Boots similar to Gaerne Balance Oiled to look at?

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  1. justinope

    justinope Long timer

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    My Balance Oiled boots are falling apart at this point on me. I was considering buying another pair because I like the wider fit of them (and need it! I'm a size ~13 and widest part of my foot is 4.5") but thought maybe there are other more modern possibly "better" options to consider? From what I understand the Sidi ADV run pretty narrow so thats probably a bad idea. Toucans might be too rigid to walk around in from what I've heard.. Just lookin for opinions, thanks!
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    Forma Adventure.


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    I'll definitely check those out, didnt know they ran wider-ish. Never had any experience with TCX but I know lots love em

    I have heard these run a bit narrow as well or is that wrong info?
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  5. Uke

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    X 2!!!!

    BTW, I have both. The Forma's are sturdier and mostly waterproof. The Gaerne's can be walked in pretty much all day.
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    The TCX are not narrow but I can't say they are the widest boot on the market.
    It sounds like you have specific fitment needs. Revzilla will ship you up to 5 pairs of boots for you to try on before buying. They pay for return shipping.
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    Take a look at Falco Mixtos ,they are the same style as the Oilers. They are cheapy,not as cheap as when I bought,but still not as expensive as Gaernes or TCX or Forma for that matter... Performance wise! they are quite solid,90% waterproof.. I use for offroad and on. I first noticed Falco when I saw a bike review and the reviewer was wearing a pair.So I mailed him and asked about his boots. He complained to me "More people are interested in the dam boots then the bike" Anyway he had done a review of the boots unfortunately the review has been binned.But like I say,,not a bad boot for the price.. ... regards
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    Yeah if they were waterproof

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    The Forma Boulder is a nice wide boot similar to what you have now. I like mine a lot.
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    I don't think this is true unless they've recently changed their policy. I always have to pay return shipping, unless something is defective or they sent the wrong size/thing.
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    Forma Adventures are not narrow. If anything, they are considered by some to be too wide.
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    Maybe it is a special deal for boots. Last October, I had four pairs shipped to my house for trial. I kept the TCX and shipped the other three back with their pre-paid return label. I actually called Revzilla and talked to them about the boot sizing. That's when the call taker made me aware of the try-on service. If I had ordered online, I'm not sure how it would have worked.
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  13. justinope

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    So finally measured my feet and I'm definitely between a 13 and 14 at 11 & 12/16" long and a wide size at 4.5" wide. I did see the forma's run typically wide, I guess I'm just worried because when I was initially shopping for boots years ago I put them on and it was a super hot boot I didn't like having on even in the house where my gaerne balance oiled's were pretty mild standing temperature wise. I guess the upside is I'd probably feel less of the heat coming from the engine / cat in the Forma's if I got used to them instead or at least I figure thats one of the trade offs to think about.
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  14. flei

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    I currently own and ride with both the Gaerne Balance Oil and the Form Adventure (low model) boots (no, not at the same time!). The Forma are thicker and more supportive than the Gaerne. The Gaerne is really a trials boot, not a trail/adv boot (although a lot of us use it for ADV riding obviously), so it is designed to allow more feeling at the controls. The Formas will be hotter if that is a big issue. The Formas are also stiffer and more protective/supportive. I think the Gaerne are about the thinnest/lightest tall boots you are going to find, so if you are happy with the level of protection and tall, thin and relatively cool are on the top of your list, i don't think you are going to find another boot like the Balance Oil (unless you look into other trials boots). Why not just buy another pair of the Gaerne?
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    This is great info! Would you say the Forma are as comfortable to walk in as the Gaerne? I could use the extra protection to be honest but curious about that part as well
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    I find the tall Gaernes are more comfortable to walk in than the Forma Lows (though the Formas are not as well broken in yet as I only recently got them). The Formas are stiffer but may loosen up with use. The Formas are reputed to be comfortable for walking (which is why I bought them).
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    My Forma Adventure High's have been the most comfortable boot I've had right out of the box.
    Running a close second were some Sidi leather road/race boots I had years ago that I used to leave on in the office that contributed to their being so comfortable. (the zips went on them eventually)
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    Tcx drifers. Just got mine and they seem very comfortable don't look like a storm trooper either. I have a fairly wide foot and they fit very well.
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