I'm going to travel around the world, starting this spring and I have a hard time deciding on what type of boots to bring - Adv boots or hiking boots. The trip will go trough the Middle East in springtime, Central Asia and Siberia in summertime / fall and later America and on. The trip will take two years as a starting point, maybe more. The bike is a BMW R80GS and I intend to leave the tarmac a lot: I have two boots in my home to try out at the moment: One is the Alpinestars Toucan. I have researched and tried all the different Adv-boots (not touring, not full MX) available, Forma, Falco, Alpinestars, Sidi and TCX and found these the best compromise between comfort and protection + support in the lateral movement (which I was looking for when wearing a big boot in the first place). It's furthermore Gore tex which can be both good and bad depending on conditions. The other boot in question is a set of Meindl Engadin hiking boots. They are category B/C meaning they are quite stiff. They are non gore-tex. My thoughts towards going with the Alpinestars boots is: - More safety to the angle (better protection in the lateral movement). - I will bring along a pair of running shoes + sandals for extra footwear. - Nice dry in the rain on the highway trough germany... - Hot in the summertime and longer drying-time after submerging in river crossings or the like. - For use on the bike only. Comfortable boot yes, but not a boot for walking around for longer time My thoughts on the hiking boots: - Generally less protection, but do I really need more. Its a stiff boot yes, but the lateral ankle movement is definitely less stiff than the Alpinestars Toucan. - I will only bring sandals as extra footwear. - More suitable boot to live in for a long time. - Non goretex means a "cooler" and a quicker drying boot. - Will need to bring waterproof over-boot protectors. It's my first big trip, where I intend to go off-road loaded with luggage - so it's difficult to know what I actually "need" and what I think I need. I previously travelled just in regular footwear, on 70's BMW's on the road here in Europe and on light bikes on- and off-road around Asia. I guess the questions leaving me indecisive is: Is the extra protection of the Alpinestars adv boot needed at all or is it "overkill" (I'm not going to race the Dakar but on the other side, I'm 24 and like to go fast) / does the hiking boot offer protection enough. One pair will need to go back to the store, so I don't have to possibility to start using both of them, before making a decision.