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post #1 of 30 Old 07-17-2007, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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CE rated ankle armor

I shattered my left ankle some years when I T-boned a drunk. At the time I was not wearing boots. I wear boots all the time now for support and I thought I would be ok in another get-off. At least I thought I was safe until a few days ago.

I was on a construction site when a small stack of 2x10 lumber fell. I avoided the direct impact, but a single board went sideways after hitting the ground and hit my ankle. It was a significant impact and I realized that the leather alone was not enough to stop a significant force from being transmitted to my foot.

I was wondering, has anyone ever created ankle armor? Perhaps something like extra heavy duty bubble wrap, surrounded by leather on both sides. It would have a 3-point velcro attachment system -- around the Achilles tendon, over the top of the foot and under the foot.

Anyone??

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I used to wear motocross plastic boots in cold weather. They are like a helmet for the lower leg and foot.

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After reading your post, I did a little browsing at purpose-built biker's boots. Whew! Looks like some serious safety engineering going on.

Looks like the Alpine Stars Tech 8 are a decent boot for impact protection. Is there a better brand/model you recommend? Any particular features you look for when buying?

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I haven't worn motocross boots since the 1970s when my knees still sorta worked. At that time, the first all plastic boots came out when Scotts took their ski boot knowldge and applied it to motorcycling for the first time.

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OK, so a motocross boot is a transfer of ski boot technology. That sounds like a pretty rigid armored boot. Does that mean you give up ankle flexibility in favor of protection? If you plan to get off the bike and hike a bit, this might not be a good compromise.

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I used to teach motorcycle safety courses in those boots. That involves a lot more walking than riding. Motocrossers use their boots a lot in turns and skiers even more. The boot's ankle moves in all the planes an ankle is supposed to move but is rigid against movements an ankle is not supposed to make. I wouldn't use them for hiking but I wouldn't hike in my leather boots either. Take a trip to your local B&M shop that motocrossers frequent and try some on.

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Sounds like they may be a worthwhile investment. My buddy was showing me an old pair of riding boots that had about five Velcro strap fasteners and were maybe 10-12 inches high. As I recall, they didn't have much heel.

If there's a good balance of protection and flexibility to allow a bit of walking, that's the ticket. I don't need light hikers, just don't want to end up like a guy whose horse goes lame and he gets crippled up trying to walk in riding boots.

I have some good quality lace-up leather work boots, 10" Buffalo (now owned by White's) and 13" made-to-measure Hell's Canyon. They offer decent ankle support when laced properly, but I'm not sure they'd have any "armor" effect if I really needed protection.

I'll look around when I go to Cycle Barn to pick up my jacket. I'm sure those cute young girls in the apparel section will be happy to help.:mrgreen:

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I've got some O'Neal Element motocross boots. Great ankle protection, lousy flexibility. I've heard great things about SIDI touring boots so you might want to give those a look. Also I know Newenough sells motorcycle boots.

Motocross boots will be more substantial, but less comfortable walking around. Touring boots will be more comfortable and will still give great protection.

Guess I should have been wearing pants...

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That's the name! The old riding boots my friend showed me were SIDI. I think he wore them when he rode the 1999 Ironbutt on a somewhat modified Concours. Don't know if he had them when a car crashed him on the 2003 Ironbutt. But that name was on the boots he showed me. I'll check them out, thanks.

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Try this website. www.allsportdynamics.com they may have what you are looking for.
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