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Old 06-10-2012, 03:34 PM
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I'm a big fan of Danner boots. They are pretty much the only boots I've worn for the better part of the last 10 years. I've got a pair of Danner steel toed Gortex work boots that I wear on a daily basis, including riding my Wee too and from work each day. They are size 13's and I've never had an issue getting the toe under the gear shift lever. My only gripe is that their insoles suck, so the first thing I do is put a pair of Dr. Shoals insoles in and they are all day comfortable for me.
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I use my tan warm weather boots (Bates) for all kinds of weather because they are comfortable and you never know when you may need to walk a long ways. The only problem is they soak up water like a sponge. So I bought some no-name waterproof skins that go over the top of them, I put them in with my FroggToggs rainsuit, but I haven't tried them yet. The FroggToggs work fantastic however!
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They are pretty good. Generally better made than bike boots, at least as good as 'plain' riding boots for protection.

They won't protect your ankles from impact or twisting as well as higher end bike boots, but on road that usually only makes a difference if you are stupid enough to get your foot stuck under a falling bike.

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Old 06-11-2012, 07:13 AM
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I'm a big fan of Danner boots. They are pretty much the only boots I've worn for the better part of the last 10 years. I've got a pair of Danner steel toed Gortex work boots that I wear on a daily basis, including riding my Wee too and from work each day. They are size 13's and I've never had an issue getting the toe under the gear shift lever. My only gripe is that their insoles suck, so the first thing I do is put a pair of Dr. Shoals insoles in and they are all day comfortable for me.
I used to wear Danner Fort Lewis boots.

I got some Daytona RoadStar boots and got hit from the side by a car on the highway, which knocked me over. I was just able to get my foot out from under the bike: if I'd had duty boots on, I probably would have wound up with severe lower leg injuries, instead of a minor sprain.


Before anyone economizes on riding boots, they should contemplate life on crutches and ask themselves what they'd be willing to pay to avoid that. I think boots are seriously neglected safety gear by most riders.
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I am eyeballing the Bates Delta 8 as my next riding boot. I want to be able to get out and do some hiking or walking around when I get off the bike. I have seen guys run 5 miles in the woods in this type of boot.

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What exactly is a "Duty boot?" I Googled the term, but dozens of different types of boots came up.

I used to ride with these, they have mesh panels that really flow the air. I'm thinking about another set for this Summer:

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What exactly is a "Duty boot?" I Googled the term, but dozens of different types of boots came up.

I used to ride with these, they have mesh panels that really flow the air. I'm thinking about another set for this Summer:
Those Bates and a similar Converse are 8 inch boots. The ones you are referencing are short boots, not quite a high top tennis shoe more like the size of air force chucka boots. I wouldn't wear those, but you can do what you wish, because regardless of the "level" of protection no boot is going to do anything for you if it's not on your foot. In my opinion you need at least an 8 inch boot to make sure it stays put.
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What exactly is a "Duty boot?" I Googled the term, but dozens of different types of boots came up.

my assumption that a "duty" boot is a military or law enforcement boot

not really sure how their protection is compared to a MC specific boot, I wear logger boots, designed to resist saw chain from ripping thru yer foot @ 200mph and good ankle support & protection for walking on rough ground and rolling logs etc. IMHO, they offer better protection than a MC boot
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I've had good luck with the Lowa Renegade from REI:
Lowa Renegade II GTX Mid Hiking Boots - Men's - Free Shipping at REI.com

It has a double thickness of leather over the left toe where the shifter goes that takes a nice polish over time! Available in wide widths. Very comfortable to walk in, and deep enough to put in your own orthotics. Shallow lugs that don't catch on the pegs and don't tote a lot of mud. I noticed that they also have a desert boot that's cheaper. I got mine at the REI scratch-and-dent sale for $40; check their outlet.

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I've been through a few pairs of cop boots, they work okay, but I like motorcycle boots better.
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