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post #1 of 24 Old 09-14-2017, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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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?

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Love love my Alpinestars Corozal boots, and I can assure you that mine have been 100% waterproof and well tested. Go to Revzilla and watch the vid and read the reviews, no way there is a better "waterproof" adventure model boot right now at that price point. Oh and they are also tough and offer amazing protection, I have also tested that out as well.

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A pair of Sidi City was waterproof for a long time . I think the lining wore through at the toes from repetitive shifting over many years and they finally would leak a bit.
I've got some Sidi On Roads now but haven't rain tested them yet.
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A pair of Sidi City was waterproof for a long time . I think the lining wore through at the toes from repetitive shifting over many years and they finally would leak a bit.
I've got some Sidi On Roads now but haven't rain tested them yet.
Those are all great choices, but they are not adventure type boots with adequate protection where it is all needed. My Corozal's got a workout riding off road in New Mexico, we were literally riding and walking in silt/sand/clay/water.......at times up to just below our knees. My feet stayed bone dry, and my shins and ankles were protected during the "3" falls I had.

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Those are all great choices, but they are not adventure type boots with adequate protection where it is all needed. My Corozal's got a workout riding off road in New Mexico, we were literally riding and walking in silt/sand/clay/water.......at times up to just below our knees. My feet stayed bone dry, and my shins and ankles were protected during the "3" falls I had.
Yeah, I am looking for more of an adventure style boot that I can use both on and off road. Ankle protection is important when the big Vee decides to take a nap. I feel naked in anything but. And waterproofness is a must. Wet toes in near-freezing temps is not advisable.

How long have you had the Corozals? I'm concerned that, because they're not Goretex, the membrane might go south like the membrane in my Gaernes did after a year or so.
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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?
I would argue (slightly) that long term waterproof ability is best achieved on the exterior of the boot, rather than a membrane that will, eventually, wear out over time. I am far north of you, and my riding season is only six months long, but have no issues riding in heavy rain with a properly prepared, full leather boot (Aerostich Combat Touring which lack the protection you seek). Most boots covered with plastic protection would likely be difficult to treat properly so your only option may be one with a membrane, but wonders can be achieved by treating leather. I worked for years as a logger on the very wet west coast of BC, so have a great deal of experience in keeping my feet dry in leather boots, but when it got very wet, we would always be in rubber varieties of caulk boots so there are practical limitations to what can be done with leather.
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I am very happy with my Gaerne Midland Goretex boots. I know that they have made both a Goretex and non-Goretex version of the Midland. I got mine from FC Moto in Germany. Between the exchange rate and DHL shipping, they were cheaper than vendors in the US, and the Goretex models.

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Yeah, I am looking for more of an adventure style boot that I can use both on and off road. Ankle protection is important when the big Vee decides to take a nap. I feel naked in anything but. And waterproofness is a must. Wet toes in near-freezing temps is not advisable.

How long have you had the Corozals? I'm concerned that, because they're not Goretex, the membrane might go south like the membrane in my Gaernes did after a year or so.
Had them less than a year, but I also use mink oil on the leather as well. Alpinestars makes some of the best motorcycle apparel money can buy, and their "Drystar" waterproof membranes appear to be on par with Gore-Tex.
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Had them less than a year, but I also use mink oil on the leather as well. Alpinestars makes some of the best motorcycle apparel money can buy, and their "Drystar" waterproof membranes appear to be on par with Gore-Tex.


I agree that Astars "drystar" is just as good as I have a pair of their waterproof pants n they've kept me perfectly dry riding in heavy rain.


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Yeah, I am looking for more of an adventure style boot that I can use both on and off road. Ankle protection is important when the big Vee decides to take a nap. I feel naked in anything but. And waterproofness is a must. Wet toes in near-freezing temps is not advisable.

How long have you had the Corozals? I'm concerned that, because they're not Goretex, the membrane might go south like the membrane in my Gaernes did after a year or so.
Thank you for starting this thread. I was about to do exactly the same. I have the same, a pair of Gaerne "waterproof" boots that now don't even protect for an hour in real wet conditions. And I am tired having to put rubber booties on. They work well but I think a true GoreTex boot should provide lasting protection form water coming through without the rubber boots.

So keep the comments coming. Please try to stay on subject. The OP and myself are looking for experience which GoreTex Boots worked well over time????

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