Boots matter

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Gregg Wannabe, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    I get what you're saying, but that seems little too much "helmets are more dangerous because they subconciously encourage you to take more risks" for my tastes. If your tall MX boots are so uncomfortable that they're distracting you then you should probably take a good look at how you're putting them on and if they even fit you right in the first place. Same with the body armor. If it's really an effort to just wear it then there's probably a reason why, totally exclusive from the idea that it just comes with the territory.
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  2. cmattina

    cmattina Been here awhile

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    The most crash resistant helmet may not be the most comfortable, but the most comfortable helmet may prevent the most injury by allowing the rider to focus on road. Also why i wear a nice jacket with upgraded armour rather than a leatt adventure body armour.

    It is not the height, it is the stiffness and shifter feel. That said, if can find an MX boot that gives me great shifter/brake feel and all day comfort, obviously that is a good boot. I do enjoy being able to walk to a cliff edge for a picture too...

    If i were trailering, i would def be wearing mx boots and leatt body armour.
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  3. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    Again, I get your point. It just seems like you're throwing the baby out with the bathwater. :dunno
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  4. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    +1 On the boots. It seems like every accident I've witnessed where the rider wasn't wearing boots they had significant foot/ankle trauma. When I was traveling by moto and the bike was my only transportation I would occasionally ride without all my gear when just doing short runs to specific destinations in town but I always wore my helmet, gloves, and boots. It seems like the feet take the brunt of the damage on get offs.

    I had a pretty good biff at speed some years back where I got full compression while I was up on the pegs and my foot got sandwiched b/w the ground (off camber) and the foot peg. 8 metatarsal breaks and a dislocated big toe. The breaks were all stable fractures so no surgery needed and the dislocated big toe ended up being the worst of it. I had my Sidi Flexforce on and I think my injuries would've been much worse if I had a lesser boot on.
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  5. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue Supporter

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    Saw a pic of a nasty accident the other day, bone protruding out the bottom of the guy’s foot. Yuck. Wasn’t wearing motorcycle boots.
  6. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    I used to wear Bellevilles on my motorcycle, which was great for walking, but not having my ankle shattered and/or ripped apart is pretty damned good for walking too.

    MX boots all fucking day long. I can always pack some walking shoes with me.
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  7. DrPayne

    DrPayne Not a doctor

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    IMO, MX boots aren't even enough. I just broke my foot due to improper foot protection and almost immediately went for the toughest MX boots I could find, Sidi Crossfires, and I'd still like more protection. Think a good pair of AT ski boots. I have no problem walking in my downhill ski boots, and if they can make a pair that I can shift gears in, that's what I'd wear on any sort of trip of consequence. I'll take protection over comfort any day, and if I need to go for a walk, I can always change!
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  8. skag

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    Back in the day we wore Scott plastic mx boots.They were too stiff and because of the limited ankle range of movement, they were knee snappers. They had incredible protection and were as close to a riding ski boot as you could get.
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    skag No Monkeys

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  10. cmattina

    cmattina Been here awhile

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    Rhino-1 Been here awhile

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    I wear Sidi Vertebra track/Hi-Performance street boots, most of the time. Have to admit that I wear Danner or RedWing boots on the Harley. Boots, like armor or helmet, are a compromise between comfort and security. I won't argue that I shouldn't always wear the full armor, but it just doesn't work out that way. Find a good pair of ADV or better boots. MX boots on the street is unrealistic for most. A nice pair of oiled Gaerne's is not, usually.
  12. Zongie

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    I have always had issues paying top money for footwear... until last month when my son-in-law was T-boned by a doped up teenager. He was fully kitted and his only injury is four broken bones in his foot. It was trapped between the car and the bike when she hit him. I shudder to think what his injuries would have been had he been in jeans and sneakers!
    My first purchase was these https://www.boydmotorcycles.co.nz/s...dqKMnsTBsvFNQ6a-atLZOCfHUrhwaAtnsEALw_wcB&t=3
    Most money I've ever paid for footwear but after visiting him in the hospital and seeing the results, my old soft 2nd hand boots were history.
    Next thing I suppose is a decent armoured jacket?
  13. c_m_shooter

    c_m_shooter Ninja Warrior

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    Good choice, much cheaper than my $3,500 (in network, double that if I get taken out of network by mistake) insurance deductible.
  14. lifeofliberty

    lifeofliberty If you're bored, you're not living

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    Took some flak from riders (here) who are convinced "nobody wears MX boots" on a touring bike. I do. Dirt, street, town, casino, doesn't matter. I've got them on. I learned the hard way. Didn't mention the skin graft that was required, or the flesh that rotted off in the cast, leaving a hole on my heel that still bothers me to this day from wearing the wrong boots.

    The decades of pain, surgeries, fusion, etc., that I've endured wasn't enough to convince those who have NOT had severe foot/ankle trauma that MX boots are actual worth serious consideration, wherever you ride.

    It's irrelevant if "you can't walk to the toilet" or wherever you're trying to go (you can) when considering safety gear. If you're on the bike, you should be wearing the best protection you can afford. Feet / ankle and lower limbs take some of the worst punishment of all in a crash, or even in a simple tip-over or foot slip.

    Those guys should read this thread - and others like it.
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  15. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams Supporter

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    Yep. Wear the most boot you can. :thumb
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  16. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

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    I wear decent boots but I also see a lot of stupid people on motorcycles.

    I shake my head a lot at the stupidity I see.
  17. Wildmtn

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    I'm in the same boat. I wear my MX boots everywhere and always while riding.
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