Combat Touring Boots - Converted from Velcro to Buckle

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by SamTheEagle, Aug 6, 2005.

  1. SamTheEagle

    SamTheEagle Sam the Eagle

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    WOOT!

    This has been on my to-do list for a long time. Maybe a year ago I pestered both Aerostich and Motonation and finally got myself 4 complete sets of buckles and straps etc.

    I finally got around to hunting down a cobbler who was willing to take on the job.

    Here are the results:

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    I am very pleased so far (of course, I've only ridden about 20 miles back from the cobbler to my house. But he seems to have done a perfect job and he only charged me $35. Very fast turnaround time, as well (a couple of days).

    So ... 2 thumbs up to

    Paul's Shoe Repair
    7 Bartlet Street
    Andover, MA 01810
    (978) 474-9320

    I am ONLY a satisfied customer and I gain nothing from this. Paul is a great guy, used to be a long distance iron butt rider, and he frequently does repairs for motorcyclists and motorcycle racers (from what he told me).

    I paid about $50 for the 4 sets of buckles and $35 for the conversion. Now I never have to worry about my velcros wearing out.

    :norton
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  2. lddave

    lddave been there Supporter

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    Great idea and yes Paul was a long distance rider he rode the Ural in the 2001 IronButt .
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  3. Manwell

    Manwell Been here awhile

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    Looks good! I had velcro problems on my CBT's and Sidi replaced it with no questions asked... Although I ride on the street all of the time, these have proved to be great boots for me.
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  4. dizave

    dizave Team Blitzed

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    Wow, that's awesome. I love the CBT's but the velcro does suck. How do you get the buckles??? Andover is even doable for me.
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  5. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    My veclro is worn out! I need buckles, where did you get them like Dizdude asked?
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  6. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    That was a GREAT tale. Well worth looking it up in the IBA archives. No wonder, he would be willing and able to take up this job....minor after wrestling that Ural on the IBR.
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  7. SamTheEagle

    SamTheEagle Sam the Eagle

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    You dizoods need to work on your dizreading dizcomprehension.

    :deal

    Motonation and Aerostich supplied me with all the bits and pieces I needed. Make sure you get 3 pieces per "buckle":

    - strap
    - buckle
    - female strap holder (for lack of a better term)

    I'm loving my buckles. Just do it!
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  8. DAM

    DAM Lets Talk About Ducks

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    Sam,

    How long did your velcro last before wearing out?

    DAM
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  9. k7

    k7 Almost retired....tick..tick..tick..

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    I'm not Sam but mine only lasted about 6 months. A trip to the old fabric store for industrial strenght velcro ($2) and $4 at the shoe shop fixed that. Yes... I could have asked Aerostich for the parts but in less than an hour, it was solved and four plus years later, I'm pretty pleased with the boots.
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  10. SamTheEagle

    SamTheEagle Sam the Eagle

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    I was getting about 1 year before the velcro was dead. I should have replaced them earlier, but was lazy.

    I use these boots as my daily commuters year-round (minus snow/ice days).

    - Sam
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  11. Meathead

    Meathead tin man

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  12. RAW

    RAW Long timer

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    Why won't Aerostich/Sidi just make this change in the manufacturing process? I'd own a pair of these already if there were buckles instead of velcro.
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  13. motowest

    motowest Two-wheeled Adventurer

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    Isn't it hard teaching an old dog new tricks? I think the buckle modification is another improvement Aerostich/Sidi should consider for their boots. I haven't bought a pair yet, although I would be more interested if the boots weren't full of velcro. I've actually been thinking about the "lite" version since I don't need another set of boots that are over-the-calf.

    My Darien has a velcro strap at the neck/collar which is mostly worn out (well, so is the jacket:lol3 ). I guess it's time for some new gear. BTW, I think the AnnieGS collar-mod is another modification Aerostich should make to their Darien jacket (but, we already know that, right?). My two cents, FWIW (probably one cent:rofl ).
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  14. Odysseus

    Odysseus Stoic Philosopher

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    Sam, the velcro closure was about the only thing stopping me from going with the combat touring boots. Well done!
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  15. Meathead

    Meathead tin man

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    This is worth a bump. :thumb I've been thinkin' I'd get a set of these since my big wreck, but had read enough to be paranoid about the velcro. :nono

    Now where's that Aerostich number? :evil





    :scratch They list 'em in a 12.5 and a 13.5. I wear a 13 in just about everything, but think I've heard they run a little small, if anything, so I'm thinkin' the 13.5 will be right. Can anyone confirm this? :ear
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  16. GSman of La Mancha

    GSman of La Mancha So!? My dog loves me...

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    I have several pairs of boots. My favorite are the CBTs I have a bout 12k miles on mine. No problems yet with velco.

    I LOVE the buckles!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way freakin cool. I'm gonna take your pix with some buckles to my local shoe dude and see if he can do the work.
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  17. Scribe

    Scribe £Bob£

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    They do. They're called Sidi Discoveries.
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  18. Canadane

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    Why not just buy a pair of Sisi Discovery in the first place.
    I have had mine for 4 years and 80,000 kms, and the buckles and boots are still like new; no better since they are broken in.
    Gorm L., BC, Canada
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  19. Canadane

    Canadane Adventurer

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    Sorry, typo!! :eek1
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  20. RAW

    RAW Long timer

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    That's what I ended up buying. I've had the Discoveries for about a year now.

    The only thing I don't like about them is the metal toe wrap/cap thing.
    With a short inseam on a tall bike you end up just getting your toes down, but the metal cap prevents you from getting any traction on the asphalt.
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