots so I then have to shift with the edge of my sole and be very conscious of what my right foot is doing. Which is easy enough since I normally ride on my toes anyway and have gotten used to moving my whole foot.

    I am two ankle surgeries beyond not wearing good boots. Plus I walked away from a high speed slide in rocks with left foot pinned under the 640. That same crash at walking speed on soft ground broke a friend's ankle in work boots. Another ankle brake and mine gets fused. So I can live with learning to shift and brake in MX boots.

    Plus it isn't like I have a lot of ankle movement left anyway no matter the boots. And I really want to protect what little I do have left.
  7. Auto-X Fil

    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

    Feb 17, 2013
    Montrose, PA.
    Also note that if you're in a proper off-road position (sitting up on the tank), your foot will tend to rotate toe-down. I keep the shifter in the same position on my bike and it works well with both MX and street boots - if I'm wearing street boots, I'm probably sitting up and back and relaxed. If I'm in the MX boots, I'm forward in the attack position.
  8. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

    Jan 20, 2012
    break in makes a huge difference, too. I've found that wearing them for a day walking around the house and whatnot really helps loosen them up and makes riding more natural. It's hard to break them in just by riding if you're doing a lot of street or light dual sport miles because aside from those few moments of shifting and braking, you really don't move your ankle all that much.