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post #1 of 25 Old 04-21-2010, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Do any of you wear military combat boots for riding?

For the past year I have been wearing an inexpensive pair of motorcycle boots (Nitro Techsport). Although they were pretty inexpensive they seem to fit quite well have a flat sole and offer a fair amount of protection.

This past week a friend of mine left the Canadian armed forces and he gave me a brand new pair of Canadian military wet weather combat boots as per the attached link. I have worn then a few times and they are extremely comfortable, have a Gore Tex lining, insulated, and have a rugged tread.

I was thinking of using these as my boots for riding instead of the Nitro's - what would you guys wear if you had to choose between the two?

Any significant advantages from one over the other, other than the fact that the combat boots are Gore Tex lined.

Thanks in advance for the feedback.

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post #2 of 25 Old 04-21-2010, 10:03 PM
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i do all the time i just use my old pair as i wear them out for work. i use a belleville 700st.
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They should provide good protection from road rash, but they do not have padding/armor to protect against impacts in a crash. As long as that is an acceptable trade-off for comfort, go for it.
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I wear them to work since they are more comfortable for all-day wear than my riding boots. Just make sure to keep the loops in the laces under control because they do tend to get hung on things.

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Yes I ride in Danner steel-toed tactical boots with the zip side and have done so year-round for several years. As we are fortunate enough to have the Danner Factory Store (as well as the factory itself) located nearby they can be bought for far less than the retail price. Very comfortable. Waterproof. Indestructible.

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I happen to be wearing the late 90's Army combat boot I was issued. I'm wearing them these days for work, and they work fine for riding. They're the all black leather non-directional tread w/ speedlaces type.

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post #7 of 25 Old 04-21-2010, 10:46 PM
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Up until last June, I wore my last issued pair of combat boots as riding boots. I'd pretty much soaked them in Sno Seal to try to make them waterproof. We had such a wet spring/early summer that I finally broke down and bought a pair of Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex boots. I still have my combat boots, but man those Alpinestars sure are nice...

BTW: I got out in '99, so the boots served as riding boots for 10 years. Not bad. . .


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I wear my US Army issue winter boots for wet/cold weather riding. They're warm, completely waterproof, and extremely comfortable; I don't mind the trade-off one bit. Of course I have like 3 pairs; and hey, they were all free if you don't take the less than 3 years of military service into account.

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post #9 of 25 Old 04-21-2010, 11:39 PM
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I've always worn the hunting/combat style boots since starting riding, and have had the (USA) army-issue Matterhorn boot. Made in the USA, in PA. It has a non-steel hard toe, and is waterproof, even when standing in water for a long time. The only real waterproof boot I've ever owned, even though most of mine were labeled as such.
Matterhorn has an insulated version, and also has a "chain saw" boot which is layered with 7 layers of Kevlar and is also waterproof. I like these type boots as you can wear them to ride and then walk/hike comfortably if you want.
Saves on taking an extra pair of shoes along.

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post #10 of 25 Old 04-22-2010, 12:32 AM
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Used to wear some Hermans Survivors and Danner Ft Lewis boots because they are readily available in 12EE.

The Ft Lewis is a superb boot. But they don't keep rain out after an hour or two.

Now I wear Daytona RoadStar GTX, because of the motorcyclist-specific CE armor. Lighter, a little cooler, faster to take on and off, better protection, but double the price.

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