Whats the deal with "Adventure Riding Boots"?

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

  1. GaM

    GaM Long timer

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    I decided to compromise and wear one Asolo GTX and one Sidi Adventure GTX. It cut the boot squeak down by 50 percent on the bike, but it increased 100 percent backpacking.

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  2. seniorasi

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    I own a 2012 GSA. I also own Sidi Adventure Rains, size 13. I'd like to compliment the remarkable restraint responders displayed in this thread. As for the subject matter:
    "Wise men never argue with fools, because people from a distance can't tell who is who":rofl
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  3. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Really?
    I wonder why someone would own a 2012 BMW R1200GS Rallye bike, when there are far better far cheaper bikes that do a much better job at everything the BMW does, all while doing it at the fraction of cost, weight and complexity.

    Oh right, it's the bike that for you fits the bill you want it to fit.

    Same deal with everything.
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  4. Jamm

    Jamm Old man on 2 wheels

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    Appearently you shift more than you brake since your left foot is larger than your right. :jack
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  5. afmeyer

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    The person to ask is the one whose destroyed his foot in an accident because his boots were not purpose designed, not tight, and did not have the protective shields in the right places. My boots are double boots with a lace tied boot on the inside and the usual velcro closures on the outside boot. Unfortunately, they're wearing out and not made anymore.
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  6. gatorgrizz27

    gatorgrizz27 Been here awhile

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    This was me unfortunately. While riding dirt bikes I wore a $100 pair of trail riding motorcycle boots. Looked like mx boots but had a treaded sole and were more flexible. Which was great for typical trail riding, getting off to scout creek crossings, etc. Then I shattered my ankle racing supermoto in them and after 12 weeks on crutches and $3,000 in hospital bills after insurance, I bought a pair of Sidi Crossfires.

    Obviously boots are a compromise, just like dual sport bikes. The more time you plan on spending on the bike and off the road, the better protection you need. But think about the situation you might find yourself in should you be 800 miles from home, by yourself on a remote trail, with a broken ankle and a bike you now can't pick up.

    That being said, I do somewhat agree that the limited protection adventure boots are fairly pointless. Being waterproof and having a treaded sole are great features, but if you are losing protection its probably not worth the hassle of carrying alternate footwear and spending the money on them.
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  7. squawk77

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    My steel-toed Gore-Tex combat boots vs pavement:

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    They don't provide as much ankle support as MX boots, but they're the best compromise I've found as I can walk comfortably and still provide a fair bit of protection
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  8. Coastalcop

    Coastalcop Been here awhile

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    One of the toughest men I know tore up his ankle not wearing the right boots (got his foot caught under the aluminum pannier on a low speed get off) during a ride on Black Gap Road in Big Bend. I ended up riding two bikes in relays for the tougher parts. I wore older Sidi MX boots and was just fine on my ride (the hiking between blieks kinda sucked)

    That guy is a retired Cardiololgist and all required a bit of rebuilding to get right again.

    Buy the Best gear you can afford for whatever you choose to do. I wont climb with a cheap rope.
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  9. max384

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    The Asolo boots definitely seem more versatile... But they also look much less protective than most dedicated riding boots.

    I spend a lot of money on gear. I ride in about $1700 worth of riding gear. My bike is an 'R' titled $2500 bike riddled with scrapes and cracks. I am definitely not spending big money on gear to look cool or brag about it. If that were the case, I wouldn't be riding around on such a cheap bike. I spend a lot of money on quality gear because I like not being broken. I crashed on the highway earlier in the year going highway speeds. My gear took a beating, and I walked away from it a bit sore; no trip to the hospital or anything. Spending some extra coin for additional safety pays for itself very quickly.
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  10. terrapinneck

    terrapinneck Been here awhile

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    I wear hiking boots...because that's what I could afford. Been looking on here and Fleabay for motorcylcle boots , size 13. I've heard that on boxer engines the cylinder heads can break your lower legs on a front impact....
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  11. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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    I had a mate, years ago, and we used to both drink and drive...a lot..then he crashed his car on the way home, got arrested, banned for a year and his insurance premiums sky rocketed...I never drank and drove again.

    I learned, the easy way, from a friend's mistake.

    I had another mate who left work on a Friday night on his Fireblade, he was headed to Wales for a rally. It was winter and he lost it on a patch of black ice. He got lucky though, both he and his bike were OK...until a bus rounded the corner and ran over both his legs. He was wearing Sidi's and, although he had to use a cane for a week and had some "awesome" bruising, he had no permanent damage. That's when I started wearing decent riding gear.

    I learned, the easy way, from a friend's misfortune.
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  12. Flounder

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    Hiking boots, even great ones, don't protect your shins or provide much for impact protection along your ankles, etc.
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  13. rallyeboy

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    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.
    Really?
    I wonder why someone would own a 2012 BMW R1200GS Rallye bike, when there are far better far cheaper bikes that do a much better job at everything the BMW does, all while doing it at the fraction of cost, weight and complexity.

