What boot are you riding with?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by SauceSquatch, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    Man, I have seen some truly, truly horrible injuries in short boots. :puke1

    Yes, I rode to the bank in my tennies today, so I'm not preaching perfection, but lemme tell you straight up-if or when things go bad on the big girl, tall boots with real protection will help keep all the pieces where we can find them.

    FWIW, YMMV, all that crap....

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  2. mroddis

    mroddis Been here awhile

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    +1 on these. Had them 2 years and extremely comfortable. They're designed slightly more for a 'taller' foot, as my flat feet needed an insole inside so I wasn't swimming around. But really comfy, especially at the top where I have no problem securing around a bare leg (under my riding pants, that is...)

    m.
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  3. GJ990

    GJ990 Been here awhile

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    One of the most affordable mechanically hinged boots on the market ($280 at atomic-moto.com). Comfortable, rugged, good protection but noisy and somewhat clumsy to walk in for extended distances. I like them a lot and fail to see why I should pay double. These are good.

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  4. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    I was just looking at those after breaking my foot this weekend wearing a pair of Gaerne G Midlands which will now be used for road or easy camping trips.

    Crossfires were my first option till I saw these. Still undecided and it will be at least 6 weeks before I'm back on the SE so I have time I guess.
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  5. KamLeeR

    KamLeeR Animal Adventurer

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    Street- Gaerne oiled
    Offroad- BMW GS Pros
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  6. kumakahn

    kumakahn Adventurer

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    I own Sidi Discos, Gaerne leather boots, BMW Contours, Alpinestars Scouts, etc. My favorite for daily riding to and from work, and for long distance road touring, is my pair of now discontinued, mid-length Gaernes. Second best are the Discos. They are amazingly comfortable, but a little too high for popping off to work, and I do not believe Goretex has any business in any form of footwear. It simply does not "breathe" in a boot. Good leather well treated works just fine without the plastic bag feeling. When they start using Event membranes in boots, I would be interested in that. Event breathes much, much better while still being waterproof. I also like boots I can resole because I have a short inseam but refuse to ride cruisers. So boring and cliche for a 53 year old guy like me. So, I have a cobbler add a midsole to my boots to give me just a little more leg length. It costs about $80. I also buy a size 47 instead of the 46 that is my real size, and I add insoles for a little more length. But, those options are a lot cheaper than a tip over, and I ride whenever it's not icy all year long. So, I need good ground grip in bad weather. No need to compromise on choice of bikes. It just takes a little creativity.
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  7. Imachimper

    Imachimper Newer than Noob

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    What could go wrong.
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  8. Harold Waikiki

    Harold Waikiki oldfatdumbbrokeoutof

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    Sidi crossfires and alpinestar scouts.
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  9. JohnnyWaffles

    JohnnyWaffles Been here awhile

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    What kind of terrain were you riding in when you were wearing the Midlands? If you could give us a brief synopsis on how your foot was broken.

    I'm planning on getting the Crossfires for the bomb proof protection. I just got a 990 and will be riding in the rocks in Colorado. I can't afford to fuck up a career due to not wearing the appropriate footwear. I'm glad to see Crossfire users posting here.
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  10. GJ990

    GJ990 Been here awhile

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    I had a get-off in the sand the other day in which my right foot ended up under the bike and had it not been for these my ankle would have been broken, of that I'm sure. The boot is so strong that it "forced" my ankle not to turn and break as the bike slid and my foot dug in. You could see the rut in the sand where the toe dragged and although it was little drama, I could feel the force on my foot and ankle and afterwards vowed never to ride with anything less than full on MX boots. I was in the middle of the Ocala forest, no cell reception. I still get a little nervous thinking of what could have been.

    I still use these to commute to work and the store, but they feel very inadequate:
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    I sometimes look at my fellow Floridians riding sport bikes in flip flops and I can just shake my head.
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  11. marcwestbmw

    marcwestbmw Walkin' Mans Friend

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    I used to love my SIDI Disco's until I ended up with my leg under the bike. The passenger peg mount did a number on me. I now wear SIDI Crossfire SRS's. I can wear these all day and never think about my feet.
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  12. whereisgibson

    whereisgibson Been here awhile

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    +1 Crossfires. Very good, can be used off the bike surprisingly easily and get you 'leg day' for free :) 5 Years and 90000 miles later, three metal toe caps were all that needed changing.

    I tried the Adventures - the only way the crosffires could improve ("waterproof") - but they were narrower than my fat feet were used to. Also not built quite so tough.
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  13. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Its nice to be able to walk in boots,unfortunately if you crash and your 500+lb bike lands on your foot wearing softish comfy boots, walking may be impossible,its what Ive figured out after some years on bikes.

    They say,dress for the crash not the ride. Ive got a pair of Gaerne SG12's and they are breaking in to the point where I dont notice walking in them so much,as for protection they are as close to ski boots as are made.

    Adventure boots tend to be comfy and maybe half as protective as MX style boots,if your bashing offroad at all I would think about real boots.
    Feet are gawdawful expensive to fix as are ankles.

    Or just wear hiking boots and try to pretend like nothing will happen.
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  14. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Oops, wrong boot. I wear the Sidi Chargers:

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    I originally looked at the Crossfires but these are much lighter for long days. Doesn't look like they make 'em anymore
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  15. trinitydirt

    trinitydirt Been here awhile

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    Alpinstars SMX boots for the everyday stuff and Alpinstar Vectors for the single track work
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  16. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    I always wear my gaerne SG10's. They have broken in to the point that they feel comfortable all day and offer the protection I want when riding either bike.
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  17. RiikMi

    RiikMi Adventurer

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  18. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    SIDI Crossfires for me. They came with the smooth sole and I got replacement lugged soles. Preferred the smooth ones. The lugged ones started coming off last ride I did. I must have caught something during a slide. Re-attached them but if they pop off again I will have to rethink something.
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  19. BigTony

    BigTony Been here awhile

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    I've got a thing for Sidi's myself... (got them from europe)

    Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex (euro version is leather which I like better than lorica): Have about 20K miles on these - Super comfy and pretty rugged, have had a few low speed crashes on and off road with no issues, other than the on-road was bad enough to sand down the buckles on the left boot. Water-proof for sure with water crossings to prove it.

    Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS: Got them recently for more focused offroad stuff and mostly because I think they look cool. They're pretty bad-a and comfortable, etc what can I say. Taller and not as comfy for me as the Adventures but clearly more rugged, and the enduro soles are cool.

    Sidi Vortice: Kinda narrow but great for sport/track. Least comfortable of the bunch but I guess that's expected in a track boot - these have awesome ventilation.

    And with all of these options I usually just end up wearing some non-moto specific boots around town because I can't get my pant legs over the sidis and don't want to look like a dork..hmm
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  20. vice

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