Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Langley, BC, Canada
larolco needs new boots - the waterproof adventure kind
So, I live in the Pacific North Wet.
I ride year round, which means I ride in a lot of rain.
My Gaerne Adventures have ceased to be waterproof. In fact, they let lots of water in, and let none out. I'd be better off with a regular boot. They are not Goretex and I don't think I will buy another pair of "waterproof" boots that don't have that Goretex tag. I love these boots except that they fill up with water. I've spent the last season Gooping the seams, but it's clear that they are toast for anything other than dry riding. My previous pair were Alpinestar (zip up/Velcro closure) and they split at the seams. I won't go back to a pair like that.
I'm thinking possible replacements are the Alpinestar Corozal (but they are not Goretex) or the Alpinestars Toucan (ouch says the pocketbook). Another option is the Sidi Adventure 2 (cheaper than the Toucans but still pricey).
It's tough to compare boot to boot because why would anybody own both pairs? And all the reviews online are from people who've worn the boots twice or bought them mid-blizzard and haven't ridden in them at all, or comment only on sizing, which is pretty useless. I want to know what people think after having ridden in them for an extended period of time. My Gaerne's, for example, I loved (still do, except for the leakiness) for a year until they began leaking and then became progressively worse. They are three years old now (cost me around $400 CDN) and done. My review when they were new would have been very positive. A couple seasons later, not so much.
Whatever boot I buy must have longterm waterproofness (which means Goretex) and good protection (buckles/armour) and aggressive soles for offroad. I want a boot so solid you don't want to walk in it except for when you have to enter the gas station for beef jerky and a piss. I carry hiking boots/sandals for when I want to get off the bike.
Let this become a useful waterproof adventure boot review thread. So, who has ridden in these boots for a while and can speak from experience? What are the strengths/weaknesses of these particular boots and those similar?
DL1000K6 Two wheels good; four wheels bad.