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post #1 of 7 Old 08-12-2012, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Gear and apparel section

I was recently in the market for some new boots, and realized that we dont have a forum section devoted towards jackets, pants, boots, etc.

I see alot of posts about helmets, and other gear, I think this would make it easier to search for stuff certain info.

On a side note I had to return my alpinestars smx5 boots due to a lump forming right above my big toe an my shifting foot they did give me full credit for the boots.

I picked up a pair of Alpinestars Scout dual sport boots, wow they quite possibly one of the most comfortable boots Ive ever had on my feet

I tested then yesterday, and they are waterproof:mrgreen: and have good grip in the dirt

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-12-2012, 12:38 PM
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Hi Dave. Where did you get the new boots?


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post #3 of 7 Old 08-12-2012, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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I bought the old smx5 boots from Procycle, So I got the new boots from them as well.

They didnt have any dual sport boots on the shelf, so I asked to look at the catalog, they had to order them in, took about a week

14' DL1000
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-12-2012, 02:47 PM
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I've had a pair of Hi-Top Sidi's for 10 years. Might need to be replaced in the next year or so. Never leaked a drop of rain. Had them everywhere from Chesapeak Bay to the Pacific coast Hi-Way. probally in the neighborhood of 100,000 miles total.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-12-2012, 05:02 PM
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The somewhat older (I think) VSRI forum has a good section on gear. I'm not sure why I don't seem to go there anymore. I guess one V-Strom forum to read is enough, and this one's a little "lighter". VSRI is a little more organized, though. Can I link to it here? I guess I'll find out.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-12-2012, 07:55 PM
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Thats easy because no one rates gear like:
Motorcycle Clothing Reviews - webBikeWorld

And so much more, it good to get true non bais comparisons, rather than "This is my jacket and its the best (Because i wear it).

Webbike is down to earth and tells it like it is, they also seem to be very current on new itens and you can research some of the older stuff should ya find a good deal used.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-12-2012, 08:44 PM
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Cycle Gear - BiLT

I'm hard on gloves. I go through two pair a summer. Don't know if it's the sweat deteriorating the leather or the sun. I tried rinsing them out with warm water after a ride, doesn't seem to help. So I have surrendered to the fact I just go through riding gloves.

Got a Cycle Gear catalog last week. Sale prices up to 50% seemed reasonable and it's hard to find my 3XL size. So I picked up all 3 pair all leather/vented armored gloves. Never heard of the brand BiLT but the price was right and a 5 year warranty on gloves! Rode home wearing them, fit good, no rubbing, tight spots nor binds. I spent 2 hours going through the BiLT gear, bought a pair of $59 touring riding boots too also 5 year warranty. I've always worn a 10" Wellington work boot, I have three pair thermo-something for winter, gortex waterproof for long trips and just leather for everyday. Be sure to try on the boots, one pair just wouldn't fit right no matter what size I tried, like the arch was up near the ball of the foot. Anyway rode home wearing them too, kinda warm but comfy. Are $150 gloves and $300 boots really worth it? I was kinda impressed with the quality of the BiLT stuff, in MY OPINION equal to Joe Rocket, Tourmaster, Cortech. Just saying.

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