What boots?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by dankatz, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. dankatz

    dankatz Been here awhile

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    OK, so most of my riding is street riding, rain or shine. I have sporty riding boots for my daily commute, Sidi Fusion Rain. I bought a dual purpose bike to venture off road occasionally and am planning a trip with friends in Costa Rica for 8 days that would involve a fair bit of off road riding, though nothing too technical as a number of us are newbies. I am considering investing in a good dual purpose boot and narrowed down to Sidi Adventure Rain/Goretex, Gaerne balance oil and Sidi Discovery rain. My foot is on the narrow side for a guy. I like the fit of my current Sidi. What would you guys recommend for a mix of on road and off road riding and why?
    Wife likes the Gaerne the most...;-)
    I would need to order online to get these boots. Interestingly, FC moto has the Adventure Goretex for the same price as the other boots are here in the states...

    OK, So also am interested in the Forma Adventure boots.

    1. Sidi Adventure rain or goretex
    2. Sidi Discovery Rain
    3. Gaerne balance oil
    4. Forma Adventure

    Pros/Cons of each? I am somewhere between a 42-43, usually size 9 US (though Sidi Fusion 43/9.5 fits me well) with a slightly narrow foot
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  2. '05Train

    '05Train Mind is not for rent

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    In 36 years of riding, the Gaerne Balance Oiled are the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. Totally waterproof, tough as nails, and they look good.
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  3. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    I wear a mens 11.5 EEE.
    any suggestions for a leather, gortex, waterproff boot?
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    stevepsd Been here awhile

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  5. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    I love mine.

    Not only great for riding, but good to walk in, which is important to me.
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  6. sloukes

    sloukes Adventurer

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  7. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

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    I just bought a pair of boot and went through a lot of considerations you are. I chose the Sidi Adventure rain because it offers a LOT of protection. My foot it not narrow and it was a little snug in a 44 but too big in a 45. Even being a bit big, it was still quite comfortable.

    I owned that boot for exactly one day. Fortunately, I didn't scuff them and the store took them back. In spite of my long consideration, I had not realized how bad they would bother me. While they are robust, stiff, tall and sturdy, they are also like having ski boots on when walking. They are so stiff that I had to lift my foot in order to downshift. They were loud when walking. They were just too big and bulky.

    Now, if I were riding off road a fair amount, they would have been perfect. The truth is, I am a commuter who occasionally goes off road. I wanted a boot that would offer serious protection for my limited off-road riding but I also wanted something I could wear on a daily commute and even leave on if I went to my daughter's softball game. The Sidi boots compromised too much in terms of daily comfort.

    The boots I now have are the BMW Santiago which costs almost exactly the same as the Sidis. They are tall, waterproof, fairly stiff and offer good protection. They are more bulky than the All-Around boots they replaced but not nearly as bad as the Sidi. No, they would not be as good in a real single track ride, but for the lighter duty use that I would do on my GSA, they are about perfect. A size 44 is only slightly snug and they are breaking in nicely. I am a real fan of these boots now.
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  8. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    X3, love mine. FWIW, I use the Fox Comp 5S Shorties for around town and whatnot, very comfy on and off the bike, but the Gaernes go on when I leave the city.
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  9. macintosh

    macintosh Adventurer

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    Generally Formas are good but sadly can not recommed them if you plan ride in rain as well. They will keep your feet a bit damp in light rain and will give up after more serius showers. Also protection is not best you are looking for that kind of boots. Shifter is wearing slowly hole into boot. If you are looking bright side then they are comfortable for all day long wearing.

    I would go with Sidi Discovery boots, they have very favorable reviews. http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-boots/sidi-discovery/
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  10. Nacho911

    Nacho911 Been here awhile

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    Gaerne boots. The SG-10's. I also have Scouts a few weeks ago I crashed. The F800GS crunched my left foot. I dislocated my big toe and fractured 3 bones in my foot. If I was wearing the Alpine Star Scouts and not the motor cross style and protection of the Gaerne I would have needed metal in my foot. I got off lucky. The Gaerne are articulate, easy to shift. But are hinged and tough, and armoured. Your foot is a complex joint, don't fuck it up with shit boots.

    :D
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  11. ACD

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    Since I got my 1150GSA I wanted all the protection I could get, imagining the fat pig falling on my foot. I also wanted waterproofing and to be able to walk on them. My choice was the Sidi adventure boot (not the Goretex, not available at the time).

    Protection: very good, I like the exposed hard plastic pieces. Crashed hard on them, boot was a little scuffed and that´s it, feet and legs were in great shape.
    Waterproofing: nothing to complain about, many showers and puddles, dry feet.
    Walking around: very comfortable once broken in, but very noisy still today, after two years. Tried many things: WD-40, leather softeners, oil, nothing seems to work. Does not bother me anymore, unless I have to walk into a hospital, library or silent hotel lobby: prepare to be shushed!
    Size: I use 9.5 sneakers, bought 9.5 US 43 EUR. Fit snug enough to make me judge the sock´s thickness. Perhaps should have gone half a size larger for comfort, but snug has its advantages as well. No chaffing, better sensitivity, etc. Your call.
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  12. txwanderer

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    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co.../Fly-Racing-Milepost-Sport-Touring-Boots.aspx

    This is a street boot. May not be the best, but is far from the worst. I normally wear a 12 EEE, went with their size 13. Slightly snug on the width, very comfortable and so far so good. It has done everything I have asked. They seem to be pretty good on the waterproofing, and have done very well so far, but I ride a bike with floor boards so that does help also. I can also walk for hours in these without any drama.
    I suggest you try before you buy, but MC Superstore seems to have a decent return policy as long as you don't mark the product.

    Good luck, MC boots for wide feet are scarce.
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  13. bracky72

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    Carlo Muro Supercàzzola

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    honestly, I've been very happy with a pair of non-motorcycle specific boots. These steel-toe, water resistant (I swear they're water proof) Wolverine work boots have served me well.
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  15. Marc LaDue

    Marc LaDue Been here awhile

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    I've found the Alpinestars Scout very comfortable from day one, although I must admit I haven't had the opportunity (oh darn) to see if they're as watertight as advertised,

    LaDue
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  16. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Running Free

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    Love my Santiagos. http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-boots/bmw-santiago-boots/
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  17. bob393

    bob393 Been here awhile

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    +1, I use sno-seal on mine and they are almost waterproof. They are my "go to" boots on all but the most demanding rides.
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  18. montanaman

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    I've had my Alpinestar Scouts for 2 years and they are great. Comfortable. Not too stiff and waterproof.

    I am looking at the new Icon Elsinore boots for an everyday boot that is stylish enough to wear at work. Any reviews out there?
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  20. dankatz

    dankatz Been here awhile

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    OK, just ordered the Sidi Adventure Goretex in size 43. I don't think I have read a negative review about them and found a great deal online. Search hopefully over...
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