Whats the deal with "Adventure Riding Boots"?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by lanceputnam, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. lanceputnam

    lanceputnam Hayden's Dad

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    I can understand using MX boots for when I ride in the track or in the dirt on my 250 or 450 dirtbikes but I do not understand what the reason for buying a specific set of boots for riding my GS would be. When I ride, I wear my Asolo GTX boots. They have been fantastic. They have a wrap around toe so no crazy issues with hitting the shift lever. They are 100% waterproof, solid as brass balls, and they are hiking boots so that means that when I am not on the bike I can actually walk like a human and never even think about changing boots. Also, I tend to do much more exploring off the bike when I see cool shit that I could imagine climbing or scaling a rock face with shorty moto boots on.

    Im just curious as to why anyone would spend 2-3 bills on a dedicated pair of riding boots when hiking boots like the Asolo seem so much more versatile.
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  2. Jnich77

    Jnich77 Been here awhile

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    For the same reason they buy Aerostitch goodies when other, more affordable brands are just as good:

    A. They think it makes them look cool
    B. They match all of there friends
    C. It lets them boast about how much they spent on them
    D. They figure if the look the part.. then people will assume they know what they are doing
    E. The boots provide a false sense of "bad assery"
    F. Most likely, its because they want to...lol.



    For the record, I ride in a pair of Danners....yep.. a pair of 90.00 combat boots...lol.
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  3. outlaws

    outlaws Been here awhile

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    While doing my due diligence for my boot research was that Adventure boots have more ankle support but less than MX boots. It has less ankle support because you can walk in it if you have to but still not as easy as I thought it was going to be. My boots may still need to be broken in as it's still pretty brand new. In the event of a get off on a bike hiking boots could just strip off your foot because it doesn't go up past your ankles or melt to oblivion in a slide. I believe there are plastics in a motorcycle boot that hold it's shape better than hiking boots. I used to wear normal hiking boots as well and it got tore up on a motorcycle after less than a year use due to what I believe the foot pegs.
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  4. Fibzzz

    Fibzzz Resident Cynic

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    I guess you could also ask why people wear tennis shoes for playing tennis. I wear hiking boots when I hike, and I wear riding boots when I ride. I have an old pair of Prexports for sport riding (though I don't have a sportbike currently), and Alpinestars Scouts as my everyday pair on my GSA. They are tall, the leather is thick, the ankle and calf support is strong, and they're waterproof. My guiding principle in buying any motorcycle gear is, "If I were to crash, what do I want to be wearing?" I'd much rather protect myself with a proper pair of riding boots that give my feet and lower legs a better chance of surviving intact in a get-off, than a pair of boots that aren't designed to protect you at anything above a walking pace. To each his own.
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  5. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    You just wanted to stir things up, right? Around here people get pretty riled up justifying their gear, especially their expensive boots. You can expect someone to post a pic showing a hideously swollen ankle, or an x-ray showing gruesome screws and pins hammered into the bone. Until recently, most riders wore work boots, army boots, or less armored MC boots and all was good. Now, at least on this site, a person will be scoffed at if he doesn't wear a $400 pair of "adventure" boots every time he rides.

    I do own heavy and clunky riding boots, but it is no fun walking around like Frankenstein for a short walk, let alone going for a hike or walking around the mall, etc. That's when the hikers are more practical. Of course others will say that you can stow a pair of walking shoes for this purpose, but that's just not me.

    Wearing hiking boots you are miles ahead of the kid wearing a pair of converse or flip-flops. I thing hiking boots are a good compromise in riding protection and walking around when not actually riding your "adventure" bike. Just my opinion, and "to each his own" as posted above.
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  6. zenjen

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    You ride a 2012 BMW R1200 GS Rallye and started a thread about people spending $200-$300 dollars on ADV. boots to look cool? :D
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  7. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I have both:
    Altberg "hiking boots" (although they're motorcycle boots, the company also make hiking boots and the soles of these have been used on successful everest expeditions). Great for Adventure riding and 10x better for when walking around camp than Enduro boots.

    Alpinestars Tech 3s for 'sports' riding where I will be pushing it and coming off left right and centre. I will wear them for short trips, or if I can squeeze in some plimsoles for use off the bike, but I'd never take them as my sole footwear on a long trip.

    A couple of weeks ago I met a chap who had spent 9 years riding around the world. FWIW, he wore hiking boots the whole time and one pair lasted for the whole trip.
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    dstock Adventurer n00b

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    I'm going to be needing a new keyboard, thank you.
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  9. lanceputnam

    lanceputnam Hayden's Dad

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    FYI- I got it for free from my local BMW dealership. They had a special where you buy a $20,000 limited edition bottle of motorrad oil and you got a rallye for free. I can never pass up a good deal.:evil
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  10. Snarky

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    From what I can tell, the boots you listed are 200$+.... For hiking boots. Brown hiking boots. That most people couldn't differentiate from a 60$ pair.

