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post #1 of 45 Old 11-15-2012, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Boots! How long do yours last?

I bought my boots about 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. I didn't start to polish or apply shine to them until about two months ago, coupled with the fact that I wear them every day and have put ~13k miles on them already. I realize that this may have an impact, but I still feel that they shouldn't be quite so worn out.

How long do your boots normally last while wearing them on a daily basis? What methods do you use to keep them up?

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post #2 of 45 Old 11-15-2012, 06:04 PM
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I've don't wear 'em everyday, but I've got 23,000 mi. on a pair of Vendramini Marathons and they're good to go another, as to maintenance , using picard motorcycle leather lotion (aerostitch product).
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post #3 of 45 Old 11-15-2012, 06:11 PM
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Alpinestars Web Goretex. 7 years old and nearing 100K miles of total usage(On 2 bikes). Still have a lot of life in them.

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I also had a pair of Alpinestars Ridge boots that crapped out early. Mine seemed to stretch out for some odd reason -- it was like my feet were shrinking. The cheesy velcro wore out quickly, and even after I had a local cobbler replace it, the rest of the boot didn't last much longer.

The Ridge is a cheap boot that's just not up to Alpinestars' usual quality.

A much better inexpensive boot would be the Tourmaster Solution 2.0. The soles wore dangerously smooth pretty early on my 1.0 pair, but the rest of the boot was in great shape. On the current 2.0 boots, they've revised the sole, so they should last much longer overall. The online reviews are excellent.

The other boots mentioned above go for 2 - 3 times the cost. Yes, they're debatably worth the money, but they're not really part of the same discussion as the Ridge and Solution.

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post #5 of 45 Old 11-15-2012, 06:34 PM
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I have a pair of Sidi City that are about 10 years old and about 55000 miles still fit great and completely waterproof. The soles are a little worn down but not coming apart.
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post #6 of 45 Old 11-15-2012, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by nvr2old View Post
Alpinestars Web Goretex. 7 years old and nearing 100K miles of total usage(On 2 bikes). Still have a lot of life in them.
+ 1 on the web goretex.
Mine are about 5 years old and still going strong. Not sure how many miles, (not 100000 like nvr2old), but plenty through mud rain etc and will probably last another 5. Feet have never been wet in them either

When they go, I'm gonna get another pair just like them
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post #7 of 45 Old 11-15-2012, 10:53 PM
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I've got a pair if Sidi Onroad Sympatex boots that I've been wearing since 1998. No sign of them wearing out yet. A pair of Oxtar Matrix boots only lasted maybe 3 years.

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post #8 of 45 Old 11-15-2012, 11:05 PM
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Aerostich combat touring boots bought in 2000. Resoled last year. I don't wear them daily.

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My old Sidi's lasted around 12 years and over 100,000km. I replaced them a while back with some Alpinestars but kept using the Sidi's off road. I've now finally got some dedicated ADV boots and retired the Sidi's.

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