I Want A Pair Of Boots, That Do It All !!!

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by FREDO RIDER, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. Zacharia_11

    Zacharia_11 11th Assassin

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    Alpinestar Scout?

    Nice boot.:thumb Not a lot of first hand info on this site that I have seen for them. I think they are pretty new? I do like the third strap vs the thick Velcro of the models I am currently considering.
  2. Zacharia_11

    Zacharia_11 11th Assassin

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    So at some point I must have just skipped over the section about the Infinity boot. Looks like a solid contender for my needs. Realistically, I am not going on a trip thru remote stretches of Africa or competing in a weekend enduro. My riding will be
    1. Commuting to and from work.
    2. Weekend touring thru local towns and 'cottage country'
    3. Vacation off tarmac touring like the Newfoundland Labrador Highway or some James Bay area stuff.
    4. Short adventures down some single track trails - while out on said tours.
    I really don't want to have to take my boots off when I get off the bike to walk thru town or for short walks in parks ect... If I am camping while touring I would probably have spare shoes/sandles for longer periods off the bike. I like 4 season boots as well! Anything to extend the riding season is gravy in my books. I think the comments and reviews I have been reading thru on this site are very helpful.

    Short list is a little shorter now, and perhaps a little more focused.

    3 Boots (But still open for more suggestions)

    1. Vendramini Marathon Steel.
      1. Hard to argue with all the positive reviews.
      2. Water Proof
      3. Moderate Crash Protection. (prEN 13634:2002)
      4. Reviews indicate high level of comfort.
      5. Reviews indicate that the boot is good for moderate walking.
      6. 4 Season boot with phase change liner! - Just finished reading about that, very cool.. or warm depending.:huh
    2. TCX Infinity Gore-Tex. (The boot I missed?)
      1. Again many positive reviews for it and it BMW cousin.
      2. Water Proof
      3. Moderate Crash Protection. (It is CE Certified)
      4. Reviews indicate that the boot is good for moderate walking.
      5. Appears to be a 4 season boot?
    3. Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex
      1. New boot, not real reviews or feedback.
      2. Euro Gore-Tex version is waterproof - would need to order from Europe.
      3. Crash Protection appears most substantial of the 3. (Not certified?)
      4. Appears to be a 4 season boot?
      5. Appears to be less adequate for moderate walking?
      6. Appears to be suited for more off road Adventure vs off tarmac adventure.
    SIDI Adventure 'GoreTex'
    *If comfortable enough for moderate walking, I think a good compromise for a single boot 'That Do It All'!.
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    Vendramini Marathon Steel
    *Concern with this boot is -off tarmac- performance. Admittedly not the majority of my time would be spent off tarmac. But I would like a boot that can do it all.
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    TCX Infinity Gore-Tex
    *Same concern with this boot as with the above Marathons.
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    I hope to further narrow down the selection(s) and would love to here from those of you who may have the SIDI Adventure (Rain or Goretex)
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  3. greer

    greer Long timer Supporter

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    Just a note in case it'll help you with your research-- The current twin of the Infinity is the BMW Santiago.

    Sarah
  4. modette

    modette TrailTaker.com

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    I really like the "SIDI ADVENTURE GORE BOOTS". I see they are $400-$450 dollars when bought in the UK or Germany. I already own SIDI boots but I would not want to buy sight unseen.

    Oh well January is around the corner now...so maybe places here will have them in the coming week for sale.

    Edited to say: okay so they are called "sidi Adventure Rain" here in the States and price is $375.00...so for $25.00 more I could get waterproof version in UK or Germany...hmmm Now to find a shop to try on so I can maybe order in Germany and have my father mail them through the APO system :-) for $15.
  5. Zacharia_11

    Zacharia_11 11th Assassin

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    Ya, if I go with the adventure this is what I would do as well, sans the dad in germany.