    Hello pot I'm kettle, and you're black and I have 200$ hiking boots, shame on your expensive adventure riding boots!

    You also don't appear to have a rigid construction in those . The point of adv riding boots is that your foot and ankle isn't supposed to be able to twist away from your leg, tearing away connective tissue away in a motorcycle crash. The construction that makes them miserable for walking around in, is a design feature.

    I would really like a pair of SIDI Adventure Rain or Gore-Tex boots. Not because I want to look cool or be awesome, but because my current boots suuuuuck.

    I have a 100$ pair of Bates Gore-Tex Combat boots, and a 100$ pair of Moose Racing M1 boots. I switch between them based I'm what I predict my walking will be like. Though I do try to store comfortable shoes now in my panniers now. I've had the displeasure of walking 10 miles in those MX boots through the forest, it was borderline unbearable. I've also ridden in cold rain in both sets. They like to fill with water. The bates: through the top. The M1's through the seams.

    I would like to think by having a tall boot, like my M1s, but having a gore-tex liner like the bates, I would end up with something like the SIDI Adventure, which is theoretically more protective and dryer. Having shorter boots is asking to have boots full of water (through the tops), and to have your ankle torn up by minor twisting in an accident. But that's just like, my opinion, man.
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  11. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    I needed something waterproof, ankle & shin protection suitable for riding, and soles with enough tread to have traction to push or pick up a KLR.

    Dual-sport boots fit the bill (specifically, these Gaernes).

    Hiking boots lack protection and quickly develop shifter holes. Street riding boots are less protective and have little to no tread for dirt.
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  12. grogger123

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    If someone want to wear hiking boots on a bike, they can knock themselves out. Personally I wouldnt compromise safety in that way. I wear Sidi Crossfires when I am doing dirt trips because the consequences of not wearing adequate protective gear is not worth the risk as far as I am concerned. If walking is part of the trip, I would take an extra pair of boots. I really dont see the amount paid as much of a problem. The cost of quality gear amortised over its life doesnt work out particularly expensive. Lets face it, dirt touring is a hobby and hobbies cost money. The issue with safety gear is that it is only when something goes wrong that it comes into its own. If you dont crash, or dont crash in a way that creates an ankle injury you might not notice or care. Still each to their own.
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  13. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    Since I spent so little on my bike (15 year old 1100GS), I can afford to spend more on protective gear. Sort of the opposite of you. :amazon



    More seriously, I bought my riding boots to protect my feet/ankles in the event of a crash. I did not buy them to walk around in. They're riding boots, not hiking boots. :deal That said, they're pretty damn comfortable now that I've broken them in. (Yes, they're Aerostich Combat Lites)
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  14. SkidmarkSteve

    SkidmarkSteve Never say die

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    I pulled the trigger on Sidi Adventure Rain boots because I like to put safety first when I can. I reflect on what a broken leg or ankle would do to my ability to report to work everyday and draw a paycheck and my mind is made up.

    Fwiw, I was expecting a lengthy break in and much to my surprise, they didn't require it. I don't regularly hike when I ride; I save that for my backpacking excursions. Any walking that I do on a ride is totally feasible in these boots because for all that they are, they are extremely comfortable.

    I don't need boots to look or feel cool.

    I could care less what anyone spends on their gear and I can't understand why anyone would care what I spend likewise.
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  15. K0m4

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    When I was 18 and a penniless student, I rode in jeans, my regular leather jacket, and whatever shoes I owned at the time.

    Nowadays, with a well-paid job, I can buy the gear I want. I bought a pair of Sidi Adv GTX. I sure was glad I did when I rode through days of rain, and even more glad I did when I binned the bike. Stood right up, not a scratch. Would I have with lesser boots? No one will ever know, but the fire dept ppl who arrived at the scene told me that the outcome of mc accidents are seldom anywhere near as good as mine was.

    Boots don't need to be MX to be adventure though; offroad does not equal adventure.
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  16. Wy'east

    Wy'east Dust in the wind...

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  17. Butters

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    Hiking boots are fairly protective and that is what I used to ride in, and still do sometimes. Although I'm more protected now in my M/C boots, that isn't the reason I switched over. An overnight trip which involved going through numerous water crossings, many stagnant, filled my hiking boots with putrid water and ruined them (They were GoreTex too, but that didn't stop water from above). After that trip, I went and bought some waterproof M/C boots.

    There is something to be said for task-specific equipment. But that's up to the individual.
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    I have a pair each of Prexsports , Combat lites ,and Adventure Rains . The Rains are the ones that I wear the most . I bought them for the ankle and leg protection . I have good workboots and hiking boots ,but they don't offer the protection that I figure that I can afford .
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  20. Dooga

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    Bravo. Well-done!
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