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Old 11-16-2012, 12:05 PM
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I had a pair of Frank Thomas boots go through a couple 3 soles and gobs of weather and miles.
My current Sidi City boots are probably 5 years old and are on the second sole.
Problem with a lot of the newer boots is that they are molded and not easy to resole. I like a decent Vibram lugged sole.
I've had lesser quality boots fail in a crash and they wore quickly too. POS!
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+1 for the Sidi On Road's.
6 yrs and about 100,000 kms. and still going strong. Soles are wearing a bit but other than that, I can see several more years in them yet.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:33 PM
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TCX X Five
Goretex, waterproof and comfortable. I bought these this year, have put 7K on them and they are just getting broken in and still look new. I can't see wearing them out any time soon at 7 to 10K per year.
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I'm on my third pair of Alpinestar Web Gortex boots. I think I get maybe 60,000 to 70,000 miles out of them. They work vey well for me although I obviously don't spend enough effort taking care of them. I ride in rain and salt crap a lot and am generaly hard on my things so I suspect that does them in.

I'd love to know what stuff you guys are using to keep the leather soft and supple and how often you apply.

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LEATHER HONEY
Leather Honey Leather Conditioner

I use this for everything from riding gloves and boots to leather car seats and living room sofa. It is thick, gooey, and honey-like, and needs time to soak in then wiped off. I apply it in the spring and the fall.
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Dubbin; available at shoe stores, shoe repair, ec.
It's basically a leather grease that you work into the leather.
It kept my police boots for 2-3 years a pair with regular application.
If the leather isn't soft, flexible and waterproof, it needs re-applying.
My western boots lasted for 4 re-soles before giving up the ghost.
Good leather lasts a long time but it must be maintained.
Just like your bike.
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Last Fall was the first time I strayed from Alpinestar or Gaerne since the early 90's. I bought a pair of Tourmaster Solution 2.0 boots for $108 and the soles are shot (as in holes worn through) in 1 year and 10k miles. Garbage.
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since I have become a bee keeper, I have been using beeswax and a torch to keep up with my leather protection
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Thanks for the insight guys. Sounds like I need to invest in Goretex. My Alpinestars are definitely on their way out. The Sidi On Roads or Alpinestars Web Goretex look good for my next purchase.
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I have worn Wolverine laceup work boots for over 10 years, have resoled them twice the last with Vibram soles. I keep them polished and the things look almost new... Went down with them on summer before last and had the bike slam down on my left foot and ankle causing injury. Bought a pair of perforated leather adventure boots made by Bilt and sold at Cycle Gear. I also bought a pair of Bilt leather waterproof touring boots at the same time. Both pair of boots are holding up well although I am not riding as much now due to other medical problems. I would call the wear on both sets as about 6 months for those of you who ride a lot. I would buy the Bilt boots again as the cost for them is reasonable and the boots seem to be well built. Both pair have armor although the touring boots have lighter armor than the adventure boots.
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