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post #11 of 45 Old 11-15-2012, 11:51 PM
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Good info.....

I looking to get my first pair of motorcycle specific boots. I've only worn quality hiking, work or military boots while riding but I'm looking to do more trail riding & single track so I think I need more protection.


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post #12 of 45 Old 11-16-2012, 04:10 AM
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I just got my boots, according to the reviews these will last quite a while. W2 boots from a local dealer here in SA. Very comfortable, I wear them every time I ride (ATGATT). They are rainproof as well. They are a bit warm however, It's summer here +- 34ºC!!! But these boots are great, see the link below:

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Forma Adventures, a few years now, though they only get used weekends and trips.

Oz army boots (short/commute & worn at work during the week) - I think they'll outlive me.

I prefer combat boots, but couldn't find any decent ones when my last tall boots wore out, so got the Forma's. More impressed now than I was at six months.

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post #14 of 45 Old 11-16-2012, 05:22 AM
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motorcycle specific boots are not practical for the majority of my riding, I would kill them quickly with the amount and type of walking I do off the bike at job sites. I wear Wolverine Loggers boots , every day even when I'm not on the bike, I get about 2 years. winter frigid cold riding, I wear my Sorels, I need a new pair this year, not bad, I bought them in 1984

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post #15 of 45 Old 11-16-2012, 06:15 AM
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post #16 of 45 Old 11-16-2012, 09:25 AM
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I have a pair of Ariat lacers that I bought two years ago to wear when I ride to work. I don't have a place to keep work shoes and I don't have the money to have dedicated riding boots. I have worn Red Wing work boots, one pair of normal and one pair of insulated winter, but both of those have worn out at the sole/welt with only moderate wear. The winter insulated did not wear well at all, although 8 years old, I've only worn them about 25/30 times and I've taken good care, so they didn't age well.

I've been looking for a good boot that I can wear while riding to work and through the day under my khakis but not being able to find anything that doesn't look too much like a riding boot, I've switched to cowboy lacers, wearing Ariats. My first pair lasted five years under extremely heavy use and were great. The second pair that I have on right now are not as comfortable or as well made (I tried to buy the same model boot) and I don't like them as much as the 1st pair.

So, I read this thread with anxious anticipation looking for tips about a new pair of boots that might serve me better.

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post #17 of 45 Old 11-16-2012, 09:36 AM
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8 months ago and they are already starting to wear out quite badly. They are Alpinestars (Alpinestars Ridge Waterproof Boot - RevZilla) and the sole is starting to separate from the leather at the front, the top left boot is starting to crack and look very ratty.
Contact RevZilla about warranty replacement. The sole should not separate, nor the top crack.

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post #18 of 45 Old 11-16-2012, 09:57 AM
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I have a pair of ancient Joe Rocket Rhyno boots that are well over a decade old. Not waterproof, no armor, and a lot of the velcro is gone, but they are more comfortable than running shoes and provide better abraision resistance. I have a pair of SIDI race boots that are about 5 years old that I got used on eBay. Lots of scuffs, lots of armor, not waterproof, and they hurt your feet to walk in, but they are the BEST while on the bike. I have a pair of SIDI touring boots, 6 years old, not waterproof, some scuffing, very light, no armor, but a nice compromise sometimes. Lastly my Gaerne touring boots. 4 years old, Not as waterproof as once were, but armor and comfortable enough to walk around in.

My advice, get more than one pair of boots. A good pair to use on long trips, an armored pair for around town or rapid weekend rips. Perhaps a lighter pair for when you think you can get away with that. Always let them fully dry out when wet, and get them repaired at the first sign of separation or tear.

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post #19 of 45 Old 11-16-2012, 10:23 AM
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Alpinestars Web Goretex
4 years, 77,000 miles

They were well worn when I replaced them with Alpinestars Tech Touring boots. I could have gotten some more miles out of them, but I had pretty well worn out the left sole from pivoting as I got on and off the bike. I'm trying to avoid that now...

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I bought these Tecknics from Motorcycle Superstores on sale for $100. Within 100 days they were destroyed. The soles didn't last 60 days before cracking and then exposing some foam filler. They have a coating, I think they call Rhino Skin. The shift toe was cut instantly from the lever. My other Italian boots are two years old and still don't even have a scrape on them.
I probably could have returned them, but chalked them off to a loss. Posted this just for "buyer beware".
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