    Looks like the US ones are Loraca and something similar to goretex, and the EuroVersion is Leather and Goretex.
  6. jtbraun

    jtbraun Adventurer

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    I've been riding them for about six months in a variety of conditions. They've seen dual sport training in rainy Spartanburg, SC, and in sunny Castaic, CA. Probably 50 more off road miles in Arizona, and a couple thousand miles in them on road as well. I really have no complaints. They've been outstanding.
  7. Gondul

    Gondul Been here awhile

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    There is already another thread with someone looking into getting them sent stateside and it more like another $100 to get them here...

    I'm not a big fan of goretex...at least not in boots. I've have several pairs over the years where the liner has failed and have had to end up use a goretex boottie (which is rather inexpensive in comparison).
  8. modette

    modette TrailTaker.com

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    LOL thank God it would only cost me $15 to ship back....got to love having family in such places who can mail a package on bases, or from the US Embassy, US Consulate using the US mailing rates, NO customs, and overall a pretty quick mailing system...LOL It took a bout a week for my father to get the Cookies my wife made him and mailed him using his APO address. *shrug*

    So another words, I would never pay $100 more due to mailing....then the boot becomes not worth it. In my case, I'll be going to Germany to visit maybe this summer (2010) so I could always try on there and buy :D
  9. K7MDL

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    I have the Oxtar/TCX Infinity and really like them, but the new SIDI Adventure boot look like better crush protection from the sides and might limit ankle flex more. They are leather/Gore-Tex, do well standing in streams, and my feet are dry and comfortable walking around and riding all day in cold and in 85+ degree F weather (think Moab and eastern WA). At teh end of the day I am amazed how dry my socks are. I also wear tall wicking design socks and over the boot pants which probably help.

    The TCX has a round ankle bone protection plate on the outside, but not real solid bike-on-leg-bone type protection from the side. There is stout front shin protection.

    The SIDI Discovery was missing the side plates - a little thing, but enough to cross it off my list. My Sidi street boots had the ankle bone plate, not sure why the Discovery does not.

    The SIDI Adventure seems to address most of the issues without being an all out MX boot.

    - Mike
  10. Zacharia_11

    Zacharia_11 11th Assassin

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    So I went ahead an pulled the trigger on some SIDI Adventure Goretex boots. Bought them from the UK becuase I figure if i am going to spend good money on a pair of boots, I want 'the good pair'. The US version of this boot 'Rain', is not made from Gore-tex and only claims to be water resistant. The UK version on the other hand is made from Goretex and Leather, I was able to obtain it for $494 CAD shipped to my door from the UK. I saw the US 'Rain' version for $375USD so ~$400CAD maybe. I figure the extra $$ was worth it, but I will post a review here once I recieve them, and again once I get some miles on them.

    The reason I went with this boot over the other 2?

    Well for starters, I don't know much about gear. What I learned I have read here on the forums and around the internet. While reading reviews and experiences of other riders I am moving further from the look and closer to the function. The TCX and the Vendramini were really pretty much the road boot I was looking for. The Sidi just appears to offer me more protection, one of my concerns was ankle support. And really - this boot looks a little like overkill to me for what I think I will be using it for. I am sure I will be happy to crash in them! :thumb
  11. tjrockit

    tjrockit One day closer...

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    I am interested in hearing your review of the Sidi. A guy I rode with last weekend had the TCX boots and I got a chance to look at them up close. While it does offer some shin and ankle protection, it seem to be a glorified leather boot. I'm with you, protection is my highest concern. :deal
  12. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Best "do it all" boots I've come across are those made by the UK bootmaker Altberg. I chose the Hogg High Weather model (for additional shin protection and height of waterproofing), but I know people with other models and they all appear to be much of a muchness in terms of quality. Some of the reasons I like them so much:

    They are as comfy as hiking boots as riding (in fact some of their models are sold as both motorcycle and hiking boots). If you have to walk out of wherever you break down, you couldn't ask for a better boot.