    Oh right, it's the bike that for you fits the bill you want it to fit.

    Same deal with everything.


    Hey Squash, I agree with you on Same deal with every thing.........BUT..........there are no bikes far better than the 2012 BMW R1200Gs Rallye! Really....it's a amazing bike. Handles offroad as well as my previous klr 650, but does not vibrate you to death running down highway. I know some of the other bikes may have a smoother engine, but are not as balanced offroad as the GS. At least for me......it's the best bike!

    Did not mean to change topic... And to be fair there are plenty of bikes almost as good as a BMW R1200GS Rallye!

    Joe
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  14. hardroadking

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    So how do you define adventure riding? For me, regardless of the conditions or terrain I am riding in, if I leave from home in the morning and return home in the evening, that was not an adventure ride.
    For me, an Adventure Ride is one where I am bringing my tools, my spare parts, my first adi kit, my survival gear, and the clothes, maps water etc...I'm going to need for that day of riding. I am usually out for two weeks or more when I do my Adventure rides. It would be great to carry dress shoes for dinner, hiking boots for hiking, running shoes for a run in the morning, sandals, slippers at night around the campfire, and just wear my Moto-X boots for riding. But, in my kind of Adv riding, unless I want to pull a trailer, or be so weighted down that the bike handles like a sherman tank, I have to limit what I carry with me. In my Adv riding, I don't know what terrain I will encounter each day of my ride so I need to be ready, equipment wise, to handle the extremes. I am riding a heavy bike, loaded with gear, that could trap my lower leg in a low speed drop, in rocks or on a slope with marbles etc... I want as much protection as I can find in a motorcycle boot that will also allow me to walk out if I have to, or at least allow me to explore a little or walk up to the look out from the single track, or climb the boulders for a better view and a great picture. I want a boot that doesn't attract attention, that I can wear under my pant legs and go out to dinner in or breakfast at the small town diner. On my Adv trips, I wear my sidi adv gtx, 90% of my waking hours and the rest, a 15 yr old pair of teva's that I can shove under the cargo net. In my Adv riding, I can only bring the minimum essential items with me. To the O.P. - your "ADV Riding" must be much different from mine.
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  15. afmeyer

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    As usual these threads quickly get off topic. Maybe this comment can refocus the topic.
    1. Only a moron rides without wearing protective gear. The older you are, the less likely you'll recover given the same intensity of accident.
    2. You can buy purpose built boots for offroad riding for $90.
    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/6/3/22549/ITEM/Fly-Racing-Maverik-Boots.aspx
    Interestingly, these boots seem to be made in an old tech factory as you can still replace the soles and heels easily at a local shoemaker. Some of the commenters didn't like them but for a modest cost you'll have much more protection than provided by a hiking boot.

    Style is personal preference; the Sidi boots are too geeky to me with all the advertisements on them but, many may want that recognition. The other boots listed above are less flashy, got some good anecdotal ratings, and are inexpensive.
    Maybe knowledgeable riders can post the names of off road boots they like.
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  16. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I try to use gear that is suited to the task . . . . .

    this doesn't always mean moto-specific, high dollar stuff (my Elkskin ropers, for instance, are my go to glove), but sometimes it does mean exactly that (my two piece stich which has protected me in all weathers for a lil more than 15 years) . . .

    For instance, I wore jump boots for a living, once, and cannot imagine counting on them to protect my feet in a motorcycle incident . . . .

    of course, I wouldn't wear my On-Roads for a PLF, either . . . . . .

    As far as logos are concerned, I'd rather not have to sport them, but some gear is exactly what I want, outside of the logos, and, since I'm gearing up for me, I don't give it too much thought . . . . .
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  17. RoteEddie

    RoteEddie Been here awhile

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    Do you wear a helmet? I guess you could replace it with a more allround item suitable for hiking....

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  18. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    I heard, urban myth or not, that there are more bones in the foot than any other part of the body. The extra protection offered by riding boots was very appealing to me.

    I wore Asolo Gore-tex boots for a couple of years, until a week-long ride where it rained every day. The Gore-tex didn't stop the water coming in the top of the boot, and every morning, I had to put semi-dry socked feet into saturated boots. I told myself that was my last ride without proper, waterproof riding boots.

    For the record, I ride with my pant cuffs over my boots, so nobody sees the flashy name brand or thinks I'm super-cool in my 'adventure boots.' To be honest, I think most riding boots look like something Napoleon Dynamite would wear, so it ain't about the fashion.
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  19. hardpackrider

    hardpackrider Been here awhile

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    All my 51 yr old body will wear at this point... even for local weekend rides. I'll gladly clomp around like Frankenstein off the bike, have people look at me and laugh... it's all good by me.... as long as it means while on my bike, I'm as protected as I feel I need to be. Accidents don't really care what I think, or for how short a ride I'm on... accidents just find you whenever they feel like it. My two cents? Be ready.


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  20. rallyeboy

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    Amen Brother Hardpackrider! Don't dress for the ride....dress for unexpected concrete slam dance!
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