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post #1 of 24 Old 12-03-2016, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Just got a pair on black Friday sale and hating them. Very stiff, high sticky soles, tall toe box are making impossible to get shifter work.

Anyone has similar experiences?

I mean it is a nice looking shoe, well made but just doesn't work for me. As far as shifting they might as well be full blown MX boots.
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Just got a pair on black Friday sale and hating them. Very stiff, high sticky soles, tall toe box are making impossible to get shifter work.

Anyone has similar experiences?

I mean it is a nice looking shoe, well made but just doesn't work for me. As far as shifting they might as well be full blown MX boots.

Off-road type boots require you lift your foot to shift because they are stiff to protect your ankle.

Raise the shift lever so your boot fits under it.
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I bought some Fox comp 5s to match my awesome bike, and like you i can't fit under the shifter


Shame because they feel like armored fluffy slippers. A wee bit rigid but sooOoOoo cumfy.

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I bought the same boots about 3 weeks ago. I did raise my shift lever, and yes, to downshift have to lift foot. Overall though, I love these boots. And yes, they are very well built. They kept my ankle from getting smushed in a lay-down the week after I bought them.

I'll deal with the cons for that one pro. Also - they're relatively cheap for ADV boots that are waterproof.
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I wear the Forma Terra's. They are burlier and stiffer than the Adventures. And my experience was similar, but I've already put $40K worth of titanium upgrades in my right ankle. So, I MUST have the protection. I have gotten used to them and they have broken in some too. Now I feel naked without them. I love 'em. You might give them some time and see. Besides the protection, my feet feel much better after a long day due to such stiff soles on the pegs.
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Off-road type boots require you lift your foot to shift because they are stiff to protect your ankle.

Raise the shift lever so your boot fits under it.
I have done that and this goes without saying. I am having issues with upshifts. It is either cannot jam toe box between lever and peg or not enough motion to actually shift up, especially 1->2. And it is so much fun when it pops out of 2nd!

I think I need a longer lever.
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. Also - they're relatively cheap for ADV boots that are waterproof.
I have owned Forma Adventure for 10 years.....agree with all comments, EXCEPT this waterproof bit, mine have never even kept rain out.
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I bought the same boots about 3 weeks ago. I did raise my shift lever, and yes, to downshift have to lift foot. Overall though, I love these boots. And yes, they are very well built. They kept my ankle from getting smushed in a lay-down the week after I bought them.

I'll deal with the cons for that one pro. Also - they're relatively cheap for ADV boots that are waterproof.
What size are you in? I think they might be stiffer in smaller sizes.

I just dug out of parts bin and put off-road pegs and it seems it should work better. Part of the problem was lugs got cought on mushy rubber pegs.
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This past spring I decided that I had had my boots longer than I could remember when the heck I got them. And that they were really just a high-top leather shoe. After a fairly long gestation period, I bought a pair of Icon Dakar boots. Rear entry with all the protection modern boots offer. They of course had the same shifter issue as you. I fiddled with adjustment and started to look at longer levers or mods. Meanwhile, I was still riding my V2 and at some point I just didn't notice it as an issue any more. Turns out I just up shift with the side of my boot and downshift with the bottom of it. Works fine / not looking back.

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This past spring I decided that I had had my boots longer than I could remember when the heck I got them. And that they were really just a high-top leather shoe. After a fairly long gestation period, I bought a pair of Icon Dakar boots. Rear entry with all the protection modern boots offer. They of course had the same shifter issue as you. I fiddled with adjustment and started to look at longer levers or mods. Meanwhile, I was still riding my V2 and at some point I just didn't notice it as an issue any more. Turns out I just up shift with the side of my boot and downshift with the bottom of it. Works fine / not looking back.
I usually ride to and from my work with my Red Wing / Irish Setter work boots and did have to raise my shifter in an attempt for smoother shifts...Now, as you say, I also use the side of those boots to up shift and bottom to down shift.
Just a little finesse need for those buttery smooth up shift ( and do that at around 5K on the tach.)
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