    Although they are still a bit chunky, when polished and tucked under suit trousers they'll pass as shoes at work. I spent two days with one client in them when I forgot my work shoes. It was only on the second day when the subject of boots came up (he hiked) that I showed him them and he claimed not to of clocked them.

    Wearing them all day every day on and off the bike, for several days on the trot is fine.

    They're what I call 'properly waterproof' as in, they contend with river crossings, 6 hours of driving rain, etc. rather than the 'stays dry long enough for a weekend warrior to get back home once it starts to drizzle' that a lot lot of motorcycle gear manufacturers seems to take to mean, "Waterproof".

    They are very reasonably priced, especially when you consider they're hand made and made to measure ones don't cost any extra.

    The company are great to deal with, good aftersales service too.

    If you look after them properly, they have extreme longevity. Some police riders have topped 200,000 miles in one pair.

    There is a very extensive and cheaply priced repair service available for them. Resoling, rewaterproofing, new fasteners, etc.

    They're warm in winter, but reasonably breathable in summer.

    I've skated down the tarmac in them at 60mph and they look like new bar one fastener being worn down. I've had a big Mercedes drive over my foot wearing them. No pain, never mind injury. I've not done hard off roading in them, but short of possible higher up spiral/torsional injuries that no boot can fully guard against, don't think there would be any 'weak point' in their protection short of very high speed, very sharp impact on rocks/similar.

    It's true that I wouldn't choose them to road race in them and some forms of motorsport/tracks prohibit lace up boots, but for everything else, they would be my first choice.
  13. Zacharia_11

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    Turns out Canada's cooler than I thought. We are importing the Gortex Boot. Retail at $650 CAD. My UK order should was $494 CAD shipped to my door and I expect to pay 20% Duty + Taxes.... I think I will be comparable $$$ on my order, but probably eaiser to just drive to the store and pick one up. If I knew a store that was carrying them.
    Linky

    EDIT: PERHAPS/PERHAPS NOT - Recent posts on the advrider have cast doubts. Check your dealer for details!

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  14. Navy Chief

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    How are these for ankle protection? I have not been able to find any specifics on them and I really like the pricepoint for what appears to be a decent boot.

    Thanks,
    Chief
  15. stwilliams

    stwilliams Been here awhile

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    So I just ordered the new Sidi Adventure (Gore) version from Two Wheel Centre in Mansfield, England. Piece of cake online. Total with shipping is 311 pounds or right at 500 USD. About a 100 USD premium over the available non goretex US spec boots after you figure $375 for the boot plus California tax if I bought locally or shipping cost if I bought out of state.

    I'll report back once received. 2-5 business days per their website.
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    Frank Thomas Aquas from Cycle Gear. $129. I love mine. Totally waterproof and comfortable too.
  17. BikerBill

    BikerBill Motorcycle Addict

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    SIDI On Road Boots are the best all round do-it-all boot for me. Plain black with protection for toes, ankles and shins. And on top of that they're comfortable. Took maybe six rides to break them in. I might add a pair SIDI Adventure Touring boots to the closet for Dual Sport stuff.
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    Tell you what, those are some fine looking boots.
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    A pair of those will be on my shopping list when go to the UK.
  19. tjrockit

    tjrockit One day closer...

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    Yeah, these look like a great street/commuting boot but I would hesitate to take these on a solid dual sport ride.

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    Zacharia_11 11th Assassin

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    I picked up my boots today. If your interested in how/where I got them and how much $$$, there is quite a bit of info in this thread. Linky

    But since this is the 'Boots, That Do It All !!!' thread. I will post my review here, since I just got them the first post will be mainly pictures of the boot

    I wear a size 10.5 Nike shoe, I ordered a EU size 45 boot and this boot fits me fine. I had tried on a SIDI -something-<something> in a 44 and 46 at the store and knew the 44 was too small and the 46 to large prior to ordering the boot online.

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