BOOTS - FOOT PROTECTION

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  1. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV Long timer

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    G’day gals n guys,

    Offroad boots with the best foot protection/support.

    Price doesn’t matter, protection does.

    I could ask down in ‘Gear’ but I want input locally or from those that have had experience with boots that are avail in Aus. I’ve noticed in America there are a lot of brands not avail to us.

    I know there has been a few boot threads but I want specific info on protection.

    Cheers.
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  2. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Alpinestar Tech 8's. I dunno if they are still a current model though.

    They were one of the first to have a neoprene inner bootie, and that material soaks up so much impact it's not funny.

    I wore out a pair (the plastic armour got old and perished :dirtdog), so bought another newer pair from an inmate.
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  3. Hoots

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    I'm on my second pair of Crossfires, and can't fault them

    Taken a lot of knocks and stacks

    Protection? Imagine the higher quality (Sidi / Alpinstars etc) plastic MX boots are pretty much on par ... ?
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  4. AUSSIEADV

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    10’s I think Tom.
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  5. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV Long timer

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    Yeah I’ve heard good report s about the Sidi Crossfire.

    I don’t care how stiff the boot as long as I’m getting the protection. I don’t care how hard they are to walk in. I’ll carry some thongs.

    I thought about making an aluminium inner to stiffen up the boot. Maybe a problem if the bike lands on the boot and bends this inner which would stay bent with my foot in it! :hmmmmm
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  6. Mountainhound

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    Gaerne Sg12 saved my feet a lot of pain on more than a few occasions.
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  7. Cruz

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    What size are you, and a wide or standard.
    Have a look at the new Fox Instinct or 180 plastic MX boots too.
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  8. AUSSIEADV

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    You may need to look at the type and strength of the shank in the boots too, and whether you can fit better inner soles or orthotics if needed. A lot of the Euro boots I have found to be too small inside, and to get the foot comfortable then the boot is too long. I have a high arch and wide foot and use orthotics and better inserts. I couldn't get any SIDI or TCX to suit my foot properly and the Alpine were a bit that way too.
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  10. Kiwirich

    Kiwirich Been here awhile Supporter

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    BMW GS Enduro boots
    Seriously solid, seriously good.
    They do come on sale occasionally.
    I think all of the full price Boots are good.

    Kiwirich
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    From a road race injury years ago, compound fractures of left lower Tib/Fib + a macerated ankle joint... Shitty soft race boots of the era...

    I needed the best, so researched all off road boots until I settled on the Sidi Crossfires!
    Besides the build quality and protection features they are uncannily comfortable from the get go (maybe I just have Italian type feet)... Now on my second set it amazes me how comfortable they are once the buckles are set - day long comfortable on the bike.
    Sure they can be a bit squeaky at the ankle pivots but a little squirt of WD40 sorts that.

    Oh, I crash (hard) a lot and the boots have never let down :)
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  12. AUSSIEADV

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    Interesting angle Rich. Thanks mate. My road boots are Beemer. Excellent boots.
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  13. Simosez

    Simosez go ride your bike.

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    I wear Forma Predators. These are a very solid boot. Double hinged ankle because two has got to be better than one! Buy direct from the Aussie importer for excellent service and price.
    I've had tech 8's, crossfires etc and these boots rate right up there with the best of them. They even do your colour Al!
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    Simosez go ride your bike.

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    Shank? I’ll have to def get the support spot on. I need a very stiff sole etc for the support and protection though.
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    My friend @Rex Nemo had a Lis-Frank (sp?) fracture while wearing GaerneGX1's. So file that under "not enough protection".
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  17. AUSSIEADV

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    Thanks mate. Not only do I need to look after this one I don’t want another.

    If only I knew a podiatrist that could accompany me when trying on boots.
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  18. Dr AT

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    If only the boot manufacturers employed podiatrists, or better yet trauma surgeons rather than marketing consultants!

    Almost all the modern plastic / leather combination boots have the protection on the middle rather than outer aspect. So they stay nice and shinny when rubbing against the bike, but have a think about what part of the boot catches sticks / rocks etc. Take a look at the bones involved in a lis frank and then decide if the standard boot design protects one of the nastiest foot fractures.

    Even the crossfire 3's seem to only provide rigid protection to the forefoot - the midfoot remains exposed!

    Sorry, but I haven't seen decent FOOT protection in motorbike boots since the old robot boots from the 80's ( solid plastic boots with hinges and soft inner booties) -unfortunately they had zero feel and were horrible to ride in...

    But I'll keep watching these threads and hope something turns up.
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  20. Cruz

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    It may come down to how much movement you end up with in your foot and what boot you can get it in and out of.
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