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post #1 of 74 Old 12-26-2017, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a good waterproof boot solution

I've never owned anything other than inexpensive Bilt boots. Even though every pair has claimed to be waterproof, none have been.

I now have a little Xmas money burning a hole in my pocket and am planning to hit the Chicago IMS. So I'm looking for some advice from anyone who's discovered a true waterproof boot.

Cost-wise, I'll probably be looking up to around $200.

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The $200 limit MIGHT shorten the list of potential boots. I have had good success with Sidi boots. They have several models of Gore-Tex boots (eg. Adventure Gore-tex). I have found them to be totally waterproof. However, they, like any waterproof boot, can be hot when using in high temperatures. The big one advantage of Gore-Tex is the "lifetime" waterproof guarantee. Many people have had Gore-Tex products repaired or replaced for no cost if no longer waterproof. The big disadvantage of Gore-tex is the cost. There are other brands of membranes out there but none, that I know of, that have the lifetime guarantee.

A good online source of boots is Motorcyclegear.com

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For $200 I wish you the very best of luck, that Unicorn boot doesn't appear to exist. Now paying upwards around $300 can offer you up some good options, but most anything Gore-Tex is going to be well over $300. I have the most excellent Alpine Stars Corazol ADV boots, their proprietary waterproof liner "Drystar" has proven to be 100% effective for me, but it is a really hardcore boot for just everyday riding. Revzilla is the source I recommend for reviews and purchasing, but you really should try a pair of boots on if at all possible.

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My most recent buy of a SIDI ON Road boot was a bargain at $275...from a BMW dealer no less.
It says goretex but I haven't had the chance to ride in rain yet to test the water resistance.
So there is hope for a decent sale out there. These boots were originally sold at $350 across the board.
Why is it that some products never seem to vary in price from source to source?
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Bite the bullet and get one good pair of GoreTex boots or else you will spend more over time because everything else will be leaking over time and needs to be replaced well before the boots are worn out. How do I know ....

Try on different brands while at the show so you know which size from which manufacturer fits. Then hunt for bargains when they change the design and get a leftover at a good price.
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I heard an interview on one of my MC podcasts that indicated just about all 'waterproof' boots are inherently prone to failure, because what causes them to leak is dirt and oil clogging the material pores, which then provides a pathway for moisture to reverse-wick to your foot. So if the boot's liner can't be removed to be cleaned (the recommendation was to do so with something like Nikwax's Tech Wash), it will eventually leak.

Are there boots out there with removable Gore-Tex liners?

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I don't think there are removable liners. The difference is that if a GoreTex boot is not worn out and leaks you send it back for replacement. If a NON GoreTex boot is not worn out and leaks you will have wet feet or need to replace it.

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I heard an interview on one of my MC podcasts that indicated just about all 'waterproof' boots are inherently prone to failure, because what causes them to leak is dirt and oil clogging the material pores, which then provides a pathway for moisture to reverse-wick to your foot. So if the boot's liner can't be removed to be cleaned (the recommendation was to do so with something like Nikwax's Tech Wash), it will eventually leak.

Are there boots out there with removable Gore-Tex liners?
Not sure I buy into that, otherwise Gore-Tex boots/jackets/pants would be leaking as well, and they offer a lifetime warranty against leaking. I rinse off and wipe down all of my waterproof boots regularly, so far have yet to have a failure. My Aerostich AD1 pants are FILTHY, and they are most certainly still waterproof. Yeah that Nikwax wash is good stuff, and likely the best thing to use for waterproof shells and liners.

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Baj, go to Revzilla.com, TSX Gore-Tex waterproof boots. $199, some show at $159. I have 2 pairs of the older Oxtar Goretex Matrix boots, and they are fantastic. Oxtar changed their name to TSX a few years ago.
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One feature i liked about the Sidi boots was the ability to replace the sole. My old pair went through 3 soles before they were worn out.
Well actually my shoe guy really messed the boot up replacing a worn zipper.
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